Tiffani Williams is a Senior Associate in Postsecondary Attainment at Education Strategy Group. She has spent her career in the K-12 and postsecondary education sectors, working in academic and student affairs, public policy, and applied research—conducting studies on K-16 alignment, STEM student career development, financial aid, degree attainment, and socioeconomic outcomes. Tiffani has served as a lead researcher and policy analyst at a number of impact-driven organizations including, most recently, the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University and The Education Trust-New York. Previously, she worked as a Program Specialist in P-20 at the University System of Maryland. Tiffani holds a PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education from New York University, an MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BS in Graphic Media from Rochester Institute of Technology in her hometown, Rochester, NY.
Why are you in this work?
As an undergrad, I held work-study jobs in admissions and career services at my institution. Supporting students in transition – into and out of higher education – was easily my favorite part of each day. But simultaneously, I saw how students’ lack of preparation and an inequitable system impacted their education and workforce prospects. My early experiences navigating the system and advocating for students (including myself) combined with an inherent interest in solving complex problems drove me to pursue a career in education.
I’m excited to join the ESG team because it is amazing to join an organization that has built a reputation for being concerned with not only what happens to students while they pursue degrees, but how they get there in the first place and where they go afterwards – both of which, I think, matter just as much as the credential itself.