Betsy P. Shimberg is the Program Director for K-12 Education, managing programs that place Brown students into service opportunities in public schools. Previously, she worked with a team to develop the TRI-Lab, a new initiative at Brown that leverages students, faculty, and community practitioners to develop potential solutions to complex social issues.
Betsy has worked with social service and education non-profit organizations for most of her career. Prior to joining the Swearer Center, she was a policy researcher with RI KIDS COUNT and an independent consultant. She served as the Director of Policy and Planning for Mercer Street Friends, a comprehensive social services non-profit organization in Trenton, NJ. In addition, she worked with several organizations in New York City in the fields of advocacy, research, development and public relations.
From 2008-2013, Betsy served as a member of the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition to her term on the Regents, Betsy has served on multiple non-profit boards including Youth in Action, City Year, the Paul Cuffee Charter School, and Generation Citizen, and she has been an active member of the parent associations of her children’s schools.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Betsy graduated from Wellesley College in 1990. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Betsy lives in Providence with her husband and their two children.