Emily Loney is a Researcher on the Education team at American Institutes for Research. She has more than six years of experience working in education research and policy. At AIR, Ms. Loney leads the Dropout Prevention Alliance for the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Midwest (REL Midwest). She also leads the REL Midwest blog and event planning efforts to connect researchers and practitioners. Ms. Loney is involved in technical assistance projects related to teacher evaluation and support for the Midwest Comprehensive Center. Prior to AIR, Ms. Loney worked as an independent consultant producing research and policy analysis for non-profits in North Carolina and Connecticut. Ms. Loney also previously worked as a policy analyst at the Hunt Institute, where she led efforts to share research and K-12 best practices with state legislators, governors, and business leaders. Ms. Loney earned a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and a bachelors of arts in French and Sociology from the University of Michigan.