Andrea Brandley is the senior education analyst at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute where she focuses on education research, analysis, and reporting as it relates to economics, demographics, and public finance. In addition to her education focus, Andrea also contributes to economic impact studies, public finance reporting, healthcare research, and other economic and public policy research.
Prior to her role at the Gardner Institute, Ms. Brandley worked as a public school teacher. In her 5 years teaching she taught all grade levels K-12 and in three different Utah school districts. In addition to her role as formal teacher, she interned at a private preschool program, worked as a teaching assistant for multiple college courses at Utah State University and University of Utah, and taught for the U’s Upward Bound program, a college preparation program for high school students from low-income households. She also worked as a legislative intern for Salt Lake City School District and as a research analyst for various studies addressing education, academic advising, homelessness, and child abuse, co-authoring or contributing to peer-reviewed publications in these areas.
Andrea holds a B.S. in Mathematics Education and a B.F.A in Theatre Arts Education from Utah State University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Utah