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I began my journey with Public Impact as a principal leading Opportunity Culture implementation at a middle school in Charlotte to extend the reach of excellent teachers so that all of my scholars could attain a quality educational experience. It is my honor to now expand the reach of excellent educators across the nation. I have seen the power of Opportunity Culture roles transforming schools, teacher career trajectories, and, most importantly, students’ educational experiences.”
Alison Harris Welcher
Senior Vice President, Opportunity Culture Design and Implementation
Dr. Welcher is the senior vice president for Opportunity Culture design and implementation at Public Impact, and serves on the firmwide strategy team. She helps lead national Opportunity Culture implementation by working intensively with school and system leaders to build both the culture and systems for sustained excellence for all students and educators. Before joining Public Impact, Dr. Harris Welcher served as a teacher, principal, and director of school leadership for the Project L.I.F.T. zone within North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district. Her work as a principal leading a middle school transformation was highlighted in “Getting Smart: 100 Schools Worth Visiting” in 2014 and in the book Breakthrough Principals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Stronger Schools. Dr. Harris Welcher has coached and developed school leaders and principal supervisors in states across the U.S. and in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2016, she spoke before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee on ESSA legislation. Dr. Harris Welcher received her doctorate in educational leadership from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, from which she also holds a master’s degree in education focused on risk and prevention in adolescents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College, and during her time at Spelman was part of Stanford University’s domestic exchange program on urban education and leadership.