Nina Zockoff Culbertson Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME staff

Nina Zockoff Culbertson


Nina Zockoff Culbertson joined the Foundation in 2017.

Previously, Nina served as Senior Research Associate at the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, where she designed, led, and conducted education policy research projects on diverse topics such as dropout recovery, teacher collaboration, supporting at-risk students, and urban education reform. As part of her work, she created numerous outward-facing materials and documents to explain research findings in digestible formats for use in public policy decision-making at the state, district, and school levels.

While pursuing her Master’s degree, Nina served as a Graduate Assistant in the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, where she collaborated on the development of test items, contextual surveys, and analysis of pilot results in the Trends in International Mathematics & Science Study and Progress in Reading Literacy Study (TIMSS & PIRLS), a large-scale international education assessment. She also served as a Graduate Research Associate at Education Resource Strategies, where she examined high-impact human capital-related issues in the field of urban education. Her career in education began in the Gardner Pilot Academy, a full-service school in Boston, where she worked to streamline leadership roles and responsibilities.

Nina holds an M.Ed in Education Research, Measurement, and Evaluation and a B.A. in Human Development from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.