Our Team

Our Team

Headquarters and Strategic Initiatives

Becca Bracy Knight

Becca Bracy Knight
Executive Director
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Becca Bracy Knight is responsible for the strategic development of The Broad Center and its core programs. Previously, Becca was a director of The Broad Foundation, responsible for managing numerous grants and two of the foundation’s flagship initiatives. Earlier in her career, she was regional director of K-12 programs for Kaplan Learning Services, family services director for the Salvation Army’s South Central Los Angeles Youth Project and a Healthy Start coordinator in San Francisco. Becca also worked on major school improvement initiatives in Oakland through Partners in School Innovation. She also has held leadership positions in the AmeriCorps National Service Program and its precursor, the Summer of Service. Becca was a member of the second cohort of the Aspen Institute-NewSchools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education fellowship, designed to recognize and support entrepreneurial leaders committed to transforming public education. She is former chair and current member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Park Management, dedicated to promoting and enhancing the management capacity within the National Park Service. Becca earned a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society from Stanford University.

Logan Contreras

Logan Contreras
Assistant Director, Data and Analysis
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Logan Contreras supports systems and processes for data analysis, evaluation and research activities across all teams of The Broad Center. Prior to joining the Center, Logan served as associate director of data and analytics at LA’s Promise. He also was a teaching assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs and a policy fellow at CORE Educational Services. Earlier in his career, Logan was a research assistant at EdBoost Learning Center in Los Angeles and a substitute teacher in Alvord Unified School District. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science from University of California, Irvine and a master’s degree in public policy with concentrations in education inequality and domestic poverty issues at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Eulogio Gallo

Eulogio Gallo
Associate Director, Information Systems
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Eulogio Gallo leads The Broad Center’s Salesforce platform and other technology initiatives to support TBC’s mission and goals. Previously, Eulogio worked for MK Partners, where he served as Salesforce developer. In addition, he served as a network operations center technician with Multacom Corporation and as a programmer with Dazadi Inc. A first-generation college graduate, Eulogio has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of California, Los Angeles.

Stephanie Germeraad

Stephanie Germeraad
Senior Director, Communications
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Stephanie Germeraad develops, executes and advises on The Broad Center’s internal and external communications activities. She most recently served as director of communications for The Education Trust in Washington, D.C., where she was the chief messaging and communications strategist on K-12 and higher education policy issues. She also oversaw media relations and developed grassroots organizing and advocacy campaigns for the organization and many of its coalitions. Prior to this, Stephanie was a public affairs specialist at the U.S. Department of Education and director of media and public affairs for the Milken Family Foundation. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Rakhee Patel

Rakhee Patel
Senior Director, Research and Evaluation
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Rakhee Patel leads the strategy and implementation of research and evaluation activities across the organization to assess impact and improve the Center’s work. Prior to joining The Broad Center, Rakhee served as engagement manager of advanced analytics at the Hypothesis Group and as an analyst for NERA Economic Consulting. Rakhee earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in economics from Wellesley College and both a master’s and Ph.D. in statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rachel Smookler

Rachel Smookler
Deputy Director, Operations and Special Projects
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Rachel Smookler leads a variety of operational work streams and special projects for The Broad Center. Before joining the Center, she served as director of marketing and communications for The Broad Foundation, where she managed events for The Broad Prize for Urban Education and The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools as well as numerous print and digital projects. Rachel began her career as director of administration for the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication studies and sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.

Phuong Vuong

Phuong Vuong
Director, Talent and Operations
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Phuong Vuong designs and manages systems, tools and programming to support Broad Center staff. Phuong most recently served as a director at Bebe Stores, Inc., overseeing all elements of merchandising, marketing, planning and operations for the international division. Previously, she was a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group, in the M.B.A. merchandising program at Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy and a senior merchant and merchandise planner for Gap Inc., where she helped launch Banana Republic in Japan. A first-generation college graduate, Phuong has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Broad Academy

Everton Blair

Everton Blair
Assistant Director, Program
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Everton Blair supports the learning and impact of Academy fellows by coordinating personalized learning and supports and evaluating Academy program components. Prior to joining The Broad Center, Everton served as founding AP calculus teacher for KIPP Atlanta. Previously, he established a community-based mentoring program at his alma mater in Gwinnett County Public Schools and was a policy and advocacy fellow of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Everton earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics in education at Harvard University and a master’s degree in policy, organizations and leadership studies from Stanford University.

Jazmin Cameron

Jazmin Cameron
Operations Manager, Recruitment and Selection
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Jazmin Cameron leads operations for the Academy’s rigorous recruitment and selection processes. Prior to joining The Broad Center, Jazmin served as data and program coordinator for Leadership for Educational Equity. She also served as training coach and bilingual program associate at PowerMyLearning. Jazmin earned a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional studies with a concentration in Latin American studies from Cornell University.

Tandia Elijio

Tandia Elijio
Operations Associate, Program
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Tandia Elijio coordinates logistics and operations for The Broad Academy’s professional development sessions. She most recently served as assistant director of programs for the Riordan Programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, leading programming, events and services to provide real-world exposure for first-generation, underrepresented high school and college students. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she was an outreach coordinator for the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund and a community investment intern with Time Warner Cable. Tandia earned a bachelor of arts in cultural anthropology from the University of Southern California.

Archana Patel

Archana Patel
Director, Program
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Archana Patel leads The Broad Academy's program team, creating lessons and programs for Academy fellows to hone their skills and gain new knowledge. Prior to this role, she served as director of collaboration and learning for The Broad Center's Alumni and Network Impact team, focusing on events and activities to accelerate improvements in network members’ own systems while impacting the national landscape. Before joining the Center, she was the school leader at KIPP Academy of Opportunity in Los Angeles, associate director of talent at KIPP LA, a research assistant at the USC Center on Educational Governance and a human capital summer associate at Deloitte. Previously, she served as the co-founder and project manager of what became Teach For India and as a fifth-grade teacher in Newark and a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher in The Bronx. Archana earned bachelor’s degrees in English and philosophy from Boston College, a master’s degree in teaching from Fordham University and a master of public policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

Gisselle Ruiz
Deputy Director, Recruitment and Selection
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Gisselle Ruiz develops and executes recruitment and selection strategies and practices for The Broad Academy. Before joining The Broad Center, Gisselle was the head of diversity sourcing for Google. Previously, she was the senior manager of enterprise talent acquisition for the The Walt Disney Company, recruitment manager for the Creative Arts Agency and campus relations specialist, corporate diversity and human resources at NBC Universal. Gisselle began her career in higher education, working in admissions at Northeastern University and Worcester State College. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and urban development from Clark University and a master's in education in policy, planning and administration from Boston University.

Hoa Truong

Hoa Truong
Managing Director, The Broad Academy
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Hoa Truong is managing director of The Broad Academy. He is responsible for all aspects of the program including recruitment, selection, session design and training and professional development. Prior to this role, he served as senior director of The Broad Residency, overseeing all aspects of the Resident experience that relate directly to their work in Residency partner organizations. Before joining The Broad Center, Hoa was the chief operating officer for Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and served as director of knowledge management and then vice president of operations at Green Dot Public Schools. Hoa began his career as a strategic marketing manager for Audio Visual Services Corporation and as a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen. A graduate of The Broad Residency and a first-generation college graduate, Hoa earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rasheeda A. Washington

Rasheeda A. Washington
Senior Director, Recruitment and Selection
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Rasheeda A. Washington leads the development and implementation of the Academy's recruitment strategies. Prior to joining The Broad Center, Rasheeda served as chief of staff to the deputy commissioner and then executive director of operations for the Tennessee Department of Education. Previously, she held various roles in supply-chain management with Raytheon Technical Services. Rasheeda is an alumnus of The Broad Residency and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, an M.B.A. from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and a master’s in educational leadership from The Broad Center.

Raven Woods

Raven Woods
Deputy Director, Recruitment and Selection
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Raven Woods develops and executes recruitment and selection strategies and practices for The Broad Academy. Before joining the Center, she was the director of recruitment and retention for iMentor. Previously, she served as a program director with Kranti in Mumbai, India, and worked in human resources at the Pilgrim School and with Westin Hotels. She also was a youth and family crisis counselor with Social Advocates for Youth and an admissions and outreach enrollment counselor at Sonoma State University. Raven earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a minor in business administration at Sonoma State University. 

The Broad Residency in Urban Education

Tommy Dierkes

Tommy Dierkes
Operations Manager, Recruitment and Selection
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Tommy Dierkes manages operations for The Broad Residency’s rigorous recruitment and selection process. Prior to joining The Broad Center, Tommy served as teacher recruitment coordinator for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Earlier in his career, he was a program manager at Liquidnet, development operations coordinator for City Year New York, communications and operations manager with City Year Denver and a corps member volunteer with City Year Los Angeles. Tommy earned his bachelor’s degree in government with a minor in history from The College of William and Mary and an M.P.A. with a focus on public finance and policy from New York University.

Hanifa Farooq

Hanifa Farooq
Associate Director, Recruitment and Selection
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Hanifa Farooq develops and executes marketing and recruitment strategies for The Broad Residency’s rigorous selection process. Previously, Hanifa was director of special projects at Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School in Los Angeles. She has also served as associate director, recruitment and selection for Achievement First Public Charter Schools, a curriculum specialist for Teach For Pakistan and a sixth-grade teacher in Los Angeles. Hanifa began her career as a senior associate at Grant Thornton LLP and a planning analyst at Robinsons-May. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Xochitl Flores

Xochitl Flores
Operations Manager, Program
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Xochitl Flores manages and supports logistics and operations of the Residency’s professional development sessions. Before joining The Broad Center, she served as a policy and compliance intern with the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities at the U.S. Department of Commerce and as a graduate teaching associate at San Francisco State University. Previously, she has been an Education Pioneers fellow with the California Charter Schools Association, a community organizer with the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council and a youth program coordinator and mentor for InSite Development. Xochitl earned a bachelor’s degree in Chicano/a studies from California State University, Northridge and a master’s degree in communication studies from California State University, San Francisco.

Erik Fried

Erik Fried
Senior Director, Partnerships
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Erik Fried oversees Resident roles in partner organizations, program evaluation and other initiatives to advance the program's mission. Prior to joining the Center, Erik was school services senior manager for Green Dot Public Schools where he oversaw operations for 18 schools. Previously, he was an Education Pioneers fellow with Alliance College-Ready Public Schools and a program analyst for The Broad Foundation. Erik earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jazzmine Hayes

Jazzmine Hayes
Operations Manager, Program
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Jazzmine Hayes manages logistics and operations for The Broad Residency’s program team. Prior to this role, she planned and executed events and program sessions for The Broad Academy. Before joining The Broad Center, Jazzmine was an office manager for Family and Nursing Care and supported the dean of students at the George Washington University Law School in multiple capacities, including office management, event coordination and student support. She also taught arts education at KIPP DC through the after-school program Arts Group Inc. and was a teacher with Higher Achievement Program in Washington, D.C. Jazzmine earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University.

Erin Keller

Erin Keller
Director, Recruitment and Selection
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Erin Keller oversees all aspects of The Broad Residency's recruitment and selection process. Prior to joining The Broad Center, Erin served as associate director, strategic support for LA’s Promise and service director at City Year Los Angeles. She began her career as a high school teacher and AVID coordinator in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Erin earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the USC Marshall School of Business.

Brian Lin

Brian Lin
Deputy Director, Program
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Brian Lin is responsible for the design and execution of leadership development curricula for The Broad Residency. Prior to joining The Broad Center, he was charter schools operations coordinator for Los Angeles Unified School District. He also has served as director of graduate admissions for the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering and a regional director of programs with HOPE Worldwide. Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a master of arts in communication management and a master of public administration from the University of Southern California. He also is a 2014 graduate of The Broad Residency in Urban Education.

Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin
Associate Director, Program
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Natalie Martin is responsible for the design and execution of K-12 curricula for The Broad Residency's professional development sessions. Prior to this role, she served as senior manager for program and client engagement with New Leaders in Duval County, Florida, designing the program strategy and cultivating partnerships. Natalie also worked for Teach For America South Carolina, supporting teacher leadership development and data management. She began her career as a fourth-grade teacher in Duval County Public Schools. Natalie earned a bachelor’s degree from Francis Marion University and an M.P.A. from The Graduate School of the College of Charleston. 

Dominique Morris

Dominique Morris
Director
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Dominique Morris leads a portfolio of special projects to advance the mission of The Broad Residency. Before joining The Broad Center, she was director, human resources for the San Jose Unified School District and held three roles in the New York City Department of Education: deputy strategy officer in the division of talent, labor and innovation; director of operations in the office of early childhood education and chief of staff for the research and policy support group. Dominique earned a bachelor of arts in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a master of public administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She also is a 2013 graduate of The Broad Residency in Urban Education.

Lesley Moreno

Lesley Moreno
Assistant Director, Recruitment and Selection
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Lesley Moreno develops and executes marketing and recruitment strategies for The Broad Residency’s rigorous selection process. She previously served on the Alumni and Network Impact team, where she developed and maintained systems required to support career services for network members. Prior to that, she supported all aspects of candidate recruitment and selection for The Broad Residency. Before joining The Broad Center, Lesley served as planning coordinator for Mitsubishi Electric. A first-generation college graduate, Lesley earned a bachelor’s degree in management and operations management from California State University, Long Beach, and a master of science in social entrepreneurship from University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.

Eleisha Nelson-Reed

Eleisha Nelson-Reed
Director, Program
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Eleisha Nelson-Reed oversees all aspects of The Broad Residency program, including instructional sessions, Resident supports and supervisor relationships. Before joining the Center, Eleisha worked for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, where she served as assistant director of curriculum-community programs, a curriculum writer, professional developer, classroom teacher and instructional coach. In addition, Eleisha has been a consultant for Educational Testing Service as an item writer for the Texas state reading assessment and worked with Greenwood Heinemann to provide feedback on K-12 education manuscripts and book proposals submitted for publication. Eleisha earned bachelor's degrees in English and Spanish from Rice University and a master's of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston.

Maria Razo

Maria Razo
Operations Manager, Partnerships
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Maria Razo leads operations for the Residency’s Partnerships team. Prior to working at The Broad Center, Maria served as school operations manager for Ànimo College Prep Academy at Jordan High School and Launch to College Academy at Locke High School. Earlier in her career, she was a GEAR UP site specialist and founding tutor for the AVID and STELLAR programs of Long Beach Unified School District. A first-generation college graduate, Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

Donnie Stuart

Donnie Stuart
Associate Director, Partnerships
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Donnie Stuart supports Resident roles in partner organizations, program evaluation and other initiatives. Prior to joining The Broad Center, Donnie served as a project manager at Bridgewater Associates. Earlier in his career, he was director of operations at Brooklyn’s Excellence Boys Charter School and associate director of recruitment at Uncommon Schools. He began his career as a Teach for America corps member at Young Scholars Charter School in Philadelphia. He also participated in the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Donnie earned bachelor’s degrees in religion and psychology from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson
Assistant Director, Recruitment and Selection
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Sarah Thompson develops and executes marketing and recruitment strategies for The Broad Residency’s rigorous selection process. Prior to joining The Broad Center, Sarah was an admissions officer at Pomona College and was co-leader of scholar selection process and college access for Pomona Academy for Youth Success. Previously, she was program assistant for the USAID Global Health Professional and Organizational Development program and a program associate at EcoAgriculture Partners. Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from Pomona College.

Alumni and Network Impact

Chaka Booker

Chaka Booker
Managing Director, Alumni and Network Impact
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Chaka Booker oversees all aspects of alumni supports and career services across the Broad Center network. Previously, Chaka served as senior director of recruitment and selection and then managing director of The Broad Residency. Before joining the Center, he was founder and director of A+ Services, a tutorial company operating within Los Angeles Unified School District, and then director of education for Star Inc., a provider of after-school enrichment, curriculum development and supplemental education services. Chaka earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Paulina Flores

Paulina Flores
Deputy Director, Collaboration and Learning
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Paulina Flores develops activities to accelerate improvements in network members’ own systems while impacting the national landscape. Before joining The Broad Center, Paulina was associate director of operations for KIPP LA, where she previously served as an Education Pioneers fellow. Before joining KIPP LA, she was an assistant business manager at Redwood Day School, head residential faculty at Eastside College Prep and assistant principal at Sparc Academy. Paulina has earned a bachelor of arts in government and Latin American studies from Wesleyan University, a master of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a master of business administration from the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College and a master of educational leadership from The Broad Center as a 2017 graduate of The Broad Residency in Urban Education.

Andrea Foggy-Paxton

Andrea Foggy-Paxton
Senior Director, Career Services
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Andrea Foggy-Paxton supports career development of senior leaders in the Broad Center network. Andrea previously was executive vice president at Reasoning Mind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing first-rate math instruction for all students. She also has developed and managed innovative professional development, high-school transformation, college completion and personalized-learning grants for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Earlier in her career, she served in roles with Annie E. Casey Foundation, Tavis Smiley Foundation, L.A. Youth at Work, Rock the Vote and Freedom Schools. Andrea earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College.

Jasmine Johnson

Jasmine Johnson
Operations Manager, Collaboration and Learning
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Jasmine Johnson manages the Center's learning and collaboration efforts for network members. Prior to joining the Center, she served in a number of event and production roles, including events manager for Rooftop Films, regional production manager for Arts Brookfield, administrative and production coordinator for AMCI and production associate at MTV. Jasmine earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with an emphasis on stage management, directing, set and costume design from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. 

Tom Noble

Tom Noble
Deputy Director, Career Services
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Tom Noble provides career services for post-Residency and cabinet-level alumni. Tom most recently served as manager, grassroots activation, national development for Teach For America. He also has been an education innovation specialist in Arizona State University's Office of University Initiatives, founded and served as chief operating officer of GoodCloud, managing director for On Site Volunteer Services and taught eighth-grade math in Phoenix as a TFA corps member. A first-generation college graduate, Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Ted Olivos

Ted Olivos
Associate Director, Collaboration and Learning
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Ted Olivos supports the design, planning and execution of best-in-class programming and events to meet the development needs of Broad Center alumni. Prior to joining the Center, he served as an instructional designer for SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, where he designed and delivered e-learning and live training materials. He has also been an instructional designer at Fulcrum Labs in Los Angeles. Earlier in his career, he was an instructor and instructional designer at San Gabriel High School. He also taught English at Pacific Rim Language Institute and special education at Para Los Niños. Ted earned an associate degree in liberal studies from Fullerton College and a bachelor of arts in history and a master of arts in education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. 

Rachael Shrout

Rachael Shrout
Deputy Director, Organizational Impact and Strategy
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Rachael Shrout leads engagement strategies for the 500-plus members of The Broad Center's network to strengthen their connection to each other and deepen their impact. Before joining the Center, Rachael served as recruitment coordinator for DreamWorks SKG and recruitment director and field organizer for a political fundraising organization in Boston. Rachael earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Occidental College.