Mollie Mitchell

Mollie Mitchell is the President and Founder of The K12 Search Group. She is a passionate education reformer who has been recruiting in the sector since 2001, longer than any of her direct competitors.  Since creating The K12 Search Group in 2007, Mollie has worked with many high-performing charter school operators and education reform organizations around the country to help them recruit senior-level talent into their organizations.

Prior to founding The K12 Search Group, Mollie served for more than five years as Senior Director of Recruitment at The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, a nonprofit organization created by businessman and philanthropist Eli Broad to recruit talented leaders into senior level positions in urban school systems. Mollie was the first full-time staff member hired to oversee all recruiting activities for the Center’s two leadership development programs: The Broad Superintendents Academy, a ten-month competitive fellowship to prepare professionals to run large urban school systems, and The Broad Residency, a two-year placement program for up and coming leaders in a large urban school system or CMO.  She designed and managed the entire annual selection and admissions process for both programs.

During her tenure at The Broad Center, Mollie recruited over 100 senior executives from business, military, government, nonprofit and education into The Broad Superintendents Academy.  More than half of the Broad Academy graduates she recruited have been hired as CEOs or senior administrators in public school systems across the nation.  Similarly, Mollie recruited 120 young leaders from the private sector and top MBA programs into The Broad Residency, many of whom continue to work in the K-12 education sector today.

Prior to joining The Broad Center, Mollie spent three years at Heidrick & Struggles International, a leading global executive search firm, where she executed senior searches across a number of industries. She started her human resources career in training and development, conducting workshops around the world for a large global travel agency.

Mollie holds a BA from Brigham Young University and an MA from Marymount University. She is a dedicated advocate for education reform and has served on the board of two charter schools. Mollie has lived in Washington, DC, Denver, and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys exploring the many local trails and creeks with her golden retrievers.

Deane Mariotti

Deane Mariotti is a Principal at The K12 Search Group. In this role, Deane is responsible for leading client engagements and ensuring a robust pool of qualified candidates. Prior to joining The K12 Search Group, Deane spent nearly five years at The Chicago Public Education Fund, a venture philanthropy focused on human capital talent and leadership in Chicago’s public schools. As the Manager, Program Investments at the Fund, Deane identified investments and provided strategic management and operating assistance to a portfolio of human capital grants. Specifically, she oversaw the Expert Principals portfolio and investments in performance-based compensation initiatives.

Before joining The Chicago Public Education Fund, Deane worked in the finance and academic offices at the School District of Philadelphia. She was the founding member of the SchoolStat team, which focused on quality management and the use of data in educational systems.

Deane started her career in education as a Teach For America corps member, where she taught 5th grade in Compton, CA. Deane earned graduate degrees in Government Administration and Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA in International Relations, also from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was captain of the varsity women’s soccer team. Deane and her family live outside of Philadelphia.

Mindy Weber

Mindy Weber is a Senior Associate for The K12 Search Group. Prior to joining The K12 Search Group, Mindy spent over four years at TNTP, a national nonprofit organization that develops customized programs and policy interventions that enable education leaders to find, develop, and keep great teachers. Most recently, Mindy served as Director of Talent Recruitment for TNTP, where she was responsible for developing a strong talent pipeline for staff openings across the country. She also spent several years as Site Director for Texas Teaching Fellows- Austin, a partnership between TNTP and Austin area school districts, where she oversaw the recruitment, selection, and training of talented career changers to work in high needs schools and subject areas.

Before joining TNTP, Mindy served as Director of Summerbridge in Providence, Rhode Island. Summerbridge is a program designed to create a pathway to college for low-income, academically motivated middle school students and encourage talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

Mindy’s career in education began as a Teach For America corps member in Louisiana, teaching elementary and middle school students with special needs. She also worked with Boston Public School’s Center for Leadership Development. Mindy has a graduate degree in public policy from Brown University and received her BA in Political Science from Stephens College. Mindy, her husband, and their three children live in Austin.

Melissa Simon

Melissa Simon joined The K12 Search Group in late 2017 as a recruiter. She is a seasoned human capital leader and recruiter focused on cultivating talented people to positively impact the professionals they work with and organizations they work for. Prior to joining The K12 Search Group, Melissa was National Director of Talent at Educators for Excellence. At E4E, Melissa was at the helm of the organization’s talent work and grew the number of full-time employees by over 300% during her tenure, while also creating and scaling all human-capital systems, recruiting, developing and managing a full-time Talent Team. Before Educators for Excellence, Melissa worked in fundraising and recruitment for Teach For America, managing, coaching, and leading teams of development and recruitment professionals for more than five years. As a recruiter and manager of a recruitment team at Teach For America, Melissa recruited over 700 corps members and led the country. Prior to entering the world of nonprofit management, Melissa was a Teach For America corps member. She taught middle school English as a Second Language and History in South Central Los Angeles, where she led her students to achieve an average of 2.2 years of reading growth and over 80% content mastery in history each year. Melissa was a National Semi-Finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching award. She is a 3rd generation native of Manhattan Beach, California and holds a Master’s in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Urban History and Immigration from the University of California Berkeley (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

Rebekah Anthony

Rebekah Anthony recently joined The K12 Search Group as the Research and Database Manager after spending more than five years at IDEA Public Schools. During her time at IDEA, Rebekah served as the Director of Advancement and was responsible for raising more than $20 million in private philanthropy during a period of high growth in the Austin, TX region. These efforts have allowed thousands of additional students to access a high-quality, college-preparatory, public education. Before joining IDEA, Rebekah worked in Washington, DC as a political fundraiser at The Angerholzer Team, a fundraising and political consulting firm for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, liaising with 15 incumbent members of Congress throughout the country. Rebekah graduated from Wittenberg University with a BA in Political Science and French. She currently lives in Austin with her husband, Elliott, and their young son.