Cheryl Almeida directs JFF's research on improving options and outcomes for struggling students and out-of-school youth. She has over 25 years of experience in research, evaluation, and policy and program development in education and child development. Her recent publications have focused on the education persistence of dropouts and on state policies that support improved outcomes for struggling students and out-of-school youth. Previously, Cheryl provided technical assistance and professional development to JFF’s Connected Learning Communities Network and helped develop a toolkit that offers practical ways for communities to develop, sustain, and assess community-connected learning. Cheryl also served the Benchmark Communities Initiative as lead designer on cross-site surveys for teachers, business supervisors, and students; conducted site visits to assess district status on school-to-career goals, implementation, and success; and wrote policy-based reports on findings.
Before joining JFF, Cheryl spent 15 years as an education consultant on research, policy, professional development, and evaluation. She received her master's degree in applied developmental psychology from Tufts University and her bachelor's degree in psychology from College of the Holy Cross.