Alexandra Waugh is a senior program manager with JFF’s Postsecondary team, which works to improve student success by helping states and their community colleges dramatically increase the number of students who complete college and earn high-value credentials. Alexandra manages project planning and execution across the team’s initiatives, leads policy research, and assists with the delivery of in-state technical assistance.
Much of her work at JFF has focused on identifying and expanding institutional and state policies that support underprepared learners to achieve postsecondary success. For the national initiative Accelerating Opportunity—which focused on community college redesign through Adult Basic Education programs and policies that substantially increase the number of adults who simultaneously earn a GED and a credential with labor market value—Alexandra co-designed the Braided Funding Toolkit. The toolkit provides states and community colleges with resources to identify major federal and state funding streams that may be available to support integrated pathways that combine basic skills delivery with career and technical instruction to accelerate underprepared students to the completion of a credential.
Currently, Alexandra provides technical assistance and policy support to four states implementing a policy framework designed to advance STEM-focused community college pathways to middle-skill STEM careers.
Before coming to JFF, Alexandra helped conduct a five-year research project at Simmons College on disabled youths’ transitions into adulthood. She has also served under Massachusetts State Senator Cynthia Creem as a Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fellow.
Alexandra has a master’s degree in public policy from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Simmons College.