Will Zahran


Will Zahran is a 2022 ESG intern supporting the postsecondary attainment portfolio. Will is currently a doctoral student in education policy in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Will’s research focuses on higher education access and affordability especially as it relates to the effects of state policy. A quantitative researcher, Will works in collaboration with the UNC System to address policy questions using descriptive and quasi-experimental methods. Prior to joining ESG, Will served as a policy fellow for the UNC System Office, where he worked on initiatives related to admissions and online education delivery.

Will holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from East Carolina University.

Why are you in this work?

I have always believed in education as a pathway for upward mobility. I have also learned how systems in our country leave behind the most vulnerable people who could greatly benefit from postsecondary education. I hope to make a contribution to improving these systems and building a more equitable, just system.

Why ESG?

ESG’s focus on equity in education aligns perfectly with my work values and beliefs about education. I am excited to work and learn with ESG’s brilliant staff and contribute to its nationwide impact.


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