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Who We Are: Matt Finster, PhD

Project Lead
Matt Finster

“The fate of our future depends on the education of our youth.”


About Matt Finster


Matt leads projects in educator effectiveness for the Region 5 and 14 Comprehensive Centers. He is an expert in developing strategic talent management systems that aim to create a more equitable distribution of effective teachers for all students.

With over 15 years of experience in educational policy research and technical assistance, Matt has supported education organizations at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as a variety of private foundations. He has authored or coauthored over 75 publications, technical reports, and presentations on topics ranging from the evaluation of teacher leadership programs to implementation costs for meeting student learning objectives.


Career Highlights

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Capital Management

  • Quantitative Analysis

  • Cost-effectiveness

  • Evaluation


  • PhD, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Washington

  • MAT, Teaching, Chapman University

  • BA, Philosophy, UC Santa Barbara

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