Elliot Haspel is an early childhood and K-12 education policy expert and writer. He started his career as a 4th grade public school teacher in Arizona via the Teach For America program. Following his time in the classroom, he earned a Master’s in Education Policy & Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Elliot has worked for numerous education policy and advocacy organizations. He was selected out of an applicant pool of nearly 100 be one of five inaugural Education Advocacy Fellows for the nonprofit 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now. He was also competitively chosen to be a Fellow by the New Leaders Council, the “hub for progressive Millennial thought leadership.” He was the co-founder of the nonprofit Education Success Network, where he produced bite-sized videos for teachers about pedagogical research that have been viewed on YouTube over 200,000 times.
From 2016-2018, Elliot served as the on-staff Policy Analyst for the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, a public-private nonprofit charged with providing guidance on early care and education to Virginia’s legislative and executive branches. He currently works as the Program Officer for Education Policy & Research at the Robins Foundation, one of the largest and oldest philanthropic foundations in Richmond, Virginia, where he oversees the Foundation’s early childhood portfolio.
Elliot’s writings have been featured on numerous mediums ranging from The Washington Post to The New Republic to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
Elliot lives in Richmond, VA with his wife and two spirited young daughters.