Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Amanda Butler-Jones is Council at Akin Gump and focuses primarily on the formation and operation of domestic and offshore private investment funds, including hedge funds and private equity funds. As an Akin Gump Pro Bono Scholar, Amanda worked substantively with Appleseed Network. During her time at Appleseed, Amanda advocated for immigration policy reform by highlighting the systemic and structural issues within the immigration court system.
Chief Equity Officer
Annie Holmes is CCSSO’s Chief Equity Officer tasked with leading the Council's internal efforts to achieve its goal of becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization and supporting chiefs to deliver on each of CCSSO’s ten equity commitments. Prior to joining CCSSO, Annie led the equity and diversity initiatives at multiple institutions of higher education. She is currently completing her doctoral work in adult education and lifelong learning from The Pennsylvania State University.
Big Picture Learning
In his role as Co-Executive Director of Big Picture Learning, Carlos Moreno is the visionary for all U.S. school and district-wide programs, leading a national team of phenomenal regional directors, School Design Coaches and coordinating leadership development & support services for school and district leaders. Carlos also leads Big Picture’s work with scores of non-Big Picture schools that wish to incorporate elements of the Big Picture Learning design.
Former President, Board of Education
Oak Park and River Forest High School, IL
Jeff Weissglass is an advocate and advisor dedicated to political bridge building and learner-centered education. In addition to his role on the Education Reimagined Advisory Board, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution and chairs the National Advisory Council of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Jeff is also former President of the Board of Education at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois.
former President and CEO
Judy Peppler is the Chair of the Education Reimagined Board of Directors. She is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks. Judy is a graduate of the Broad Superintendent Academy and is the former Chief Transformation Officer for Wake County Public Schools. She previously served as the state president for Qwest Communications in Oregon and worked in the telecommunications industry for more 23 years.
Marc Porter Magee
CEO and Founder
Marc Porter Magee is President and Founder of 50CAN. Previously, Marc has served as Chief Operating Officer at ConnCAN, research director of the Partnership for Public Service, founding director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Civic Enterprise, and as a contributing editor of the policy journal Blueprint.
Marcus Wade-Prince is currently a freshman at Antioch University in Ohio. Previously, he attended Eagle Rock School in Estes Park, CO. Marcus believes in the importance of having education revolve around the student, so learners can get the most out of it. He is excited to be a part of the spark that is lighting the flame for the movement. A flame he sees becoming a beacon, the light shedding the importance of a system of learning that revolves around the student.
Olivia Christensen is an Iowa BIG Alumni—a learner-centered environment in Cedar Rapids, IA. Since being a part of Iowa BIG and participating in Education Reimagined events, Olivia has become a huge believer in learner-centered education. Continuing to fuel her passion for revising education, Olivia is an EdRevision ambassador—supporting the EdRevision group with the growth of learner-centered education throughout the United States. Olivia now attends a community college in Cedar Rapids.
Writer and Communications Manager
Andrew Williams is the Writer and Communications Manager for Education Reimagined. Previously, he was a senior associate at Ward Circle Strategies, a public relations consulting firm. His background includes a decade in development and corporate partnership management at various nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC. As a beneficiary of a learner-centered education, he believes in illuminating the distinctive (and too often, hidden) narratives of young learners.
Bobbi Macdonald is a doctoral candidate in the Harvard University ED. L. D. Program and an Education Reimagined Doctoral Resident. Previously, she served as the founder and Executive Director of City Neighbors in Baltimore, MD. Prior to City Neighbors, Bobbi taught Pre K-Kindergarten, and she supervised student teachers at the University of Maryland Center for Young Children and the University of Illinois Child Development Lab.
Colby Mills is an active leader and advocate for education transformation within his hometown of Pike Road, Alabama and nationally. Colby is the creator of Charge, a small learning environment startup within his alumnus district, Pike Road Schools. Colby has presented on learner-centered education at numerous national conferences, and remains deeply dedicated to providing voice to learners.
Chief Strategy Officer
Demi Edwards is the Chief Strategy Officer for Education Reimagined. In her role, she works to ensure the organization's ambitions, strategy, and goals are clear and aligned with its purpose and that the team has what it needs to operate with integrity and effectiveness. Demi is deeply committed to the realization of a learner-centered, socially just future for education—one that honors the uniqueness of every child and enables them to unleash their boundless potential to change the world.
Jemar Lee is a nationally respected advocate for learner-centered education, an educational entrepreneur and an alumni of Iowa BIG high school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As co-founder and former team member of EdRevision, a new youth-led initiative, Jemar has spoken and presented to educators and students about learner-centered education at more than a dozen conferences around the country, including SXSWEDU, iNACOL, Education Reimagined, and many more.
Immersive Learning Exchange Coordinator
Julie Renkoski received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri. She has worked as an elementary teacher, literacy program coordinator, intervention specialist, and English as a Foreign Language instructor. Since 2014, Julie has contributed to Education Reimagined in various staff roles. Today, she is thrilled to be able to split her time between Education Reimagined and raising her two daughters.
Kelly Young is the President of Education Reimagined. Previously, she served as the Interim Chief of the Office of Family and Public Engagement for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). From 1998-2007, Kelly served as the Executive Director of a national political organization. She is the mother of two young children and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.
Director of Practice and Field Advancement
Lindsy Ogawa is the Director of Practice and Field Advancement for Education Reimagined. In this role, she leads the work in building and activating the Learning Lab and SparkHouse, national learning communities advancing diverse learner-centered systems and models. Lindsy is committed to having an education system that enables each learner to live fulfilling lives and stand from a place of contribution. She formerly taught in Chicago Public Schools and holds a M.S. in Education from JHU.
Vice President of Communications
Monica is Vice President of Communications for Education Reimagined. Monica was previously studio director at a communications design firm in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she worked with government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the development of behavior, policy, and strategic communication materials. She recently completed a Masters in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2015.
Nayan is the Operations Manager for Education Reimagined. He has 20 years of business management experience, and has worked in a variety of industries including finance, retail, education, and hospitality. Over the last decade, he has worked on the ground level with students, seeing the need to develop a more learner-centered approach that focuses on the student. He is also a songwriter-musician, husband, Washington Nationals super-fan, and father of two.
Director of Digital Communications
Paul is the Director of Digital Communications for Education Reimagined. As the point of contact for Voyager and the voice behind all things social media, Paul prides himself on uncovering, empowering, and amplifying the voices of learner-centered leaders who are advancing the learner-centered movement. In his free time, you can likely find him hiking the trails of America with his wife, Morgan, and dog, Milly.
Shajan Abusalih is the Program Manager for Education Reimagined. She has a Master's in International Relations and Black Politics from Howard University and is driven by her passion for education and deep devotion to social justice, social impact, and equity. She is delighted to be a part of and share in Education Reimagined's firm commitment of the creation of a racially just and equitable education system where each every child is honored and supported such that their potential is unleashed.
Strategy Consultant at Allan L Cohen Strategy Consulting
Allan Cohen is an interdisciplinary management consultant, transformational facilitator, entrepreneur, and executive. For the
last 10 years, he has led transformational workshops for participants addressing a wide range of social and economic challenges. He has done this work in corporate boardrooms, public sector agencies, retreat centers in Northern Ireland and Israel, and the administrative halls of higher education.
Director of School Culture and Engagement at The Learning Community Charter School
Alin Bennett is an educator, school leader, and learner who is a staunch advocate for national school transformation and creating an equitable education system. Alin currently serves as a Director at The Learning Community Charter School in Central Falls, RI—a K-8 learning environment that serves three urban districts in Rhode Island. The Learning Community emphasizes student and family engagement, social justice, and culturally responsive curriculum, pedagogy, and culture.
Independent Education Consultant
Brittney Sampson is an independent consultant who has served as a classroom teacher and school leader. She works hard to center and amplify traditionally suppressed voices, experiences and ways of knowing in her work.
Managing Director at the Consensus Building Institute
David Fairman is Managing Director at the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. For 28 years, he has built consensus and enhanced collaboration capacity on complex public and organizational issues internationally and in the U.S. His primary focus is building effective multi-stakeholder partnerships, organizational strategies, and dispute resolution systems to meet challenges of sustainable development.
Independent Education Consultant
Julian Serrao brings experience incorporating new blended learning models, and innovating and applying agile framework practices to math learning in underserved districts. A product of educational access programs himself, Julian is dedicated to expanding educational pipelines across the ecosystem. Most recently, Julian worked with a startup tackling low-income public school enrollment as a part of the LearnLaunch innovation cohort.
Director of Professional Development
Michael Soguero has been a leader in education reform since 1993 when he was a founding member of Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colorado. Since 2006, Michael has partnered with organizations and schools around the country to support high school re-engagement—facilitating projects including development of alternative assessments, integration of restorative practices, launching entrepreneurship-focused programs, and contributing to leadership development.
Former Rhode Island Commissioner Elementary and Secondary Education
Peter McWalters is currently a board member and chairman elect of the Big Picture Learning Board, a trustee of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA), and a consultant to Education Reimagined. Peter’s expertise in education is extensive, drawing from previously held positions including President of the Council of Chief State School Officers; board member of the National Center for Education and the Economy; and member of the Council of Great City Schools.