Samuel Roe

Associate Director, Policy Research

Samuel Roe

Data is required to make sure that advocates, communities, and policymakers make the best choices for children.

Samuel works to shape and carry out DQC’s advocacy work by helping make sense of the education field, its use of data, and the policies in support of that use. He collaborates with other organizational leaders to design, oversee, and interpret diverse research initiatives and to translate their findings for the field. 

Before joining DQC, Samuel was a managing director with Education Performance Group. There, he assisted leaders in the education sector on advocacy, educational technology, strategy, and operations. Previously, Samuel worked in the Office of the Associate Commissioner at the Texas Education Agency and was an innovation advisor in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Education. Before working in government, Samuel was Director of Public Policy & Special Initiatives at Citizen Schools and worked in New York City professional services firms where he counseled client in the private equity, venture capital, education sectors.  

Samuel earned a juris doctor from the New York University School of Law, a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Samuel is a Root Tilden Kern and Harry S. Truman Scholar. He was awarded the American Economic Association Summer Training Fellowship to conduct research and complete doctoral economics & statistics courses at Duke University. His research has been cited by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the United States Department of Health & Human Services. Outside of education policy, Samuel enjoys watching and playing sports, traveling, and watching a good movie. 

Why do you do this work? Education is one the main levers for social change. I have a deep commitment to using that lever for good.

Tell us a data use story that you love. Any story that involves parents and students using data to improve educational outcomes.

What’s your superpower? Outlining.