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Sara McClafferty

Senior Analyst


Sara McClafferty

Sara McClafferty is committed to using strategy, data, and research to build systems that work for children and families. She is a Senior Analyst for Watershed Advisors.

Sara most recently served as a Strategic Data Project Fellow at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, where she utilized data analysis and communication to improve outcomes for students. Sara attended Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, where she designed and executed a quantitative program evaluation of Philadelphia’s community schools initiative. She also worked with the Hunt Institute to track states’ temporary regulations and supports for child care during the COVID-19 crisis.

Sara began her career at Data Quality Campaign, where she advocated for parents, educators, and policymakers to use high-quality education data in their decisionmaking. Sara also served as an elementary school teacher in Camden, NJ, where she taught math, literacy, and writing.

She holds a M.P.P. from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, a M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. from American University. Her work is dedicated to the brilliant, kind, and silly students of Camden Prep.

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