Casey Khanh Nguyen
Higher Education Data and Policy Analyst
Casey collects and analyzes higher education data to inform The Education Trust–New York’s postsecondary equity agenda, which focuses on improving the educational experiences and outcomes for all students, particularly those who are low-income and students of color. She also provides support in data and policy analyses for K-12 education.
Prior to joining Ed Trust–NY, Casey worked as the Development Coordinator for The Opportunity Network, a college access, college success, and a career-readiness organization. There, Casey helped cultivate, steward, and grow OppNet’s portfolio of institutional supporters. Prior to OppNet, Casey worked on several research projects at Teachers College, Columbia University including an interdepartmental curriculum mapping project to promote faculty diversity and an NSF grant-funded study on college outcomes for student who are low-income.
Casey was born and raised in Northern California. She received a master’s degree in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Community & Regional Development and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Davis.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work? (Ex. Hobbies, volunteer work)
I love to travel and explore new places! I also love to cook and am currently attempting to learn how to make Vietnamese dishes using my mother’s recipes.
What drew you to education?
As the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, I am fortunate to be able to say that I am on a path to pursue my passions. My parents did not have the same luxury but still held onto the idea of education as a driver of access and opportunity for me growing up. It has therefore been a strong and consistent theme throughout my life – whether it was learning how to navigate my own journey through education or working to ensure others had access to resources to pursue theirs.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
In high school, I participated in an Early Academic Outreach Program which helped prepare low-income students and students of color from all over the Bay Area (Northern California) for college. As soon as I could, I came back to the same organization and began working to close gaps in college access for students who came from the same communities and with whom I shared similar backgrounds. This experience catapulted me into the world of education and my interest in it continued to grow as I became more involved in student activism and community organizing. Fast forward to now, I am still fiercely passionate about advocating for students who are first-generation, low-income, and students of color and I am grateful that it is what I am able to do here at Ed Trust–NY.