Lisa Shimmel is the co-deputy director of the Midwest Comprehensive Center and a senior policy analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). As co-deputy director of the Midwest Comprehensive Center, she focuses on managing technical assistance for the state education agencies in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Previously, Shimmel led the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest’s communication and engagement activities, including the development of the REL Midwest website, social media accounts, interactive mapping applications, events, blogs, videos, and data visualizations. Prior to joining AIR, Shimmel worked for Los Angeles Universal Preschool, where she gained experience in preschool supply and demand and program quality. In each of these roles, Shimmel has provided support to policymakers and other education stakeholders regarding the use of evidence-based practices and the need for research to supply policy change.
In addition, she has two years of teaching experience at the high school level and volunteered for a year with AmeriCorps VISTA as a community outreach coordinator for “I Have a Dream” - East Palo Alto. Shimmel earned a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in secondary education at the University of Michigan.