Education Policy Expert Laura Jimenez Joins AIR

Washington, D.C. – Education policy expert Laura Jimenez, formerly of the U.S. Department of Education, has joined the American Institutes for Research (AIR) as head of the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center. Jimenez served as special assistant in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the department.

As director of the center, Jimenez will continue its mission of helping states and regional technical assistance centers build capacity for college and career readiness and success initiatives.

“Leading the CCRS Center is an opportunity to directly support states and districts as they take on the enormous task of getting all students ready for college and careers,” Jimenez said. “The Center is able to provide them with the best available information on research and practice that they can then adopt and apply to their work.”

At the U.S. Department of Education, Jimenez advised the secretary and assistant secretary on Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility, oversaw efforts to develop policies related to college and career readiness and success, and oversaw technical assistance to states working with special populations, including American Indian/Alaska Native students and English language learners.

“AIR focuses on using the best evidence to inform public understanding and policymaking,” said AIR Vice President Elizabeth Grant. “Laura’s strong credentials and expertise add value to this work and to our commitment to improve learning for all.”

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Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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