Rachel Fishman is the deputy director for research with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the higher education initiative, where she provides research and analysis on policies related to college finance, consumer protection and transparency, and access and success of post-traditional students. Fishman leads the initiative’s public opinion work including Varying Degrees, its signature annual survey. Fishman and her work have been cited in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR. Her blogging on financial aid won a national award from the Education Writers Association in 2013.
Fishman previously worked as an education advisor for The College Planning Center in Boston where she provided guidance to students and families on how to plan and pay for college. She holds a master’s degree in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.