Andy Sokatch joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a Senior Program Officer in 2016. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as the founding Director of Research and Evaluation at The New Teacher Project (TNTP), overseeing all research activities and contributing the methodological approach and data analysis to TNTP’s early policy papers, including Missed Opportunities and Unintended Consequences. He went on to serve as the Vice President for Research at Teach For America. Most recently, Sokatch served as the founding Director of Research at Character Lab. Andy began his career as a classroom teacher in New York City, and has taught at the elementary, middle, college, and graduate school levels.
He holds a BA in English Literature from Carleton College, an MA in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Social Policy and Children’s Welfare from Brandeis University.