Sara McAlister conducts research on community organizing and supports the Institute’s Community Organizing and Engagement team with research and policy analysis. She works with the Center for Education Organizing, the Nellie Mae District Level Systems Change initiative, and the Gates Foundation College Readiness Indicator Systems initiative. She managed qualitative data for the Charles Steward Mott Foundation-funded national study of community organizing for school reform and is a co-author of Community Organizing for Stronger Schools: Strategies and Successes, published by Harvard Education Press. Previously, she taught in a dual-language elementary school in the Bronx. Sara holds an M.P.A in public policy from New York University Wagner, an M.S. in elementary education from Pace University, and a B.A. in architecture from Yale University.