Ann Wacker

Ann Wacker

Senior Research Associate


early childhood

Professional Biography

Ann Wacker, PhD, has more than 10 years of experience in social sciences research and program evaluation. Currently, she leads studies in early care and education with a focus on equitable access to quality child care. Ann is passionate about gathering and synthesizing data from a variety of sources and sharing findings with stakeholders in creative and engaging ways. Whether conducting high-level statistical analyses, doing in-depth interviews with families, or working collaboratively with clients, Ann’s goal is to support programs by providing new insights and actionable recommendations. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her husband and young daughter.


PhD, Research Methods and Statistics, University of Denver 

MA, Sociology, Ohio University BS, Journalism, Ohio University