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Rebecca Gifford Goldberg

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Rebecca Gifford Goldberg
Strategic Advising

Background: Rebecca Gifford Goldberg is a partner with Bellwether Education Partners and co-leads the Strategic Advising practice area. She focuses primarily on strategic advising and management capacity-building at Bellwether. Since 2010, Rebecca has led projects focused on strategic planning, growth and expansion strategy, organizational design, market assessment, and grant development and implementation. She also works one-on-one with executives in the education sector to build their management capacity. Prior to joining Bellwether, Rebecca worked at McKinsey and Company, where she managed engagements with leading global institutions on growth strategy, sales and marketing, and operational efficiency. Earlier in her career, she worked at the SEED Foundation, where she helped launch the SEED School of Maryland and supported the ongoing operations of the SEED School of Washington, D.C. Rebecca directed the Maryland Leadership Workshops’ senior high program for three years, working with students from diverse backgrounds from across the mid-Atlantic on leadership skills development. As a high school student, Rebecca served as the voting student member of the Maryland State Board of Education. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Rebecca lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and daughter.

Experience at Bellwether: strategic planning, business plan development, growth and expansion strategy, organizational design, market assessment, management capacity building, grant development and implementation, and performance improvement and sustainability

Client segments served: charter systems and schools, product and service providers, foundations, policy organizations, intermediaries

Sample clients: IDEA Public Schools, The Achievement Network, Rocketship Education, KIPP San Antonio, Choose to Succeed (San Antonio-based intermediary), Boston Teacher Residency, Curriculum Associates

Why I do this work: Only eight percent of low-income kids graduate from a four-year college by age 24. College was the gateway to a better life for my family and my husband‘s family, and I want to make sure those opportunities are available to all children, regardless of socioeconomic status or race.