Background: Mary K. Wells is a co-founder and managing partner at Bellwether Education Partners. As a first-generation college graduate, Mary is passionate about the power of public education. Mary splits her time between leading the day-to-day operations of Bellwether and working with organizations to provide strategic advising support. Prior to launching Bellwether, Mary led STEM and new school investments for the Texas High School Project (now Educate Texas), where she was a founding team member overseeing STEM education and new school models. Prior to this, Mary spent eight years at Bain & Company as an analyst, consultant, and manager, where she advised Fortune 500 companies on growth strategy, new business development, and post-merger integration issues.
Mary holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Why I do this work: I grew up working on a farm, and I saw education as a way to follow a whole different life path. I had that opportunity through a strong public education, and I want all kids to have that same opportunity, regardless of where they live.
Experience at Bellwether: Strategic Planning; New Organization Design and Launch; Business Plan Development; Growth and Expansion Strategy; Human Capital/Organizational Design; Performance Improvement/Sustainability; Implementation Planning; 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; Product and Service Providers
Sample clients: Project Lead the Way, Achieve Atlanta, San Antonio ISD, Texas Education Agency, Aspire Public Schools