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Richard Seder

Senior Associate


Richard Seder has nearly 20 years of education policy experience, including direct work in school finance equity and adequacy with local, state, and national and international policymakers and stakeholders. Richard worked with the State of Wyoming to design, develop, and assist with the implementation of its school funding formula, which included innovative funding adjustments for schools with higher concentrations of economically disadvantaged and English learner students as well as small schools and small districts. He also served as an expert witness on issues related to school finance equity and adequacy in Montana, where he worked with the state to successfully defend its school finance system.

Richard has designed and conducted adequacy and program costing studies in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming using a combination of professional judgment and evidence-based methodologies. He has also worked with ministries of education and non-governmental organizations on issues related to early childhood development finance and governance in Cambodia, Laos, Angola, and Tajikistan. In Tajikistan, Richard created a funding model that was piloted by the national government. The model allowed for transparent funding, taking into account school size, program differences and unique community characteristics. He most recently served as the associate director and lead of all research and evaluation activities for the Regional Educational Laboratory serving the Pacific region under a $25.4 million, five-year contract funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the United States Department of Education. In addition to his work with FourPoint, Richard is president and senior improvement consultant at Emergent Policy & Systems, Inc.


  • Research and evaluation
  • School finance


  • PhD in Education Policy & Organization with emphasis in School Finance from the University of Southern California
  • MA in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University
  • BA in Government and Economics and Management from Beloit College

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