About Rachael Tutwiler Fortune

Rachael leads the Jacksonville Public Education Fund to ensure every student in Duval County attends a high-quality school. Having served in government, non-profit, district and school-based roles, Rachael draws upon significant professional experience at all levels of the education system.

Rachael previously served on the senior leadership team at America’s Promise Alliance as Senior Director of the GradNation Campaign. She was a 2013 Presidential Management Fellow and served as a Program Officer at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC, where she managed a portfolio of multi-million-dollar Race to the Top grants during the Obama Administration.

Prior to this, she served as an Education Pioneers Fellow at the Oakland Unified School District to improve community school strategic planning across the district. Earlier, she led JPEF’s community mobilization efforts, launching the ONE by ONE campaign to mobilize stakeholders to develop a shared vision for local schools. Rachael began her career as a Duval County Public Schools teacher at S. P. Livingston Elementary School through Teach for America.

Rachael holds a master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Florida. Rachael currently serves on the Board of Directors of Baptist Medical Center and Jewish Family and Community Services, and on the Steering Committee of the Women’s Giving Alliance. She is the proud wife of Emmanuel Fortune, and mother to their children, Nicholas, Elle and soon-to-be Riley.