Tammy Arnstein is the Deputy Director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change. Her work at the Center focuses on action research projects that help build the capacity of organizations to increase educational access and success and develop leadership opportunities for people with histories of justice involvement. This research also includes developing multi-generational frameworks and approaches to expanding educational opportunities for families and communities impacted by the criminal justice system.
Tammy comes to the Center with a diverse professional background that includes public policy and education program analysis and implementation, higher education administration, and media education. Notably, she worked for the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs where she provided policy research and analysis for the creation of Executive Order 120, a New York City-wide language access policy.
Tammy also worked as a project consultant for several NYC community-based organizations, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the NYC Office of Human Capital Development, and the New York Hall of Science. Tammy was a Writing Fellow for the Programs in International and Comparative Education at Teachers College, a Social Media Fellow at the NYC Office of Adult Education, a Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Program participant, and a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in Lyon, France.
Tammy is currently pursuing a doctorate in International Educational Development/Family and Community Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds an EdM from Teachers College, an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Brown University.