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Rachel Fishman is a policy analyst for the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation. She provides research and analysis on policies related to higher education including college affordability, financial aid, and access and success of nontraditional students. Before joining New America, she worked as a policy analyst at Education Sector.
Fishman graduated from Harvard University with a master’s degree in higher education. While at Harvard, she worked as an education advisor for a TRiO Educational Opportunity Center where she provided guidance to students and families on how to make planning and paying for college possible. Prior to entering the policy field, she worked as a legal researcher at the law firm of Neal, Gerber, and Eisenberg, LLP in Chicago. She has also lived and worked in France, teaching English to elementary school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.