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Ali Gross

Program Officer, Education

Ali Gross joined Barr’s Education team in 2019 as a Program Officer for the Catalyze New Models strategy, focused on fueling fresh high school designs that fit local contexts and transform the high school experience to put success within reach of all students.

Prior to joining Barr, Ali worked for over 10 years in Boston Public Schools. In her most recent role in the Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital, she advised and provided direct support to over 200 school leaders at 63 schools with teacher observation and feedback practices, and managed district-level strategic projects and professional learning initiatives around educator evaluation. Before joining the central office team, she worked in a number of Boston public schools, including managing the professional development and outreach center at Boston Arts Academy and teaching 6th grade with Citizen Schools at the Edwards Middle School. She is interested in how federal, state, and district policies play out in classrooms, and how we can create the conditions for deeper, more meaningful learning experiences for both students and educators.

Ali holds a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Education Policy & Management and a B.A. from Tufts University in Child Development and Sociology. When she isn't talking about schools, she loves to bake, make restaurant recommendations, practice yoga, and spend time with friends and family.