Rachelle Rogers-Ard
Director, Leadership Development and Employee Effectiveness


  • Achievement gap
  • Professional development
  • Race and diversity
  • Teacher certification programs
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Teacher support
  • Urban education
  • Workplace issues

Rachelle Rogers-Ard is the director of leadership development and employee engagement in the Organizational Effectiveness and Culture division of the Oakland Unified School District. She received her undergraduate degree from Holy Names University and taught English and vocal music for 10 years at Castlemont High School in Oakland, California. After noticing that her star music pupils were not achieving in other subjects, Rogers-Ard took a position coordinating high school curriculum coaches while developing applied learning strategies and focused on culturally responsive pedagogy for teachers. After completing her master’s degree in urban education at Holy Names University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Mills College, Rogers-Ard then took a position managing Teach Tomorrow in Oakland, a program within OUSD focused on building systems to support the recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Rogers-Ard earned her Preliminary Administrative Services Credential in 2012 and is also the regional director for the National Association of Multicultural Education.