GILLIAN LOCKE is a consultant with Public Impact, conducting research and quantitative and qualitative analyses. Prior to joining Public Impact, she was the grants manager at Laying the Foundation, a nonprofit teacher training organization in Dallas. She also spent two years as a financial analyst in the real estate and infrastructure investment groups in the Dallas office of the Goldman Sachs principal investment area. A summa cum laude graduate of Austin College, Ms. Locke holds a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University.
Ms. Locke has co-authored these recent publications: Smarter Funding, Better Outcomes: Georgia’s Roadmap for K–12 Finance Reform, for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and Scaling a Successful Pilot to Expand Blended Learning Options Citywide, for the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust (CEE-Trust). She also conducted research for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Searching for Excellence: A Five-City, Cross-State Comparison of Charter School Quality. She contributes to Public Impact’s work to improve charter school authorizers’ academic performance frameworks and to develop a national database of authorizers and their schools.