Director of Strategic Planning and Operations
Mary Rauner is the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations for the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West), one of ten Regional Educational Laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education. She is responsible for leading the strategic direction of REL West and ensuring that the research, reports, and other products continue to meet REL West’s high standards. She also serves as the alliance lead for the California Community College Alliance, one of the eight alliances that guide the work of REL West.
Rauner brings a rich background in research, evaluation, strategic planning, and teaching/coaching to WestEd. As a consultant, she worked in a wide range of organizational settings, including local and federal government, and the nonprofit, academic, and high-tech sectors.
Rauner received an AM in sociology, an AM in international educational development, and a PhD in education from Stanford University.