Kimberly Austin

Kimberly is the Deputy Director of Quality and Improvement at CPRL and a Lecturer of Law at Columbia Law School. Kimberly leverages her nearly 15 years of experience in organizational change, program design and implementation, and research methodologies to prepare CPRL students to serve public sector organizations. At CPRL, she has designed and conducted implementation studies, developed strategic plans, and facilitated trainings on Evolutionary Learning, covering topics such as afterschool programming, integration, networks, and school choice. Kimberly also oversees CPRL's strategy for knowledge-building and visibility and supports the development of CPRL's Project Directors and Associates. Prior to CPRL, Kimberly was the Interim Director of Research and an Assistant Professor at Relay Graduate School of Education, New York City. In this role, Kimberly managed and designed data management systems and oversaw the execution of the institution’s research agenda while also teaching and mentoring beginning career teachers. She started her career in education as an early elementary teacher. Kimberly earned an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago and has a BS in journalism from Northwestern University.