Megan Hester has worked in the education justice movement for two decades as an organizer, trainer and researcher. She directs the Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC), which provides research, policy, data and strategic support to parent and youth organizing groups across the country. Prior to coming to the NYU Metro Center, Megan was with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform for 10 years, where she supported the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, the Urban Youth Collaborative, and other education organizing groups in New York City. Before that, she worked as a parent and youth organizer with Central Brooklyn Churches and ACORN, and an anti-oppression trainer with the National Conference for Community and Justice. She received a bachelors degree in Latino Studies and Economics from Columbia University and a masters degree in American Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.