Vice President, Education & Development
Organization: Bright Horizons
Rachel Robertson has been in the education field for over 25 years. She holds a B.S. in Family Social Science, an M.A. in Human Development with an emphasis in learning across the lifespan, and a Certificate in Early Education Leadership from Harvard. As VP of Education & Development for Bright Horizons, she supervises the education and curriculum programs for 700+ early education centers, the professional development for 18,000+ educators and learning leaders, the development of family partnership resources, and works with the academic, non-profit, and policy sectors on behalf of early childhood and Bright Horizons.
Throughout her career, Rachel has worked with a variety of constituents, including culturally and ethnically diverse and military families. She brings an equity-mindset to her work to ensure adult education and children’s curriculum materials respectfully celebrate and reflect diversity and foster authentic inclusion. Most recently, she led a partnership with National Head Start Association to host an open catalyst event to explore issues regarding the lack of diverse leadership in early childhood.
She is an author of numerous articles and books including a deployment series for military families (Elva Resa); Healthy Children, Healthy Lives (Redleaf Press); and children’s books focused on social-emotional learning (Redleaf Lane). She hosts a parenting podcast, Teach. Play. Love., and regularly presents to parents and educators in virtual and live formats. She is the proud mother of two daughters, and lives in San Diego, CA.