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Sara Mead is a partner with Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit focused on dramatically changing education and life outcomes for underserved children. She leads Bellwether’s early childhood work and also researches and provides strategic advising to clients on a range education issues, including charter schools, teacher quality, and state and federal policy. From 2009-2017, she also served as an mayor-appointed member of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, which authorizes charter schools in Washington, D.C.
Sara joined Bellwether in 2010, after directing New America’s Early Education Initiative from 2007-2010. Prior to joining New America, Sara analyzed education policies at Education Sector and the Progressive Policy Institute and served in the office of U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Education Next, Behavioral Science & Policy, and numerous other outlets. She currently serves on the board of the National Association for Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). She holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Vanderbilt University. She is a Fellow of the 21st class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.