Dr. Mark Fermanich joined APA in 2013. Mark’s primary focus areas are state and local education issues, including education finance, education reform, and educator compensation. He has worked on school finance equity and adequacy studies in a number of states and has worked with both large and small school districts on the costs of school improvement strategies, the costs of effective professional development, school-based financing systems, school and teacher effectiveness, and redesigning educator compensation systems. Mark’s recent projects with APA include state school finance analyses for the states of Alabama, North Carolina, and Maryland. He also serves as the national technical assistance advisor for fiscal and programmatic sustainability and performance-based compensation design for Cohorts 3 and 4 of the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund grant program. Mark has published research articles in the Journal of Education Finance, The Elementary School Journal, Peabody Journal of Education, and other education policy journals. Prior to joining APA, Mark worked in education policy research for the Center for Education Policy Analysis at the University of Colorado, Denver and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, served as a professor of education policy at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon and Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, and as an education policy analyst for the Minnesota State Senate. He also served as an administrator working on policy and budget initiatives for the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts.

Mark received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

When Mark is not thinking about education policy issues he prefers to enjoy Colorado’s outdoors, especially bicycling, hiking, and backpacking.