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

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

David Struhs

Director, Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows

David joined The Hunt Institute in June 2019 as the Director of the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows. In this role, he will oversee the implementation of the bipartisan fellowship program, which is designed to build the education policy and education reform capacity of senior political leaders.  Prior to joining the Institute, David... 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

Tilneil Gary

Grants Manager

Tilneil Gary joined the Hunt Institute in July 2019 as a Grants Manager. In this role, she will be a key player in the fundraising and fiscal processes at The Hunt Institute, contributing to grant writing and reporting requirements and aiding in proposal and funding growth. Tilneil previously worked at... Read More

Allison Goff

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

Jon-Taidje Joyner

Graphic Designer

Jon-Taidje Joyner joined The Hunt Institute in April 2019 as the primary Graphic Designer. He assists the communications manager in conceptualizing and creating engaging visual materials for The Institute's many convenings and program initiatives. Jon works closely with The Institute’s Policy & Research team to convert data into easy-to-digest deliverables. Prior... 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

Jennifer Landes

Communications and Marketing Manager

Jennifer Landes joined the Hunt Institute in March 2019 as the Communications and Marketing Manager. She leads the Institute’s strategic communications, further enhancing and strengthening the Institute’s role and reputation as a leader and authoritative voice in state and national education policy. Jennifer collaborates with the Institute’s Policy & Research and... 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

Bailey Herndon

Communications Intern

Bailey Herndon joined the Hunt Institute in May 2019 as the Communications Intern. She is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studies Public Relations and Entrepreneurship. She will work closely with the communications and policy teams to help enhance the Institute’s strategic communications through... Read More

Allie Jaarsma

Policy & Research Intern

Allie is a Master of Public Policy student at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to coming to Duke, she spent nine years in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, which solidified her interest in K-12 education policy. Allie earned her BA in Political Economy from the University of... Read More

Ashley Natt

Policy & Research Intern

Ashley Natt is a policy and research summer intern. She attends North Carolina Central University as a Master of Public Administration candidate, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2019. She has worked in the nonprofit, health and education sectors in various roles including as a family outreach liaison, a care... Read More