“The most enjoyable part of my Fellowship experience was the exposure I gained to the many different career paths available in education, including what I learned from the work of my peers in my cohort.”

Jillian Roland’s passion for education propelled her into the classroom as a Teach For America corps member in Washington, DC, where she taught geometry for two years in DC Public Schools. Jillian enjoyed teaching but wanted to find opportunities to impact U.S. education on a larger scale.

The Fellowship opportunity was perfectly aligned with her strong mathematical skill set and passion for the education sector.

Expertise 
  • Academics
  • Data & Analysis
  • Strategy & Planning
Impact 

As a Fellow with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Jillian served as a community schools analyst and provided strategic planning support to OUSD’s Full Service Community Schools initiative, specifically in the areas of cost analysis and funding resources. 

Jillian had the opportunity to engage with other leaders in education during her time with EP Fellowship cohort members, and she could see how their collective work and passion could impact education. “The most enjoyable part of my Fellowship experience was the exposure I gained to the many different career paths available in education, including what I learned from the work of my peers in my cohort," she says.
 
After her Fellowship, Jillian continued impacting urban education as the Associate Director of Queens and Staten Island Planning at the New York City Department of Education. Her exposure to high-level district operations and decision making as a Fellow helped her succeed in her new role. She recently became an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School.