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About Us2021-02-23T00:11:47+00:00

About Us

Edunomics Lab is a Georgetown University research center exclusively dedicated to exploring and modeling complex education finance decisions to inform education policy and practice. The end goal is the betterment of education, writ large. Established in 2012, the center is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of education finance.

Marguerite Roza
Marguerite Roza

Director

Marguerite Roza, Ph.D., is Director of the Edunomics Lab and Research Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, where she leads the Certificate in Education Finance program.

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Dr. Roza’s research focuses on quantitative policy analysis, largely in the education finance arena. She has led projects including the Institute for Education Sciences multi-year study of weighted student funding, the Finance and Productivity Initiative at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and the Schools in Crisis Rapid Response Paper Series. Her recent research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state, and district levels for their implications on resources at the school and classroom levels. Her calculations of dollar implications and cost-equivalent trade-offs have prompted changes in education finance policy at all levels in the education system. As part of her groundbreaking work on weighted student funding, Dr. Roza devised a “%SBA metric,” enabling an apples-to-apples comparison of total district funds in a WSF formula. This metric is now commonly recognized as the foundational measurement of WSF formulas nationwide.

Dr. Roza has written extensively on financial transparency and the opportunity toward equity and productivity. Her work has been published by the Brookings Institution, Public Budgeting and Finance, Education Next, Governing, The Hill, and the Peabody Journal of Education. She is author of the highly regarded education finance book, Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?

Dr. Roza served as a Senior Economic Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy teaching thermodynamics at the Naval Nuclear Power School. She earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Washington and a B.S. from Duke University, and has studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Amsterdam.

Chad Aldeman
Chad Aldeman

Policy Director

Laura Anderson
Laura Anderson

Associate Director

Debra Britt
Debra Britt

Strategic Communications Manager

Jessica Fuentes-Diaz
Jessica Fuentes-Diaz

Financial Analyst

Lucy Hadley
Lucy Hadley

Research Fellow

Doug Hummel-Price
Doug Hummel-Price

Research Fellow

Hannah Jarmolowski
Hannah Jarmolowski

Research Fellow

Katie Silberstein
Katie Silberstein

Research Fellow

Jordan Tollefson
Jordan Tollefson

Education Director

ADVISORY BOARD

Our advisory board members bring a diverse set of experiences and expertise to inform, improve, and support our work.

Jasmine Bowles
Jasmine Bowles

School Board Partners

Daarel Burnette
Daarel Burnette

Education Week

Phillip Caldwell, II, Ph.D.
Phillip Caldwell, II, Ph.D.

Eastern Michigan University

Monica Ceja Martinez
Monica Ceja Martinez

Peoria Unified Governing Board

Matthew Chingos, Ph.D.
Matthew Chingos, Ph.D.

Urban Institute

Steven Q. Cornman
Steven Q. Cornman

National Center for Education Statistics

Taurus Currie
Taurus Currie

Shelby County Schools

Kara Flath
Kara Flath

North Wasco County School District

Jon Fullerton, Ph.D.
Jon Fullerton, Ph.D.

Harvard University

Robert M. Groves, Ph.D.
Robert M. Groves, Ph.D.

Georgetown University

Victoria Hammer, Ph.D.
Victoria Hammer, Ph.D.

United States Department of Education

Jesse D. Levin, Ph.D.
Jesse D. Levin, Ph.D.

American Institutes of Research

Yvonne Macrae, Ph.D.
Yvonne Macrae, Ph.D.

Boston Public Schools

Christopher May
Christopher May

Michigan Department of Education

Gini Pupo-Walker
Gini Pupo-Walker

The Education Trust

Kimberly J. Robinson, J.D.
Kimberly J. Robinson, J.D.

University of Virginia

Kenneth Shores, Ph.D.
Kenneth Shores, Ph.D.

Pennsylvania State University

Jerry Taylor
Jerry Taylor

Chicago Public Schools

Shirline Wilson
Shirline Wilson

Education Reform Now

Michael Wiltfong
Michael Wiltfong

Oregon Department of Education

Funders and Partners

Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Building State Capacity & Productivity Center
Center on Reinventing Public Education
Comprehensive Center Network
Council of Chief State School Officers
Institute of Education Sciences

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
New America Foundation
Raikes Foundation
Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho
Smith Richardson Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation