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Jamie Baxter
Jamie Baxter
Education Policy Director

Everyday I tell my son how lucky he is to have a loving family and to have opportunities that will help him to succeed. My goal as an education advocate is to help advance policies and practices that enable all children to be educated, loved and have the tools they need to succeed in today’s ever-changing world.

Jamie Baxter grew up in the Alle-Kiski Valley, where generations of her family worked at coal mines, construction sites and the steel mills. Her family always emphasized the importance of education to ensure that she could choose whatever career path she wanted.

Jamie attended West Virginia University where she studied Political Science and Women Studies, becoming the first graduate of Women Studies at WVU. After college, Jamie moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue her passion of becoming an advocate for the under-served. After walking D.C. neighborhoods campaigning for John Kerry in 2004, Jamie worked in the Government Relations office at the Council for Opportunity in Education, helping to advance federal TRIO programs, programs that help low-income, first-generation students attend and succeed in college.

From there, she served as the lead lobbyist for budget and appropriations and workforce development with the Association for Career and Technical Education. She worked on numerous pieces of legislation including drafting language for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  With a clear passion for public education, Jamie was elected by her peers as the treasurer, vice president and eventually president of the Committee for Education Funding, a coalition of education focused organizations who work together to advocate for the largest federal investment in education.

In 2012, Jamie and her family relocated to Pittsburgh and became the first Director of Legislative Policy and Advocacy at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. In her role at the AIU, Jamie worked to serve as a voice with policymakers for the 42 school districts served by the AIU. She advocated for the thousands of families in the Early Childhood, Family and Community Education Services and Special Education divisions.

Currently, Jamie resides in the Highland Park neighborhood with her husband, Rob, son, Alex, two cats and a noisy dog. On the weekends, you can usually find her at farmers markets and walking the trails in Highland Park. Read her résumé in its entirety here.