Carnegie Mellon University
March 17, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Jamison Howell-White

By Bill Brink

Jamison Howell-White succeeds, in part, because he accumulates enough expertise on a subject to discover the gaps in available information.

He also sets himself apart by filling those gaps himself.

In 2016, while helping a friend campaign in favor of charter schools in Massachusetts, the voting results befuddled him. The proposition failed because rural communities – communities who didn’t want charter schools, wouldn’t get charter schools, had no vested interest in charter schools – voted against the measure. 

“I thought, how interesting is it that you can essentially vote to take away somebody else’s education?” said Howell-White, who graduated Carnegie Mellon in 2015 with a degree in International Relations and Politics and an additional major in Policy and Management. “It has nothing to do with you, and you’re still going to vote it down.”

Frustrated, Howell-White began researching, which led him to his current position as the Senior Manager of Data and Research with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. He also works as a small-business consultant and recently co-founded a curriculum company. He keeps busy. 

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