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Senior Analyst
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Indira Dammu is a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Evaluation area. Prior to joining Bellwether, she worked as the Education Policy Advisor to Mayor David Briley in Nashville. In this role, she led education initiatives for the Mayor and served as a liaison to the school board and other education partners across the city. She also helped create Nashville GRAD, a first-of-its-kind program that pays all non-tuition expenses for students enrolled at Nashville State Community College. The program also pairs students with dedicated academic advisers. Indira has also worked at education nonprofits dedicated to serving students of color and low-income students. She was a classroom teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and New Haven, Connecticut. Indira holds a master's degree in public policy from Duke University and a bachelor's degree from Indiana University.

Why I do this work: I am a first-generation immigrant from India who moved to the United States when I was 17 years old. My parents made a lot of sacrifices so that my sister and I could have the best educational opportunities. Many students across the country do not get the same shot at success that I did, and I work everyday for those students.

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COVID-19 has presented new challenges for schools and families to grapple with when it comes to student learning — but the pandemic also has illuminated shortcomings and missed opportunities that have long been present in our education system. Now, nearly a year after schools across the country first shut down due to the pandemic —and as more communities eye the possibility of a return to full-time, in-person learning — a new series of briefs from Bellwether offers guidance on how the education sector can recenter and rebuild in the wake of COVID-19.

"From Pandemic to Progress: Eight Education Pathways for COVID-19 Recovery" puts forth a suite of ambitious but achievable pathways for education leaders and policymakers to follow to re-engage in complex policy questions and rebuild education as the country begins to emerge from the pandemic. Drawing on the breadth of Bellwether's unique expertise and diversity of viewpoints, this series offers a take on what we'll need in the years ahead to create a sector that can provide students with the high-quality education and supports they need and deserve to be successful.