Betsy Gardner is a research assistant and writer for Digital Platforms and Practitioner Content for the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center. She is also an integral member of the Ash Center's diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts, actively contributing to the Center's DEI Steering Committee as a co-representative of the Diversity in Recruitment, Hiring & Retention Subcommittee.
Prior to joining the Ash Center, Betsy worked in a variety of roles in higher education, including Research Programs Manager at Emerson College and Assistant Director of Training at Northeastern University. Her professional and volunteer work focuses on dismantling racial and gender inequality through research, writing, and facilitation. She specializes in delivering content in a direct and engaging manner, for audiences such as Major League Baseball, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Smart Citizenship Academy in Cascais, Portugal.
She also researches and writes on government spending and transparency for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Betsy holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University, and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Boston University.