Alex Spurrier is an education leader working to improve outcomes and opportunities for underserved children. He believes that the best way to help every student develop their full potential is through policy change that empowers families from all backgrounds to choose among a range of high-quality options to meet the needs of their children.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics from Bethel University, Mr. Spurrier started his career in the classroom as a Teach For America corps member in Hartford, CT. That experience drove him to focus the rest of his career on policy change, first at the district level in Hartford, then at the state level through his work at ConnCAN. While working to improve education policy in the land of steady habits, he also earned his master’s degree in public policy from Trinity College.
Mr. Spurrier moved to Kentucky in 2015 through a fellowship with the Harvard Strategic Data Project. During his fellowship, he worked in the Office of the Commissioner at the Kentucky Department of Education leading and executing the agency’s research agenda. He later served as a senior data scientist at the Kentucky Center for Statistics, the state’s longitudinal data system. He is currently a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners.
These experiences with many facets of education policy — from advocacy to legislation to administration — help Mr. Spurrier to not only understand the current policy landscape, but to also see opportunities for policymakers to provide a better and wider range of educational opportunities for children and families.
In his spare time, Mr. Spurrier enjoys watching and coaching lacrosse, rucking with friends, and working on projects in the 110-year-old Louisville home he shares with his wife Samantha and dog Bailey.