William Berry

PK-12 Data and Policy Analyst

William Berry serves as SEF’s PK-12 Data and Policy Analyst. His work focuses on examining state and federal government policy initiatives as they relate to the educational achievement of low-income students and students of color in the South. Specifically, William supports grassroots organizations with information/data, researches school privatization efforts (vouchers and tax-credit scholarship) in the South, tracks Southern legislative trends, supports data-informed community engagement and engages with partner organizations throughout the region.

William developed his passion for educational equity as an AmeriCorps member, first serving in Little Rock, Arkansas with  City Year and later with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers in Baltimore, Maryland. During both programs, he worked closely with students and families in low-income communities.

After teaching English in Japan for 2 years, William went to graduate school and served as a Strategy and Development Intern with AmeriCorps Alums at the Points of Light Institute and as a Public Policy Intern with the AmeriCorps program, Citizen Schools. As a Mississippi native, William is happy to focus his work on the region he's called home for much of his life.

William began his undergraduate studies at Beloit College and completed his degree at Cornell University.  He also received an M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Leadership from American University in Washington, D.C..

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