Background: Kaitlin Pennington is a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Thought Leadership practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2015, Kaitlin worked as a policy analyst on the Education Policy team at the Center for American Progress, where she focused on human capital issues, specifically teacher and principal effectiveness. Before that, Kaitlin was a policy analyst at the education policy nonprofit Colorado Succeeds and an Urban Leaders Policy Fellow in the Office of Colorado Senator Mike Johnston. As a Teach For America corps member, Kaitlin taught middle school English and language arts in Washington, D.C. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kaitlin holds a master’s degree from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.
Experience at Bellwether: policy research and analysis, long- and short- form writing, program evaluation, strategic advising, foundation advising
Client segments served: policy organizations, advocacy organizations, state education agencies, foundations, think tanks
Sample Clients: Collaborative for Student Success, College Achieve Public Schools, Commit! Partnership, Discourse Analytics, Foundation for Excellence in Education, McKnight Foundation, PARCC, Robertson Foundation, Stand for Children
Why I do this work: I believe in the power of an equitable education system to eradicate poverty and create a more just society.