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Renée Sullivan

Associate Director, Leadership Development

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Renée’s career at ERS has spanned consulting, Communications, and Leadership Development. 

In her current role as Associate Director of Leadership Development, she leads the team that translates lessons from ERS’ deep district partnerships into meaningful capacity-building experiences for district leaders nationally. She does this through collaborating with organizations across the education landscape on how ERS’ expertise can apply to their members and also running ERS’ own suite of events. The latter includes the ERS-Aspen CFO Network, ERS-Consortium CFO Strategy Network, ERS-CA CFO/ CBO Network, ERS’ Strategic Budget Partner Retreats, and leading cohorts of districts through capacity-building workshops (e.g.,  conversations around resource equity in context of per-pupil expenditure reporting as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act). She seeks to sustainably grow Leadership Development at ERS and aligns the team’s resources and strategy while expanding our reach and providing ERS staff growth opportunities through the work.

Renée joined ERS in 2013 as an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow and Associate on the consulting team. She worked with Indianapolis, New York City, and a variety of districts in Tennessee who sought support with compensation reform on various levels. In 2014-15, Renée worked with the Syracuse City School District as part of the New York team, looking at how resources - people, time, technology, and money - were used in eight districts across the state. In her Senior Communications Specialist in Strategy and Operations role, Renée applied her consulting and analytical mindset to ERS’ communications and outreach efforts and found ways to understand - and react to - our audience’s behavior using existing (or defining new) data in Salesforce, Google Analytics, and HubSpot.

Prior to joining ERS, Renée worked at PTC Inc., a product lifecycle management company in Needham, MA. As a Business Analyst, she was responsible for the implementation of and enhancements to marketing automation and collaboration tools. Renée started her career teaching high school math in San Jose, CA with Teach for America where she served as the advisor to the senior class and tutored in the learning center after school.

When she’s not at ERS, Renée loves running, backpacking, biking, and snowshoeing. Her most epic adventure took her and her husband to Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska where she successfully managed to avoid confrontation with grizzlies and found new ways to combine peanut butter with ramen.


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