Jamie Davies O'Leary

Senior Ohio Policy Analyst and Associate Editor

Jamie is currently a Senior Ohio Policy Analyst and Associate Editor at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Columbus office. She joined Fordham in the summer of 2009 as a Policy and Research Analyst. During her time with Fordham she has written over 200 articles for the Ohio Education Gadfly, Fordham’s blog (Flypaper), and op-eds/letters to the editor of various newspapers, and has conducted research and policy analysis on a variety of K-12 education issues. She is most interested in: teacher effectiveness/personnel policies; ways that schools, districts, and regions can better manage human capital; early learning policies; hybrid/blended learning; school turnarounds; and policies related to helping schools do more with less.

Prior to coming to Fordham, Jamie graduated from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she earned a Masters in Public Affairs with a focus on domestic policy. Jamie also led two tutoring and mentoring programs serving nearby Trenton students. In 2008, she was selected as an Education Pioneer and during her fellowship she developed a teacher recruitment strategy for the Beginning with Children Foundation and its two partner charter schools in New York City. Jamie was a 2005 Teach For America corps member in Camden, New Jersey. She holds a bachelor's degree in politics from Messiah College, and was named a 2004 Truman Scholar for her commitment to public service.

A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Jamie resides in Columbus with her husband and two cats. She is also a yoga instructor, and enjoys live music, microbrews, and Pittsburgh sports.