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.
Director of the Nonprofit Support Program
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
An equity advocate, Dr. Melanie Tavares honed her expertise in program design, funding and strategic management at a number of state and national organizations. Melanie recently completed her final year as a Dean's Fellow in the Doctor of Education Leadership Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. As an Ed.L.D. Candidate, her scholarship focused on system-level leadership, scalable impact, and organization sustainability.
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.
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.
Ulcca Joshi Hansen
Vice President of Partnerships and Research
As the Vice President of Partnerships and Research, Dr. Joshi Hansen will be helping build the ecosystem of partners needed to ensure educators pioneering learner-centered learning are supported in their efforts. Regardless of her role, Ulcca is guided by the principle of promoting and supporting learner-centered learning experiences that celebrate and maximize the unique potential of every child.
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.
Chief of Staff
Demi Edwards is the Chief of Staff for Education Reimagined. She is a recent magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, where she double-majored in Government and Economics and minored in English. Demi has a passion for ensuring that all children receive an excellent education and is thrilled to be involved in re-imagining the system in which that can happen.
Digital Content Manager
Paul is the Digital Content Manager 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 advancing the learner-centered movement. In his free time, you can likely find him hiking the trails of Colorado with his wife, Morgan, and dog, Milly.
Program Manager, Community Engagement
Lindsy Ogawa is the Program Manager for Education Reimagined at Convergence. After joining a teaching fellowship in Chicago, she worked as an educator for diverse learners that quickly sparked a deep desire to transform how the current education system approaches individualized educator and learner needs, strengths, and passions. Lindsy holds her M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University, and B.A. in English from University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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.
Shajan Abusalih is the Program Assistant for Education Reimagined. She recently completed her Master's in International Relations and Black/African Politics from Howard University. Shajan 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 the Education Reimagined team as it advances in its vision and commitment that learner-centered education be available to each and every child.
In his role as an Education Reimagined Fellow, Neel provides mentorship, guidance, and support to inspire continued action and dialogue amongst the SparkHouse learner community. Prior, Neel served as the Poway Unified School District Student Board Member where he represented over 35,000 students to the Board of Education, District Leadership, and community. Before serving at the district level, Neel served in multiple School Site Councils and as a founding team member of Design39Campus.
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.