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Hannah Walsh-West

Hannah Walsh-West

Consultant for Policy, Guidance, and Data

Iowa Department of Education | Boston, MA

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Professional with over ten years of experience in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (PK-12) and higher education policy and administration, including four years of data analysis and database management. Recognized for performance excellence, operationalizing agency goals, and advancing policy priorities to achieve meaningful outcomes.

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Iowa Department of Education | Dec 2020 - Present

Education Program Consultant for Policy, Guidance, and Title IV, Part A

• Led policy research, development, and analysis for PK-12 education. • Managed implementation of PK-12 policy, program, and data initiatives—including administration of Iowa’s grant and subgrants under Title IV, Part A of Every Student Succeeds Act—and development of guidance and resources to support effective agency and classroom implementation. • Synthesized data and reviewed research and best practice to provide actionable policy recommendations. • Reviewed legislative and regulatory documents and tracked related action, analyzed implications, presented findings, and, if appropriate, provided policy recommendations. • Administered state data system and maintained program files, records, databases, and websites to gather research and prepare and submit six federal reports.
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Iowa Department of Education | Jul 2019 - Dec 2020

Education Program Consultant for Title IV, Part A and Every Student Succeeds Act

• Led PK-12 guidance development and assisted in policy research, development, implementation, and analysis. • Managed data collection and reporting for three federal reports. • Developed guidance, policy briefs, executive summaries, proposals, presentations, and reports outlining policy actions and in response to legislative information inquiries. • Acquired grant funding ($17.7 million) for educational programs and projects and drafted proposals, guidance, and agreements to support proper allocation and fund use. • Administered Iowa’s SSAE subgrant program to 327 subgrantees and implemented program-level policies and procedures, provided technical assistance, and monitored compliance.

Iowa Department of Education | Jan 2018 - Jun 2019

Coordinator for School Improvement and Title IV, Part A

• Led development of school improvement and federal programs guidance, supports, and training and supported PK-12 policy research and development. • Completed research, compiled records, statistics, and other relevant data, and assisted in timely reporting. • Administered and implemented federal subgrant program to 327 subgrantees and advised school district staff, administrators, and other educational stakeholders through workshops, technical assistance, and guidance. • Created and implemented program-level policies and procedures and monitored compliance to achieve program objectives. • Served on leadership teams and task forces addressing specific problems, issues, and PK-12 topics.

University of Iowa | Jun 2017 - Dec 2017

Administrative Services Coordinator

• Analyzed data, research, best practice, and stakeholder feedback to inform policy recommendations. • Offered strategic recommendations for institutional program and policy updates, factoring in political climate and trends. • Investigated legislation and policies currently under discussion to assess impact. • Led and implemented projects and analyzed data to identify opportunities for improvement. • Maximized initiative efficacy by creating and providing resources to support staff in application of best practices. • Reviewed current protocols and procedures, developed more effective strategies, and communicated these changes to leadership. • Served on leadership teams and task forces addressing specific problems, issues, and topics.

Iowa Department of Education | Jan 2017 - May 2017

Graduate Student Intern

• Researched and produced policy briefs on topics of concern, including accountability, compliance, school improvement, and components of the Every Student Succeeds Act. • Assisted in state and federal education law and policy research, development, and implementation for PK-12 education. • Read and interpreted federal law, federal regulations, state law, and state administrative rules.

University of Iowa | May 2016 - May 2017

Governmental Relations Committee Chair

• Advanced organization's legislative and political agenda through advocacy initiatives. • Analyzed and distilled related research findings to advise legislators and other stakeholders. • Prepared study reports, briefs, or other written materials to inform government or groups. • Tracked regulatory and legislative action to advance policy priorities. • Collaborated with educational groups to address and advance policy initiatives with governing agencies. • Created comprehensive political, legislative, and regulatory goals, strategies, and plans.

University of Iowa | Jun 2015 - May 2017

Faculty Administration Assistant

• Conducted policy research, gathered information, and presented results. • Reviewed and utilized feedback from internal and external stakeholders to initiate policy revisions. • Developed and maintained databases to track, analyze, and report performance data. • Researched and co-authored resource documents to support faculty members and university administrators in advancing equity and diversity and minimizing implicit bias. • Created resources and conducted training to support staff in application of best practices.

University of Iowa | Aug 2015 - May 2016

Graduate Student Senate Delegate, Social Science and Education

• Served as the Graduate Student Senate's delegate to University of Iowa Graduate and Professional Student Government for social science and education. • Advanced organization's legislative and political agenda through advocacy initiatives. • Prepared policy briefs and other written materials to inform government and stakeholder groups. • Tracked regulatory and legislative action to advance policy priorities. • Collaborated with educational groups to address and advance policy initiatives with governing agencies.

Board of Regents, State of Iowa | Nov 2012 - Apr 2015

Regent

• Served as full voting member and sole student on nine-member volunteer board that governs Iowa's three public universities, university hospital system, and two special PK-12 schools. • Collaborated with undergraduate, graduate, and professional student government leaders and other educational stakeholders to address and advance education initiatives with governing agencies. • Studied American Sign Language to communicate with special school students and community members. • Reviewed and approved academic programs, budgets (total enterprise budget of over $5.1 billion), tuition and fees, bonding, investment policies, and other business and finance matters. • Advocated for higher and special education issues at state and federal levels in several roles. • Served as student advisor to U.S. Department of Education and State Higher Education Executive Officers.

Association of American Universities | Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

Higher Education Policy Intern

• Conducted policy research, gathered information from multiple sources, and presented results. • Advanced policy priorities by tracking regulatory and legislative action and preparing reports on congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and policy seminars. • Prepared variety of different written communications, reports, and documents.

My Education

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Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Leadership StudiesUniversity of Iowa | 2017
Bachelor of Arts in Political ScienceUniversity of Iowa | 2015

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Hannah Walsh-West

Policy and data professional seeking additional skills

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