Research Assistant

Areas of Expertise: Access to Higher Education, Investing in Single Mothers' Higher Education, Student Parent Success Initiative

Tessa Holtzman is a Research Assistant at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.  Tessa works on projects related to college access and success and nontraditional occupations, examining how these topics intersect with economic issues.

Prior to joining IWPR, Tessa worked on LGBTQ impact litigation and policy with GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). While at GLAD, she worked as an assistant to the attorneys challenging the transgender military ban and as part of a team leading a national policy initiative to fight insurance discrimination. She currently serves on the board of two education non-profits, both of which are focused on addressing educational equity.

Tessa received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 2017.

Publications

Head Start-College Partnerships as a Strategy for Promoting Family Economic Success: A Study of Benefits, Challenges, and Promising Programs

Introduction and Summary   Improving family economic security in the United States requires new strategies to support parents while they develop skills and attain education to prepare them for well-paid jobs. Postsecondary education brings a range of benefits to graduates and their families, including enhanced economic stability and mobility, improved health and well-being, and better…

Making “Free College” Programs Work for College Students with Children

Making “Free College” Programs Work for College Students with Children College is one of the most reliable routes to economic security for parents and their children. College credentials are linked to increased earnings, higher rates of employment, lower poverty rates, and improved economic and educational outcomes among the children of college graduates (Attewell and Lavin…

Parents in College By the Numbers

Two-generation (2Gen) programs and policies create opportunities that allow adults and the children in their lives to build on each other’s successes. Ensuring that both parents and children have access to affordable, high-quality educational opportunities, for example, is a core component of a 2Gen approach. Investments in the postsecondary success of parents with young children…