NCEA Welcomes Director of Data Analysis

Annie Cervin Smith fills new position based on data analysis, project management and strategy development.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) introduces Annie Cervin Smith as the NCEA Director of Data Analysis. Ms. Smith will be responsible for research and NCEA data analysis and the NCEA School Survey Project. This position is part of the operational vitality department. Ms. Smith will begin her position September 28, 2020.

Since 2017, Ms. Smith worked for the Archdiocese of Boston as data manager and director of research and data, respectively. For the last year, she was the associate superintendent of strategy, research and data. She also worked for Education Pioneers at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, the Center for Collaborative Education and Empower Schools.

"NCEA is blessed to have Annie on board," said NCEA Interim President/CEO Kathy Mears. "Her experience and knowledge of data analysis and research will be a great advantage as NCEA implements data-based decision-making for our work, assuring that our data is fully utilized with strategic decisions."

The director of data analysis is a new position within the organization. Under the tenet of operational vitality, this position aligns closely with NCEA’s National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS). Ms. Smith will report to the president/CEO and work closely with the executive director of operational vitality and other senior leadership to create and develop the School Survey Project, analyze information and data for use in problem-solving and for making recommendations beneficial to NCEA and its members.

Ms. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Education in education policy and management from Harvard University. She will work remotely from Boston, MA, where she lives with her husband.

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