Team Member

Tiffani Williams

Tiffani Williams

Policy Fellow

Tiffani analyzes policy and conducts research to aid public and policymaker engagement toward improving postsecondary success for all students. Particularly, her work focuses on state-level data that reveal opportunities to advance college access and completion for students of color, those from low-income families, and first-generation and nontraditional college students.

She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in higher education at New York University, where she serves as a research assistant in the Center for Research on Higher Education Outcomes. Prior to moving to NYC to pursue her doctorate, Tiffani worked for the University System of Maryland, where she managed higher education stakeholder engagement in statewide college- and career-readiness. Most recently, she served as a senior research associate at Public Agenda, a nonprofit in NYC helping leaders and citizens traverse and solve complex issues.

Tiffani graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in her hometown of Rochester, NY, with a bachelor’s degree; and she holds a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Superpower/Secret Talent
Performing ‘90s rap songs anywhere and everywhere

Mac and cheese

What drew you to education?
In my first job I worked for student services at my undergraduate institution — initially in career services and then in admissions as well. I quickly found that I loved going to work. It was exciting and fulfilling to help students and their families navigate the transitions into and out of what I now know is a very complex and often inequitable system. Today, I still seek opportunities to better understand the nuances of higher education as a system toward positive impacts on students, especially the most vulnerable.