Michael A. DiNapoli Jr. serves as Deputy Director of Federal Policy for the Learning Policy Institute and is a member of the Policy, Deeper Learning, Early Childhood Education, Educator Quality, and Equitable Resources and Access teams.
DiNapoli has more than a decade of experience working in public education as a classroom teacher, a policy advisor on Capitol Hill, and a legislative affairs staffer for the New York City Department of Education.
In New York City, DiNapoli began his career as a classroom teacher and later served as the director of city and federal legislative affairs for the city’s Department of Education. During nearly eight years of experience on Capitol Hill, he had the honor of working on education policy for two members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. As a legislative aide for Senator Tammy Baldwin, he helped advance her education priorities in the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. As the lead education staffer for Senator Bernie Sanders, DiNapoli served as point on all education policy matters for the Senator in his role as Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and as a senior member of the Senate HELP Committee. In this role, one of DiNapoli’s signature accomplishments included drafting the second iteration of the Senator’s plan to make public colleges tuition- and fee-free.
DiNapoli received a B.A. in Political Science with honors from the George Washington University.