Center for Public Research and Leadership
The Center for Public Research and Leadership (“CPRL”) is an emerging partnership of top professional schools that prepares students for leadership positions in public education organizations committed to improving the life chances of all children. The program aspires to bring together upper-level graduate students in business, policy, education, and law from universities across the nation to study and engage in consulting projects serving public- and social-sector organizations undertaking and supporting transformational change in K-12 education and in the public sector as a whole. We offer graduate students the rigorous, multi-disciplinary, academic and experiential preparation they need to flourish in exciting leadership, management, and professional positions in those same organizations while simultaneously offering the organizations high-quality, low-cost consulting support.
We aspire to:
- Widen the pool of capable, professionally diverse managers and leaders dedicated to improving public education;
- Enhance the education and wider public sector’s access to robust, affordable consulting support and usable tools and research; and
- Expand and equalize access to high-quality education for all children.
We plan to achieve this by:
- Attracting talented students from a diverse set of top professional schools and universities to study how organizations work and change;
- Developing the capabilities they need to make public education organizations more effective and agile;
- Enriching their learning through consulting projects for those organizations; and
- Motivating them to pursue careers in public service.
James S. Liebman, Columbia Law School’s Simon H. Rifkin Professor of Law and former head of the New York City Schools’ Division of Accountability and Achievement Resources directs CPRL, conducts its academic seminar, and oversees its consulting teams.
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Faculty and Staff bios
Amanda is an Engagement Manager at CPRL and an independent consultant with education nonprofits and school districts. Her prior roles include the founding COO for Public Square Partnership and Deputy Chief Portfolio Officer at the NYC Department of Education. Amanda began her career as a high school English teacher. She holds a BA from Rice University, an MA Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA in Social Enterprise from Columbia University. She is an alumna of TFA, TFA’s School Systems Leaders Fellowship, and Education Pioneers.
Liz is CPRL’s Senior Director of Research and Curriculum and serves as an Engagement Manager. Before joining CPRL, Liz was an Assistant Professor of Practice at Relay Graduate School of Education, where she taught general pedagogy courses, designed and managed internal data collection systems, and performed research on school discipline, teacher preparation, and social-emotional learning. Liz began her work in education as a middle and high school English teacher in the South Bronx. She earned her BA from Yale University, her MA in Teaching from Pace University, and her PhD in Education Policy from Columbia University.
Jen is a consultant to the Center for Public Research and Leadership, supporting their operations and strategic planning. Prior to this, Jen served as Deputy Director and Director of Strategy for the Partnership for Inner-City Education, an independent non-profit which operates six Catholic elementary schools in the south Bronx and Harlem. Both before and after business school, Jen was a management consultant for Booz & Company. Jen earned her AB from Princeton University and her MBA from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management.
Tatyana is an Assistant Director at CPRL. Tatyana joined Columbia Law School (CLS) in 1999 as a faculty assistant. From 2002 to 2005, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Dean. In 2005, she was named the Assistant Director of the Parker School at CLS. Tatyana graduated summa cum laude from Manhattan College with a BA in History and French and received her Master of Letters in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews.
Cynthia is an Engagement Manager for CPRL. She began her career in education as an English Language Arts teacher in Harlem, New York. Cynthia taught in traditional and charter public schools and also led professional development sessions, designed curriculum, and completed program evaluation activities for various after-school programs. Cynthia earned her BA from Colgate University, her MA in Teaching from Pace University, and her MA in Sociology and Education from Columbia University.
James S. Liebman, Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, is the Executive Director of the Consortium for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL). From 2006 to 2009, Jim took a partial leave of absence from Columbia Law School to serve as Chief Accountability Officer at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). While there, he created and led the Division of Accountability and Achievement Resources, directed the City's summative assessment programs, directed the design and implementation of the City's comprehensive new accountability and periodic assessment systems, facilitated the establishment in each of the City's 1500 schools of inquiry teams for using data to improve student learning, and designed and deployed a citywide instructional data system that won the 2009 Government Technology Magazine and Digital Government Award for Overall Excellence in Technology. Jim joined the Columbia law faculty in 1985 and he served as Vice Dean from 1991 to 1992. He was Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund from 1979 to 1985, where he specialized in school desegregation litigation. He served as law clerk to Judge Carl McGowan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1977 to 1978, and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1978 to 1979. Jim earned his BA from Yale University and his JD from Stanford University.
Jamie Litt is an Engagement Manager at CPRL. She is also a doctoral student at Teachers College in the Politics and Education department. Before joining CPRL, Jamie served as a graduate research assistant at Teachers College and conducted research and policy analyses at New Visions for Public Schools. She also worked at RMC Research, where she provided technical assistance to the New York State Education Department. She earned her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Julia is CPRL's Director of Expansion and serves as an Engagement Manager. Before that, she led Relay Graduate School of Education's media team, and later focused on Relay GSE's organizational planning and growth initiatives. She has worked as a management consultant at Booz & Company, and has been a TFA development staff member and corps member. Julia earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, her MA in Teaching from Pace University, and her MBA from Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.
Claire is the Operations Manager at CPRL. She has a background in history of science, and has worked as a science and mathematics educator in the US and UK. Claire was previously a research assistant and program coordinator for experiential learning initiatives at the Center for Science and Society at Columbia, and has been a visiting lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Before joining CPRL she was a Humanities Fellow at the New York Botanical Garden. Claire has a BA in History from Columbia and an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge.
Rob is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education and adjunct instructor at the Education Policy & Social Analysis Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. He successfully defended his dissertation, which grew out of a CPRL project on teacher collaboration, and anticipates receiving his PhD in Economics and Education in February. During his graduate studies, Rob has served as an Engagement Manager and Research Assistant on a number of CPRL projects, and as a research assistant for a number of projects across TC and Columbia that bridge research, policy, and practice. Prior to graduate school, Rob was a Teach for America Corps member and taught middle school US History and high school economics and government in New York City for five years. He received his MS in Teaching from Pace University and BA in History and Spanish from the State University of New York at Albany.
Jessica is CPRL’s Senior Engagement Manager and Researcher, and she is currently completing her Ph.D. in Education Policy at Columbia University. Prior to joining CPRL, Jessica was a consultant for the New York City Department of Education, where she completed various teacher development and evaluation projects. She also worked at Girls Preparatory Charter School for nine years, first as an elementary school teacher, and then as the founder and director of an in-service teacher preparation program. Jessica earned her BA from the University of Chicago and an MS in Childhood Education from Hunter College at the City University of New York.