Harriette Rasmussen



Harriette Thurber Rasmussen, Ed.D. has spent the last two decades coaching educational leaders and their systems toward greater capacity. A member of the consultant cohort piloting an integration of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government for educational leaders, her practice is strongly influenced by frameworks and perspective from each institution and embodies cutting edge research around student learning, organizational effectiveness, and the socio-political aspects of executive leadership. She also served as a faculty member for the Coach Learning Program of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group and participated in the research and development of their systemic change framework.

Dr. Rasmussen consults nationally around adaptive leadership, learning networks, strategy and organizational effectiveness, and community engagement. Her clients have included The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington State Board of Education, Harvard University, the American Institutes for Research, and school districts ranging in size from 800 to 50,000.  One of the hallmarks of her practice is community engagement using Whole Scale Change© technology in ways that inspire communities toward collective action.  She is an expert in adult learning design, believing that change and improvement can only occur through learning.  She has created year-long courses in advanced adaptive leadership and Leading Racial Equity, the latter for Portland Public Schools aspiring leaders.

Dr. Rasmussen also serves as a lecturer in leadership for Northeastern University and as adjunct professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University.  She is a founding board member for Educurious Partners that features a technology-based platform to engage at-risk youth with project based learning and field experts around common core standards and has developed synchronous and asynchronous learning modules for Harvard University’s Programs in Professional Education.

A resident of Seattle, Dr. Rasmussen received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University. Her research interests include teacher efficacy, instructional coherence, adaptive capacity and leadership, strategic authority and accountability, organizational complexity, and adult development with an emphasis on learning networks. She presents extensively on issues critical to education transformation and is widely published in trade journals.  Dr. Rasmussen was also a contributing author to Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools and has three manuscripts under review with expected publication dates in 2018.








EdD from Fielding Graduate University (2015)