Susan Aud Pendergrass
Vice President, Research and Evaluation


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Susan Aud Pendergrass is the vice president of research and evaluation for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she oversees data collection and analysis, carries out a rigorous research program, and keeps track of all charter school-related numbers. She began researching charter schools with her dissertation on the competitive effects of Massachusetts charter schools and has conducted numerous studies on the fiscal impact of school choice legislation. She is currently a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the James Madison Institute. Pendergrass has also taught quantitative methods courses at the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Pendergrass was previously a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush administration and a senior research scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics. She has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Colorado, a master’s in finance from The George Washington University and a doctorate in public policy from George Mason University.