Leah Shafer, Segal Fellow

Leah Shafer

2019 Heller MPP/MBA Segal Fellow

Leah Shafer is an MPP candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University concentrating in Children, Youth, and Families. She is committed to creating equitable learning opportunities and career pathways for young people, and is passionate about bridging the divide between academic research and practice. At Brandeis, she teaches a course on skills for college and career success and tutors writing with the Student Support Services Program (SSSP). Before coming to Heller, she wrote for Usable Knowledge at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, making education research more accessible for teachers, school leaders, and families. She also served as a City Year AmeriCorps member in Boston from 2014-15, transitioning to chapter books and learning the times tables with third graders. Leah graduated magna cum laude from Dickinson College in 2014, where she majored in English and American Studies and received departmental honors in both disciplines. She is originally from Simsbury, Connecticut, and is an avid reader, amateur knitter, and admirer of Julia Child. This summer, Leah is excited to learn more about research and evaluation in youth development programming.