Our Team

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Leadership

Our executive leadership team guides our mission to ensure schools have the teaching, leadership, and conditions to life every student to great heights.

Chong-Hao Fu

Chief Executive Officer
Chong-Hao works to expand teachers’ access to quality professional learning support, building a movement to ensure all students succeed in school and life.
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Amy Rome

President
Amy leads the design, delivery, evaluation, and innovation of Leading Educators' program support across the country.
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Mikelle Willis

Chief People Officer
Mikelle drives the vision and designs and executes the mission of the People team.
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Chong-Hao Fu

Amy Rome

Mikelle Willis

Projects

Our project teams make the work happen. They're on the the ground working most closely with educators at every level to make change for students today and beyond.

Anashay Wright

Atlanta Program Director
Anashay Wright is an experienced education leader who supports our partners at Atlanta Public Schools.
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Erin Davis

Tulsa Program Director
Erin is an education strategist who is passionate about working with school districts to reimagine their professional development model.
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Mary Kay Murphy

Greater Grand Rapids Program Director
Mary Kay is a passionate Michigan educator who leads program implementation and growth in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Shyla Kinhal

Chicago Program Director
Shyla serves as the founding Program Director for the Chicago Collaborative. This innovative project is funded by federal Investing in Innovation funds.
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Michael Freeland

Instructional Leadership Coach
Michael supports Atlanta Public Schools and focuses on strengthening professional support for leaders within schools as they implement a new curriculum.
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Tony Barrett

Detroit Program Manager
Tony has a passion for uplifting and empowering youth and those who work within community through life changing experiences.
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Debbie Sim

Chicago Program Manager
Debbie is responsible for planning and executing all Chicago-based programming, including project management and event planning.
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Cristle Moorer

Instructional Leadership Coach
Cristle is an Instructional Leadership Coach in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Nefertari Nkenge

Instructional Leadership Coach
Dr. Nefertari Nkenge is an Instructional Leadership Coach in Detroit.
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Sara Neal

Senior Director of Networks
Sara is a lifelong learner and educator who manages client partnerships, programming, and development for Atlanta and Louisiana schools.
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Tori McGowan

Instructional Leadership Coach
Tori supports school leaders and teachers in their professional development aiming to provide students with equitable standards-based math instruction.
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Tina De La Fe

Instructional Leadership Coach
Tina facilitates workshops, designs content, and leads observations and coaching with educators in Greater Grands Rapids.
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Nicholas Cains

Instructional Leadership Coach
Nick is a human catalyst who coaches teacher leaders and supports Tulsa Public Schools as an Instructional Leadership Coach.
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Lenna Assaf

Louisiana Program Manager
Lenna is an operations and project management specialist who leads program event execution and communication between program staff and leaders in Louisiana.
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LeAnita Garner

Instructional Leadership Coach
LeAnita is a partner to educators to make schools more equitable. She builds teacher capacity and understanding of instructional practices in Chicago.
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Kristine Schipper

Instructional Leadership Coach
Kristine is a passionate educator who supports several schools in the Greater Grand Rapids areas as an instructional leadership coach.
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Kelsey McLachlan

Instructional Leadership Coach
Kelsey is a coach and educator who works with schools in Louisiana to advance educational equity through leadership coaching.
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Jennifer Sierra

Instructional Leadership Coach
Jennifer is an educator who is driven to ensure that all students have access to a positive and impactful school experience.
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Ashley Hall

Tulsa Program Manager
Ashley is a passionate and effective educator who adores children and living out her zeal for educational equity for all students.
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Candice Johnson

Greater Grand Rapids Program Manager
Candice leads operations, event logistics, client management, and data evaluation for the Greater Grand Rapids region.
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Ashley Davis

Instructional Leadership Coach
Ashley leads ELA schools in the Chicago Collaborative and provides coaching and professional learning to each school’s teacher leaders and school leaders.
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April Sandolph

Instructional Leadership Coach
April is an educator who believes in the power of education and how it can be used as a tool to transform individual lives and communities.
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Anashay Wright

Erin Davis

Mary Kay Murphy

Shyla Kinhal

Michael Freeland

Tony Barrett

Debbie Sim

Cristle Moorer

Nefertari Nkenge

Sara Neal

Tori McGowan

Tina De La Fe

Nicholas Cains

Lenna Assaf

LeAnita Garner

Kristine Schipper

Kelsey McLachlan

Jennifer Sierra

Ashley Hall

Candice Johnson

Ashley Davis

April Sandolph

Network Leadership

Our leaders of partner support and design set the vision for customized planning, ensuring sustainable, values-based collaboration that achieves impact.

Katie Murphy

Managing Director of Networks
Katie is an academic strategist and problem solver who leads the teams working in partnership with schools in Louisiana and Atlanta.
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Kim Andrews

Managing Director of Networks
Kim is an educator and former district program leader who leads the teams working in partnership with Tulsa Public Schools and T.L.P. Education.
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Maggie Slye

Managing Director of Networks
Maggie leads teams that serve Baltimore City Public Schools, Oakland Unified School District, and the Kentucky Department of Education.
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Rashida Tyler

Managing Director of Networks
Rashida Tyler is responsible for leading an amazing team, passionate about improving professional learning systems in school systems across the country.
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Lilly Cruz

Senior Director of Networks
Lilly is a facilitator and designer of adult learning for education leaders that puts social justice and anti-racism at the forefront of their roles.
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Elizabeth Hemphill

Senior Director of Networks
Elizabeth Hemphill is an educator and former district leader who leads a team working in partnership with Tulsa Public Schools and T.L.P. Education.
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Heather LaLuzerne

Senior Director of Networks
Heather designs and facilitates learning experiences.
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Sara Neal

Senior Director of Networks
Sara is a lifelong learner and educator who manages client partnerships, programming, and development for Atlanta and Louisiana schools.
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Claudine Andrews

Director of Content
Claudine uses her content knowledge and experience in and out of schools to build teacher capacity and develop their instructional practices.
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Michelle Brown

Director of Content
Michelle is a teacher. She designs professional development for teachers in Detroit.
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Araceli Flores

Director of Content
Araceli designs and facilitates math professional learning for educators in Baltimore.
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Emily Schriber

Director of Content
Emily designs and facilitates professional development to build the capacity of teacher leaders.
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Rachel Scarpato

Director of Content
Rachel is a data-driven educator who is passionate about math education and leads the development of math professional learning.
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Amanda Silva

Director of Content
Amanda designs and facilitates professional learning for district and teacher leaders as Director of Content.
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Alisha Watts Burr

Director of Content
Alisha Watts Burr is a teacher development specialist and educator who is driven by her love of learning and commitment to high-quality education for all students.
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Lindsay Wallace Michael

Director of Content
Lindsay is a professional learning designer and coach who is inspired by the capacity of children for curiosity, creativity, and growth.
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Brielle Brewick

Associate Director of Networks
Brielle is a passionate and innovative education leader committed to high standards, equity, and access for all students.
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Paige del Rio

Associate Director of Networks
Paige leads strategic planning, ongoing data collection, and evaluation for Leading Educators' partnerships with Tulsa Public Schools and Summit Learning.
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Kelley Allenspach Ruyle

Associate Director of Networks
Kelley is responsible for the execution of New Orleans-based programming, including project management, event planning, communications, and data management.
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Katie Murphy

Kim Andrews

Maggie Slye

Rashida Tyler

Lilly Cruz

Elizabeth Hemphill

Heather LaLuzerne

Sara Neal

Claudine Andrews

Michelle Brown

Araceli Flores

Emily Schriber

Rachel Scarpato

Amanda Silva

Alisha Watts Burr

Lindsay Wallace Michael

Brielle Brewick

Paige del Rio

Kelley Allenspach Ruyle

Program Strategy

Our program strategy team ensures strategic alignments across partnership sites to support research-backed innovation at the local level.

Laura Meili

Managing Director of Program Strategy
Laura is a content and program designer who leads efforts to create, share, and improve current and future programming.
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Precious Boyle

Senior Director of Program Strategy
Precious is an educational leader who leads on coaching strategy and content development related to teacher practice calibration.
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Alexandra Magiera

Director of Program Strategy
Alex is a committed early education advocate, leader, and constant learner, driven by our youngest learners who are our future.
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Sandra Jin

Associate Director of Program Strategy
Sandra is a former and forever teacher who leads strategic planning around knowledge management and collaboration.
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Rebecca Dill

Executive Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator
Rebecca enjoys working with complex teams and supports the President and Chief of Networks and coordinates collaboration across various internal teams.
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Laura Meili

Precious Boyle

Alexandra Magiera

Sandra Jin

Rebecca Dill

External Relations

Our external relations team stewards key relationships with communities and supporters to ignite collective progress.

David Sigler

Managing Director of Partnerships
David works to establish strong partnerships with state departments of education, school districts, and networks of schools.
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Lauren Mulcahy

Senior Director of Partnerships
Lauren oversees partnerships with schools, districts, states, and organizations, and builds upon new opportunities for partnership around the country.
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Brittney Jones

Director of Development
Brittney is a bridge-builder who is dedicated to building champions for educational equity. She leads fundraising efforts.
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Adan Garcia

Associate Director of Communications
Adan is a communications and public policy strategist who is driven to elevate educator and student voices in social change.
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Kami McDonald

Associate Director of Development
Kami manages cultivation and stewardship to a robust community of philanthropic partners as Associate Director of Development.
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Naureen Ali

Manager of Partnerships
Naureen supports expansion into new school districts, managing contracts and refining systems used to cultivate and maintain partnerships.
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Venecia Harris

Executive Assistant & Special Projects Manager
Venecia is an experienced office professional who supports both the CEO & CERO with administrative and management support.
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Jake Ramirez

Coordinator of Communications
Jake is a writer and graphic designer who believes in the power of a good story. He contributes to digital strategy and storytelling efforts.
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Melissa Rutherford

Manager of Development
Melissa is a project manager who supports the identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors.
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David Sigler

Lauren Mulcahy

Brittney Jones

Adan Garcia

Kami McDonald

Naureen Ali

Venecia Harris

Jake Ramirez

Melissa Rutherford

Data and Evaluation

Our data and evaluation team ensures partners have access to timely, reliable evidence and analysis of efficacy from many vantage points.

Rebecca Taylor-Perryman

Managing Director of Data & Evaluation
Rebecca leads the design of the overall evaluation strategy and focuses on measurement of instructional knowledge and practice.
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Tim Tasker

Director of Data & Evaluation
Tim is a proud data nerd who supports teams to adapt our national evaluation strategy to their local contexts and unique partnership needs.
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Dawnell Powell

Manager of Data
Dawnell is a project and database manager who is compelled by supporting the lived experiences of underrepresented communities through data.
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Ariana Audisio

Manager of Data and Evaluation
Ariana is a research analyst who leads the student impact analysis and data storytelling of impact across regions.
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Rebecca Taylor-Perryman

Tim Tasker

Dawnell Powell

Ariana Audisio

Operations & People

Our operations and people teams ensure we're building a healthy, supportive organization that allows us to meet the highest expectations for equity and impact.

Mikelle Willis

Chief People Officer
Mikelle drives the vision and designs and executes the mission of the People team.
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Simone Senior

Managing Director of Organizational Effectiveness
Simone is an educator and operational leader who oversees strategic planning, technology systems and facilities operations for the organization.
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Jernell Alexander

Managing Director of Finance
Jernell is responsible for fiscal operations, control, and administration. She brings over 18 years of non-profit financial management experience.
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Marques Celestine

Managing Director of Talent
Marques is a connector of people with a fervent commitment to equity and helping others use their talents to lead mission-driven work.
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Saya Powell

Director of People & Culture
Saya is a people person who supports internal communications structures, organization retreat planning, and manager development.
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Yaa Hargrove

Associate Director of Finance
Yaa is a finance professional with an affinity for mission oriented work. She works with the finance team focused on financial reporting and recievables.
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Lisa Thomas

Manager of Recruitment
Lisa is committed to dismantling systems of oppression so that all children can thrive in schools. She leads hiring and onboarding efforts.
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Ty Despenza

Operations Coordinator
Ty works in technology and operations developing onboarding, systems and technology training, and supporting virtual staff.
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Alexandra Allen

Manager of Organizational Effectiveness
Alexandra is a problem solver and systems builder who is inspired by what’s possible when smart people come together to solve complex problems.
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Mikelle Willis

Simone Senior

Jernell Alexander

Marques Celestine

Saya Powell

Yaa Hargrove

Lisa Thomas

Ty Despenza

Alexandra Allen

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