Rebecca Haessig writes about Kansas City’s shifting public education landscape on the blog Set the Schools Free. Previously, she helped found a parent education organization to support child development between the ages of zero and three, and was a director of education initiatives at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to working in education, Rebecca developed strategy and change initiatives for public sector organizations at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. She began her career in international development with the National Democratic Institute, leading programs to strengthen civic organizations in the Middle East. She received her BA from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.