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Kaitlin Pennington
Senior Analyst
Policy and Thought Leadership

Background: Kaitlin Pennington is a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Thought Leadership practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2015, Kaitlin worked as a policy analyst on the Education Policy team at the Center for American Progress, where she focused on human capital issues, specifically teacher and principal effectiveness. Before that, Kaitlin was a policy analyst at the education policy nonprofit Colorado Succeeds and an Urban Leaders Policy Fellow in the Office of Colorado Senator Mike Johnston. As a Teach For America corps member, Kaitlin taught middle school English and language arts in Washington, D.C. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kaitlin holds a master’s degree from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.

Experience at Bellwether: policy research and analysis, long- and short- form writing, program evaluation, strategic advising, foundation advising

Client segments served: policy organizations, advocacy organizations, state education agencies, foundations, think tanks

Sample Clients: Collaborative for Student Success, College Achieve Public Schools, Commit! Partnership, Discourse Analytics, Foundation for Excellence in Education, McKnight Foundation, PARCC, Robertson Foundation, Stand for Children

Why I do this work: I believe in the power of an equitable education system to eradicate poverty and create a more just society.


Recent Media

Kelly Robson
Kaitlin Pennington
Juliet Squire

Teachers’ unions are a powerful force in local, state, and federal politics, but Janus vs. the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) could change that. At the heart of this case is a key source of union revenue: agency fees. This analysis offers an accurate and objective set of information to those wanting to inform their understanding of this historic case.
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