Grace Beard
Analyst

Grace conducts research and policy analysis to support clients in preparing all students, and particularly low-income students and students of color, to be successful in life. She is deeply committed to creating more equitable schools across the country that value both students and teachers.

Grace brings to her work experience with charter schools, traditional public schools and district-level policy. This includes teaching kindergarten in Memphis as a Teach For America corps member and writing charter school accountability policy for Shelby County Schools.

Grace is first and foremost a proud Tar Heel, hailing from North Carolina and attending UNC Chapel Hill for her undergraduate career. She also holds a Master’s in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.

Grace's expertise

  • Quality School Options & Governance
  • Academic and Non-Academic Supports for Students
  • Policy Analysis & Development
  • Educator & Stakeholder Engagement
  • Research, Program Analysis & Program Strategy

Recent clients

  • Joyce Foundation
  • Minnesota Comeback
  • McKnight Foundation

Top 3 places traveled

  • Dubrovnik
  • Santorini
  • Rome

Grace likes


  • Time spent with my sisters

  • Mountain climbing in France

  • Skiing with friends in Tahoe

  • Visiting the greatest university – go Tar Heels!