Samantha Tankersley serves as policy analyst in the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division.
Before joining NGA in 2017, Samantha served as Senior Policy Analyst at the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd). At ExcelinEd, Samantha conducted state and federal policy analyses and provided state policymakers and leaders with information concerning best practices and trends in state policymaking. Samantha also assisted in the creation and launch of ExcelinEd’s EdPolicy Leaders Online initiative. With six courses, this initiative used a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform to complement state advocacy and capacity building efforts to build support and understanding for high standards, quality assessments, school choice, and more.
Samantha holds a bachelor’s in Social Science Education from the University of Central Florida and a master’s in Public Administration from Florida State University.
Samantha originally hails from Florida.