If “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” data is a necessary and insightful tool to accelerate learning for all students, especially those furthest from opportunity.
As senior associate for policy and advocacy, Fata supports state leaders and DQC partners by analyzing, distilling, and communicating about data use policy and practices at the local, state, federal, and national levels.
Fata began her career in education as a corps member with City Year Miami. Prior to joining DQC, Fata was the Intergovernmental Affairs Analyst for District of Columbia Public Schools, where she ensured quality information sharing with DC City Council members, elected officials, community members, parents, and families through strategic engagement efforts. In this role, she facilitated cross-team coordination to provide the City Council with an overview of the agency’s financial plans and activities for the previous and coming fiscal years.
She also has served as a mixed methods analyst at a policy research firm where she analyzed the results of survey data collected from over 200 federally funded technical assistance recipients to determine the extent to which early childhood education, and teacher and school leader development projects achieved their goals.
Fata received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in Public Policy from American University. Outside of work, Fata loves to dance bachata, bike around DC’s landmarks and cultural institutions, people watch, and read outdoors.
Why do you do this work? I believe strongly in the impact of data as a fundamental lever to increase student learning and celebrate examples of systemic change that help students excel. I value teacher autonomy and believe that all teachers, families, and students win when we use data-driven tools and resources to aid learning.
Who are your education heroes? My older sister inspired the joy I found in reading and Mrs. Fitzpatrick, my first grade teacher, fostered and encouraged this love for literacy. My most formative educational experience, however, was led by a college professor, Dr. Laurence Glasco. He created a safe learning environment where I saw myself reflected in instruction, and explored my culture and identity as we explored the history of Pittsburgh.
What’s your superpower? My superpower is that I am a pragmatic optimist. With these powers I am able to find solutions to the most difficult challenges, including finding ways to beat my family in Scrabble.