The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University


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AGI Staff and Students

A talented and dedicated team of AGI staff and students are engaged in the work of the AGI. Each year the AGI employs a number of Harvard students—both graduate and undergraduate—in part-time research assignments. Students play active roles on current projects as well as on initiating new ones.


Ann Ballantine
Special Projects


Ann has over thirty years of experience in consulting and management roles including finance, strategic planning, research, communications, and technology.  She has contributed to diverse AGI projects including conferences, reports, website, and communications. She holds an M.B.A. in finance from New York University’s Stern School, an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. cum laude in History from Boston University.

Jocelyn Friedlander Research Assistant


Jocelyn works on a number of AGI projects. She is the lead project manager for the Seeding Success Initiative. She received an Ed.M. in the Prevention Science and Practice program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to getting her master’s, Jocelyn worked at Columbia University’s National Center for Children and Families where she focused on early childhood policy issues at the state and federal levels. Jocelyn holds a B.A. in psychology from Yale University.

Stephen Simpson
Research Assistant

Stephen works on several AGI projects.  He previously worked as a consultant for several low-performing school districts in the United States. Prior to his work as a consultant, he was a campaign staffer for President Obama’s successful bid for re-election in 2012. He holds a B.A. in Communication and Culture from Howard University.