Paola Peacock Friedrich
Paola joined AchieveMission in 2015. Her experience in education, international development and public health provide a unique perspective on strategy, organizational development, evaluation and leadership.
Paola began her career in the field of global public health, holding a number of epidemiology and national health systems-related positions in more than ten countries. Through this work she gained experience in clinical program design, data analysis and program evaluation before joining Citizen Schools as Interim Director of Strategy and Civic Engagement in 2006.
Paola came to AchieveMission from the New Mexico Center for School Leadership at ACE Leadership High School in Albuquerque, NM. She arrived at the Center as a Doctoral Resident while pursuing a degree from Harvard University, and was appointed Deputy Director within a year. In this capacity she experienced first-hand the impact of effective human capital management on the academic and socio-emotional success of students and families. She advanced the Center’s strategic priorities designed to promote sustainable and effective schools for marginalized youth.
Paola earned her doctorate from Harvard University in Education Leadership, a degree awarded in equal part by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. At Harvard, she delved deeply into leadership development and instructional improvement, studying systems-level education leadership, entrepreneurial leadership, nonprofit management, organizational development, instructional leadership and urban superintendency among other topics; her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Disruptive Innovation in Education: Building Organizational Culture to Create an Effective Network of Leadership High Schools." She received her MS from Harvard University School of Public Health, and her BA in Sociology from Dartmouth College, where her senior honors thesis was entitled “Bilingual Education: A Study of its Creation and Demise in Massachusetts.”