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Lina Bankert
Strategic Advising

Background: Lina Bankert is a partner with Bellwether Education Partners and co-leads the Strategic Advising practice area. Lina joined Bellwether in the spring of 2012 as a principal. Her clients have included districts, charter management organizations, human capital organizations, foundations, and education entrepreneurs. 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. 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. She 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.

Lina has recently served on the boards of directors of the National Center for Teacher Residencies and Foundations College Prep, and on the advisory board (Midwest) of Education Pioneers.

Experience at Bellwether: strategic planning, business plan development, growth and expansion strategy, human capital and organizational design, performance improvement and sustainability, grant development and implementation

Client segments served: school districts, charter systems and schools, product and service organizations, intermediaries

Sample clients: Achieve Atlanta, Educate78, Harmony Public Schools, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Network for College Success, OneGoal, Texas Education Agency

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.

Recent Media

Lina Bankert
Jeff Schulz
Rochelle Dalton
Alison Fuller
Liz McNamee

Postsecondary education dramatically increases the likelihood of employment and economic success. But many young people, especially those furthest from opportunity and from underserved communities, are not accessing postsecondary pathways or realizing the benefits that come with a degree. To disrupt this inequity, we must better support students to identify, pursue, and complete college.

Postsecondary advising is just one lever for closing the degree divide, but it has only recently emerged as a priority and expectation of K-12 systems. As a result, few school districts provide systemic, equitable, and high-quality advising to meet the needs of all students, especially those furthest from opportunity.