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Lindsay Shanahan

Senior Associate

  • Biography

Lindsay is a Senior Associate focusing in Afton’s school district and state education agency practice. Previously as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Providence Public Schools, Lindsay supported the implementation of the District’s Turnaround Action Plan focused on the transformation of school and District processes in service of accelerated student achievement. Lindsay developed systems and structures for cross departmental collaboration and progress monitoring to enable a more efficient and successful Central Office in service of the District’s students, staff and schools.

Prior to her role at Providence Public Schools, Lindsay worked as a Senior Education Associate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. She supported the development and operations of the MITx MicroMasters and Blended Master’s program at MIT in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP). Aimed at providing accessible, rigorous high quality academic coursework to thousands of students around the world, Lindsay oversaw the course maintenance, exam delivery, student communication and managed the planning of the new Master’s program including fundraising efforts, student recruitment, application design, program communication, and resource creation. She has also worked as a Research Assistant for the Common App exploring the educational outcomes of students who submitted their college applications with the Common App. This work included examining and analyzing data from the National Student Clearinghouse and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to gain insights on the impact of utilizing the Common App on college access and equity, post-secondary completion, and long term student success.

Lindsay has her Master’s Degree in Urban Education Policy from Brown University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.