Kaitlyn O’Hagan is a doctoral student and IES-PIRT fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Kaitlyn’s broad interests are education finance and education policy, and her current work focuses on: (1) how policy differentially impacts students with disabilities and (2) the determinants and impacts of school infrastructure investments. Her research advisor is Leanna Stiefel.
Kaitlyn was formerly a Senior Financial Analyst at the New York City Council, where she was responsible for analyzing and reporting on the City’s $33 billion Department of Education expense budget and the $50 billion citywide capital budget. She also managed the Council’s discretionary capital allocation process and Council-funded education initiatives totaling over $30 million. During her time at the Council, Kaitlyn coordinated and contributed to a study of the City’s school planning and siting process. This resulted in a March 2018 report, Planning to Learn: The School Building Challenge, and a package of related legislation passed by the Council in fall 2018. Before her work in the Council’s Finance Division, Kaitlyn served as Budget Director for a Council Member in the Bronx and a government relations assistant at a top-10 NYC lobbying firm.
Kaitlyn earned her MPA from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at CUNY Baruch College in 2016 and her BA in History from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter College in 2013.