Laura A. Bornfreund
Director, Early and Elementary Education Policy


  • Assessment
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Teacher workforce

Laura Bornfreund is the director of early and elementary education policy at New America. She examines early education policies affecting birth through third grade and writes on issues such as federal education laws, preschool to third grade continuum, teacher effectiveness, early literacy, kindergarten, and child assessment. Before joining New America, she worked for education policy organizations including the Forum for Education and Democracy, Common Core and the Institute for Educational Leadership. Previously, she was a fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. She helped implement Parramore Kidz Zone, an initiative modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, in Orlando, Fla., before moving to Washington, D.C. She was also formerly a fourth grade teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida.