Background: Lina Bankert is a partner with Bellwether Education Partners and co-leads the Strategic Advising practice area. Lina joined Bellwether in 2012 as a principal. Her clients have included school operators (districts, charter management organizations, and independent school networks), foundations and intermediaries, and community collaboratives. She works with organizations on a variety of strategic and operational issues including strategic planning, business plan development, growth and expansion strategy, human capital and organizational design, performance improvement and sustainability, and grant development and implementation.
Prior to joining Bellwether, Lina was a principal at Bain & Company, where she worked with executive teams across a broad range of industries and capabilities in both the private and public sectors, while building extensive pro bono/nonprofit advisory experience with a focus on K-12 education. For three years, she led Bain Chicago’s involvement with Rowe Elementary School, a Bain-sponsored charter school in the West Town community, now one of the highest-performing single-site charters in the city. Prior to Bain, Lina spent several years as an investment banker, focusing mainly on mergers and acquisitions and equity placements in the Education and Knowledge Services sectors. Lina holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a certificate in finance from Princeton University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has recently served on the boards of directors of the National Center for Teacher Residencies and the Opioid Crisis Response Fund, and on the advisory board (Midwest) of Education Pioneers.
Why I do this work: Growing up, I thought that anyone could accomplish anything with a healthy dose of tenacity and hard work. Only later did I realize the major role that life circumstances play in shaping a child’s future — and that these circumstances often trump will and skill. Through our work, we strive to level the playing field so that every child can go on to get a great education and be set up for long-term success, regardless of her starting point.
Experience at Bellwether: Strategic Planning; Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; New Organization Design and Launch; Business Plan Development; Growth and Expansion Strategy; Human Capital/Organizational Design; Performance Improvement/Sustainability; Grant Development and Implementation; Financial Analysis and Modeling; Implementation Planning; Market Assessment; Project Management; CMO/Charter School Operators; District Schools; Foundations
Client segments served: K-12 Schools; Postsecondary/Higher Education; School Districts; CMO/Charter Schools; State Education Agencies; Foundations and Grantees; Nonprofit Organizations; Advocacy Groups
Sample clients: Achieve Atlanta, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Educate Texas, Harmony Public Schools, Texas Education Agency