Background: Akisha Osei Sarfo, Ph.D., is a senior associate partner on the Policy and Evaluation team at Bellwether Education Partners. Her work focuses on program evaluation, experimental and quasi-experimental research design, urban education, race and equity in education, education policy, teacher quality and school accountability. Prior to joining Bellwether, Akisha served as Chief Performance Officer at Guilford County Schools in North Carolina, the 47th largest school district in the country. In this role, she led the division of Accountability, Research and Planning where she focused on the strategic and effective use of data, research and evaluation to inform changes throughout the district with an emphasis on reducing inequities in educational systems, policies and performance.
Akisha also worked as research assistant professor at the Center for Research on Education and Social Policy at the University of Delaware and as a Harvard Strategic Data Project fellow. She has served in other roles conducting research and evaluation at state and federal agencies and in the nonprofit sector. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in educational research methods from the University of Michigan. She also received her Ph.D. in education evaluation, measurement, and statistics from the University of Delaware and is an AERA Dissertation Fellow. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.
Why I do this work: I'm a 4th generation educator with roots in Detroit, Michigan. I inherently grew up knowing that having access to a quality education could positively impact life outcomes and break generational trends of poverty. I do this work to make sure all children, regardless of what family or community they are born into, have an opportunity to experience a quality education that affords them opportunities to be productive citizens and live out their dreams.