Dr. Ellie Bruecker is the Associate Director of Policy Analytics at TICAS. Committed to bridging the gap between research and policy change, Ellie has expertise in financial aid policy, quantitative analysis, and federal higher education data. As a former first-generation college student and Pell recipient, Ellie is a passionate advocate for equity in higher education access and affordability.

Before joining TICAS, Ellie served as a Senior Research Associate at the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation. Ellie has also partnered with a variety of organizations on higher education research projects, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s SSTAR Lab, the National Governors Association, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Association.

Ellie holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.