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Christina Baumgardner (MPP ’16)

Recipient, Jacob K. Javits Political Leadership Scholarship

Christina Baumgardner

Christina worked for seven years on Capitol Hill before coming to the Goldman School. She served as Senior Policy Advisor to US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on K-12 and higher education, judiciary, immigration, and LGBTQ issues. As a proud product of public schools, Christina is dedicated to reducing inequity in public education and implementing evidence-based education reform policies.

While in the Senate, Christina oversaw Senator Casey’s efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) as a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. In this role Christina spearheaded legislative efforts to make schools safer and enabled low-income school districts to offer a well-rounded curriculum. Additional projects included analysis of the federal budget, criminal justice reform, and career and technical education. Christina started her career as a research assistant with the Joint Economic Committee, a House-Senate congressional committee providing economic analysis, under then-Chairman Charles Schumer (D-NY).

At Goldman, Christina is strengthening her quantitative analysis skills and researching the intersection of the Common Core education standards and civics education as a Graduate Student Researcher with the Goldman School’s Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement. A recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Political Leadership Scholarship, Christina is passionate about bringing together the interdependent but too often distinct worlds of politics and policy analysis.

Christina graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Villanova University in 2006 with a BA in Political Science.