Melissa Reynolds joined Education Strategy Group in March 2015 as a project coordinator. Now, as an associate, she provides policy research and project support for ESG’s K-12/higher education alignment and career readiness portfolios.
Before working at ESG, Melissa worked on the City of Philadelphia’s collective impact anti-poverty initiative as a policy analyst at the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, focusing on early education, food access and benefits outreach. Melissa has worked on several projects for the School District of Philadelphia, including Shared Solutions, a partnership designed to bridge the gap between research and practice, as well as additional research around student engagement in after school activities and achievement growth trajectories. She also consulted for Lebanon Valley College, a small public college in Pennsylvania, to develop a cohesive portfolio of new degree offerings using labor market projection, and has interned at the U.S. Department of Education. Melissa began her career in education as a high school teacher in Philadelphia.
A graduate of the Pennsylvania public school system, Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Why are you in this work?
My time in the classroom left me questioning whether education reform had forgotten the first word in the common refrain of “student outcomes.” I realized that high expectations without supports to enable students to truly meet them were hollow, and began to look at the ways that larger systems must change in order to create the conditions necessary for success at scale instead of against the odds.
Although relatively junior, I have had the opportunity to build initiatives from the ground up and manage their growth over time. The unique environment of ESG has allowed me to be a valuable contributor since day one.
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