Education Policy Advisor
Wesley Whistle is not ashamed to admit that he is a self-described political junkie. From playing a U.S. Cabinet Secretary in a social studies simulation to taking a class trip to see a presidential inauguration, Wesley knew from a young age that he would eventually end up working in Washington, D.C. to advance issues he cares deeply about. One of those issues is education—which has played a critical role in the trajectory of his own journey from rural Kentucky to his current role as an Education Policy Advisor at Third Way.
In this position, Wesley works on higher education as part of our Social Policy & Politics team. Wesley is working to move the conversation around college from one exclusively focused on cost to one focused on the value students are getting from institutions of higher education, as well as promoting ideas to address the college quality crisis through increased transparency and accountability at the federal level.
Wesley began his career in institutional roles in higher education. Prior to joining Third Way, Wesley served his alma mater as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research where he oversaw assessment, analytics, government reporting, and was also heavily involved in the college’s reaccreditation efforts. Prior to that, Wesley worked in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at the University of Louisville. Wesley graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Master of Public Administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and the University of Kentucky where he focused in education policy.
In his free time, Wesley enjoys spending time with his two dogs—or any dog for that matter. Though he is a D.C. resident now, he will always call the Bluegrass state home.