Background: Marnie Kaplan is a senior analyst at Bellwether Education Partners. Since joining the Policy and Thought Leadership team in 2015, her work has focused on early childhood education, education politics, and Title I funding.
Prior to joining Bellwether, Marnie worked as a policy analyst for a network of charter schools, a program manager at the District of Columbia Public Schools, and a Stoneleigh Emerging Leaders Fellow at the Education Law Center. Marnie began her career as a middle school English and social studies teacher in New York City. She went on to earn her M.P.P. and J.D. from Georgetown University. Marnie also holds a master’s in the science of teaching from Pace University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Experience at Bellwether: early childhood education, education politics, and Title I funding
Client segments served: school districts, intermediaries, nonprofits
Sample clients: Commit! Partnership, Thrive Washington, Democrats for Education Reform, Stand for Children - Washington, Louisiana Department of Education, ParentCorps
Why I do this work: My career path has been guided by novelist John Edgar Wideman’s words: “So you have to find a subject which is deeply felt, which disturbs you, which won’t let you go, which demands the best of you.” I am deeply committed to a career in education policy because the state of education for low-income and minority children is the subject that “won’t let me go,” the subject that drew me from the classroom to law and policy school, and the subject that continues to guide my professional goals.