Julia Marchand is a senior researcher at the American Institute for Research (AIR) and oversees the evaluation of the Midwest Comprehensive Center and the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center. She also leads a collaborative of comprehensive center evaluators at AIR formed to share best practices and streamline evaluation efforts.
In addition to her experience evaluating comprehensive centers, Marchand has served as the project director for several mixed-methods projects at AIR, including studies of district assessment practices, statewide implementation of the Common Core State Standards, statewide implementation and sustainability of an early college initiative, teacher induction and mentorship, and a districtwide system of support for struggling urban schools.
Prior to joining AIR, Marchand was an evaluator of a youth offender demonstration project and a school-based health promotion program in urban districts. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the health program based in Jamaica, overseeing a study of a school-based healthy lifestyle initiative. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Princeton University and a master’s degree in public health policy from Tufts University.