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Titilayo Tinubu Ali

Director of Research & Policy

SEF Names Titilayo Tinubu Ali Director of Research & Policy

December 4, 2019 (Atlanta, Georgia) — Titilayo Tinubu Ali has been selected as the Southern Education Foundation’s Director of Research and Policy effective December 2, 2019. Ali comes to SEF from the Learning Policy Institute where she has served as a Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst and as a consultant. While at LPI Ali served as one of the co-authors of the book, On the Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Changing Children’s Lives.
Ali’s prior research has included studies of local school governance, assessment of early care and education programs in New York City, and analysis of professional development interventions in Head Start classrooms. She also served in a variety of legal, management, research, and communications roles in the nonprofit, for-profit, philanthropic, and political sectors.

Ali earned her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, her M.A. in Sociology of Education and Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her B.A. in English from Spelman College. She is a member of the State Bar of California and a court-appointed citizen advocate for children in foster care.

At SEF, Ali will be responsible for the development, identification and collection of research applicable to the advancement of SEF’s mission to strengthen educational opportunities for African American and low income students in the southern states. In this role, Ali will manage the development of SEF’s research informed policy positions and advocacy initiatives.
“We are exceptionally pleased to have Titilayo join our team here at the Southern Education Foundation,” said SEF President and CEO Raymond Pierce. “Titilayo’s experience and preparation for the Director of Research and Policy position will be a tremendous asset to SEF in our efforts toward engaging the highest level of education policy research to address continued inequities and challenges in public education in the southern states.”


About The Southern Education Foundation
SEF was founded in 1867 as the Peabody Fund created by wealthy philanthropist George Peabody for the education of formerly enslaved African Americans along with poor whites in the southern states following the Civil War. Through the eventual consolidation of several education foundations, SEF emerged to play a major role in the development of education opportunity in the American South. Based in Atlanta, SEF continues to advance its 152-year-old mission by pursuing equity in education opportunities through its leadership development, research and education advocacy activities.
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