Public Policy Associates, Inc. is pleased to welcome Dr. Clyde Barnett, III and Scott Southard to its staff.

Dr. Barnett, a senior research associate, brings expertise in qualitative research, P-20 education, leadership, and elevating student and community voices. He has a Ph.D. in educational leadership and a master’s in higher education/student affairs from Eastern Michigan University (EMU). In addition to working with PPA, Dr. Barnett is an adjunct professor for the Leading for Equity and Justice Certificate Program at EMU. You can learn more about him here.

Mr. Southard is a research assistant and senior editor. He has extensive editing and writing experience and has published seven novels. Most recently, he worked as a staff writer for the Michigan Townships Association and as a senior technical writer for the Michigan Health Information Network. Mr. Southard has a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Southern California. You can read more about him here.

“These additions to our staff enhance both our research and communications capacity,” PPA CEO Sam Singh said. “Clyde’s experience working with public and charter schools as well as government agencies bolsters our educational policy capacity, and his approach ensures that all voices are heard and valued,” Mr. Singh said. “Scott has the writing and editing skills to effectively explain technical research for multiple audiences, which increases its impact, and his contributions to research tasks supports delivery of quality research.”