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Albert Wat, M.A.


As a Senior Policy Director, Albert leads a portfolio of state and national Alliance partnerships and investments focused on early learning, including pre-k, child care, and the education continuum from birth through third grade. He brings to the Alliance experience in state policies on literacy and social-emotional development, pre-k access and quality, learning standards, assessments, data systems, and alignment between early learning policies and practices and education reform initiatives, especially in the early elementary years.

Albert was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Education Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, where he worked on early childhood education issues from birth through third grade. Prior, Albert was the Research Manager at Pre-K Now, an advocacy campaign at the Pew Center on the States, where he authored a number of policy reports, managed research activities for the initiative, and provided staff and states analysis and information about the latest pre-k and early education research and policy developments.

In 2014, Albert served on the National Academies committee that released the report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation. In 2018, he served on another committee that produced the report, Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity.

Albert has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in education policy from George Washington University.