A classically trained flutist and an avid home baker, Rachel lives in Cambridge, MA.
Rachel Lopkin | Project Associate
Rachel is an education policy specialist with diverse experiences in teaching, project management, and research. As a Project Associate at 2Rev, Rachel is driven by the complexity of change management. An advocate of increased collaboration and communication throughout the education sector, her work focuses primarily on the design and coordination of purposeful collective action for high-impact solutions at the school and systems level.
Previously, Rachel has worked as an English lecturer at the University of Western Brittany in France, as a policy researcher at RMC Research, and on a wide range of consulting projects, including for the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education, TNTP, NYSED, and the US Department of Education. Her research on dual language programs and blended learning initiatives has directly impacted state policy decisions. She is the co-founder of The Amazeatorium Project, a nonprofit devoted to closing the activity gap. Rachel holds a B.A. in French and a K-12 World Languages teaching certification with honors from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Why were you compelled to join the 2Rev team?
Among the many elements that inspire me about 2Rev, I was most enthusiastic to join the team for the culture and grit that drive every stage of our work. 2Rev’s humanist-centered approach to designing the Future of Learning recognizes the strength of putting people at the heart of policy. Joining the 2Rev team is an embrace of that innovative spirit that I believe is one of the most effective responses to an antiquated educational system.
What excites you about your ongoing role in education transformation?
Working in education transformation is a notoriously complex endeavor. The inherently political nature of educational change, combined with a scope of work that essentially stretches through the first quarter of our lives, makes for a daunting undertaking fraught with emotional tension. I am most excited about the opportunity to combat these challenges through the design of innovative, empathetic partnerships. I firmly believe that bringing diverse groups of stakeholders to the same table in authentic, insightful ways promotes a culture of continuous improvement. It’s the key element to creating agency in the transformation process. When we innovate together, we can help spark creative, high-impact solutions to problems that have previously stagnated.