Pamela Burdman
Independent Policy Analyst

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Admission
  • College graduation rates
  • College preparation
  • College readiness
  • Common Core
  • Developmental education
  • Math
  • Placement tests
  • Remediation

Pamela Burdman is an independent policy analyst on college access, readiness and success. She synthesizes emerging research and builds bridges among researchers, policymakers and practitioners to design strategies to support student success. Her most recent work centers on how college readiness policies influence student outcomes. These include the policy briefs “Where To Begin?,” “Changing Equations” and the “Degrees of Freedom” series. In her previous work as a program officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Burdman developed and implemented a $7 million annual investment strategy, leading to several statewide initiatives and new policy directions for improving college readiness and success in California. Since leaving Hewlett, Burdman has advised clients such as the Gates, Lumina, and Spencer foundations, Jobs for the Future, LearningWorks and the Consortium on Chicago School Research. Burdman began her career in journalism. She spent seven years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she received numerous awards, including the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.