I am excited to announce that Rachel Leventhal-Weiner has joined CT Data as the Data Engagement Specialist. Dr. Leventhal-Weiner will oversee, in partnership with the state’s Chief Data Officer, the CT Data Academy, the newest public education initiative to build data literacy and data capacity in state agencies, nonprofits and community organizations across Connecticut. She will also contribute to CT Data’s growing repository of data stories and to the general operation of the organization. 

Leventhal-Weiner brings experiences as an educator, researcher and policy advocate with a focus on resolving inequality in early childhood, K12 public education, and postsecondary experiences. She comes to CT Data most recently from Connecticut Voices for Children where she served as the Education Policy Fellow. She brings with her an enthusiasm for helping data producers and data users ask good questions and use their information to make informed decisions about their work.

“Connecticut’s willingness to partner and expand access to data is extremely exciting. I am thrilled to combine my work as an educator with my work as a researcher to support local organizations and state agencies as they expand their use of and experiences with data,” said Leventhal-Weiner.

Leventhal-Weiner received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut, M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University.