Founder & CEO (Board)
Rhonda Broussard founded Beloved Community to create sustainable paths to equitable schools and communities. Her vision for Beloved Community is informed by her leadership in diverse by design schools and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s goal “ to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”
Rhonda leads our Equity in Schools practice, where she designs supports that transform operations, pedagogy, student culture, and adult culture for sustainable inclusion and equity. Rhonda’s education career has been synonymous with creating more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments for youth and adults. As a teenager staffer and intern at Breakthrough Collaborative, Rhonda facilitated PD on white privilege and bias and developed recommendations for recruitment and retention of faculty of color. As a classroom teacher, Rhonda led affinity groups for students and faculty, chaired district-wide DEI initiatives, facilitated DEI workshops and trainings for school and community partners, and specialized in integrating LGBTQ inclusion in K-12 programming. As a minority language speaker, Rhonda’s DEI facilitation lens expanded to include supports for language minority communities, immigrants and refugees.
Rhonda’s education consulting practice, The Ochosi Group, focused on school transformation and aligning adult culture with key beliefs for teaching and learning. Clients included education non-profits, public charter schools, independent schools that serve niche populations and Transcend Education, inspiring breakthrough innovative school redesign. In fall 2015, Rhonda launched the blog One Good Question, that features an interview series with education leaders around the world. The blog is answering Rhonda’s one good question about education investments and surfacing the good questions of others.
In 2007, she founded St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS), a charter management organization designed to be Missouri’s first K-12 immersion and International Baccalaureate education continuum. SLLIS is an intentionally diverse school community and is the first public school in the US to offer this rigorous academic model to a majority minority student population and socio-economically diverse student population. Under Rhonda’s leadership, the the first three schools in the network became IB World Authorized Schools, and SLLIS achieved an AYP of 92%, equivalent to Accreditation with Distinction from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Rhonda served as President of SLLIS until June 2015.
Rhonda is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leaders Network. Rhonda is a 2014 recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship for International Leadership. During her fellowship she studied whole system education reform and teacher education practices in Finland and New Zealand. Rhonda currently serves on the board of EdNavigator, and previously served on the board of PROMO, Missouri's statewide LGBT advocacy organization, Missouri Charter Public School Association, and Campus YMCA-YWCA of Washington University in St. Louis.
Rhonda is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. She has taught French in public schools in New York City, Connecticut, California and St. Louis and has earned National Board Certification, the most prestigious teaching credential in the United States. Rhonda began her education reform career as a teenage staff member with the Breakthrough Collaborative in New Orleans, Kansas City and San Francisco.
Rhonda completed her undergraduate studies in French and Secondary Education at Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Arts degree in French Studies from New York University’s Institute of French Studies. Growing up in Louisiana inspired Rhonda to research the francophone world and dedicate herself to exploring the connections between francophone regions. As a result, in addition to learning French since childhood, she has studied and conducted research in metropolitan France, Cameroon and Martinique.
Rhonda and her bilingual family live New Orleans. She studies, performs and occasionally teaches traditional dances from the African diaspora.
Maggie Pullen is a strategic advisor who brings a strong background in strategic planning, program assessment & evaluation, participatory and cross-cultural approaches. Maggie leads our Equity at Work strategy melding her international experience with her work supporting social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations in the US.
Maggie has over seven years of experience working with Amnesty International in both policy and organizational development. While working for Amnesty, she supported human rights groups in Asia and Latin America in developing strategy, aligning work plans and establishing partnerships with local groups. Maggie also worked as a Grants Officer for Amnesty International’s International Mobilization Trust. In its inaugural years, she was an integral part of the team that developed the grantmaking process for the international movement. In that role she evaluated grant applications and made recommendations for funding both for campaign initiatives as well as identified capacity building needs.
A Louisiana native, Maggie has lived and worked in the US, Ecuador, the UK and Japan and is proficient in both Spanish and Japanese. She holds a BA in History with Latin American Studies from Beloit College and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
Executive Director Memphis Music Initiative (Board)
Darren Isom is currently the Executive Director of the Memphis Music Initiative, an organization that uses music to empower youth in Memphis, TN. Prior to leading Memphis Music Initiative, Darren was a manager with the The Bridgespan Group where he was a strategic advisor to nonprofit and foundation leaders in youth and community development, foundation strategy and education policy.
Before Bridgespan Darren worked in direct services in New York, with funding for public art and performance initiatives throughout the Times Square District (Times Square Alliance) and youth services (Groundwork). Darren worked as the director of Global Logistics for CSI, an international trade finance group, where he managed strategy, organization, and change management projects in Belgium, Spain, France, The Netherlands, and Germany.
A seventh generation New Orleans native, Darren is a graduate of Howard University, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, and Columbia Business School’s Institute for Nonprofit Management. As a volunteer, Darren has been an activist around issues concerning disconnected youth and LGBT communities of color. He has served as an advisor to the leaders of several Bay Area and national foundations and currently serves on the board of Horizons Foundation.
SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
Steffie works closely with our Equity in Schools program to expand efforts for more equity with in the education system in New Orleans. She is a Latinx graduate of the International High School of New Orleans (IHSNO) and of Bard Early College, and is currently taking a deferred year from college to gain more work experience. Steffie is an advocate for immigrants, for people of color, and for LGBTQ community! She felt an immediate connection to Beloved Community when learning their main goal was to bring more equity within the education system, specifically N.O., and help build lasting structures for schools. Whenever she has any free time, she mainly spends it with her fun, loving family either lounging around at home or at a festival in N.O. However, you can always find her nose stuck in a book at any given point in time!
Dr. Michael Goetz
Executive Director, RSEC (Board)
Dr. Michael Goetz is as Executive Director of RSEC. His clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Council for Better Education, Foundation for Child Development, National Academies, National Center for Innovation in Education, and several legislative and gubernatorial committees.
Goetz leads projects related to educational policy and school finance research. He has worked with academics and policymakers to analyze fiscal data and develop models for PK-12 school finance equity and adequacy in Kentucky (2013-14), North Dakota (2013-14, 2007-08), Maine (2012-13), Texas (2012), Arkansas (2005-06), Washington (2005-06), Wisconsin (2005-06), Wyoming (2005-06), and Arizona (2003-04). Goetz has also performed analyses of school-based resource allocation and restructuring in Alaska, Hawaii, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of RSEC, Goetz leads projects related to educational policy and school finance research. He has worked with academics and policymakers to analyze fiscal data and develop Evidence-Based and Professional Judgement models for PK-12 school finance adequacy in Kentucky, Maine, Texas, North Dakota, Arkansas, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Arizona. Goetz has also performed analyses of school-based resource allocation and restructuring in Hawaii, Missouri, New Jersey, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Before focusing on school finance policy, Goetz was a Researcher with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining CPRE, he managed K-8 educational centers for Score Learning, Inc. in New York and taught middle school math and science in Kansas City.
Dr. Goetz received a B.A. in Educational Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at University of Wisconsin—Madison. He received a Wisconsin-Spencer Doctoral Research Program Fellowship, a dissertation grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the American Education Finance Association (AEFA) New Scholar Award.
- Kira Hudson Banks, Mouse and Elephant
- Andy Cheng, Apple
- Matt Chingos, Urban Institute
- Tanya Clay House, ClayHouse Consulting
- Joiselle Cunningham, Harvard EDLD candidate
- Aimee Eubanks Davis, Braven
- Krupa Desai, The Broad Center
- Lisa Dorner, University of Missouri
- Kriste Dragon, Citizens of the World
- Rachel D'Souza-Siebert, Gladiator Consulting
- Elsa Duré, Coalition of Diverse Charters
- Vanessa Foster-Cooksey, Wells Fargo
- Antoinette Hayes-Triplett, Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative
- Christie Huck, City Garden Montessori Charter School
- Roxana Maiorescu, Emerson College
- Ian Rowe, Public Prep
- Carmita Semaan, Surge Institute
- Heather Schwartz, RAND Corporation
- Derwin Sisnett, Seavest Investment Group
- Phil Tegeler, PRRAC
- Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart
- Kira Van Niel, Boeing
- Mary Wells, Bellwether Education Group
- Ellen Winn, School System Leaders Fellowship
- Lauren Young, Today and Tomorrow Scholarship Fund