Heather Weiss
Founder and Director


  • Expanded learning time, after-school & summer learning
  • Parent involvement
  • Remediation and intervention
  • Transition to adulthood

Heather Weiss is the founder and director of the Harvard Family Research Project and is a senior research associate and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Weiss writes, speaks and advises on programs and policies for children and families and serves on the advisory boards of many public and private organizations. Her recent publications focus on reframing research and evaluation to support continuous improvement and democratic decision making, examining the case for complementary learning from a research and policy perspective, and assessing new ways of providing and evaluating professional development. She is a consultant and advisor to numerous foundations on strategic grantmaking and evaluation. She received her doctorate in education and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Yale Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.