Yilan Shen joined APA in 2013. At APA, Yilan has focused on teacher effectiveness issues, program research and evaluations, and school finance. Yilan began her career in the public sector by serving the counties of Colorado and learning local government issues working at Colorado Counties, Inc. where she built her research and communication skills. Yilan turned to education policy at the National Conference of State Legislatures, where she worked on a multitude of issues such as school choice, standards, school safety, and completed research on charter schools, state academic standards, and education reform topics. She also staffed the NCSL Standing Committee on Education. Before joining APA, Yilan completed a fellowship at the Donnell-Kay Foundation of Colorado where she worked on a range of policy areas affecting Colorado education including school leadership, broadband access, facilities, and school accountability. Yilan also previously interned at the Colorado State Legislature, served on the Colorado State Review Panel and taught at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver. Yilan has extensive survey experience, legislative and legal research skills, and a background in quantitative and qualitative research.

Yilan holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas.

Yilan is the product of Chinese and American education systems, so she has plenty to say about both.