Director of P-12 Policy
Heather Rieman has dedicated her career to ensuring that all youth have the supports and services they need to succeed in school and life. Prior to joining Ed Trust, she served as the senior education advisor for the Corporation for National & Community Service, an agency dedicated to improving lives and strengthening communities through service and volunteering. She also served in the Obama administration as the chief of staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. In those roles, she focused on ensuring equitable resources and opportunities for students, particularly vulnerable youth. Before joining the Department, she was the co-director and co-founder of Critical Exposure, a civil rights nonprofit organization that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for social change. Heather was also a senior policy analyst for the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation. In 2001, she was named a Presidential Management Fellow and worked at the U.S. Department of Education as a program and policy analyst. For part of her fellowship, she worked for Senator Ted Kennedy on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.
Pie and McDonald’s McGriddle. (Come on, a breakfast sandwich using pancakes with the syrup baked inside. What’s not to love?!?)
Favorite Sports Team
Chicago Bears and Cubs
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Hang out with my husband and seven-year old twins. We love to have game nights, dance parties, movie nights and travel.
What drew you to education?
I come from a long line of school librarians and public school advocates. Also, I grew up in Evanston, IL, surrounded by poorly funded Chicago schools on one side, and wealthy suburban schools on the other.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
It’s a mission driven organization that focuses on equity every single day.