Background: Michaela Gaziano is an associate partner with Bellwether in the Strategic Advising practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether, she served as chief of staff to a Senator in the Massachusetts Legislature, where she worked on landmark voting reform legislation. Michaela was also part of the strategic initiatives team at Uncommon Schools where she worked on governance, growth, strategic projects, and implementation planning. In addition, she has consulted for school districts, cities, and charter school networks across the country. Michaela began her career in the classroom, as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in a high school on the west coast of Malaysia. Her teaching experience shapes her policy and strategy work.
Michaela holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova University.
Why I do this work: Education is the most direct route to eradicating systemic inequality. My career is dedicated to ensuring equal access to high-quality education for all children, regardless of race, geography, socioeconomic status, or identity. I was very lucky to have access to a high-quality education growing up; I do this work so that all children have the same opportunity.