Background: Monisha is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners, where she blends her passion for the education reform community with 15-plus years of executive search and career coaching experience. She has led dozens of search processes and leadership transitions for reform-oriented organizations in the K-12 community, and has provided formal and informal counsel and coaching to their boards and leaders. Prior to launching Bellwether in 2010, Monisha began practicing executive search in the K-12 reform community in 2006 at her own small search firm, Cobbe Place Consulting. Before starting her own practice, her recruiting focus was exclusively in higher education, first as a managing consultant in AT Kearney’s executive search practice, where she specialized in searches for leaders of universities, education-related associations and nonprofits, and for-profit education companies. Prior to joining AT Kearney, she was an associate, senior associate, and ultimately the first-ever client partner in Korn/Ferry International’s education practice. Monisha holds a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s from Connecticut College. Monisha, her husband, and their daughters reside in Chicago.
Experience at Bellwether:
Client segments served: human capital organizations, foundations, state education agencies, charter systems and schools, policy organizations, private/parochial systems or schools, educational technology organizations, product, support, and service organizations
Sample clients: TN Achievement School District, College Track, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, NewSchools Venture Fund
Why I do this work: Having been raised by a single mom dedicated to increasing access to higher education, conversations about its impact began early for me. My own passion for education - and specifically for the K-12 sector - emerged in 2000 when I experienced the inspiring sense of urgency of “education entrepreneurs” determined to design and scale solutions for achieving equity for low-income students. I decided then to shift my career so that I could support those solutions and the leaders behind them.