Gail Meister, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate

As a Senior Research Associate at CESP, Dr. Meister works on a variety of educational research projects and provides high-level expertise in the conception and development of qualitative and quantitative research instruments.

Dr. Meister has an extensive background in conducting evaluation studies and applied research. She has wide-ranging experience providing technical assistance to schools, districts, and communities. As Executive Director of Learning and Development at Foundations, Inc., a national nonprofit organization based in New Jersey, she served as hands-on manager of grants and contracts from state and federal agencies, national nonprofits, and private foundations. Other experience includes a decade of service as senior research and evaluation associate at Research for Better Schools, and then the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, where she produced studies on professional development and provided technical assistance on school performance assessment and rural schools. Additionally, Dr. Meister held positions in staff development for the Oakland (CA) Unified School District and Mills College, taught basic education and GED for adults and for students in public and private secondary schools, and has served as a consultant for clients such as the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable for Comprehensive Community Initiatives, Interlink Media, and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. Dr. Meister’s publications range from a chapter on theories of change in community engagement in education for an Aspen Institute volume to an action framework for school and district leaders on grade-level reading.

Dr. Meister holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Stanford University. Her M.A. in Teaching is from Yale University and her bachelor’s degree with distinction is from Mount Holyoke College.