Dr. Rachel Pfeifer is the executive director for the Office of College and Career Readiness at Baltimore City Public Schools. She returns to City Schools in 2017 after having spent 5 years as president of Collegiate Directions, Inc. (CDI), a community-based organization that supported first-generation students from low-income families from tenth grade through college graduation. At CDI, Rachel oversaw the expansion of the program to provide coaching and consulting to help schools strengthen their college advising.
Prior to her work at CDI, Rachel spent two years as an assistant to Dr. Sonja Santelises when she was the chief academic officer for Baltimore City Public Schools and started her career as a 4th grade teacher. Rachel holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the University of Oxford, where she researched school choice among African Caribbean families.