Anna Shaw-Amoah

Policy Associate



B.A. in Global Development and Social Work: New York University
M.A. in Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management: New York University


Since joining RFA in 2018, Anna has worked on a variety of projects combining education research and policy. Anna co-directs RFA’s Pennsylvania Clearinghouse of Education Research (PACER) and Allegheny County Education Research (ACER) projects, which inform state education policy discussions through rigorous, objective policy briefs. She contributes to RFA’s support of the Pennsylvania Academic and Career and Technical Training Alliance, or PACTT, including leading an assessment of juvenile services from PA’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Anna also directed an audit of the school application system in Camden, NJ, contributed to a study about the childcare needs of Pennsylvanians who work nonstandard hours, and supports RFA’s work on school finance reform in Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining RFA, Anna was the Principal Policy Analyst at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness in New York City, leading initiatives aimed at raising awareness about the education, health, and well-being of students experiencing homelessness. Anna is deeply committed to achieving equity in education and has extensive experience in quantitative analysis, research methods, and program development. In addition to her work at RFA, Anna serves on the Board of Directors for a national mentorship organization, Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE).