Background: Rochelle Dalton is a senior fellow with Bellwether Education Partners in the Strategic Advising practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether, Rochelle worked as the Senior Director, eAdvising at the College Advising Corps, a national nonprofit that works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education. There she oversaw the College Point program, an America Achieves and Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative, which leverages virtual advising to support high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students through the college admissions process. She also worked as the Senior Manager for College Partnerships at the KIPP Foundation, managing a diverse set of partnerships with higher education institutions across the country. Rochelle was a classroom teacher for eight years and began her career as a Teach For America Los Angeles corps member, teaching kindergarten and early literacy to elementary students in California, North Carolina, and New York.
Rochelle holds a B.A. and MBA from Columbia University and an M.A. from Loyola Marymount University. She currently lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and children.
Why I do this work: My parents made sacrifices to ensure that my siblings and I received a quality education and had the freedom to make choices about our future. I believe that all parents and communities have similar hopes and desires for their children. I do this work for my first class of kindergarteners who had a passionate, yet ill-prepared teacher; for my own children; and for the countless other children who our systems and policies either have or are failing. We can and must do better!