Bio: Melinda Karp

Melinda Karp

Founder and Principal
Phase Two Advisory

Melinda Karp founded Phase Two Advisory after nearly 20 years conducting research on education reform and working with colleges. A nationally-recognized expert on smoothing students' transitions to college and supporting them once there, she found herself increasingly being asked to help colleges and foundations figure out what to do with the research findings she produced.

Prior to founding Phase Two, Melinda was the assistant director at the Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University. At CCRC, Melinda led a large portfolio of studies focused on community college and high school reform. She was also responsible for building CCRC's internal functions, including managing professional development, strategic planning, and external relations.

Melinda holds a BS in human development and family studies from Cornell University; an MA in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a PhD in sociology and education from Columbia University.