Background: Lora Cover is a principal with Bellwether Education Partners in the Talent Services practice area. She has 20 years of experience in education reform and human capital work.
Before joining Bellwether, Lora was the chief talent officer for Cleveland Metropolitan School District. There she built a strategic talent team with a mission-driven focus and student-centered culture to support the human capital work and reform efforts happening in the district. During her tenure she recruited a third of the teaching workforce, developed talent management systems, rolled out district-wide goal setting initiatives, managed the compensation system for all district employees based on performance, and — with the help of Bellwether Education Partners — developed a new compensation and evaluation system for non-bargaining unit members.
Earlier in her career, Lora served as a corps member with Teach For America, teaching fourth grade in Washington, D.C. From there, she served as an associate director at the Public Service Center at Cornell University, working with undergraduate and graduate students to serve children in the community. Lora then worked for the national office of Teach For America, first as the managing director of recruitment, then joining the Human Assets team during its formation and ultimately serving as the team’s senior vice president. During her tenure, she served on the organization’s redesign team as it shifted autonomy to the regions, led the work around retaining diverse talent, served as a confidant to senior leadership, and redesigned the Human Assets team to support organizational changes.
Lora holds a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She lives in Cleveland with her partner and two kids.
Why I do this work: When I got to college, I believed it was entirely because of my hard work. With a little more perspective, I now realize that I was destined to go to college and succeed. That is true for my two kids as well. However, it is far from true for so many kids of color and kids growing up in low-income communities in this country, and it is through no fault of their own. I do this work from a very basic commitment to fairness and justice. All of our kids need to live in a world where hard work pays off. And right now, none of our kids live there.