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Roby Chatterji is the associate director for K-12 Education at American Progress, where he focuses on modernizing and diversifying the educator workforce and applying a race equity lens towards K12 policymaking. Prior to joining American Progress as a senior policy analyst, he worked at the education consulting firm Whiteboard Advisors, where he focused on a number of issues related to education technology and state policy research and advocacy. Prior to that, he worked as an education policy fellow for the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor under Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) and handled a portfolio that included legislation related to school infrastructure and teacher preparation.
Before he was on Capitol Hill, Chatterji worked as an advocate for STEM, early childhood, and special education policies at Washington Partners. He interned at the Alliance for Excellent Education as well as the Federal Communications Commission, where he worked on initiatives to expand broadband equity in schools. Chatterji’s passion for education began in the classroom during his time as a fifth grade teacher in Phoenix and as an English teacher in Cusco, Peru.
Chatterji received his bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar. He also holds a master’s in elementary education from Arizona State University and earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina.