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The Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides rigorous research- and evidence-based perspectives on education issues spanning prekindergarten to careers, including reports, briefs, legislative guides, and our InformED blog—all written by AIR experts.


Dr. Angela Minnici, Director at Education Policy Center

Angela Minnici, Ph.D.

Angela Minnici is a Vice President at the American Institutes for Research. As Vice President she oversees AIR’s federally funded comprehensive centers, which provide states with technical assistance to help improve teaching and learning. Dr. Minnici is also the director of the Education Policy Center at AIR, a vehicle for rigorous research and evidence-based perspectives on education issues spanning pre-kindergarten to careers. She began her career as a public school teacher and has held various positions in education and research working with diverse education stakeholders such as federal and state policymakers, teachers, administrators, parents and other education organizations. Dr. Minnici earned her doctorate in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sara Wraight, Director of Outreach at Education Policy Center

Sara Wraight
Director of State & Federal Outreach

Sara Wraight is a policy principal at AIR. She currently serves as director of the Midwest Comprehensive Center which provides technical assistance to build the capacity of state education agencies in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Her extensive facilitation experience includes providing technical assistance to state-level task forces on educator effectiveness, literacy, regional support systems, and accountability. In her research, policy, and technical assistance work, Wraight benefits from her experience as an educator, having taught in Chicago at the upper elementary and high school levels. Prior to entering the field of education, she was a practicing attorney.

Diana Huynh, Deputy Director of Education Policy Center

Diana Huynh
Deputy Director

Diana Huynh specializes in policy and communications at AIR, where she helps experts share their work with policymakers, practitioners and journalists. She was previously a producer at NPR affiliate WNYC for Freakonomics Radio, a program that explores the science behind human behavior. Huynh also spent time in the classroom as an assistant teacher for Pennsylvania’s Migrant Education Program and then later with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. She holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Temple University and a master’s in public and nonprofit policy and management from New York University.

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Jenni Fipaza, Project Manager

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