Andrea Messing-Mathie, Deputy Director of Education Systems Center, is actively engaged in pursuing solutions to systemic education problems for all learners, working with communities to develop tools and partnerships that increase their capacity to help their students succeed, and ensuring that equality of opportunity drives the development of both education policy and practice. Dr. Messing-Mathie focuses on developing community engagement strategy, program innovation, and developing relationships to support the connection between local, regional, state, and national work, particularly in career pathway system design in STEM sectors and developing STEM employer and education partnerships to create scalable solutions for education and workforce problems. Prior to joining EdSystems, she was a lead researcher for the first year of a 5 year NSF funded grant, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, to examine the global impact of national-level gender equality initiatives, and an Advocacy Fellow at the United Nations focused on education and gender equality policy. She received her PhD in Political Science at Northern Illinois University with a specialization Women's and Gender Studies, and is a native German speaker. In her free time, she enjoys cooking fabulous vegan desserts, weight lifting, yoga workshops, and long hikes with her family and dog.