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Marguerite Roza

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Marguerite Roza is a research professor at Georgetown University and director of the Edunomics Lab, a research center focused on exploring and modeling education finance policy and practice. She also leads Georgetown's Certificate in Education Finance, which equips participants with practical skills in strategic fiscal management, policy analysis and leadership.

Roza's research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state and district levels for their implications on resources at the school and classroom levels. She has led projects on state and school-district finance policy, financial equity, pensions, compensation, higher-education finance and other related topics, and is the author of the book Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?.

Prior to her appointment at Georgetown, Roza served as senior economic adviser to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Earlier, she served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, teaching thermodynamics at the Naval Nuclear Power School. She earned a Ph.D. in education from the University of Washington and a B.S. from Duke University. She also studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Amsterdam.

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