Jessica Cardichon

Director of Federal Policy and Director, Washington, DC Office

Jessica Cardichon is the Director of LPI’s Washington, DC office and also plays a leadership role in developing federal legislative and regulatory strategy. Cardichon co-leads LPI’s policy team with LPI’s Director of State Policy. She is also a member of LPI’s Educator QualityDeeper Learning, Equitable Resources and Access, and Early Childhood Education teams. She is the lead author of Protecting Students' Civil Rights: The Federal Role in School Discipline and Advancing Educational Equity for Underserved Youth and is co-author on Making ESSA’s Equity Promise Real: State Strategies to Close the Opportunity Gap, Investing in Effective School Leadership: How States Are Taking Advantage of Opportunities Under ESSA, and Identifying Schools for Support and Intervention: Using Decision Rules to Support Accountability and Improvement Under ESSA.

Cardichon began her career teaching upper elementary school in New York City for seven years and then working for Teachers College, Columbia University, as a program manager for implementation of early career educator induction programs. Upon moving to DC, she served as Education Counsel to Senator Bernie Sanders, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. She then served as Senior Director for Federal Policy and Advocacy at the Alliance for Excellent Education. 

Cardichon received an Ed.D. and an M.A. in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also earned a J.D. from Pace University School of Law.

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