Natalie Truong

Natalie is SEARAC’s Associate Director of Education Policy, where she works to prioritize evidence-based policies to advance student success for Southeast Asian American students.

Prior to joining SEARAC, Natalie was a Policy Advisor at the Learning Policy Institute where she served diverse national and state education leaders on issues ranging from whole child education, performance assessments, and student health and safety. Natalie also served as Policy Director at the Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL) where she provided research and technical assistance to state policymakers on transforming K-12 education to student-centered learning models, including competency-based education, personalized learning, and online learning. Prior to that, Natalie was a Policy Analyst for the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices, advancing state policies and work on competency-based education, postsecondary readiness, and youth transitions to workforce training and development. Natalie began her career as an English teacher and debate coach in Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland.

Natalie holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and B.A. in English and Political Science from Grinnell College. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Research Methods at George Mason University.

Natalie grew up in Iowa where she attended public schools and enjoyed many pineapple upside down cakes. She spent a year in Asia before settling in the Washington, D.C. area to begin a career dedicated to representing diverse students in education policy and research. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting local restaurants and coffee shops.