Meredith Lukow is the communications lead for the Midwest Comprehensive Center and a communications specialist at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Lukow’s expertise includes spearheading multifaceted communications strategies and strong project management. Her role at the Midwest Comprehensive Center involves guiding the center’s overall communications strategy and coordinating a four-person team that produces videos, infographics, blog articles, printed collateral, social media updates, email newsletters, and more.
Additionally, Lukow currently serves as project manager for Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest, a role that includes developing and maintaining systems used by approximately 60 AIR staff to track more than 100 projects across seven Midwestern states. Lukow is also the primary liaison to the REL Midwest governing board, a group of 26 regional stakeholders representing state education agencies, districts, and professional organizations across the region. Lukow is a member of the REL Midwest engagement team, where her primary responsibilities include leading development, maintenance, and strategy for the REL Midwest website, which received nearly 60,000 views in 2018.
Before coming to AIR, Lukow honed her communications and project management expertise as managing editor at the Center for American Progress, where she oversaw the timely publication of dozens of research products each week, supervised the daily workflow for a 14-person team of editors and graphic designers, and edited policy reports written by CAP’s top experts. She also worked as a program assistant at the Unitarian Universalist Association, where she managed the Standing on the Side of Love campaign’s online communications. Lukow graduated from American University with dual bachelor’s degrees in international studies and political science and a minor in Arabic language.