Background: Gwen Baker is Bellwether's Chief Operating Officer and serves as a senior adviser with the Strategic Advising practice area. She has over 15 years of experience in education reform and focuses primarily on the uses of technology to advance ambitious goals.
Before joining Bellwether Gwen was CEO and Co-Founder at CoreSpring, Inc., a nonprofit whose mission is to provide the field with access to high-quality formative assessment content and digital authoring tools. During her tenure at CoreSpring, the team partnered with organizations to build a shared bank of over 50,000 open education resources in core subject areas. They also built a suite of authoring tools that enables item developers with little or no technical experience to draft complex items that measure learner’s progress toward college- and career-ready goals. Today, educational technology companies, nonprofits, and schools use CoreSpring’s technology to administer millions of items each month.
Before CoreSpring, Gwen worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she led the organization’s portfolio data collection and analysis efforts as well as the community of practice work. Before NewSchools, Gwen served as Director of Knowledge Management at New Visions for Public Schools, the largest school reform organization in New York City. Gwen also worked at Teachscape, Inc., where she served as Vice President of Teaching and Learning and Senior Vice President of Operations. She began her career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), working with clients to build performance-based and simulated learning solutions.
Gwen holds a master’s degree in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on applying the principles of cognitive and computer science to education and business, and a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication from Ithaca College. She lives in New York City.
Why I do this work: The fact that wealth (or lack thereof) directly influences the quality of education a child receives from a public institution infuriates me. This needs to change.