As The Learning Agenda’s Managing Partner, Hillary Oravec brings over 15 years experience leading projects for foundation, school district, independent school, and nonprofit partners in the areas of program strategy and development, strategic and sustainability planning, professional learning and network management, and research and evaluation. Hillary leads the Barr Foundation’s communities of practice focused on developing new and equitable high school models and technical assistance for The Wallace Foundation’s social emotional learning and summer initiatives. She managed the development of The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Planning Toolkit website, which features a comprehensive set of evidence-based resources to plan and implement a large-scale summer program. She previously led strategic planning projects for the Birmingham Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) and Central Texas Summer STEM Investment Hub funding collaboratives, setting the vision and goals for their governance, program and assessment strategy, and strategic growth.
Hillary previously directed the National Summer Learning Association’s strategic initiatives, research and evaluation, and community system-building initiative portfolios. During her tenure, she led high school program design-focused projects for the MacArthur Foundation, and with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the transition between middle school and high school to improve graduation rates. Earlier in her career, Hillary managed school accreditation and institutional research projects for Johns Hopkins University, and school, community, and university partnerships and initiatives for the P-12 Project at The Ohio State University.
Hillary received a master’s degree in educational policy and leadership from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology from Kent State University and participated in international study programs in Yunnan Province, China, and the University of Leicester in England.