Jon Fullerton

  • Research Professor

Research Concentration

  • K-12 Education Policy


PhD, Harvard University

AB, Harvard College

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Dr. Jon Fullerton is a research professor and executive director of the USC Education Policy Hub.  He has extensive experience working with education policy makers and executives in using data to guide system improvement and the effective use of financial resources.  Before coming to USC, Fullerton was executive director of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.  While at CEPR, Dr. Fullerton founded the Strategic Data Project.  SDP places and trains analytic data fellows across the PK12 and Higher Education sectors to use data and evidence to guide strategy and decision making to transform student outcomes.  Thus far, SDP has placed or trained over 500 fellows across at over 240 partner agencies and non-profits.  

Fullerton has also served as the Board of Education’s Director of Budget and Financial Policy for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this capacity, he provided independent evaluations of District reforms and helped to ensure that the District’s budget was aligned with Board priorities. From 2002 to 2005 he was Vice-President of Strategy, Evaluation, Research, and Policy at the Urban Education Partnership in Los Angeles, where he worked with policy makers to ensure that they focused on high impact educational strategies. Prior to this, he worked at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. Dr. Fullerton has a PhD in government and AB in religion and social studies, both from Harvard.