Marissa Cole currently serves as Associate Director for the Center for Promise. Prior to joining the Center, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education. In this capacity, she advised the Secretary on policies including dropout prevention and recovery, interagency collaboration, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), served as legislative director and helped manage the day-to-day operations of the office. Previously, Cole was Assistant Director of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, a non-partisan non-profit education policy think tank in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cole also formerly served as Legislative and Budget Director for Massachusetts State Senator Ed Augustus, where she advised him on education policy issues. She earned her Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and received her B.A. in Child Development from Tufts University, where her studies focused on positive youth development.
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