Background: Evan Coughenour is an associate partner in Bellwether Education Partners' Strategic Advising practice. Since Evan joined Bellwether in the fall of 2014, his clients have included charter schools, foundations, school districts, and education service providers. Prior to his time at Bellwether, Evan interned at A Better Chicago, worked as both a consultant and special assistant to the CEO at ASI Government, and taught in Washington, DC as a Teach For America corps member. Evan holds an MBA with honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from American University, and a bachelor’s degree with Distinction in Psychology from Yale University. Based in San Francisco, Evan is an outdoor enthusiast, an avid runner, a committed singer, and proud husband of a KIPP school leader.
Experience at Bellwether: Long-term strategic planning, financial analysis and modeling, new organization design and launch, implementation planning, and project portfolio management
Client segments served: charter schools, city-focused foundations, school districts, early childhood intermediaries, education service providers
Sample clients: Building Excellent Schools, EdChoice, EL Education, Enroll Indy, Fulton County Schools, New Orleans Early Education Network
Why I do this work: Teddy Roosevelt said that “far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” I view strengthening our education system as my generation's most challenging and worthwhile work. During my time as a tutor and teacher, I was struck by gaping disparities in educational opportunity, the wildly different outcomes of students growing up only a few miles apart, and the shameful degree to which these opportunities and outcomes are determined by one’s ZIP code and blind luck. The tight correlation of children’s educational achievement with parental socio-economic status belies the American dream. I believe our country can and must do better and am thrilled to be working toward such a worthwhile end with such committed colleagues at Bellwether.