Zoë Stemm-Calderon
Director, Education


  • Character education
  • Engagement
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Personalized learning
  • Student-centered education
  • Teacher development

Zoë Stemm-Calderon joined the Raikes Foundation in 2015 to lead its education strategy. Before joining the foundation, she served as a resident at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation while completing her doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She wrote her dissertation on philanthropic strategy for incubating and scaling personalized learning. Previously, Stemm-Calderon was assistant superintendent of professional support and development at Houston Independent School District. Prior to her work in Houston ISD, she was a senior leader at Teach for America, where she spent her 10-year tenure focused on advancing the organization’s approach to teacher, coach and manager development. Stemm-Calderon began her career as an elementary school teacher in Houston. In addition to her doctorate from Harvard, she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Washington.