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Jessica Rauch
As the President and Executive Director of the DC Public Education Fund, Jessica Rauch leads the organization’s strategic growth and operations, including fundraising, communications, and program management. She works directly with Chancellor Kaya Henderson and the management team to set the vision for strategic fundraising priorities. In partnership with the DC Ed Fund Board of Directors, philanthropic partners, and community stakeholders, she brings critical resources to priority initiatives that accelerate innovation and academic achievement in DCPS.

Prior to joining DC Ed Fund, Jessica lead DCPS’ strategic planning efforts and the development of the five-year strategic plan, A Capital Commitment and served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Data and Strategy. Prior to joining DCPS, Jessica co-founded and led an education nonprofit that expanding opportunities for low-income students in six American cities, impacting over 7,000 students. Previously, Rauch served as a recruitment director for Teach For America where she pioneered the graduate student recruitment initiative for the organization. She started her career in education through Teach For America as a fourth-grade ELL teacher in the Bronx, NY. Rauch graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a M.S. in General Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City.

Entries by Jessica Rauch

Detroit's Reform Roller Coaster

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 7:25 PM

The prevailing notion, at least nationally, is that Detroit is a lost cause. Families have been moving out of Detroit (and Michigan more generally) for years, one of the country's preeminent research universities continues to lose graduates to big cities, a recent New York Times article about Detroit...

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Work Hard, Be Nice: Reflections on Michelle Rhee

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 3:44 PM

When Adrian Fenty lost the mayoral primary in DC, it was clear that Michelle Rhee's days were numbered. I was working late when the news of her resignation broke--a flood of Facebook posts and chats appeared from distraught friends who are teachers, former AmeriCorps volunteers, and Teach For America alumni....

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Will More Money Save Our Schools?

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 4:22 AM

Mark Zuckerberg's recent $100 million donation to Newark's public schools was a big surprise. Some believe it was a publicity stunt aimed at diverting attention away from any negative publicity from "The Social Network." For Newark, no matter the motive, this infusion of cash will likely make a difference in...

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