Michaela Pernetti

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Educational Leadership & Policy

M.P.P. in Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2022
B.A. in English and Political Science, Santa Clara University, 2019

Email: mpernetti@utexas.edu
Michaela is a doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Planning (EPP) program whose research interests are aimed at attaining greater educational equity in PK-20 public education. She plans to examine how education policies and school-based programs can improve the outcomes of historically disadvantaged students or those with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

After completing her undergraduate degree at Santa Clara, Michaela worked in public health policy advocacy in her hometown of Sacramento, CA. While completing her Masters degree, she served on the policy and professional learning teams at the Chicago Public Schools Office of Equity. She is currently a member of SPIRAL, a research team led by Dr. Sarah Powell, aimed at providing professional development and support with legislation-supported post-pandemic mathematics interventions to fourth and fifth grade educators in Austin ISD.

In her free time, Michaela volunteers with Camp Kesem, a nationwide nonprofit empowering college student leaders to provide year-round support and a free summer camp for children affected by a parent's cancer.