Kimberly Austin


Kimberly Austin joins Transcend as a partner on the Data, Research, and Learning team. Before Transcend, Kimberly was the Deputy Director of Quality and Improvement at the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) at Columbia University. In this role, Kimberly led efforts to improve the design, implementation, and efficacy of CPRL’s research and consulting services and its leadership development programming.

Through her work at CRPL and previous roles at Relay Graduate School of Education and the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago, Kimberly has designed and conducted research and evaluation projects related to school reform and improvement, school integration, professional development, digital media literacy, and social-emotional learning, among other topics. She began her career in education as an elementary teacher.

Kimberly has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.


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