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Leadership

Our executive leadership team guides our mission to ensure schools have the teaching, leadership, and conditions to lift 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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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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Chong-Hao Fu

Dr. LaKimbre Brown

Simone Senior

Laura Meili

Bethany Criss

Network Support

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

Marishka Winters

Managing Director of Networks
Marishka leads partnerships in Yakima, WA and Oakland, CA.
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Sarah Heaton

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

Deputy Chief of Networks
Maggie is a seasoned instructional and systems leader who oversees project implementation across the country.
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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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Elizabeth Hemphill

Senior Director of Networks
Elizabeth Hemphill is an educator and former district leader who leads a team working in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools.
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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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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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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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Emily Schriber

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

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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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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Marishka Winters

Sarah Heaton

Maggie Slye

Katie Murphy

David Sigler

Dr. Michelle Brown

Mary Kay Murphy

Monique Wright

Lauren Mulcahy

Elizabeth Hemphill

Sara Neal

Heather LaLuzerne

Amanda Silva

Tina De La Fe

Sandra Jin

Britney Wray

Araceli Flores

Emily Schriber

Ana Luis

Rachel Scarpato

Alisha Watts Burr

Chavon VanHooks

Lindsay Wallace Michael

April Sandolph

Brielle Brewick

Paige del Rio

Candice Johnson

Kelley Allenspach Ruyle

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.

Claudine Andrews

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

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

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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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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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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Ikecia Sigh

Instructional Leadership Coach
Ikecia Sigh is an Instructional Leadership Coach for educators in 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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Jessie Mae Hendrickson

Program Manager for Michigan
Jessie Mae supports program implementation for projects in Michigan.
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Claudine Andrews

Erin Davis

Dr. Michelle Brown

Michael Freeland

Mitchell Brookins

Mary Kay Murphy

Sara Neal

Cristle Moorer

George Werres

Olivia Bertucci

Tori McGowan

Tina De La Fe

Rebecca Dill

Nicholas Cains

Britney Wray

Lenna Assaf

LeAnita Garner

Kristine Schipper

Kelsey McLachlan

Jennifer Sierra

Ashley Hall

Ashley Davis

Ikecia Sigh

Candice Johnson

Jessie Mae Hendrickson

Program Strategy

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

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

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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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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Albert Kim

Alexandra Magiera

Kara Hayes

External Relations

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

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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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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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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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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Melissa Rutherford

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

Brittney Jones

Kami McDonald

Venecia Harris

Melissa Rutherford

Impact

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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Dr. 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

Associate Director of Data and Evaluation
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

Dr. 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.

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

Associate Director of Talent
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 Manager
Ty works in technology and operations developing onboarding, systems and technology training, and supporting virtual staff.
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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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Jernell Alexander

Marques Celestine

Saya Powell

Yaa Hargrove

Lisa Thomas

Ty Despenza

Alexandra Dakin

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