Background: Allison Baron is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Strategic Advising practice area. Since joining Bellwether in 2013, she has worked on a range of strategy, business planning, and organizational effectiveness projects with foundations, school districts, charter management organizations, and early-stage nonprofits. Prior to joining Bellwether, she taught ninth-grade math at the Noble Network of Charter Schools and worked with the Chicago Public Schools and the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. Allison spent the first five years of her career as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and ZS Associates and is an alumna and former alumni board chair of Education Pioneers. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan.
Experience at Bellwether: strategic planning, business planning, market assessment, financial modeling and resource allocation planning
Client segments served: foundations, school districts, charter systems, federal/state education agencies, educational technology organizations, early-stage nonprofits
Sample clients:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Harmony Public Schools, Deans for Impact
Why I do this work: Far too many of my former Algebra students -- really good, hard working kids -- entered high school at a 3rd grade reading level. I believe all students deserve an excellent education and I also believe in the philosophy that "it takes a village" to raise a child. I am inspired by our clients and humbled to be able to partner with them toward a better and more equitable system for kids.