Sean Darling-Hammond is a PhD student at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. There, he combines his backgrounds in psychology, sociology, law, policy, and statistics to identify education policies that can help students of all backgrounds thrive; and help people of all backgrounds connect across stale social divides. Before matriculating at Goldman, he earned his BA in Sociology at Harvard (’06), spent five years as the Director of Research at Hattaway Communications (a mission driven firm in Washington DC), earned his JD from UC Berkeley (’14), clerked for the District Court for the District of Maryland, and worked in education law and policy for Hogan Lovells and Education Counsel. He also served as the director of Berkeley High School’s restorative justice program, and provided legal representation to special education students. He and his wife, Valentina, adore their baby boy, Kofi, who they welcomed into the world in April, 2019. In his free time, he competes on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior as “The Giving Ninja,” devoted to donating to nonprofits that expand opportunity.