Naomi Ondrasek ’06

Senior Researcher and Policy Advisor, the Learning Policy Institute

Naomi OndrasekAfter graduating from the College, Naomi earned her Ph.D. in integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. While there, she received Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, which awards unrestricted funding to talented scholars, along with a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and an American Association of University Women American Fellowship.

Before coming to the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), she worked as a behavioral neuroscientist, studying social bonding and honing her investigative research skills. She also served in the California state legislature, where she reviewed, analyzed, amended, and drafted education-related legislation.

At LPI, Naomi works to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for children.

“Randolph equipped me with essential tools that I lean on everyday in my life and work. In particular, the infusion of writing throughout the curriculum, focus on critical thinking that cuts across subjects, and cultivation of big picture thinking have all helped me work effectively in fields that demand strong communication and problem solving skills.”