Da'Shon Carr

Policy Analyst, Education Policy

Da'Shon Carr was a policy analyst with the Education, Opportunity, and Mobility Initiative on New America's Higher Education Team. Her work focused on student basic needs issues that promote student success and outcomes. 

Previously, Carr worked at Public Profit, a small woman-owned San Francisco Bay Area consulting firm, where she employed culturally responsive, equitable, and participatory evaluation methods to deeply engage nonprofits, school districts, and community stakeholders to help improve service delivery and program outcomes for low-income communities and communities of color. As an independent data and evaluation consultant for various mission-driven organizations, like Young Invincibles and MyPath, she has led data and evaluation efforts to help advance and inform organizations' strategic planning and goals.

Carr has also worked as a graduate intern at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, where she analyzed and researched income support policies and programs and provided technical assistance to state policymakers and stakeholders on strategies to improve Temporary Needy Family Assistance (TANF) in their state.

Carr has also worked at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work's Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing Center (TXICFW), co-leading quantitative data collection and analysis to help improve the quality and access to childcare in the state of Texas. 

Carr earned her master's degree at Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and bachelor's degrees in African American and African Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Davis.