Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    StudentsFirst.org

In 2007, Michelle Rhee was appointed to lead the DC Public Schools. Her commitment to excellence in education began in 1992 as a Teach for America teacher. Rhee founded The New Teacher Project (TNTP) in 1997, now a leader in understanding and developing innovative solutions to the challenges of new teacher hiring. As Chief Executive Officer and President, Rhee partnered with school districts, state education agencies, non-profit organizations and unions to transform the way schools and other organizations recruit, select and train teachers in difficult-to-staff schools. Her work implemented widespread reforms in teacher hiring in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, New York, Oakland and Philadelphia. Rhee serves on the Advisory Boards for the National Council on Teacher Quality, the National Center for Alternative Certification and Project REACH of the University of Phoenix's School of Education. She is an Ex-Officio Member of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees. Rhee holds a Bachelor's in Government from Cornell University and a Master's in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.