Tom Parrish
Managing Director, Education Program


  • Special education

Thomas Parrish is a managing director in the education program in the San Mateo, Calif., office of the American Institutes for Research (AIR). He served as the co-director of the federal Center for Special Education Finance (CSEF) at AIR for over 10 years. Over the past 35 years, he has assisted the federal government, many states and other countries in formulating special education fiscal policy. Over this span, he has written extensively and addressed a broad range of state, federal and international policymakers on this topic. Parrish is currently assisting on a special education project for the District of Columbia. He is also a senior advisor on the federal Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR).