Rachel Wallace

Associate, Policy and Advocacy

Rachel Wallace

Working at an afterschool program made me realize how much more could be done if we had access to different types of data. High-quality, integrated data is essential for creating and ensuring educational opportunity.

As an associate, Rachel supports DQC’s research, analysis, and advocacy efforts, working to ensure that state leaders and advocates have the information they need to make data systems transparent, readily available, and equitable for students, families, and educators.  

Before joining DQC, Rachel worked as an Education Program Associate at a local nonprofit, serving students at a learning hub and afterschool program during the COVID-19 pandemic. There, she worked closely with students, parents, and teachers to support student learning and advance access to educational opportunities. Rachel has also worked as a research assistant on various projects focused on the social and educational development of children.  

Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in public policy from American University. Outside of work, Rachel loves to cook, cheer on her favorite sports teams, and find new rooftop spots around DC. 

Who are your education heroes? My high school English teacher, Mr. Thomas, is my education hero. He taught me how to think and write critically while keeping learning fun.

What is your favorite DQC resource? The Toward A Better Measure resource on ascertaining student need. The intersection of social and educational supports is really important to me, and this is a great way to show how we can better understand and help students who are facing challenges like economic disadvantage or food insecurity.

If you could have dinner with three people, who would they be? Trevor Noah, Princess Diana, and Anthony Bourdain.