Jessica Snydman is a dedicated policy research associate at the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Her work involves conducting valuable research and supporting the public policy and advocacy team to advance opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities. In her most recent achievement, Jessica skillfully authored an issue brief that unveils a sobering reality – the intersection of youth with learning disabilities and the juvenile justice system. This astute analysis brings to light the unfortunate lack of essential academic resources and IDEA services within correctional facilities, which significantly exacerbates the challenges faced by these young individuals.
Before joining NCLD, Jessica gained experience as a data and research specialist at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Her contributions included assisting in publishing the Alliance’s 2020 Charter School Data Digest, highlighting her commitment to data-driven policy research. Throughout her career, Jessica has also worked with esteemed organizations such as Girl Scouts of the USA, her hometown Congressman Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), and Krooth & Altman, LLP, enriching her expertise in various areas.
Jessica’s academic journey reflects her dedication to understanding behavior-based treatment methods for children with ADHD. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dickinson College, where she honed her knowledge in this field. Additionally, she expanded her expertise by earning a master’s degree in education policy from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, emphasizing her commitment to understanding the complexities of education policy.
Jessica’s impactful contributions encompass advocating for inclusive policies and support systems that bring about positive changes in the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and attention issues. Similarly, her endeavors within the policy team have been centered on vital areas such as school climate, mental health, and grassroots advocacy efforts.