Kri Burkander

Senior Research Associate



B.A. in Psychology: Antioch College
M.S.W. in Interpersonal Practice with Children and Youth: University of Michigan
Ph.D. in Education Policy: Michigan State University


Dr. Kri Burkander has extensive experience working with youth in classroom and out-of-school settings as an educator, mixed-methods researcher, clinician, and administrator. Her research focuses on the transition from high school to college for low-income and first-generation college students, and she is broadly committed to improving educational pipelines and outcomes for marginalized and underserved students.

Burkander currently serves on the team evaluating the new Say Yes to Education initiative in Cleveland, focusing on longitudinal case studies with individual students. She also leads research on the Oregon Promise in an evaluation of state and local college promise programs, and co-directs the evaluation of Jobs for the Future’s Student Success Center Network. Burkander leverages her experience in evaluating out-of-school (OST) program quality in support of an afterschool arts initiative in six states, leading qualitative evaluations with three Philadelphia 21CCLC grantees, and directing the evaluation of an NSF-funded afterschool enrichment and mentoring program for low-income young women of color interested in STEM fields.