Background: Christiana Newsome is the Director of Talent Operations at Bellwether Education Partners. Prior to joining Bellwether, Christiana served as a Sr. Talent Acquisition Manager at TNTP, an organization whose mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. Christiana worked with hiring teams to source, recruit, and hire top diverse talent across the country. In addition to her experience working in the nonprofit sector at TNTP and New Schools for New Orleans, Christiana brings experience from the federal government and private sectors. Christiana holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University. She currently resides in New Orleans with her husband and two sons.
Experience at Bellwether: Recruitment, talent operations, onboarding
Why I do this work: I grew up in a single-parent household in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, IL, where opportunities weren't readily accessible or plentiful. Luckily for me, I had a very supportive mother and teachers who believed in me and nurtured my drive to attend the best college in the country, Howard University. Because of the education and experiences I gained at Howard, a world of opportunities and connections opened up to me, ones I couldn't have dreamed of as a kid. I do this work for my own children, children who look like me, and children who share the same disadvantaged background.
I love working in this field as a product of failing schools and neighborhoods like Englewood because I stand as testament that those factors didn’t dictate my future. You can achieve so much through education.