Rebeca Shackleford joined All4Ed in August of 2021 as Director of Federal Government Relations supporting the organization’s federal policy and advocacy agenda to ensure all students graduate prepared to complete postsecondary education and achieve success in a rapidly changing world.
Ms. Shackleford has dedicated her career to educational equity and brings both practitioner and policy experience to her work along with expertise in early childhood education, bilingual education, emergent literacy, and English Learners. Her passion for elevating community voices in advocacy comes from her own experience as an Afro-Latina and former English Learner.
Prior to joining, All4Ed, Ms. Shackleford led policy and partnerships for the KIPP Foundation where she oversaw federal advocacy actions including the organization’s first Alumni Capitol Hill Advocacy Week, federal appropriations strategy, and supported KIPP’s regions on their state and local legislative strategies. Previously, she was the Manager of Data and Impact for the Education, Workforce Development and Evaluation component of UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latinx civil rights organization. Ms. Shackleford began her career as a teacher before becoming the founding Head of School of a Montessori school in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Shackleford earned a bachelor’s in early childhood education and American history, with a focus on civil rights, from Fort Hays State University, Montessori teacher training from Centro de Entrenamiento Montessori Sierra Madre, and a master’s in education policy studies from the George Washington University.