Our Team

"CRPE first grabbed my attention with its work on school finance and equity, and I have continued to rely on its expertise as I have crafted education policy in Congress. CRPE’s balanced, evidence-based, and forward-thinking approach to improving our education system has been invaluable. In all of its work, CRPE boldly takes on the status quo and focuses on what is in the best interest of students.”
–Congressman George Miller, CA, Senior Democrat of the House Education and Workforce Committee

Our researchers testify as expert witnesses before Congress and state legislatures, serve as advisors to local and national organizations, present at national meetings and conferences and frequently provide interviews and written commentary on complex and emerging issues. Together our team provides breadth of experience and depth of expertise on a range of education issues.
Robin Lake
Focus Areas: Innovation, Charter Schools, Special Education, Portfolio Strategy
Mary Jane Anderson
Publications Project Manager
Lisa Chu
Research Assistant
Michael DeArmond
Senior Research Analyst
Focus Areas: Human Capital, Organizational Change, Policy Implementation
Kristine Echert
Fiscal Specialist
Sean Gill
Research Analyst
Focus Areas: School Finance, District-Charter Cooperation
Betheny Gross
Associate Director
Focus Areas: Personalized Learning, School Choice, Special Education
Sara Hausermann
Grants and Operations Manager
Georgia Heyward
Research Analyst
Focus Areas: Rural Education, Community, Career Readiness
Paul Hill
Founder, CRPE and Research Professor, UWB
Focus Areas: Portfolio Strategy, Politics, Governance
Ashley Jochim
Senior Research Analyst
Focus Areas: State Politics and Governance, Turnaround Strategies
Jean Lombardi
Director of Strategy and Operations
Erik Luc
Project Manager and Special Assistant to the Director
Lane McKittrick
Research Analyst
Focus Area: Special Education
Alice Opalka
Research Analyst
Focus Areas: Portfolio Strategy and Implementation
Travis Pillow
Editorial Director
Focus Areas: Parent & Public Engagement, School Choice
Jenna Ramsey
Communications Associate
Roohi Sharma
Research Analyst
Sivan Tuchman
Research Analyst
Focus Areas: Special Education, Data Science