Meet Jordyn Battle

Jordyn Battle

Policy Fellow

Jordyn supports The Education Trust–New York’s efforts to track, summarize, and analyze policies that close equity and opportunity gaps in early childhood, K-12, and higher education.

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Policy Fellow

As a policy fellow, Jordyn supports The Education Trust–New York’s efforts to track, summarize, and analyze policies that close equity and opportunity gaps in early childhood, K-12, and higher education. Jordyn works closely with the deputy director and Ed Trust’s policy, advocacy, and research team to assist with drafting policy memos and reports to help shape and inform policies across the state.

Prior to joining Ed Trust–NY, Jordyn worked as a project assistant with the Small Business Anti-Displacement Network, primarily conducting outreach for the community-of-practice of people of color and/or immigrant-owned business advocates. Before this role, Jordyn was a Maryland Municipal League Fellow with the City of Takoma Park, with the primary task of advancing the city’s racial equity efforts.

Jordyn grew up right in between two metropolitan cities, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Jordyn is currently pursuing a master’s degree from New York University in urban planning and holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

What drew you to education?

Education changed my life. I’m a first-generation college student that knows firsthand both the challenges and opportunities the K-12 and higher education systems have to offer. It was clear to me the ways the U.S. education system has been and continues to be influenced by capitalism and white supremacy, so I knew education policy could be an avenue for me to help enact change on a systematic level. Improving the lived experiences within the community and inside the classroom for Black and Brown students experiencing trauma and poverty, is what drives my work and passion.

Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust–NY?

I am very passionate about making sure that all children, regardless of race or income, have the same opportunities and learning conditions that I was blessed to have. I have deep gratitude that Ed Trust–NY is an organization that amplifies the voices of students of color and students from low-income backgrounds and always puts their best interests first within the policy world.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I have a houseplant collection and love to spend time in nature, where you can catch me listening to either Beyonce or the Mamma Mia soundtrack!

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