Wayne Taliaferro

Wayne Taliaferro
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success
Policy expertise: 
Racial Equity
Criminal Justice
Adult and Postsecondary Education
Career Pathways
Federal Postsecondary Policy
State Aid and Other Financial Supports
Workforce Development
Jobs, Training & Education


Wayne Taliaferro is a senior policy analyst in the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP, where he researches and advocates for policies that help remove barriers to postsecondary access and success for low-income, nontraditional students. His major focus areas at CLASP include state financial aid policy, postsecondary access and success for adult students, and postsecondary opportunities for adults with involvement in the correctional system. Prior to joining CLASP, Wayne served as an institutional research analyst at the University of Maryland-College Park, where he conducted data analysis and higher education policy research in the areas of enrollment and transfer policy, access and diversity impacts, and student success outcomes, and served on the board of the statewide association of institutional research. He has also held roles as a research consultant for Collegiate Directions, Inc. and as a coordinator and analyst at DC Public Schools. He holds a master’s degree in urban education policy from Brown University and an undergraduate degree from Morehouse College.