Boston Education Expert Conversations Series
E4E-Boston will engage in thought-provoking conversations with individuals in Massachusetts who are making an impact on education or have specific insight into education systems. These conversations will be 30 minutes and will be livestreamed. Through our discussion we will illuminate what is already being done to address pressing issues in education policy, and what the participant believes still needs to happen to ensure an equitable and excellent education system in the Commonwealth.
Episode 103 - Conversation with Natasha Ushomirsky
May 12, 2022 | 12PM EST
E4E-Boston State Director Lisa Lazare will sit down with Natasha Ushomirsky for our Season 1 finale. Natasha serves as the State Director for Massachusetts at The Education Trust. During our show we'll discuss the what is already being done to address pressing issues in education policy, and what the participant believes still needs to happen to ensure an equitable and excellent education system in the Commonwealth.
Host: Lisa Lazare
Lisa Lazare is the State Director of Educators For Excellence-Boston. Lisa joins Educators for Excellence to continue positively impacting communities of color in education. As an immigrant and a woman of color, there have been many spaces where she felt her voice was either stifled or not allowed. As State Director, she grounds herself in listening to the needs of her community and always bears in mind that best intentions do not always have the intended impact.
Guest: Natasha Ushomirsky
Natasha currently serves as the State Director for Massachusetts at The Education Trust. In this role, she builds relationships with and supports a diverse team of Massachusetts advocacy organizations and stakeholders working to increase educational opportunity and achievement among historically underserved students.
Natasha has been with The Education Trust for more than a decade. She previously served as Ed Trust’s national director of P-12 policy, where she led the development of the organization’s policy agenda on issues critical to promoting equity and achievement in the P-12 system, including standards, assessments, accountability, educator quality, and funding fairness. She started her career at Ed Trust as an analyst, a role in which she focused on using data to better understand the gaps in opportunity and achievement in our education system.
Before joining The Education Trust, Natasha completed her master’s in education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm, where she was involved in a variety of research and analysis projects, including economic analyses of environmental regulations and market studies. She holds a bachelor’s in economics and Spanish language and literature from Brandeis University.