Sarah Phillips

Sarah Fierberg Phillips, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Managing Director, Research & Impact

About Sarah Fierberg Phillips, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Sarah Phillips is Mass Insight’s internal evaluator and leads studies examining the impact and effectiveness of our programs. Before joining the Mass Insight team, Sarah worked as the Vice President of Research at Tripod Education Partners where she developed a host of survey offerings and conducted numerous studies on issues such as school climate, student engagement, teacher effectiveness, and racial disproportionality. Sarah’s scholarship has been published in academic journals like The Urban Review and Social Work Research, and the social and emotional competency survey she developed for Tripod is featured in CASEL’s well-respected SEL Assessment Guide. Sarah’s research is informed by nearly a decade of experience as an educator and social worker. She was Service Director at City Year Rhode Island, a Community Organizing Liaison at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and a founding staff member of Quilombo, one of Oakland, CA’s first community schools. In addition, Sarah taught middle school in the Oakland Public Schools and high school in Alameda County’s juvenile hall. She holds a doctorate in Social Policy from Brandeis University, a master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and B.A. in U.S. History from Brown University.