Gisele C. Shorter '91

Gisele C. Shorter's career is rooted in a deep belief that an equitable society starts with an equitable education system. For 20 years, she has led large-scale program, research and policy initiatives to advance educational justice and equity, close health disparities, and ensure access and opportunities for Black and Brown youth to excel. 
Currently, Dr. Shorter is an Education Strategy Program Officer at the Raikes Foundation. The heartbeat of her K-12 portfolio is the Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network. She leads the BELE membership - 15 organizations across the United States – to collectively leverage their resources to develop an education system that ensures the intellectual, social, emotional, and cultural growth and wellbeing of all young people and result in social-cultural markers having zero negative predictive power on outcomes. 
Dr. Shorter earned her Ed.D. from Columbia University Teachers College. She holds an M.P.A. from Long Island University and a B.A. from Amherst College. She is a Pahara Aspen Fellow and active member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is also a Manhattan Country School alumna, Class of 91!
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