Emmy L. Partin

Director of Ohio Policy & Research

Emmy formerly served as director of Ohio policy & research for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. In this role, she advocated to state policymakers for smart improvements to Ohio education laws and policies; conducted research and policy analysis on a wide variety of education issues facing the Buckeye State; and managed the development, production, and dissemination of Fordham’s Ohio research studies and policy events. She has written more than 250 articles and editorials for the Ohio Education Gadfly and Fordham’s Flypaper blog, as well as more than a dozen op-eds and letters for Ohio newspapers and other publications. 

Emmy joined Fordham in 2007 as a writer and researcher, bringing with her more than seven years of public policy and communications experience in the Office of the Governor and the Ohio Department of Education.  Emmy's work in the public sector included promoting the Ohio Core legislation that raised Ohio's high school graduation requirements to reflect what students need to know to be college- and work-ready; writing recommendations from the State Board of Education's School Readiness Solutions Group to improve education services to the state's youngest citizens; and growing the OhioReads initiative to include more than 50,000 volunteer reading tutors serving 100,000 students annually in more than 1,600 elementary schools.

A native of Jackson, Ohio, Emmy is a graduate of the Ohio State University. She lives in Columbus with her husband and son.