Claire Takhar
Analyst

Claire joined Education First as an Analyst in 2018, where she conducts research and policy analysis. She has worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as school districts, nonprofits, and local governments to leverage data and research to achieve better outcomes for students.

Claire’s experiences in education span urban, suburban, and international schools and nonprofits. Participating in education in these diverse contexts drove her interest in policy, as she observed how decisions made hundreds of miles away from her classroom affected her students. At Education First, she combines her love of research and problem-solving to address those persistent systemic issues in education. She hopes that her work will expand access to high-quality education for all students, regardless of income, race, or country of origin.

Claire studied English Education and Literature at Colorado State University and earned her Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She hails from Colorado but has lived in the Boston area for the past few years. Her hobbies include yearning for the Rocky Mountains, playing music with friends, and attempting to break her husband’s lucky winning streak at chess.

Claire's expertise

  • Capacity Building & Sustainability
  • Resource Use & Impact
  • Educator Preparation, Strategic Hiring & Retention
  • Policy Analysis & Development
  • Writing

Recent clients

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Top Three Places Traveled

  • The Republic of Georgia
  • Vietnam
  • Chile

Claire likes


  • Traveling to amazing places

  • Hiking in national parks