Sara Solar joined Educate78 after moving back to Oakland from Memphis, TN, where she was the Portfolio Director for the Memphis Priority Schools Talent Strategy, a collaborative, city-wide effort to retain, develop, and recruit exceptional teachers and school leaders to transform Memphis’ lowest-performing schools. Working closely with local philanthropic partners, operators of priority schools, and key talent partners, Solar led the design and implementation of initiatives to make Memphis a great place for teachers and school leaders to live and work.

Solar launched her career teaching in Oakland at Markham and Maxwell Park elementary schools. After earning her MA in education leadership at Stanford, Solar joined Bridgespan and advised leading education organizations on their core strategies to amplify their impact on students, teachers, and communities in California, Kentucky, Tennessee, and DC, among others. After moving to Tennessee, Solar was dean of instruction at Cameron College Prep, a turnaround middle school in Nashville run by LEAD Public Schools.

Solar will work with schools, networks, and partners across Oakland to make the city a magnet for educator talent.