Rachel Anderson

Director, Policy and Research Strategy

My work at DQC is inspired by children! Knowing the opportunities for growth, empowerment, and joy that learning provides children motivates me to work on improving education for all children every day.


Rachel leads DQC’s work to understand and support the field’s progress and impact in using data in service of student learning. She guides the organization’s research strategy and collaborates with partners and policymakers to identify best practices and success stories. Rachel’s work also focuses on student data privacy, federal policy, education research, and state and federal legislation.

Rachel was most recently DQC’s Director of Policy and Practice, leading the organization’s work to foster an effective role for the federal government in supporting education data use. Prior to joining DQC in 2013, Rachel worked as a research analyst in early childhood development at Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization. There she explored topics such as the definition and measurement of school readiness skills, curriculum implementation and evaluation, and teacher preparation and professional development. During her graduate studies, she worked for the Ounce of Prevention Fund with their National Policy Consultation Team, providing early education policy information and guidance to state advocates.

Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University and a master’s in public policy from The University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Outside the world of education data, Rachel enjoys hiking and is always eager to try new trails.