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Rachel Black

Strategy & Partnerships Lead

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As Strategy & Partnerships Lead, Rachel is responsible for advancing ERS' partnership development strategy and aligning internal functions to business needs and a vision for ERS’ position in the field. To carry out this work, Rachel facilitates ERS' strategic planning processes and Board relationships, monitors and reports out on current and prospective school system partnerships, and supports ERS consulting team leads to design and deliver partnerships that meet school system needs. Rachel also manages ERS' Practice Areas to help consulting teams access organizational knowledge, methodology and best practices for approaching their work.

In her current role, Rachel brings to bear four years of experience in ERS' school system partnerships that have given her a deep understanding of the core challenges and opportunities that urban school systems face. As a consultant at ERS, Rachel supported and led a range of school system partnerships ranging from System Snapshot diagnostics in El Paso, TX and other contexts to school portfolio redesign work in Hartford, CT to racial equity diagnostic and strategic planning work in Dallas, TX. Rachel also serves on ERS' Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity (DBIE) Advisory Team where she is responsible for supporting the self-directed DBIE learning of her colleagues by curating learning resources, mentoring peer colleagues, and facilitating DBIE-focused discussions and professional development opportunities.

Prior to joining ERS, Rachel received her B.A. in Public Policy & American Institutions from Brown University, where she focused on nonprofit and public sector program evaluation and criminal justice reform. As an undergraduate, she taught civics classes in Providence Public Schools through the nonprofit Generation Citizen and tutored fellow Brown students in writing. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys reading novels, playing trivia, pursuing home improvement projects, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog Clementine.

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