Our Team

Leadership

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

Chief of Networks
LaKimbre Brown leads dynamic, contextualized partnerships across the country to accelerate equitable teaching and student success.
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Simone Senior

Chief Operating Officer
Simone is an educator and operational leader who oversees strategic planning, people, technology systems and facilities operations for the organization.
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Laura Meili

Chief Impact Officer
Laura is a content and program designer who leads efforts to create, share, and improve current and future programming.
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Bethany Criss

Chief External Relations Officer
Bethany is a nonprofit strategist who leads Leading Educators' development, communications, and advocacy efforts.
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Marishka Winters

Deputy Chief of Networks
Marishka leads national partner support as well as partnerships in Yakima, WA and Oakland, CA.
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Chong-Hao Fu

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Dr. LaKimbre Brown

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Simone Senior

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Laura Meili

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Bethany Criss

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Marishka Winters

Network Support

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

Managing Director of Networks
Sarah Heaton leads Leading Educators' partnerships in Tulsa, Charleston, and Richmond.
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Anashay Wright

Managing Director of Networks
Anashay Wright is an experienced education leader who manages partnerships in Detroit and Greater Grand Rapids.
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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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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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Dr. Michelle Brown

Senior Director of Networks
Michelle is a lifelong teacher. She leads professional learning design, systems strategy, and coaching support for educators in Detroit.
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Mary Kay Murphy

Senior Director of Networks
Mary Kay is a passionate Michigan educator who leads program implementation and growth in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Monique Wright

Senior Director of Networks
Monique leads our partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District.
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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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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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Heather LaLuzerne

Senior Director of Networks
Heather designs and facilitates learning experiences.
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Ginny James

Instructional Leadership Coach, Math
Ginny supports leaders in Los Angeles schools to implement Illustrative Mathematics through professional learning content, co-planning, observation and feedback cycles, and analyzing student work.
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Amanda Silva

Senior Director of Networks
Amanda leads design and facilitates professional learning for district and teacher leaders as Senior Director of Networks.
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Tori McGowan

Director of Content
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

Director of Coaching & Content
Tina facilitates workshops, designs content, and leads observations and coaching with educators in Greater Grands Rapids.
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Sandra Jin

Director of Content, ELA
Sandra is a former and forever teacher who designs ELA professional learning content for our partnership in Yakima, WA.
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Britney Wray

Director of Content, Secondary Math
Britney Wray is a former Washington, D.C.-based teachers and school leader who leads design of Secondary Math content for our Detroit partnership.
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Araceli Flores

Director of Content
Araceli designs and facilitates math professional learning for educators in Baltimore.
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LeAnita Garner

Director of Content & Coaching
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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Emily Schriber

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

Director of Content
Ashley designs professional learning for Baltimore ELA coaches and teachers and works alongside literacy leaders in Oakland to build a K-5 professional learning system.
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Ana Luis

Director of Content, Math
Ana Luis leads math professional learning design for our partnership in Yakima, WA.
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Alisha Watts Burr

Senior Director of Networks
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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Chavon VanHooks

Director of Content, Math
Chavon VanHooks is a Math Instructional Leadership Coach for educators in Charleston County School District.
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Lindsay Wallace Michael

Senior Director of Networks
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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April Sandolph

Director of Content, Secondary Math
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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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 Charleston County School District.
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Candice Johnson

Associate Director of Networks
Candice leads operations, event logistics, client management, and data evaluation for the Greater Grand Rapids region.
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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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Jessica Jenkins

Associate Director of Networks, Chicago
Jessica Jenkins is the Associate Director of Networks, Chicago. Driven by her passion for college access, Jessica works to operationalize commitments to equity for students in greater Chicago.
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Marishka Winters

Deputy Chief of Networks
Marishka leads national partner support as well as partnerships in Yakima, WA and Oakland, CA.
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Kara Hayes

Executive Support Coordinator
Kara Hayes is an Executive Support Coordinator, supporting the Leading Educators Leadership, Program, and Operations teams.
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Dr. Sarah Heaton

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Anashay Wright

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Katie Murphy

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David Sigler

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Dr. Michelle Brown

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Mary Kay Murphy

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Monique Wright

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Lauren Mulcahy

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Sara Neal

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Heather LaLuzerne

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Ginny James

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Amanda Silva

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Tori McGowan

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Tina De La Fe

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Sandra Jin

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Britney Wray

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Araceli Flores

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LeAnita Garner

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Emily Schriber

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Ashley Davis

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Ana Luis

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Alisha Watts Burr

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Chavon VanHooks

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Lindsay Wallace Michael

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April Sandolph

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Brielle Brewick

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Paige del Rio

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Candice Johnson

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Kelley Allenspach Ruyle

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Jessica Jenkins

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Marishka Winters

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Kara Hayes

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.
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Claudine Andrews

Senior Program Director for Chicago
Claudine leads program implementation in support of Chicago-area educators.
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Erin Davis

Senior Program Director for Tulsa
Erin is an education strategist who is passionate about working with school districts to reimagine their professional development model.
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Dr. Michelle Brown

Senior Director of Networks
Michelle is a lifelong teacher. She leads professional learning design, systems strategy, and coaching support for educators in Detroit.
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Michael Freeland

Senior Program Director for Charleston
Michael leads our partnership with Charleston County School District.
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Mitchell Brookins

Senior Program Director for Baltimore
Mitchell Brookins is an experienced educator with expertise in PreK-2 foundational skills who leads implementation of our Baltimore partnership.
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Mary Kay Murphy

Senior Director of Networks
Mary Kay is a passionate Michigan educator who leads program implementation and growth in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Instructional Leadership Coach, Chicago
Shondele Gillens-Vazquez is an Instructional Leadership coach who supports leaders in North Chicago.
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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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Regina Atkins

Instructional Leadership Coach, ELA
Regina is an instructional leadership coach who supports ELA coaches and PLC leaders at Charleston County Public Schools.
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Andrea "Fitz" Fitzgerald

Instructional Leadership Coach, Math
Andrea "Fitz" Fitzgerald is an Instructional Leadership Coach for math in Charleston.
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Olivia Bertucci

Instructional Leadership Coach, ELA
Olivia is a content specialist and coach fueled by the belief that literacy is a basic human right. She supports instructional leaders in Baltimore by leading ELA professional learning experiences and...
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Ginny James

Instructional Leadership Coach, Math
Ginny supports leaders in Los Angeles schools to implement Illustrative Mathematics through professional learning content, co-planning, observation and feedback cycles, and analyzing student work.
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Cristle Moorer

Instructional Leadership Coach
Cristle is an Instructional Leadership Coach in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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George Werres

Math Instructional Leadership Coach
George Werres is an instructional leadership coach for educators in our Louisiana partnerships who specializes in math.
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Tori McGowan

Director of Content
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

Director of Coaching & Content
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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Britney Wray

Director of Content, Secondary Math
Britney Wray is a former Washington, D.C.-based teachers and school leader who leads design of Secondary Math content for our Detroit partnership.
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LeAnita Garner

Director of Content & Coaching
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

Director of Content & Coaching
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

Director of Coaching & Content
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

Director of Content & Coaching
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 Davis

Director of Content
Ashley designs professional learning for Baltimore ELA coaches and teachers and works alongside literacy leaders in Oakland to build a K-5 professional learning system.
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Ikecia Sigh

Instructional Leadership Coach
Ikecia Sigh is an Instructional Leadership Coach for educators in Charleston County School District.
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Rebecca Dill

Program Manager for Charleston
Rebecca supports implementation of curriculum-based professional learning and teacher leadership development as the Program Manager for our Charleston partnership.
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Kristina Rubio

Program Manager for Los Angeles
Kristina support programming, logistics, and data management for the Leading Educators team in Los Angeles.
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Jessie Mae Hendrickson

Program Manager for Michigan
Jessie Mae supports program implementation for projects in Michigan.
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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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Danielle Parker

Program Manager for Chicago
Danielle Parker is the Program Manager for Chicago-based partnerships
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Claudine Andrews

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Erin Davis

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Dr. Michelle Brown

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Michael Freeland

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Mitchell Brookins

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Mary Kay Murphy

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Sara Neal

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Regina Atkins

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Andrea "Fitz" Fitzgerald

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Olivia Bertucci

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Ginny James

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Cristle Moorer

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George Werres

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Tori McGowan

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Tina De La Fe

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Nicholas Cains

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Britney Wray

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LeAnita Garner

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Kristine Schipper

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Kelsey McLachlan

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Jennifer Sierra

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Ashley Davis

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Ikecia Sigh

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Rebecca Dill

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Kristina Rubio

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Jessie Mae Hendrickson

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Danielle Parker

Program Strategy

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

Managing Director of Program Strategy
Albert leads the Program Strategy team’s innovation and cross-team systems work in close collaboration with projects, networks, and the Data and Evaluation team.
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Alexandra Magiera

Senior 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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Antoinette Melvin

Senior Director of ELA Strategy
Antoinette Melvin leads strategy for Leading Educators' support and innovation around ELA instruction.
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Rachel Scarpato

Senior Director of Math Strategy
Rachel is a data-driven educator who is passionate about math education and leads the development of math professional learning.
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Albert Kim

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Alexandra Magiera

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Antoinette Melvin

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Rachel Scarpato

External Relations

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

Managing Director of Development
Maxine Webb leads efforts for philanthropy to partner in our mission of delivering equitable education.
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Adan Garcia

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

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

Manager of Communications
Laura is an experienced content creator who believes the best way to engage an audience is to tell a compelling story. She supports organizational storytelling, digital community building, and media r...
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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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Maxine Webb

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Adan Garcia

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Kami McDonald

Laura Troxel

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Venecia Harris

Impact

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

Senior Director of Data Strategy
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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Ariana Audisio

Associate Director of Data & 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

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Dr. Tim Tasker

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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.
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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

Managing Director of Organizational Effectiveness
Saya is a people person who supports internal communications structures, organization retreat planning, and manager development.
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Yaa Hargrove

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

Director of People Development & Engagement
Lisa is committed to dismantling systems of oppression so that all children can thrive in schools. She leads staff development and engagement efforts.
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Alexandra Dakin

Associate Director 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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Ty Despenza

Operations Manager
Ty works in technology and operations developing onboarding, systems and technology training, and supporting virtual staff.
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Mimi Chen

People Coordinator
Mimi supports hiring, internal communications, team logistics, team data, and the overall effectiveness of the People Team.
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Marques Celestine

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Mimi Chen

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