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Senior Director of Early Childhood Initiatives


Laura Dallas McSorley joined Raise DC in June 2016 as its first Senior Director of Early Childhood Initiatives. She uses her skills in connecting people around a purpose to manage all work related to Raise DC’s high-level goal of kindergarten readiness, including advocacy, special initiatives, and Change Network development.

McSorley most recently served as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Teach For America (TFA), where she managed a team that supported national initiatives across 52 regions. Prior to this role, she was TFA’s Senior Managing Director for its Early Childhood Education Initiative, working to cultivate successful outcomes for low-income preschoolers and their families. McSorley also spent five years teaching pre-K in both DCPS and DC Public Charter Schools.

McSorley holds a B.A. in urban studies from Rhodes College and an M.Ed. in early childhood education from George Mason University.