Kaitlyn O’Hagan is a doctoral candidate and former IES-PIRT fellow at New York University. Kaitlyn is an experienced quantitative researcher studying K-12 education policy and finance, and her current projects focus on special education, supports for homeless students, and school infrastructure investments. Her research advisor is Leanna Stiefel.
Kaitlyn's research agenda is informed by her myriad policy experience. Most recently, she was 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, as well as overseeing Council-funded education initiatives totaling over $30 million. She also managed a study of the City’s school planning and siting process that 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.