Ian Hickox

Editorial Director

About Ian

“Nothing happens in the ‘real’ world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.” – Gloria Anzaldúa

Ian leads content development and strategy at Collaborative, helping clients tell their stories and communicate their ideas in ways that build influence, shape key conversations, and accelerate progress. An experienced writer and editor, Ian partners with clients to develop persuasive messages that challenge the education field to think differently about how to increase access to opportunity for more students.

Ian has directed the production of many of Collaborative’s most ambitious client publications and digital assets—including books, major reports, policy briefs, innovative websites, and multimedia projects—and advised on sustained advocacy and public education campaigns. His primary focus issues include college access and attainment, educational inequities, and social-emotional learning.

Before joining Collaborative, Ian conducted strategic research for school districts, higher education institutions, and advocacy organizations to help them identify and evaluate potential solutions to operational challenges.

Ian has a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago. His bachelor’s degree, in English literature, is from the University of Virginia. He was a founding editor of an online journal showcasing fiction, poetry, visual arts, and cultural criticism and is an alumnus of the Education Policy Fellowship Program at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Eliza Panike

Senior Associate

About Eliza

“The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.” ― Fred Rogers

Eliza has long understood that strong, vibrant communities are built by providing young people the tools and resources they need to succeed. For the last decade, she has built her career supporting government and non-profit organizations working to improve the lives of children and families. Most recently, she developed key messaging and content for delivering Common Sense Media’s ratings and reviews to parents and caregivers. Prior to that, she provided support to California’s First 5 system through program management, event planning, and public policy campaigns.

Eliza excels at project management and will be using her skills to create effective communications campaigns for her clients.

Born and raised in Northern California, Eliza currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in child development from San Francisco State University.

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