Race & Equity in Education Announces New Executive Director

Race & Equity in Education Announces New Executive Director


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RE-Center: Race & Equity in Education Announces New Executive Director


EDHARTFORD, CT— Following a national search, the Board of Directors of RE-Center: Race & Equity in Education (RECenter) announced that Natalie Zwerger will be its new executive director, effective July 1, 2021. 

Zwerger comes to RE-Center after more than 7 years at the nationally recognized Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, based at New York University (NYU), and most recently as the Director of the Center for Strategic Solutions. In her role, she led the center’s revolutionizing of technical assistance and professional development delivery in Pre-K to 12 schools and districts, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies, all grounded in equity and racial justice. During her tenure, she oversaw work in over 700 schools and organizations across nearly 90 school districts, and designed and implemented system-wide equity interventions (EQI), including equity audits in districts nationally, using a multiyear, intentional approach to embedding racial justice in the fabric of institutions.

Natalie was the Founder and lead curriculum developer of the Critically Conscious Educators Rising Series, which had 1500+ participants to date, including the 2021 cohorts, and also the founder and director of the Decolonizing Education Conference, with more than 700 participants having attended the two-day 2019 Conference. Zwerger previously served as a policy associate/consultant and was a New York City public school teacher for five years. 

“Natalie’s experience in building alliances among multiple education-based stakeholders, and engaging in public policy outreach makes her ideally suited to lead our organization,” said Joelle Murchison, chair of RE-Center’s Board of Directors. “She is a proven leader with a strong vision of how to mobilize the power of collaborations, community, and research to effect positive change—and she has a true passion for this critically important work.

”Zwerger graduated from Northeastern School of Law with a J.D. degree, earned a Master of Science (Education) from City College of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from Tufts University. Natalie and her family are in the process of relocating to Connecticut from their current home in Westchester County, New York.

“I am honored to join Connecticut’s education and racial justice community as the next Executive Director of RECenter,” said Zwerger. “I believe that RE-Center’s mission and re-imagined work have the power to catalyze transformative change and I am eager to bring my experience to the Hartford Region, to the State of Connecticut and beyond. I look forward to collaborating with RE-Center staff and partners to develop and foster spaces that leverage the brilliance of young people and center their joy in teaching and learning."

As Re-Center’s conducted its search for a permanent Executive Director, Andréa Hawkins served as interim Executive Director, ensuring programmatic and operations continuity. 

“Leading RE-Center during this transition period has been an incredible experience. As our communities, state, and nation continue to confront the inequities that are rooted in systemic racism, RE-Center is uniquely positioned to not only heighten understanding among educators but also to empower students to effect change. Natalie’s profound experience and commitment to this work will undoubtedly elevate RE-Center’s profile and guide it purposefully to the next chapter.”

The search for RE-Center’s new executive director was conducted by a committee of board members and staff. The recruitment and selection process was supported by consultant Michael Negron of NEGRON Consulting, with generous support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Executive Transitions Program. 

RE-Center: Race & Equity in Education is nonprofit organization that activates youth and adults to drive transformative change towards racially just schools and communities.

For more about RE-Center: Race & Equity in Education, please visit RE-Center's website at https://www.re-center.org/