Ricky Campbell-Allen


Ricky Campbell-Allen

2009 Harvard Menzies Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Ricky Campbell-Allen was awarded the scholarship to complete a Masters of Education at Harvard University.

Studied at: Harvard University

Current Biography

Ricky is Founder and CEO of EdCapital and has a focus on senior leadership development, strategy and system reform. She has significant leadership experience in education reform: working across schools, education systems and in the not for profit-sector. She was founding Director of the Centre for New Public Education, held system leadership positions in US school districts, and spent 7 years as a teacher and school leader.

Ricky previously worked as Managing Director of Learning First – a policy and consulting firm focused on improving school education systems. She was founding Director of the Centre for New Public Education. She led the advocacy, policy and program agenda, and convened a national alliance focused on needs-based school funding reform. As Director of Education at the Foundation for Young Australians she managed an education portfolio of national initiatives, partnerships and programs with a focus on education to employment pathways. Ricky was involved in the establishment of Australian Schools Plus Fund.

Prior to this, she worked in Boston Public Schools (USA), leading federal education reform initiatives across the district, and managing a $30 million federal Race to the Top grant.

Ricky spent seven years in Australian schools as a teacher and school leader. She began her professional life in the visual arts and consulting before managing an outdoor education company.

Ricky is a Robert Gordon Menzies Scholar and a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education where she completed a Masters of Education Policy and Management. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts with first class honours from the University of Sydney. Ricky has served in a number of leadership roles in community organisations and has been involved in education projects in Nepal and Ethiopia.

Scholarship Year: 2009

Fields of Interest

Education, Art, Leadership