Halli began her career as a middle school English teacher through Teach for America.  While teaching, Halli spent her days exploring metaphors with eighth graders, and her nights earning a master’s degree in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University.

Inspired by her students and incensed by the inequities in her school, Halli left the classroom to earn her law degree with hopes of using policy change to provide low-income students of color with more access to quality schools.

As a student at The George Washington University Law School, Halli interned with the legal departments of the D.C. Public Schools and the New York City Department of Education. Since graduating from law school in 2011, Halli has advocated for laws and policies that create excellent schools for all students – first as a Senior Policy Analyst with StudentsFirst and then as a Program Analyst with the Eli & Edyth Broad Foundation.

Today, as AFC’s National Policy Director, Halli supports our state teams in creating laws and policies to help families access quality schools. In her free time, Halli writes books, meditates, and teaches yoga.