Alexandra Ball

Senior Associate, Policy and Research

We need data to understand where educational inequities persist and how they can be solved– and in doing so, ensure that all kids have access to high-quality educational opportunities.


As a senior associate for policy and research, Allie supports the planning and execution of DQC’s research projects, including the annual review of state report cards, Show Me The Data. Allie also contributes to DQC’s efforts to strategically assess its own impact in the field. In addition, Allie helps lead DQC’s work to understand and support local capacity to use data in support of student success.

Prior to joining DQC in 2019, Allie was a research associate at SRI Education, a non-profit research organization. There, Allie supported numerous large-scale studies through data collection and analysis, writing, and strategic communications. She additionally served as Deputy Project Manager of the Regional Educational Laboratory of Appalachia, a 5-year federally funded collaborative of researchers, educators, and policymakers serving five states in the Appalachian region.

Allie holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from the University of Connecticut, as well as a master’s degree in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Allie enjoys cooking, running, and reading.

Why do you do this work? I do this work because we need good data to ensure that all kids have access to high-quality educational opportunities. Without data, we don’t know where gaps exist, how to best fix them, or even what constitutes “high quality.” That’s why our work at DQC matters, and why I’m proud to support that work.

Who are your education heroes? One of my heroes is Malala Yousafzai, for her inspirational story and tireless work to promote girls education around the world. Another is Dr. Andrew Ho, my statistics professor in grad school, because he always pushed us to remember that educational data is not just numbers, but represents real students and teachers.

If you could have dinner with three people, who would they be? Michelle Obama, John Mulaney and Ina Garten.