Abigail Cohen

Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy
Abigail Cohen

No matter which piece of the education reform pie you think about, effective data use is the best way to drive change and improve outcomes for all children.


Abby works across a number of DQC’s policy priority areas, conducting project specific research, writing, and policy analysis. As a senior associate, Abby combines her love of policy with her passion for education reform. Working on diverse issues from teacher preparation to family empowerment allows Abby to deepen her content knowledge while developing valuable skills.

Before joining DQC in 2015, Abby was the Director of Program Partners at Higher Achievement, a Washington, DC–based nonprofit that provides year-round academic support to middle school students. In this role, Abby managed all of the extracurricular programming provided to the more than 500 students in the program. Abby holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Richmond as well as an M.P.P from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

When she’s not at work, Abby continues to serve as a weekly volunteer mentor with Higher Achievement, teaching math to a small group of 6th grade students. She also enjoys cooking and travelling, especially to national parks.