ERS Team

Jonathan Travers

President & Managing Partner of Consulting

Jonathan is responsible for ensuring that ERS’ footprint in the field maximizes our organization’s impact. This includes guiding our consulting project work in ways that respond to the felt needs of system leaders and that push toward transformational change in our partner school systems, while also ensuring that our work contributes to broader organizational and field knowledge around resource allocation, resource use, and school and system design.

Jonathan has led many parts of ERS’ externally-facing work over the last two decades. This has included leadership of projects in more than 20 of our nation’s largest districts, including resource equity diagnostic work in Dallas and Montgomery County, school funding system design work in Atlanta and Cleveland, and implementation support work in Charlotte and Denver. Over the last few years, he’s led ERS’ ESSER support strategy – helping districts directly through our ESSER Strategy Network in 2021-2022 and ESSER Working group for district support partners in 2023. In 2017, he led the creation of the Alliance for Resource Equity, a partnership with the Education Trust. Jonathan has also led ERS’ CFO Strategy Networks, including launching our California, Texas, Washington, and Large Countywide Consortium CFO Strategy Networks over the last 5 years. He is the lead author of The Strategic CFO, released in 2019, which serves as an anchor curriculum for these networks. He’s authored dozens of other publications and is regularly quoted in EdWeek, The74, and other media.

Prior to joining ERS, Jonathan cultivated his commitment to educational equity and the strategic use of resources as the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Teach For America, Budget Director of the DC Public Schools, an analyst in the Education Branch of the US Office of Management and Budget, and as an elementary teacher in the Compton Unified School District.

A graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Jonathan spends time outside of work rock climbing and cheering at his sons’ performances and competitions.

Previous Experience

Vice-President of Finance and Administration
Teach For America

Budget Director
D.C. Public Schools

Compton Unified School District, CA


M.A., Public Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

B.A., American Studies
Yale University


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