Team Member Spotlight: Herumakhi Mutefnout

We would not be able to fulfill our mission without our staff, a group of professionals who intentionally work across difference, are experts in their field, and care deeply about young people and their postsecondary journeys. 

Each month, we’ll highlight a member of our team by “passing the mic” to hear directly from them about their work and purpose. This month, we are highlighting our Director of Data Strategy and Innovation: Herumakhi Mutefnout. 

What do you do at the Network for College Success? 

I support the implementation of NCS’ Strategic Plan by managing the learning agenda and measurement strategy. Additionally, I lead our efforts in collecting, transforming and socializing data by collaborating with the dopest data team in the business.  

How do you help high school teams build on the work they’re doing and make improvements? 

I help education leaders build their capacity to understand, access, transform, and socialize data. I encourage them to initiate hard conversations about data, prioritize efforts and develop shared meaning. This process supports educators in checking assumptions, disrupting biases and improving collective practice–all to better serve students.

What about the culture of NCS empowers you to show up the way you do?

Leading from an understanding that transformation happens “from the inside out” gives me the opportunity to engage in interrogation and action. It gives me the space to understand who I am and how I show up as my best self to improve schools.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

I believe that adults resistant to new learning are the biggest barrier to our future generation’s success. Therefore, the most rewarding aspect is seeing the thoughtfulness and care that our educators display while engaging in this work.

Can you share a memorable moment or achievement during your time with NCS?

Back in 2018, a few colleagues and I traveled to Portland, Oregon to support the launch of the 9th grade success initiative of the now named Center for High School Success. I flew out a few days earlier than the rest of the team, so that I could assess the data systems in a few schools prior to facilitating for a few days. Shout out to Scott Perry, who drove me around Tigard and Tualatin Oregon! I truly enjoyed seeing the beginnings of such important and powerful work.

Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies or interests that you enjoy pursuing?

  • Spending as much time as possible with the ones I love
  • Hopping on the road at 4am
  • Preserving and promoting humanity's Ancestral culture and spirituality
  • Tony Roberts
  • Return of 4Eva-Big K.R.I.T.
  • #GoHeels
  • #AggiePride
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