Christopher Mazzeo

Christopher Mazzeo Ph.D. is a New York City-based consultant providing a range of research, project management, technical assistance and strategic planning services for philanthropic foundations and other organizations working in the areas of postsecondary educational improvement and workforce development. Among his recent clients include MDRC and the James Irvine Foundation, where he helped design and develop SSPIRE (Student Support Partnership Integrating Resources & Education), a multi-year initiative to improve the integration of academic instruction and student services at community colleges and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation whom he advised on secondary and postsecondary alignment issues in the Central Valley of California. Dr. Mazzeo also recently served as a Senior Consultant to the Joyce Foundation on Shifting Gears: An Employment Policy Initiative where he led a team of researchers conducting analyses of postsecondary education and workforce development policy alignment and helped write a national report on the topic: Working Together: Aligning State Systems and Policies for Individual and Regional Prosperity.

Previously, Dr. Mazzeo was a senior policy analyst at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, where he served as Project Director for Pathways to Advancement: Expanding Postsecondary Educational Opportunities for Low-Income Adults. As Project Director, he managed a team of staff, consultants and researchers and coordinated analysis and technical assistance services for the nine participating states. From 1999-2002, Dr. Mazzeo served as an Assistant Professor in Education and Public Management at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College/City University of New York (CUNY). He earned his Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Policy and Educational Practice from Stanford University in 2000.