Hanna Melnick is a Senior Policy Advisor and co-leads LPI's Early Childhood Learning team. Her work centers on policies that can improve early learning systems in California and other states, particularly preparing a high-quality, diverse educator workforce. She is also a member of the Deeper Learning team, with a focus on school climate and social-emotional learning. She is an author of several LPI reports as well as two recently published books.
Before joining LPI, Melnick was a public school teacher in East Palo Alto and San Jose, where she started as a Teach for America corps member. After leaving the classroom, Melnick consulted for k–12 and early childhood education organizations on issues related to California’s Local Control Funding Formula and the coordination of public preschool and subsidized child care.
Melnick holds an M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and a B.A. from Harvard University.