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.
Regin is the Operations Manager at CPRL. She has a background in both education and psychology, with a particular focus on school-based interventions. Prior to joining CPRL, Regin served as a Project Director for several large-scale research projects, including an evaluation of the Common Core Learning Standards in New York State (CUNY), and studies of the 4Rs and CARE for Teachers programs (Fordham). Regin earned her AB from Princeton University and her Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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 Senior Director of External Affairs 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.
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.