Wesley Whistle is a senior advisor for policy and strategy with the Education Policy program. As a member of the higher education team, he researches and analyzes policy as well as implements advocacy strategies to create a more equitable and accountable system of higher education. Prior to joining New America, Whistle was an education policy advisor at Third Way. He was previously a higher education administrator at colleges and universities in Kentucky, working on accreditation, federal and state reporting, and assessment. Outside of education, he also worked in Kentucky state government with the general assembly, the state auditor, and the cabinet for economic development.
Whistle earned his master’s in public administration, with a concentration in education policy, from the University of Kentucky and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Kentucky Wesleyan College. His experience as a Pell Grant recipient and first-generation college graduate informs his work everyday.