Alyssa Na’im, research scientist, is an expert in applied research, policy analysis, program evaluation, training and technical assistance, and project management. Across EDC, she leads and advances initiatives that build capacity to improve the quality and equity of education.

Na’im is devoted to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her work on the National Science Foundation-funded INCLUDES Coordination Hub focuses on broadening participation for populations underrepresented in STEM. Previously, she advanced the work of the EDC-led Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Learning Resource Center.

A frequent blogger for AEA365, Na’im has co-authored two reports: A Program Director’s Guide to Evaluating STEM Education Programs and Advancing Research on Youth Motivation in STEM. Before joining EDC, she was a policy analyst for the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, where she analyzed state budget data, studied policy issues affecting low- and moderate-income populations, and co-authored the policy report Real People, Real Cuts, Real Pain.

Na’im holds a BS in Chemistry from Spelman College and an MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.