Jamie Davies O'Leary

Senior Ohio Policy Analyst

Jamie is a Senior Ohio Policy Analyst for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where she writes, conducts research, and makes policy recommendations on charter schools, teacher effectiveness, student achievement, accountability, and more. She has authored hundreds of articles for the Ohio Education Gadfly, and has published op-eds in the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, Dayton Daily News, and Cincinnati Enquirer. She also works with a network of high-quality charter schools who are preparing low-income Ohio students for success in high school and college, advocating for better access to facilities and more equitable funding. 
 
Jamie has worked in Ohio education policy for seven years and in education for over a decade. She was a kindergarten teacher in Camden, New Jersey and has tutored and mentored students in schools as well as domestic violence shelters. As a first-generation college graduate, she is a firm believer in setting high expectations for all children – no matter their background – and setting public policies that support that belief.
 
Jamie is an alumna of the Teach For America program (Camden), an Education Pioneers fellow (2008), a Truman Scholarship fellow (2004), and holds a master’s of public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Jamie resides in Columbus with her husband, two daughters, and two cats.
 
 

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