Felicia Sullivan, PhD, joined JFF in 2018 as associate research director. She leads a Hewlett-funded research-practice partnership in New Hampshire, provides additional leadership to the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, and is involved in the development of the JFF Research Unit.
Felicia previously worked with the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, where she served as senior researcher. She worked on a broad range of projects at CIRCLE, from program evaluation to quantitative and qualitative analysis. Felicia also has over two decades of teaching experience in a range of settings and a longstanding commitment to underserved populations.
Prior to her work at CIRCLE, Felicia worked in community-based practices, primarily in multi-ethnic, urban settings. She developed innovative programs for diverse community needs through organizations dedicated to arts and culture, social justice, community communication, and education.
Felicia's non-work life is centered in Lowell, Massachusetts, where she is an active community leader in a number of educational, arts, and civic engagement organizations.
She holds a doctorate in public policy from the John W. McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts–Boston and a master's degree in media studies from the New School for Social Research.