P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Ulcca Joshi Hansen, 2005

Founder, Educating Potential

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Harvard University

ULCCA JOSHI HANSEN is an author, consultant, and Founder of Educating Potential. Previously, she was the associate director for educator effectiveness at the Colorado Legacy Foundation and staffs the Technical Advisory Group to the State Council for Educator Effectiveness, helping to develop recommendations for a statewide evaluation framework for teachers and principals.

Ulcca was born in Newark, New Jersey, to parents who emigrated from Tanzania and became naturalized citizens in 1980. They live in Millington, New Jersey.

Ulcca received her BA, summa cum laude, in philosophy and German from Drew University where she was elected toPhi Beta Kappa, and was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. She also completed a certification in early childhood and elementary education at Drew University and a DPhil at the Department of Educational Studies at Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She has a Ph.D. in education from Oxford University and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Previously, she worked with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on developing standards and rubrics for effective schools. Hansen began her education career teaching third, fourth and fifth grade students in Newark, Madison and Chatham, NJ for several years before joining the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation as a Program Fellow. She then served as a consultant to the Oxford University Department of Education working on education policy projects for the British government, including the evaluation of literacy and numeracy programs in prisons and turnaround strategies for failing urban schools

Ulcca is married to Chris Hansen, and they have two children named Sachin and Ashwin.

  • JD Law | Harvard University 2010
  • DPhil Education | Oxford University 2005
  • PhD Educational Studies | Oxford University 2005
  • BA Philosophy | Drew University 1998
Work History
  • Educating Potential, Founder
  • Education Reimagined, Associate director of national outreach and community building
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