Background: Rebecca Cagle is an associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners in the Talent Services practice area. She has over 10 years of experience in education and human capital work. Before joining Bellwether in 2015, Rebecca was a vice president with Teach For America’s Recruitment team, where she led the organization’s teacher recruitment function in the South and supported the communications and marketing strategy for the national team. Over her tenure there, the organization saw significant growth in the diversity of its teaching corps. Her work also included a focus on adult learning and leadership development, training and supports for new managers, and establishing culturally conscious hiring practices. Earlier in her career, she worked as a middle school teacher and Teach For America corps member in a traditional public school in North Carolina. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Yale University. She lives in Atlanta with her husband.
Why I do this work: My grandmother had an eighth grade education. Thanks to hard work and a chance encounter with a women’s army corps recruitment poster, her children and grandchildren have college degrees. Millions of families across the country are not afforded the same opportunities because of the color of their skin. Expanding educational equity is a pathway to ending systemic injustice and to building a country that lives out its ideals. I hope to contribute in some lasting way to this effort.