Sara McAlister

Principal Research Associate, Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation


Sara McAlister is a Principal Research Associate with the Metro Center's Policy, Research and Evaluation team. Her research interests include how young people and parents use community organizing to improve public education and how they engage educators and teacher unions in demanding equitable schools. She is a co-author of Community Organizing for Stronger Schools: Strategies and Successes, published by Harvard Education Press. Currently, Sara co-leads a study of how participation in youth organizing groups supports young people's academic and civic trajectories and leads an evaluation of a foundation’s education justice grant-making strategy. Previously, she was a dual-language teacher at an elementary school in the Bronx, New York. She holds an M.P.A. in Public Policy from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and an M.S. in Elementary Education from Pace University.