Linked Learning Alliance Welcomes Rachel Zaentz as Vice President of Communications


August 5, 2019

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Alisa Thorsen (206) 352-9598

Linked Learning Alliance Welcomes Rachel Zaentz as Vice President of Communications

The Linked Learning Alliance is pleased to welcome education communications specialist Rachel Zaentz as vice president of communications. With 10-plus years of experience in strategic and digital communications, partnership development, advocacy, and media relations, Rachel brings her energy and insights to the newly independent Linked Learning Alliance as it advances and broadens its work.

A former senior vice president of Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners company, she brings deep experience from working with a diverse set of education and philanthropic clients across issues including early learning, K-12 education, postsecondary, corporate social responsibility and equity for all young people.

“We’re thrilled to have Rachel join our team as our coalition redoubles efforts to get more students the high-quality education they need to prepare for both college and career,” said Anne Stanton, president and CEO of the Linked Learning Alliance. “Rachel brings creative thinking, a strategic sensibility, and a strong commitment to collaboration that will help the Linked Learning field build support and visibility to advance its goals.”

Linked Learning is a proven approach to education dedicated to the idea that students work harder and dream bigger when their learning connects with them and connects them to the world. It combines four components: rigorous academics, career technical education, work-based learning and comprehensive support services. Linked Learning gives students the supports they need to prepare for both college and career, and helps them grow through real work experiences so they can fully participate in shaping civic, cultural, and economic life.

“This is a remarkable opportunity and I’m thrilled to be joining the team at this pivotal juncture in the Linked Learning movement,” Zaentz said. “I have dedicated my career to expanding equity and opportunity in education and look forward to supporting the Linked Learning Alliance’s work to reach exponentially more students to set them and their communities up for success.”

Linked Learning works because it is built on relevance, equity, and hope. The practice began in California and has spread to more than 100 school districts in 20 states and serves about 250,000 students. Already, 5,000 students are educated in Linked Learning’s Certified Gold Pathways—the highest quality certification, with a goal of one million young people in Certified Gold Pathways by 2030.

The Linked Learning Alliance, based in San Francisco, is an indispensable partner in the work of transforming education. Established in May 2008, the Alliance ensures that the Linked Learning approach not only grows, but flourishes in every school it touches. Rooted in California with national reach, the Alliance works as a standard setter, communicator, field driver, and advocate so that every district can pursue the high quality college and career preparation. Supporting the champions of the Linked Learning approach, the Alliance renews hope in education by empowering every school, every employer, and every community to prepare students for success by bringing learning to life.