Julie T. Marks holds a B.S. in Biology from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Marks is a senior research associate and Director of the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC). She serves as Principal Investigator for a multi-year impact study of North Carolina’s $27M GEAR UP grant to increase postsecondary enrollment and success for underserved populations across the state, as well as the UNC PI on a $5M state partnership grant to evaluate the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s (NCDPI) transformation program for the state’s lowest achieving schools. She has previously worked closely with NCDPI as the Principal Investigator for the evaluation of NC’s four-year $400M Race to the Top education reform grant, composed of eleven initiatives targeting the equitable distribution of effective teachers and leaders, data driven decision making using rigorous standards and assessments, and comprehensive school turnaround initiatives. In her role as Director, she conducts and oversees research that interfaces with hundreds of teachers and school leaders across the state. Dr. Marks has expertise in mixed methods research designs, with an emphasis on disseminating translatable findings to key education stakeholders including local, state, and federal policymakers, K-12 and post-secondary school leadership, and external funders. Dr. Marks’ has held lecturer positions in the Department of Public Policy and currently holds a clinical assistant professor appointment within the School of Education.