Rachael Tutwiler Fortune

Senior Director, Alliance Engagement

Rachael Tutwiler Fortune is Senior Director of Alliance Engagement at America’s Promise Alliance where she is responsible for developing and guiding implementation of the organization’s strategy to accelerate progress to the GradNation campaign goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate. A member of the Senior Leadership Team, she also directs the GradNation State Activation Initiative, a collaboration with Pearson to increase high school graduation rates by encouraging statewide innovation and collaboration, sharing knowledge to accelerate adoption of proven strategies, and developing successful models all states can replicate.

As a Presidential Management Fellow, Rachael previously served as a Program Officer at the U.S. Department of Education, where she managed a portfolio of multimillion-dollar Race to the Top grants and supported state implementation of other K-12 policies and programs in the Obama Administration. She also completed a detail at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, advancing initiatives related to child welfare, teenage pregnancy, and early childhood education. 

Prior to federal service, as an Education Pioneers Fellow, Rachael served as a Project Consultant with Oakland Unified School District, partnering with senior district leaders to improve the school-site strategic implementation and spending plan used across the district. She earlier served as Community Engagement Manager at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, where she launched the ONE by ONE campaign to mobilize stakeholders to develop a shared vision for local schools. She began her career as an elementary school teacher as a Teach for America – Jacksonville charter corps member. 

Rachael holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Florida and a master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from Stanford University. She currently serves on the board of the Fortune Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of youth of color. She lives in the metro D.C. area with her husband, Emmanuel and their son, Nicholas.