What is your current job?
I’m an analyst at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit that supports organizations in the education sector in three ways: policy research and analysis, strategic advising, and talent/human capital support. At Bellwether I’ve gotten exposure to all types of clients and projects. This past year I worked on a white paper on improving teacher prep in California; a five-year business plan and financial model for a STEM organization; and a market analysis of the educational gaming industry.
What did you do previously?
I went to Brown University, where I majored in public health. I also had a strong interest in education reform, taking education courses and teaching environmental and outdoor education at a local charter school.
After graduating I taught as a Fulbright Fellow in a rural area of western Venezuela. I was a teacher at both a local university and a “bicultural center,” a cultural and teaching center founded by the U.S. embassy to promote stronger bilateral relations. Outside of the classroom, I did a ton of salsa dancing (unfortunately, I never really got good at it), made arepas (delicious corn patties), and hiked in the Andes.
After I returned to the States, I worked in consulting at Monitor 360 (formerly part of Monitor Group) and then at Mathematica Policy Research. At Mathematica I evaluated the effectiveness of education policies and programs, including DC’s teacher evaluation system IMPACT.
Why do you work in education?
I grew up attending “tracked” schools within Houston ISD, where students were either in advanced AP/IB classes or “regular” classes. While I received a good education, many of my peers did not based on assumptions made around whether they could succeed academically. It was pretty appalling given that we attended the same schools—and is a key reason why I began working in education.
Why did you decide to join YEP-DC?
To meet others in the education sector! I wish I got to interact more with those working in other areas in education—I don’t interact much with teachers in my day-to-day work, for instance. I was also excited by the breadth of YEP-DC’s programming, everything from happy hours to ed policy panel events to volunteer service.
What’s been your favorite YEP-DC experience?
I’ve been organizing Next Step, YEP-DC’s first-ever professional development series! Over the past year, YEP-DC has committed to further developing its programming around professional development. This first series is designed to support DC’s early to mid-level professionals building a career in the education sector. We’ve got a talented lineup of facilitators, including the VP of Regional Ops at Reading Partners (a national literacy nonprofit with a strong presence in DC) and the former Chief Talent Officer at DC Prep (one of the top-performing charter school networks here).
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I hope to be in a nonprofit management role at an organization focused on educational equity.
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