Pamela Burdman

Pamela Burdman, Senior Project Director of The Mathematics of Opportunity project, is a policy analyst and strategist focused on improving college access, readiness, and success. Using insights from emerging research, she helps policymakers and practitioners redefine problems and devise solutions to improve equity and student success. Her current project, Quantitative Leap, explores the changing role of college math requirements as gatekeepers to higher education. This work builds on her 2015 series, Degrees of Freedom, published by LearningWorks and PACE. She has advised numerous foundations on their education grantmaking strategies. Previously, as a program officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Pam developed investment strategies that generated statewide initiatives on college access and success. Before that, she worked as a journalist, including seven years as a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her freelance articles have appeared in the New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, Salon, Huffington Post, EdSource, Lingua Franca, Change, National CrossTalk, EdSource, and other publications. She earned a B.A. degree from Princeton University in Philosophy and East Asian Studies and Master’s degrees in Business and Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.