Program Profiles
Adrienne Useted

Adrienne Useted
Current Title
Chief Financial Officer
Current Organization
LEAD Public Schools
Education
B.A., Vanderbilt University, Theatre and Economics
M.B.A., Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Social Enterprise with nonprofit specialization

Residency Information


Resident Functional Area
Operations
Resident Organization
LEAD Public Schools
Resident Title
Chief Operating Officer

Pre-Program Information


Previous Functional Area
Operations
Previous Organization
LEAD Public Schools

The Broad Residency 2012-2014


No other social issue has greater potential to impact lives than education. Improving a child's education opens up a world of opportunities and gives them the chance of not only self-sufficiency, but the capacity to begin a ripple effect as they give back to their own community.

Dating back to her undergraduate days, double-majoring in theatre and economics, Adrienne Useted has sought opportunities to marry her left-brain skills like finance and analysis with right-brain skills like relationship building. In her current role as chief financial officer for LEAD Public Schools in Nashville, Tennessee, she’s doing just that: developing critical connections with educators, administrators, students and partners that allow the strategies she develops to become reality.

“I’ve always been deeply committed to the more human aspects of the workplace,” she says. “I can dream up what sounds like the most efficient, effective plan in the world. But it won’t succeed if I haven’t worked closely with the people directly impacted from the beginning — especially those who will be responsible for implementing it.”

A former theatre company executive and civic consultant in Chicago, Adrienne experienced firsthand how a greater emphasis on key management practices reaped benefits in nonprofits and local government agencies. The Broad Residency allowed her to bring that diverse skill set to bear in ways that had real potential to open doors for young people, especially those too often shortchanged in public education.

Adrienne began the Residency as director of human resources and compliance for LEAD, a public charter school network with a diverse set of campuses — from choice options available to all students in Nashville to a turnaround school that enrolls only locally zoned students from the immediate neighborhood. In her first year on the job, Adrienne hired more than 80 new employees and helped revamp LEAD’s behavior management system to better serve their growing number of special education students.

Thanks to The Broad Residency, Adrienne has built strong connections with other people doing similar work in Tennessee and across the nation. That network has been key to her successful transition, both personally and professionally. She also credits the executive coach that the Residency provided during her second year in the program as a “game changer” in helping her become a more effective leader.

“In the Residency, I’ve been surrounded by a group of accomplished professionals with confidence in their skills and an equal amount of humility about what they don’t know. I’m part of a much bigger ecosystem that’s set up to drive success,” says Adrienne. “I get to operate at a high strategy level and still be in schools three or four times a week. So, every day, I see the direct connections between my work and the outcomes for educators and kids. What could be better than that?”

Current Title
Chief Financial Officer
Current Organization
LEAD Public Schools
Education
B.A., Vanderbilt University, Theatre and Economics
M.B.A., Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Social Enterprise with nonprofit specialization

Residency Information


Resident Functional Area
Operations
Resident Organization
LEAD Public Schools
Resident Title
Chief Operating Officer

Pre-Program Information


Previous Functional Area
Operations
Previous Organization
LEAD Public Schools