Senior Research and Policy Analyst
Priyanka (she/her) conducts data analysis across the early childhood, K-12, and higher education realms. She ensures that The Education Trust–New York’s policy and advocacy agenda is grounded in data. Additionally, she collaborates with coalition partners to share data to advance educational equity at regional and statewide levels.
Prior to joining The Education Trust–New York, Priyanka worked in state education policy and research in California, Massachusetts, and New York City. She has led analyses of curriculum quality and high school dropout rates for multilingual learners and designed studies of school district decision-making. A mixed-methods researcher, Priyanka got her start conducting ethnographic analyses of immigrant communities before learning statistical methods later in her career. She also taught middle school reading for several years in Canarsie, Brooklyn.
Priyanka was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Pennsylvania. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School, a master’s degree in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
What is your proudest moment?
I once took my middle school students on a field trip to a WNBA game at Madison Square Garden. During halftime, I volunteered to play a game of musical chairs while dribbling a basketball, and I shockingly won! Those students may still mistakenly think I’m an athlete.
What are people most surprised to learn about you?
I learned to speak Swedish before I learned my heritage language (Punjabi).
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
I come from a family of immigrants who moved across continents in search of a better life, and education has been the key driver of our intergenerational mobility. The data makes it painfully obvious that this mobility is not evenly distributed across lines of race, zip code, and immigration background. I strongly believe in Ed Trust’s data and advocacy approach to transforming our education systems so that all students can thrive.