Sara Lamback is a senior program manager in JFF's Building Economic Opportunity Group, providing project management, administrative, and technical support on projects that help low-income adults train for and succeed in jobs with career advancement potential. Ms. Lamback came to JFF as an Education Pioneers Fellow with the Credentials That Work team, where she developed a tool for community colleges to engage regional employers in developing high-demand degree and credential programs.
Ms. Lamback has 10 years of experience in the field of education; she has worked as a practitioner, researcher, and educational program evaluator. Immediately before joining JFF, Ms. Lamback conducted research at Harvard University’s Achievement Gap Initiative, where her work focused on secondary-to-postsecondary transitions, effective school leadership, and developing systems-change initiatives. While at Harvard, she co-authored the report Creating Pathways to Prosperity: A Blueprint for Action, which examined the opportunities and impediments to systemic reform of our nation’s approach to education and workforce development. Ms. Lamback is a former teacher and has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels; she began her career as a sixth-grade teacher in the Mississippi Delta.
Ms. Lamback earned her master's degree in education policy and management from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also has a master's degree in French literature, with specialization in gender studies, from Middlebury College and a bachelor's degree in French and political science from Wake Forest University.