Rashida Ladner

Program Officer

ExpandED Schools
A Champion Networker

As a college student, Rashida volunteered and found jobs working with youth organizations near her home in Staten Island. When, as an adult, she gave birth to her daughter and was looking for part-time work, one of those organizations, Police Athletic League, hired her.

As she took on positions of increasing responsibility, Rashida used training opportunities and conferences to build a large network of professional contacts. “I like to share best practices and share solutions, and I’m very vocal. People remember me.”

She was asked to serve on an advisory board and found herself working side-by-side with a leader of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, who later helped her refine her resume. Such opportunities are “about building relationships,” Rashida says. “You never know who you’re going to meet.”