Our team is made up of outstanding individuals and leaders. They have built organizations, established proof points, changed public policies, and influenced how people think about American education reform. Individually and collectively, they offer leading-edge ideas, skills, and talents to help build the education reform field in a way no other organization does.
Becky Crowe is a Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She has spent more than 15 years leading education reform efforts as a social entrepreneur and education policy and philanthropy advisor. Her clients include state Race to the Top winners, America Achieves, and the Carnegie Corporation and Opportunity Equation’s 100Kin10 STEM initiative. Becky served as Executive Director of Partners in School Innovation in San Francisco from 2003-2009. During her tenure as Executive Director, Partners doubled in size and became the key school improvement partner working to increase student achievement in two of the largest urban districts in the Bay Area. At Partners, she also successfully launched the Encore Fellows program in partnership with Civic Ventures and the Packard Foundation to bring top talent from the private sector into the social sector. Prior to joining Partners, Becky was responsible for leadership development of principals and school district leaders from 30 Bay Area school districts at the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative. Becky has additional experience leading school and district program evaluations as a researcher at Stanford University. Becky has degrees in English and Education from Stanford University, and was a 2010 Sloan Fellow, earning a management degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a former NCAA swimming All-American and the proud mother of a second grader in the California public schools.
Monisha Lozier is a Co-Founder and Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She leads Bellwether’s talent practice, through which she blends her passion for the education community with over 10 years of executive search and recruitment experience.
Prior to launching Bellwether, Ms. Lozier was the founder of her own small business, Cobbe Place Consulting. In this capacity, she and her team conducted executive-level searches for dozens of reform-oriented organizations in the K-12 education community.
Before starting her own practice, she was a managing consultant in AT Kearney’s education executive search practice where she specialized in senior-level searches for leaders of institutions of higher education, education-related associations and nonprofits, and for-profit education companies. Prior to joining AT Kearney, she was an associate, senior associate, and ultimately the first-ever client partner in Korn/Ferry International’s education practice.
Ms. Lozier holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she focused on organizational behavior, strategy, and nonprofit management. She earned a B.A. in political science from Connecticut College. She and her husband reside in Chicago with their two daughters.
Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, a national non-profit organization working to support educational innovation and improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Rotherham leads Bellwether’s thought leadership and policy analysis work. He is also the executive editor of Real Clear Education, part of the Real Clear Politics family of news and analysis websites, writes the blog Eduwonk.com, and is the co-publisher of “Education Insider” a federal policy analysis tool produced by Whiteboard Advisors. Rotherham previously served at The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Clinton administration and is a former member of the Virginia Board of Education. He was education columnist for TIME, a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report, and in addition to Bellwether, founded or co-founded two other education reform organizations and served on the boards of several other successful education start-ups.
Rotherham is the author or co-author of more than 250 published articles, book chapters, papers, and op-eds about education policy and politics and is the author or editor of four books on educational policy. He serves on advisory boards and committees for a variety of organizations including Education Pioneers, The Broad Foundation, and the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER). Rotherham is on the board of directors for theIndianapolis Mind Trust, is Vice Chair of the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and serves on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Rotherham believes dramatic improvements in America’s education system are integral to increasing social mobility and building a more equitable and just society.
He lives in Virginia with his wife and two daughters.
Andy Smarick is a Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. He works in Bellwether’s Policy and Thought Leadership practice. Andy most recently served as Deputy Commissioner of Education of the State of New Jersey where he helped lead initiatives including the state’s successful ESEA waiver and Race to the Top 3 applications, the launching of new teacher evaluations, and an overhaul of the department’s charter school authorizing. Andy previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education and at the White House Domestic Policy Council, and has worked for Congress and the Maryland state legislature. Other roles include Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Adjunct Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Chief Operating Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
Andy helped launch a college-preparatory charter school for under-served boys and girls in Annapolis, and he was a member of the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Quality Education. His book on overhauling the delivery of inner-city public education, The Urban School System of the Future, was released in 2012, and his articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Education Next, National Affairs, and other outlets. His areas of research include school turnarounds, teacher quality, charter schools, performance pay, district reform, and Catholic schools. Andy is a former White House Fellow, member of the 2010-11 class of Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellows, and founding board member of 50CAN. He earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude and with honors, and a master’s degree in public management from the University of Maryland. Andy lives in Maryland with his wife and three kids.
Mary K. Wells is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Ms. Wells leads the Strategic Advising practice within Bellwether, which focuses on supporting education reform organizations with growth strategy, assessing partnership opportunities, market assessment, business planning, organizational development, and implementation planning. Recent clients include The Achievement Network, Teach Plus, New Haven Public Schools, and the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education (launched by MATCH).
Ms. Wells has worked as a private sector consultant, an investor, and a nonprofit executive. From 2005 to 2007, she designed, launched, and managed the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Initiative for the Texas High School Project. T-STEM is a $71 million initiative to improve the quality of math and science education in Texas and to expand the pipeline of highly skilled employees qualified for careers in the economy of the 21st century. She also managed the New Schools portfolio for the Texas High School Project, which included investments in high-performing charter schools and school developers.
Ms. Wells brings extensive experience from the private sector. She was a manager and consultant with Bain & Company, where she worked primarily with Fortune 500 companies on growth strategy, new business development, and post-merger integration issues. She was with Bain & Company for over seven years. During that time, she advised Boston Public Schools on the creation and implementation of small learning communities within their comprehensive high schools on a pro bono basis. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Sid Smith is a Senior Advisor to Bellwether, focusing on issues of talent and entrepreneurship. He is the founder and President of SRS Counsel PLLC, a solo law practice that provides virtual general counsel services on a range of corporate and transactional matters. He is also a co-founder of Discourse Analytics, Inc., a data analytics company launched in 2011 that enhances audience messaging and activation by building issue-weighted profiles on individuals and providing micro-segmenting of groups, audiences and communities based upon common activation points.
Sid is active in many organizations dedicated to service in the areas of education and entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Board of the Pahara Institute and the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law Foundation. He was also involved with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) for over a decade, served as Chair of the Multicultural Affairs Committee on the Phillips Academy, Andover Alumni Council, and as pro bono counsel for The Seed School of Washington, D.C. He is a charter member of The Marathon Foundation, an organization focused on increasing investment of capital into businesses with significant minority ownership or management. In addition, he has chaired the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Incubator Advisory Board and has served as a commissioner on the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Minority Business Enterprise. Sid graduated from Yale with a B.A. in English, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team, and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Chad Aldeman is an Associate Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. He works on the Policy and Thought Leadership team at Bellwether. Previously, Aldeman was a Policy Advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked on teacher policy and secondary schools. Among other projects, he worked on ESEA flexibility, teacher preparation, and the Teacher Incentive Fund. Prior to joining the Department, Aldeman was a policy analyst with Education Sector, where he focused on K–12 and higher education accountability. He has published reports on state higher education accountability systems, the potential of improving high school accountability by incorporating outcomes data, the school choice process in New York City and Boston, teacher salary schedules, teacher pensions, and teacher preparation. His work has been featured in the New York Times, InsideHigherEd, Newsday, and the Des Moines Register. Aldeman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s of public policy degree from the College of William and Mary.
Lina Bankert is a Principal focused primarily on strategic advising at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Her clients have included districts, charter management organizations, research institutes, foundations, and education entrepreneurs. She works with organizations on a variety of strategic and operational issues: strategic planning, business plan development, growth and expansion strategy, human capital and organizational redesign, performance improvement and sustainability, and grant development and implementation.
Prior to joining Bellwether, Ms. Bankert was a Principal at Bain & Company, where she worked with executive teams across a broad range of industries and capabilities in both the private and public sectors, while building extensive pro bono/ non-profit advisory experience with focus on K-12 education. For three years, she led Bain Chicago’s involvement with Rowe Elementary School, a Bain-sponsored charter school in the West Town community, and continues to act as an adviser to the school. She was also a member of the design team for Intrinsic Schools, a Chicago-based CMO serving 6-12 grade students via a blended school model, approved by Chicago Public Schools in December 2012.
Prior to Bain, Ms. Bankert spent several years as an investment banker, focusing mainly on mergers and acquisitions and equity placements in the Education and Knowledge Services sectors. Ms. Bankert holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University; and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Moire Carmody is the Operations Manager with Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She serves as the center of office operations and the Assistant to Mary Wells. Before joining Bellwether, Moire was the Director of Operations at the Lee Family Office and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, where for nearly 9 years she oversaw all human resource and office management functions, as well as managed Barbara Lee’s properties and art collection. Moire has a passion for non-profit organizations and spent nine years in The Public Interest Network working with MASSPIRG, the Fund for Public Interest Research, and the National Association of State PIRGs. Her experience includes directing door-to-door canvasses for environmental and consumer organizations, working on ballot initiatives, recruiting and hiring talented individuals to join the Public Interest Network, in addition to office management. Moire holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in Sociology, with a concentration in Peace Studies. She lives outside Boston with her husband and two sons.
Carolyn Chuong is an Analyst at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Prior to joining Bellwether, Carolyn was at Mathematica Policy Research evaluating the effectiveness of various social policies related to education reform and global development. Previously, Carolyn was a consultant at Monitor 360 (formerly part of Monitor Group) working on geopolitical analysis for clients in the national security space. She was also a Fulbright Fellow to Venezuela, where she taught and mentored students at a cultural center founded by the US Embassy. Carolyn graduated with a degree in community health from Brown University, where her research addressed the health and educational outcomes of orphaned and vulnerable children.
Ellie Craig is a Research Assistant with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Prior to joining Bellwether, Ellie served as a SPEA VISTA Fellow with The Mind Trust, a nonprofit organization that invests in great schools and innovative ideas in order to create excellent educational opportunities for all Indianapolis students. At The Mind Trust, she worked as a member of the Education Initiatives team, focusing on selection and accountability for the Charter School Incubator and the Education Entrepreneur Fellowship programs. She was a member of the nonprofit Service Corps program at Indiana University’s School for Environmental and Public Affairs, where she received her MPA. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Macalester College.
Sarah Srivastava Cryder is a Consultant with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She focuses primarily on strategic advising at Bellwether. Before joining Bellwether, Sarah was a manager with Deloitte and Touche LLP, where she spent over six years working with the Valuation and Analytics division to increase the effectiveness of domestic federal programs, and performed data and statistical analytics. Sarah has also consulted the D.C. Public Schools to implement evidence-based mental health intervention pilot programs, research successful national pilot interventions, and evaluate program outcomes through data-driven metrics. In 2011, Sarah consulted for the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education as an Education Pioneers Fellow. Sarah holds a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College, where she double-majored in Economics and Psychology.
Traci Dove is a Senior Associate with Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She focuses primarily on executive search in Bellwether’s Talent Services service area. A seasoned search professional, Traci brings more than 10 years of executive search experience in the higher education, non-profit, and K-12 sectors. Prior to joining Bellwether, Traci served as an Associate for Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, and a Consultant for A.T. Kearney Executive Search. In these roles, she participated in numerous searches for senior executives for institutions of higher education and not-profit clients. Before entering the executive search industry, Traci worked in the Regulatory Advisory Practice of KPMG Peat Marwick and for WCI, Inc., an information technology consulting firm.
Alison Fuller is an Associate Partner with Bellwether Education Partners, focused primarily on strategic advising. Prior to joining Bellwether, Ms. Fuller was a case team leader at Bain & Company, where she worked with clients across a broad range of industries. Her client engagements included growth strategy, due diligence, performance improvement, portfolio evaluation, and capability development. For two years she also led Bain Chicago’s involvement with Rowe Elementary School, a Bain-sponsored charter school in the West Town community. Ms. Fuller began her career as a high school teacher and coach in Connecticut. She went on to earn an MBA from the Booth School of Business and an MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago. In her policy studies she concentrated on Education Policy and led work with Chicago Public Schools and the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor. She also holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University.
Rebecca Gifford Goldberg is a Principal with Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She focuses primarily on strategic advising at Bellwether. Before joining Bellwether, Rebecca was a consultant with McKinsey and Company, where she managed engagements with leading global institutions on growth strategy, sales and marketing, and operational efficiency. She began her career at the SEED Foundation, where she helped launch the SEED School of Maryland and supported the ongoing operations of the SEED School of Washington, D.C. Rebecca directed the Maryland Leadership Workshops’ senior high program for three years, working with students with diverse backgrounds from across the Mid-Atlantic. As a high school student, she served as the voting student member of the Maryland State Board of Education. Rebecca holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Charles Glover is a Senior Fellow with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. He focuses on both Talent Services and Strategic Advising at Bellwether. Prior to joining Bellwether, Charles served as the Chief of Human Capital Management for Dallas Independent School District. He was on a senior Cabinet that oversaw and led an urban district with more than 158,000 students and 20,000 employees. During this time he established rigorous teacher and principal selection models grounded in research-based competencies of “predictive success indicators,” and led significant change management by implementing a casebased support model for principal and school needs. Charles was the founding Executive Director of TFA-Dallas/Ft. Worth in 2009, and in that capacity oversaw its growth into one of the Teach for America’s largest regions. His career in education began as a middle school teacher and a coach with the Durham Public Schools. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Education Opens Doors and HOBY–Texas North. Charles earned his M. Ed. at Harvard University and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.
Caroline Goodson is an Education Pioneers Analyst with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Before joining Bellwether, she was a senior consultant with IBM Global Business Services. She worked with industrial clients on process improvement, cultural change, merger integration, and marketing strategy projects.
Caroline has also worked for An Achievable Dream, a K12 school in Newport News, VA that serves high need students, and for the USC Literacy Project, where she tutored K-6 students in math and reading. She holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California, where she double-majored in International Relations and Middle East Studies.
Nancy Iheanacho is an Analyst with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She focuses primarily on strategic advising. Prior to joining Bellwether, Nancy served as a program coordinator in the Office of the Chancellor at the D.C. Public Schools, where she focused on school closures, student recruitment, enrollment projections, and student assignment. Previously, Nancy consulted a number of public and private sector organizations in the Pittsburgh area as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. Nancy also worked at KIPP Houston and conducted policy research for Senator Jon Tester. Nancy holds a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University, and a B.A. from Duke University. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Leslie Kan is a Pensions Analyst with the Policy and Thought Leadership team at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Before coming to Bellwether, Leslie taught middle school English in Baltimore City Public Schools for three years through Teach for America. She previously interned as a graduate student at the U.S. Department of Education Office of the Secretary where she conducted research for a senior policy advisor. Leslie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a master of science in urban education from Johns Hopkins University.
Sarah Kramer is an Analyst at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She focuses primarily on strategic advising. Prior to joining Bellwether, Sarah worked at McKinsey & Company as a Research Analyst for the Social Sector Practice. In this role she supported education engagements ranging from elevating the teaching profession in the United States to large-scale primary school reform projects in the developing world. Sarah has also held positions at NewSchools Venture Fund and Root Cause. Post-college she worked in international development in Pakistan, Thailand, and Burma. Sarah holds a B.A. with honors in International Studies & Anthropology from the University of California San Diego, where her research focused on the intersection of school system design and democratic engagement.
Sara Mead is a Principal with Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. In this role, she writes and conducts policy analysis on issues related to early childhood education and K-12 education reform and provides strategic advising support to clients serving high-need students. She has written extensively on education issues including federal and states education policy, charter schools, teacher effectiveness, and early childhood education. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today, and she has appeared on CBS and ABC News and on NPR. Before joining Bellwether, she directed the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative. She has also worked for Education Sector, the Progressive Policy Institute, and the U.S. Department of Education. She serves on the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, which authorizes charter schools in the District of Columbia and holds them accountable for results, and on the board of Democrats for Education Reform. The daughter, granddaughter, and sister of public school educators, she holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Vanderbilt University.
Lauren Miller is a Consultant with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She focuses primarily on strategic advising at Bellwether. Before joining Bellwether, Lauren spent over three years in the Insights & Planning department at POSSIBLE, a digital advertising agency. She worked with major consumer packaged goods companies to create holistic digital strategies for their brands, evaluate online initiatives using web analytics and other quantitative techniques, and uncover attitudinal and behavioral consumer insights. In 2012, Lauren developed a strategic plan and designed a new organizational structure for the Education Writers Association as an Education Pioneers Fellow. Lauren holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, where she double-majored in international relations and politics.
Ashley Mitchel is a Research Assistant with the Policy and Thought Leadership team at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Prior to joining Bellwether, Ashley worked with Baltimore Education Research Consortium, the U.S. Department of Education, Urban Teacher Center, and Baltimore City Public Schools while completing her master’s of public policy at Johns Hopkins University. She also spent three years working in low-performing schools in Los Angeles through City Year, an education focused nonprofit that works to keep students in school and on track to graduation. In addition to her MPP, Ashley holds a bachelor’s of arts with honors from McGill University.
George Mu is an Education Pioneers Analyst with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for high-need students. He works primarily on strategic advising at Bellwether, assisting education organizations with school growth, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, and performance improvement.
Prior to joining Bellwether, George was a Consultant at Booz & Company, a global management consulting firm. At Booz, he worked across a range of industries including Financial Services, Consumer Packaged Goods, and nonprofits. Recently, George worked with the Clinton Global Initiative to define education policies that help support a robust and competitive American manufacturing sector. George holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University.
Leslie Nair is an Associate Partner with Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She focuses primarily on executive search in Bellwether’s Talent Services service area and has worked in the talent acquisition space for over 20 years, developing strong, diverse candidate pools and finding executives who “fit.” She has conducted all phases of national-level, retained executive search research and recruiting, completing hundreds of senior level searches in wide variety of fields including healthcare, finance, medical device manufacturing, pharmaceutical, financial services and non-profit. Before joining Bellwether in 2010, Leslie worked for several boutique firms before launching her own practice in 2004. Leslie holds a BA in French and International Relations from Bradley University.
Kelly Robson is a Research Assistant with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She works primarily in Policy and Thought Leadership. Before joining Bellwether, Kelly taught middle school English and history in Westerville City Schools in Westerville, Ohio and in the District of Columbia Public Schools. While with DCPS she worked on a number of district curriculum initiatives, including partnering with the Center for Inspired Teaching to create and pilot US History modules aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Kelly recently co-authored and presented a paper at the 2013 Educational Symposium for Research and Innovation, where she won the Dean’s Emerging Scholar Award. Kelly holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from The Ohio State University. She is currently working on her doctorate in education policy at The George Washington University.
Jeff Schulz is an Associate Partner with Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. He focuses primarily on strategic advising at Bellwether. Before joining Bellwether, Jeff was a manager in Deloitte’s Strategy practice, with a focus on helping Fortune 500 clients identify opportunities to generate recurring growth and improve profitability, especially through the application of advanced analytic techniques. He is also a proud Teach For America alum, former advocacy lead for a group of high-performing, nationally acclaimed Texas charter schools, and education analyst for the central Texas-based E3 Alliance. Jeff holds an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan.
Juliet Squire is an Associate Partner on the Policy and Thought Leadership team at Bellwether Education Partners. She most recently worked at the New Jersey Department of Education, where she directed strategies for advancing technology-driven innovation and oversaw the state’s Race to the Top program. Previously, she managed school board relationships and new business development for education management organization National Heritage Academies, providing support to school building leadership and helping to launch new charter schools in Louisiana, New York, and Wisconsin. Juliet began her career as a researcher and manager of the education policy studies program at the American Enterprise Institute, where she studied a wide range of issues in K-12 and higher education policy. Her work has appeared in publications such as Education Finance and Policy, Policy Review, American School Board Journal, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University.
Britni Stinson is an analyst with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She focuses primarily on strategic advising. Prior to joining Bellwether, Britni was a ProInspire Fellow, serving as a financial strategist to the Chief Financial Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools. In this role she worked on a variety of projects ranging from managing the fiscal year budget process to developing charter school funding models. Britni has held managerial and operational consulting positions at Education First and McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply Company. She was a Tucker Foundation Fellow, where she managed the Youth Employment Summer Program for excelling high school students from Taft Projects in Harlem, NY. She has also traveled abroad with the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) for global citizenry projects. Britni holds a B.A. in Government & Sociology from Dartmouth College and holds the belief that nothing is more important than giving everyone access to the best education possible.
Gunjan Sud is a Consultant with Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She focuses primarily on strategic advising. Prior to joining Bellwether, Gunjan was a senior associate consultant with Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm. At Bain, she worked on a variety of projects in industries spanning consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, private equity, and the education sector.
In addition to traditional casework in education, Gunjan spent a summer interning at a charter school in Chicago during its launch, helping design tools to track individual student progress and teacher effectiveness. She also volunteered at Minds Matter for two years, working with students from low income households to help them prepare for college. Gunjan holds a B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Dhivya Venkataraman is a Consultant with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Before joining Bellwether, Dhivya worked for four years as a consultant with IBM Global Business Solutions, in its public sector division. Dhivya advised federal clients, such as the Department of Navy, U.S. Postal Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, in improving their core operations and financial management systems. In addition, Dhivya has worked at international development organizations to assist governments and corporations with initiatives in economic development, health care, labor, and education. Dhivya recently received her M.P.P. and MBA from Georgetown University. She also holds a bachelors degree from The George Washington University.
Stephanie Wilson is an Associate Partner with Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She focuses primarily on strategic advising at Bellwether. Prior to Bellwether, Stephanie was the Chief of Staff at Aspire Public Schools, one of the highest performing charter management organizations in the country. At Aspire she also held the role of Director of Growth and Strategy, where she led the development of new schools and facilities. Previously, Stephanie worked at Education for Change, a charter management organization focused on school turnarounds. A former Broad Resident and Education Pioneer, Stephanie has also worked as a consultant for Bain & Company and the Bridgespan Group in Boston, San Francisco, and Sydney. Stephanie earned her M. Ed. and MBA at Stanford University and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.
Emmeline Zhao is the editor of RealClearEducation, a partnership with Bellwether and RealClearPolitics that provides both original and curated content pertaining to the day’s most significant news, analysis, and research in education. She previously led the Education vertical at The Huffington Post and covered the economy for The Wall Street Journal. She has written for CWSJ, exploring the intersection of the American and Chinese economies and Chinese students in America, and has also worked for FTChinese.com. She covered baseball and basketball for The Olympic News Service at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Raised in North Carolina, Zhao earned a B.A. in public policy and certificate in policy journalism and media studies from Duke University and studied science, ethics, and policy while at the University of Oxford. She is now based in New York City.