Jo Ann Izu

Senior Research Associate

Jo Ann Izu

Senior Research Associate Jo Ann H. Izu has more than 20 years experience in policy research and evaluation, specializing in education and youth-related reforms, and emphasizing low income and/or culturally and linguistically diverse students.

She serves as Data and Evaluation Coordinator for Safe Passages, an Urban Health Initiative site focused on Oakland children and youth, and Evaluator for a Yup'ik Indian Mathematics Curriculum Project and the Oakland Museum of California's family programs.

Izu has directed an evaluation of Los Angeles (CA) Unified School District's charter schools and a school-linked service evaluation and studies of state restructuring initiatives and has developed evaluation plans and assessment tools for schools, charter schools, and San Francisco Bay Area youth development programs.

As a board member of the St. John's Educational Threshold Center in San Francisco — an organization that provides after-school tutoring, art, leadership development, and other activities for youth in the City's North Mission area - she has worked with staff and students of San Francisco's Beacon Schools (comprehensive, school-linked service efforts) and after-school and summer youth development programs.

She received a BEd in secondary education from the University of Hawaii, and an MA in sociology and a PhD in sociology of education from Stanford University.