Andrea Browning is a Senior Policy Advisor on WestEd’s Culturally Responsive Systems team. She leads technical assistance, coaching, policy, and implementation support for state, district, and school leaders and practitioners. She specializes in social and emotional learning, student-centered and empowering education, personalized learning, and culturally responsive environments.
Andrea is currently the Project Director for both the Equity Mindsets, Systems and Practices body of work for the Oregon Department of Education and the Portrait of a Learner project to create a student-centered learning vision for Lyon County School District in Nevada. She also serves as a content expert for the National Charter School Resource Center, the California Center for School Climate, and a joint effort with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the intersection between social and emotional learning and math instruction.
Andrea’s career in education began more than two decades ago at the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado and has since included research and policy roles with child and youth-focused nonprofit organizations. She also spent five years at the U.S. Department of Education leading the Race to the Top-District personalized learning portfolio. Her previous roles at WestEd include Deputy Director of the WestEd Leandro team, which advised the state of North Carolina on equity-centered actions necessary to provide every child with a sound basic education, and as the Director of Regional Initiatives for the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center.
Outside of WestEd, Andrea moonlights as a yoga and meditation teacher in Washington, DC, where she is also a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, a PK-8 public charter school. Andrea holds a BS in education and social policy from Northwestern University and a master of public administration from George Washington University.