Team

Javaid E. Siddiqi, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Former Virginia Secretary of Education, Dr. Javaid Siddiqi is the President and CEO of The Hunt Institute. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows, which partners with senior-level political leaders who have the knowledge, skill, and will to be effective, reform-minded education policymakers at the... Read More

Michele Lockwood Jordan

Chief of Staff

Michele Lockwood Jordan is The Hunt Institute’s Chief of Staff. In this role, she provides strategic counsel to the President & CEO and leadership team. She is responsible for the overall management of the Institute’s team and programs. Prior to her current role, Michele was the Director of Programs for... Read More

Ray Covington, Ph.D.

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Ray Covington is the Hunt Institute’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. His primary focus is to build strong and lasting programmatic and philanthropic relationships with key stakeholders for The Hunt Institute. In collaboration with the Hunt staff and Foundation Board, he plays a key role in identifying, fostering and securing... Read More

Meredith Dixon

Director of Finance & Operations

Meredith Dixon is The Hunt Institute’s Director of Finance & Operations. Meredith is responsible for overseeing the annual budgeting process and monthly forecasting and reporting throughout the fiscal year. She also monitors grants accounting and works closely with leadership to ensure all financial systems are dependable, efficient and in compliance... Read More

Patrick Sims

Director of Policy & Research

As Director of Policy & Research Patrick conducts research and analysis on relevant education policy issues and writes policy briefs, primers, and case studies for the Institute’s policymaker audiences. Patrick came to the Institute from UNC-Chapel Hill where he was a senior researcher and writer with a focus on the economics... Read More

Dan Wuori, Ph.D.

Director of Early Learning

Dr. Dan Wuori joined the Hunt Institute as Director of Early Learning in January of 2019. He will serve as a subject matter expert and oversee the Institute’s expanding work in the early childhood policy realm. A former kindergarten teacher and school district administrator, Dan served as the Deputy Director... Read More

Guy Cheatham

Associate Policy Analyst

Guy Cheatham joined the Hunt Institute as the Associate Policy Analyst in July 2018. In this role, he conducts research and analysis on relevant education policy issues. Before taking this role, Guy worked for the Institute as a Research Intern, where he tracked education legislation and political developments in Virginia... Read More

Julia Cunningham

Associate Policy Analyst

Prior to joining the Hunt Institute, Julia taught fifth through eighth-grade language arts for four years at American Horse School in Allen, South Dakota, where she served as the Instructional Team Leader and a Teach for America- South Dakota alumna. She also served as a Grant Support Consultant for Jobs... Read More

Allison Goff

Associate Policy Analyst

Allison joined The Hunt Institute in August 2018 as an Associate Policy Analyst. In this role, she conducts research and analysis on policy issues and contributes to the development of materials.   Prior to joining The Hunt Institute, Allison worked as a speech-language pathologist serving in public, charter, and specialized... Read More

Nicole Julian

Policy Analyst

Nicole (Roscoe) Julian has been with the Hunt Institute since 2013. While she has worked on a number of projects, her work is primarily focused on curriculum and material development for the Hunt Kean Leadership Fellows and the Hunt Institute’s new early childhood initiative. Her previous experiences include internships with... Read More

Julia Kardos

Administrative Program Assistant

Julia Kardos joined The Hunt Institute in August 2018 as the Administrative Program Assistant.  As the APA, Julia is responsible for organizing and coordinating administrative duties and office procedures. Julia works closely with the Chief of Staff and the Director of Finance & Operations. Julia is a recent graduate of... Read More

Lacy Kelly Ramos

Visual Designer

As the Hunt Institute’s Visual Designer, Lacy leads the Institute’s creative direction focusing on design & marketing strategies across print and digital platforms, including the Institute's web and social media presence. She works to strengthen the Hunt Institute’s brand while elevating and broadening its reach. She collaborates with the Institute’s... Read More

James Mikolowsky

Policy Analyst

James Mikolowsky joined the Hunt Institute in August 2018 as a Policy Analyst. In this role, he conducts research on higher education policy issues and provides analysis to the Institute’s policymaker audiences through a variety of written publications. James previously worked at the Data Quality Campaign, where he analyzed postsecondary... Read More

Rachel Schumacher

Senior Advisor, Early Childhood

Rachel Schumacher is an independent Early Childhood Policy consultant. She is a nationally recognized and highly regarded expert on early learning and development policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Most recently, she led the Pritzker Children’s Initiative at the JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation, an ambitious national... Read More

Hannah Bartlebaugh

Research & Policy Intern

Hannah is a Master of Public Policy student at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Prior to coming to Duke, she worked at YouthTruth, a nonprofit focused on incorporating student feedback into education and philanthropic decision-making. She also has completed a year of service with AmeriCorps. Hannah... Read More

Ursula Chioke

Research & Policy Intern

Ursula is an undergraduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Anthropology. Prior to working at the Hunt Institute, she worked at the Fund for the Public Interest, which is a nonpartisan lobbyist organization seeking to improve social and environmental issues through grassroots campaigns.  Ursula is... Read More

Charles Hinton

Research & Policy Intern

 Charles Hinton, is currently an MBA student at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and graduated with a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in History also from NCCU. Charles is interested in Early Childhood Education and High School to College/Career Readiness. He looks forward to the range of work... Read More