“There is no doubt in my mind that the great opportunities I have experienced in life are directly correlated to the fact that I had a high-quality K-12 education. Unfortunately, so many children are not afforded that same opportunity solely because of where they were born. I am motivated to work to ensure every child has access to a high quality school regardless of where they live.”
Traci Thibodeaux brings a unique and comprehensive approach to her work, with over 13 years of practical experience in both the education and business sectors. Rooted in her personal journey from poverty, she is committed to positively impacting the lives of youth in underserved communities through education.
Traci’s career began in the business sector. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science, she worked in both finance and sales. In addition to her work as a computer developer, she analyzed financial, operational, and productivity results for PepsiCo and developed a successful personal financial advising practice with the Mass Mutual Financial Group. During this time she received her Master of Business Administration from The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Her career brought her to Chicago, Illinois, where her work refocused to education.
As a Strategic Project Manager, Traci led several high-profile initiatives at Chicago Public Schools, including the district’s implementation of the State Seal of Biliteracy, coordinating the district’s STEM strategy, and negotiating an extensive facilities management contract. Following her time with CPS, she earned her Master of Education with a focus on Educational Leadership and Administration from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems. Most recently, Traci has been an education consultant working with both charter schools and large school districts to accomplish their goals.
Traci was part of the 2017-18 BES Fellowship cohort, and in fall 2019 she opened Rêve Preparatory in Houston, Texas.