Liam Bird is a Postsecondary Coach with the Network for College Success. He is passionate about working with staff in neighborhood high schools to eradicate institutional barriers to college access and persistence. He believes this is best achieved through equity-based capacity building to address the systemic issues seeded in the world of education.
While at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Liam worked with the Upward Bound program to mentor students towards postsecondary success. He also taught an Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership course at UIUC. Liam went on to work with Umoja Student Development Corporation in Chicago for 4 years. While there, he managed the integration of postsecondary and social-emotional learning supports into school-wide initiatives, like Advisory and Seminar, in various CPS high schools. This involved coaching staff through professional development, and engaging in data analysis and instructional design.
Liam earned a bachelor’s degree from UIUC in philosophy and psychology. He went on to earn a master’s from Northwestern University in public policy. Through his studies at Northwestern, he had the opportunity to write a policy brief to support the government of Gary, Indiana in the implementation of a plan for urban agriculture. In his free time, Liam volunteers with a political campaign effort in the 40th district of Illinois.