Saskia Thompson
Program Director for New Designs of Schools and Systems


  • Academic standards
  • Achievement gap
  • College readiness
  • District reform
  • Education reform
  • High schools
  • Leadership
  • Measures of effective teaching
  • Race and diversity
  • School choice
  • State policy

Saskia Levy Thompson is the program director for new designs of schools and systems at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Previously, she was the deputy director at The Research Alliance for New York City Schools, where she focused on deepening the Research Alliance’s partnerships with educators, policymakers and other stakeholders through the development of strategic new projects and dissemination and outreach activities. Before joining the Research Alliance, Thompson served for four years on the senior leadership team at the New York City Department of Education. She was deputy chancellor for portfolio planning, overseeing efforts to improve the school options available to students throughout the district. She also served as special advisor to the chancellor, leading projects that included a system-wide review of elementary schools, which she used to develop recommendations for boosting the quality of instruction for students from the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Thompson began her tenure at the department as CEO of the Office of School Support, which provided instructional and operational assistance to the city’s 1,600 schools.