Lina Bankert is a Partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Strategic Advising practice. Her clients have included districts, charter management organizations, research institutes, foundations, and education entrepreneurs. She works with organizations on a variety of strategic and operational issues including strategic planning, business plan development, growth and expansion strategy, human capital and organizational design, performance improvement and sustainability, and grant development and implementation. Prior to joining Bellwether, Lina was a Principal with Bain & Company, where she worked with executive teams across a broad range of industries and capabilities in both the private and public sectors, while building extensive pro bono/nonprofit advisory experience with focus on K-12 education. Prior to Bain, Lina spent several years as an investment banker, focusing mainly on mergers and acquisitions and equity placements in the Education and Knowledge Services sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lina lives in Chicago.