Sharmila Mann
Associate Partner
Policy and Evaluation


Sharmila Mann is an associate partner at Bellwether in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. 

Prior to joining Bellwether, she served as a principal at the Education Commission of the States where she engaged with state policymakers to inform and support policy development on a variety of issues, including high school to college transitions, educator preparation, and developmental education. 

Sharmila brings two decades of education policy experience to her role, including seven years at the Education Commission of the States and 10 years at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, engaging with state and federal policymakers, funders, and national associations in pursuit of policy to smooth student transitions between secondary and postsecondary sectors.

Sharmila holds a doctorate in human genetics from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.


Why I do this work:

I began my career as college faculty and was distressed by how difficult it was for my students to find the support they needed to successfully achieve their educational attainment goals. I am focused on the evolution of education systems to more fully support students, especially those who begin furthest from opportunity.

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