Zoelene Hill, PhD '00 is a research scientist who works to improve how state and federal programs and policies serve children and families. Zoelene has a doctorate in public policy studies and uses inter-disciplinary frameworks from sociology and psychology and mixed methods (i.e., qualitative and quantitative research) in her work. Zoelene works collaboratively with federal, state, and community-based offices to amplify the voices of families to improve programs such as Pre-K, Head Start, Child Care Development Fund, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and more.
Among her first experiences representing the needs of communities in "government" was when she served as the Upper School president of the student body during the 1999-2000 academic year. At Stuart, Zoelene was also a member of Mock Trial and the Black Awareness group. She received her bachelor's degree in politics with certificates (minors) in African-American studies and French language and culture from Princeton University, her master's degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her doctorate from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.