Elena Silva
Director of PreK-12


  • Achievement Gap
  • Assessment
  • College Readiness 
  • Graduation Rate
  • High Schools 
  • Homeschooling 
  • Race and Diversity 
  • Special Education and Learning Disabilities
  • Teacher Quality 

Elena Silva is director of PreK-12 for the Education Policy program at New America. Her research and writing focuses on a wide range of educational issues, including teacher’s work, school design and improvement, and the assessment and measurement of student learning. Prior to joining New America, she was a senior associate for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a senior policy analyst at Education Sector, and the director of research for the educational foundation and library of the American Association of University Women. She previously managed youth leadership programs for the D.C.-based ASPIRA Association, one of the largest national Hispanic-serving organizations, where she developed and directed one of the first AmeriCorps service programs in the nation. Elena holds a master’s and a PhD in education from the University of California-Berkeley, where she taught undergraduate courses in education policy, high school reform, and the history of public education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She lives in her hometown of Silver Spring, Md. with her husband and children.