Ali Holstein LLC

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Ali Holstein

Ali supports youth-serving programs and schools in defining and measuring success. She then assists with the really hard part - creating systems that foster collaboration and improvement. Her passion is empowering staff with the data and skills needed to connect and solve problems. Ali has over a decade of educational and youth-centered experience in New York City and New Jersey. Previous roles include district administrator, social work student, and non-profit program analyst. She is now a consultant, improvement coach and facilitator, and adjunct lecturer of Social Work Research at Silberman.

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Current Projects:

  • Launching a second cohort of Good Shepherd Services Improves Fellowship. Fellows from GSS schools and programs will come together to apply improvement science methods to tackle the problem of chronic absenteeism.

  • Teaching Social Work Research at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

  • Supporting Newark Opportunity Youth Network in connecting and creating data systems that will enable leadership and staff to monitor and promote school and program performance.

  • Supporting the Research Alliance for NYC Schools in launching a #DegreesNYC Data Co-op of CBO partners; conducting data audits of CBOs to help discover our common threads.

  • Joining Datapolitan teachers to help city employees gain skills in summarizing data.

Recent Conference Presentations:

Completed Projects:

  • 2019: Worked with school leaders at South Brooklyn Community High School to develop systems that enhance staff ability to use data to support student achievement.

  • 2019: Designed and facilitated Good Shepherd Services Improvement Fellowship. Fellows from transfer school and evening programs came together to apply improvement science methods to tackle the problem of chronic absenteeism.

  • 2019: Participated in the Eskolta School Improvement Fellowship to learn how to build the skills of educators to create cultures of improvement in their schools.

Work Experience

Senior Program Analyst, Good Shepherd Services
May 2014 to August 2018

Special Assistant, Newark Public Schools
October 2012 to April 2014

Associate Program Manager, NYC DOE, Office of Multiple Pathways to Graduation
July 2007 to July 2010


MSW, Organizational Management and Leadership, 2012
Silberman School at Hunter College

B.S. Policy Analysis and Management, 2007
Cornell University

Volunteer Experience

Big Sister
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Newark, NJ  
2013 - present

Team Captain and Independent Fundraiser
American Cancer Society



“When I think of Ali the words that come to mind are brains, impact and enthusiasm. Ali is so smart and has helped me and my programs immensely as we think about and define the impact we are hoping for and ultimately present the numbers to back up our assumptions. Ali’s enthusiasm and can do attitude about data analysis are contagious and she has inspired staff to look deeper and ask questions. She has been patient with all of us and gets us excited about surveys, focus groups, and trends. Her ability to summarize and make sense out many data points helps us to bring order and make sense out of the many overwhelming pieces of data we are faced with every day.”
— Associate Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services, 2018