Joanne Kersh is the Director of Research for the Association for Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD), a non-profit consortium of leading art and design schools in the US and Canada. Since 2013, she has overseen all data and research initiatives that serve the consortium’s member institutions. Prior to joining AICAD, Joanne was a Senior Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she led a variety of projects in public schools and community-based agencies to develop and evaluate programs that promoted equitable educational and recreational opportunities. She has over two decades of experience working in higher education settings and conducting research with students, families, educators, and administrators. Joanne has a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Boston College, a Master’s degree in Educational Research from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.