Esther's background is education: for five years, she taught high school English in public, private, and charter schools across Chicago. Against a backdrop of union strikes, budget concerns, and ed reform initiatives, she developed in-depth experience designing rigorous curriculum, with an emphasis in cultivating warmth and joy around the study of literature. Post-teaching, Esther worked as a consultative analyst in insurance and risk management, where she analyzed client claims data to surface trends, quantify drivers, and narrate findings. Esther has a B.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.