Background: Harold T. Hinds is an associate partner with Bellwether in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Prior to Bellwether, he worked for several years on a variety of policy issues, with a particular focus on special education, charter school operations, and legal compliance. Most recently, Harold served as the senior policy advisor for special education services related to public charter schools for the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE). In that role, Harold provided day-to-day policy counsel for various departments in the NYC DOE responsible for providing special education support for students with disabilities in charter schools.
Prior to joining the NYC DOE, Harold served as a staff attorney at Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the civil rights of low-income students attending public schools in New York City. Harold provided direct legal representation to dozens of students from low-income and working-class families whose civil and educational rights had been violated. Before joining AFC, Harold was the legal director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network — an advocacy group advancing and improving the charter school sectors in New York and Connecticut.
Harold received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. He also holds a dual master’s degree in education and a J.D. from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in public and urban policy at The New School in New York City. Harold lives in Brooklyn with his wife.
Why I do this work: I grew up in a poor, under-resourced community and, for much of my life, attended poor, under-resourced schools. I know firsthand the impact that meaningful educational opportunities, and the lack thereof, can have on a child’s life. Because of these experiences, I’ve devoted my career to education reform and to working on efforts to make schools and districts more inclusive, equitable, and supportive of systemically marginalized students.
Experience at Bellwether: Analysis; Policy Research and Analysis; Writing; Research; Project Management; CMO / Charter School Operators; District Schools; Advocacy Organizations
Client segments served: K-12 Schools; School Districts; CMO / Charter Schools; Government; Policy Organizations; Advocacy Groups