Ariel Murphy Bedford


Managing Director

A California native, Ariel Murphy Bedford earned her B.A. in Government with a Public Policy minor from Dartmouth College. In 2012, Ariel became a Teach For America corps member in Brooklyn, teaching upper-elementary and middle school English. During this time, Ariel earned her M.A. in Politics and Education from Teachers College Columbia University and her M.A. in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Ariel aspires to advance policies and programs that promote educational equity. To this end, Ariel participated in the 2015 Leadership for Educational Equity Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellowship, allowing her to serve as an Education Policy Fellow with the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Democratic Staff. Ariel then joined the Obama administration as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Education. There she served as the Confidential Assistant to the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and as the Success Mentor Coordinator for the My Brother’s Keeper National Success Mentors Initiative focused on addressing chronic absenteeism through a school-based mentoring model.

After serving in the Obama Administration, Ariel joined the Louisiana Department of Education as Chief
of Staff in the Office of Talent, where she led policy research and the development of a new education leader credentialing framework, and managed a $400,000 grant for rural school systems to implement post-baccalaureate teacher preparation models. Ariel was later named Chief of Staff for the agency, where she managed daily operations for over 500 staff, coordinated executive team collaborations, and advised the State Superintendent on organizational decisions.

Ariel is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Leadership through The Broad Residency in Urban Education.