Taishya Adams is the co-deputy director and strategic partnership lead for the Midwest Comprehensive Center (MWCC) and a senior technical consultant at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). In these roles, she works with the MWCC director to provide direction and support to the center team, oversee all center activities, and ensure a coordinated strategy to leverage federal technical assistance network and Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) resources to enhance that work. Previously, Adams served as the Minnesota state manager for MWCC.
In addition, Adams serves on the charter school team at AIR, working with charter schools, authorizers, policymakers, and others to identify, design, and implement systems that help cultivate practices resulting in high-quality schools and accountability. Adams also serves as the REL Midwest Minnesota liaison. In this role, Adams brokers relationships with organizations and associations that focus on educational policy, research, and practice in Minnesota. Previously, Adams served as the lead for the REL Midwest School Turnaround Research Alliance, which built capacity among its state education agency members to use and access school improvement data.
Prior to joining AIR, she served as the director of state services for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools—where she lead the organization’s master class series for more than 35 state charter support organizations—and as a performance officer with the D.C. Public Charter School Board. She earned a master’s degree in international education from George Washington University, where she specialized in program management and educational systems, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and film production from Vassar College.