Christopher Mazzeo

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Senior Director, Applied Research & Equitable Evaluation

Chris has always been drawn to helping professionals supporting young people to become smarter and more effective in their work. He believes that high-quality evidence can ensure equitable outcomes for all learners, especially those who have not succeeded within the traditional educational system. Chris is dedicated to improving the organizations that do this kind of work and to making Education Northwest a great workplace that invests in and commits to the staff members who give their all to support learners across the nation.

Chris started his career in environmental advocacy and community economic development, where he learned about social change, economic inequality, and the importance of values in mission-driven organizations. After graduate school, Chris moved to Washington, D.C., to work on education policy at the National Governors Association. He later joined the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, where helped to grow the work of Research Practice Partnerships like the Consortium nationally. Since joining Education Northwest in 2011, Chris has served as director of both the Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest and the research and evaluation team.


  • Ph.D., Social Sciences and Education Policy & Practice, Stanford University
  • B.A., History, Columbia University

I volunteer with...

National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships, steering committee member.

The best live music show I ever saw was...

The Walkmen (Pitchfork Music Festival, 2009).

The most beautiful place I've seen is...

Chapman's Peak (Capetown, SA).

Christopher Mazzeo

Areas of Expertise

  • Evidence use in education
  • Postsecondary success
  • Youth reengagement/opportunity youth

Case Briefs & Publications