Background: Alex Spurrier is an associate partner with Bellwether in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether in March 2019, Alex worked as a senior data scientist at the Kentucky Center for Statistics, conducting research and working with partners from early childhood, K-12, postsecondary, and workforce organizations to help them utilize longitudinal data for program improvement.
Previously, he served as a Harvard Strategic Data Project Fellow at the Kentucky Department of Education, where he led the creation and execution of the agency’s research agenda and developed tools using statistical software to improve the speed and accuracy of analysis projects. Before that, he conducted education policy research and analysis for TNTP and ConnCAN, covering school finance, charter schools, teacher evaluation, teacher compensation, and other issues. Alex got his start in education as a fifth-grade teacher and Teach For America corps member in Hartford, Connecticut.
Alex holds a master’s in public policy from Trinity College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bethel University.
Why I do this work: Every child deserves access to an excellent education. I was fortunate to have attended excellent public schools, but that’s not the case for millions of students across the country. I’ve dedicated my career to improving education policy so that more children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Experience at Bellwether: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; Data Collection and Analysis; Policy Research and Analysis; Writing; Research; Project Management; CMO/Charter School Operators; District Schools; Foundations; Think Tanks; Advocacy Organizations
Client segments served: CMO/Charter Schools; State Education Agencies; Foundations and Grantees; Nonprofit Organizations; Policy Organizations; Advocacy Groups
Sample clients: Arnold Ventures, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, PIE Network, SchoolSmartKC, Walton Family Foundation