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 of community journalism. Prior to his time at UNC-CH, Patrick was a senior policy analyst at Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives in New Orleans, LA. There, he conducted applied research on public education while chronicling the K-12 reform in New Orleans, primarily through the annual State of Public Education in New Orleans and NOLA by the Numbers reports. Patrick received his B.A. in political science and philosophy and religion from Appalachian State University and a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University.  In addition to teaching for two years in Poland, he has served as an analyst for the National Council on Teacher Quality in Washington, D.C. and has worked for the U.S. Department of Education, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Wake County (NC) Public Schools.