Porshéa Patterson-Hurst

Research Program Strategist


Porshéa Patterson-Hurst brings experience in the translation and communication of technical and complex research data into readily accessible language to her position as the Research Program Strategist at The Opportunity Agenda. In this role, she consults with allies in the field to identify and obtain pertinent research and field needs, utilizes quantitative methods to perform exploratory data analysis on digital discourse related to immigration, and curates and shares public opinion research with partners in The Opportunity Agenda network.

Prior to joining The Opportunity Agenda, Porshéa worked with the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University conducting outreach, collecting, and analyzing data from community and technical colleges developing ‘guided pathways’ for students to accelerate their attainment of postsecondary credentials and careers in fields of economic importance in California, Ohio, and Florida. She also brings experience in program coordination from her work with the Harry Potter Alliance.

Porshéa holds an MA in international educational development at Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in political science from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.