Allison Beer is a research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), where she is a member of the applied research team. Her research and professional interests include college affordability, P-20 systems alignment, and students’ employment outcomes.
Prior to IHEP, Beer served with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid to support budget, schedule, and governance management of Title IV financial aid programs. During graduate school, Beer conducted research on educational attainment gaps and workforce training for the DC Commission on African American Affairs. In addition to her work in postsecondary education, Beer has worked with public schools in DC as an AmeriCorps VISTA at an education-focused nonprofit and as a fellow at the DC State Board of Education. Beer joined IHEP in 2016 as a graduate research intern and moved into the role of research analyst at the completion of her internship.
Beer earned her M.P.P from Georgetown University. She also holds a B.A. in international studies with a minor in conflict resolution from the University of California, Irvine. Beer first became interested in higher education policy as an undergraduate in 2009 when students across the University of California system were facing large tuition increases, and she became involved in local advocacy efforts.