Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Amanda Butler-Jones is Counsel 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.
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.
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University
Carole G. Basile is the dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU in 2016, Professor Basile was dean and professor in the College of Education at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Her academic career has included grants and research related to math and science education, teacher education, community engagement, and environmental education.
Felicia Cumings Smith
National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)
Felicia Cumings Smith is the President of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Prior to joining NCFL, she served as senior Director of Global Delivery at the National Geographic Society, where she oversaw the domestic and global education strategy implementation and programming to transform classroom experiences. Felicia’s career in education spans more than two decades where she has served in a variety of leadership roles in P-12, higher education, non-for-profit, and philanthropy.
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.
Kalei Delovio is committed to making learner-centered education available for all learners. Kalei is a recent graduate from the Metropolitan Regional Career & Technical Center (The Met) in Providence, Rhode Island. Since graduating, she has begun pursuing a career in nursing.
(former) Chief Learning Officer, Hilton
Founder, Aloha Learning Advisors
Kimo Kippen is an accomplished, visionary thought leader and sought-out international keynote speaker committed to making a difference in the world by inspiring business and civic leaders, as well as employees, to think outside the box and actualize what is truly possible. He is an aspiring “Citizen of the World.” Originally from Hawaii, for the past 20 years, Kimo has been on a lifetime journey to advance education, global labor force conditions, and economic empowerment internationally.
New Jersey Network of Superintendents (NJNS)
Dr. Larry Leverett’s career in education is driven by his passion for equity and social justice. From serving as a teacher's aide for Headstart to serving as Assistant Commissioner of Urban Education in the New Jersey DOE, Dr. Leverett has worked at all levels of the system. Before retiring in January 2017, Dr. Leverett served ten years as the Executive Director of the Panasonic Foundation. He currently serves as the Managing Director for New Jersey Network of Superintendents (NJNS).
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.
Prospect Development Associate
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Olivia Christensen is an Iowa BIG alumni. Since being a part of Iowa BIG and participating in Education Reimagined events, Olivia has become a huge believer in learner-centered education. Olivia continued her education at a University in Iowa. Graduating in 2022, she is now a Prospect Development Associate at the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Olivia continues to advocate for learner-centered education in her day-to-day life and on Education Reimagined’s Board of Directors.
Consultant to Nonprofits & Foundations
Robert works with education-focused nonprofits and foundations, helping build effective strategies for stronger impacts. He formerly served as director of the Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning at the NoVo Foundation. Prior to NoVo, Robert served as Executive Director of the Action Center to End World Hunger, founded and directed the national Effective Citizenry program at the Surdna Foundation in New York City, and served in New York City government for 8 years.
Vice President of Practice and Field Advancement
Alin Bennett is Education Reimagined's Vice President of Practice and Field Advancement. He is a staunch advocate for national school transformation and creating an equitable education system. His previous work has included supporting curriculum development, leading advisories, and leading schools in ways that continuously advanced learner-centered, equity-based practices. Alin is based in Providence, RI where he lives with his wife and two young children.
Anya Smith-Roman is the Program Assistant for Education Reimagined. Since high school, she has been striving to forward the Learner-Centered Education Movement by co-founding a student-driven education magazine, speaking and coaching at international education conferences, and being a leader of innovative education practices. Anya’s personal mission is to transform the U.S. education system into a more learner-centered, equitable, and socially-embedded paradigm.
Senior Partner for Ecosystem Growth & Advancement
Dr. Bobbi Macdonald is one of the 28 original signatories on Education Reimagined's founding document, "A Transformational Vision for Education in the U.S." Her previous work as Executive Director of City Neighbors Foundation sought to provide an answer to the question, “What would it take for every student to be Known, Loved, and Inspired?” That question remains at the heart of her work today. Bobbi most recently completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University.
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.
Eddie Fuentes is the Program Associate for Education Reimagined. He has eight years of business management experience and has worked in music education for six of those years. Over the last four years, Eddie opened and operated a community-centric music school with an adaptable curriculum for each student. He has seen firsthand the impact learner-centered models can have on students and is committed to continuing the pursuit of a new, adaptive worldview with Education Reimagined.
Chief Programs and Partnerships Officer
Emily Liebtag, Ed.D., is Education Reimagined's Chief Programs and Partnerships Officer. For two decades, she has supported the development of learner-centered practices in communities across the country as a leader of a global non-profit, working at the university level with educators, and as the Vice President of Advocacy for Getting Smart. She has written two books, over 100 blogs, and worked with countless educators to promote what is possible for all learners.
Jason Krobatsch is Education Reimagined’s Communications Manager. As a life-long learner, Jason brings his experience in entertainment, LGBTQ+, and non-profit communications to the Education Reimagined team. In 2017, he earned a Master's degree in Professional Communication. Outside of the office, you can find Jason listening to a podcast, sitting around a campfire with friends, or at a Broadway show.
Partner, ILX & Learning Lab
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.
Karen Pittman recently stepped down after 23 years leading the Forum for Youth Investment to dedicate her time to galvanizing the growing interest in using science-informed strategies to change the odds that all children and youth can succeed. As a partner with KP Catalysts, she focuses on amplifying ideas about how, where, when, why, and with whom learning and development happens and advising national organizations as they sharpen their focus on creating equitable, learner-centered ecosystems.
President and Founder
Kelly Young is the President and Founder 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.
Senior Director of Practice and Field Advancement
Lindsy Ogawa is the Senior 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 Snellings 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 Bhula 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.
Partner for Policy Leadership
Sarah Bishop-Root is the Partner for Policy Leadership at Education Reimagined. She was formerly the Policy Director of Next Generation Learning at ExcelinEd and led the Network of State Innovation Partners, a community of practice supporting state education agencies. Prior to ExcelinEd, Sarah worked at Blackboard, focusing on open education and educators’ adoption of online best practices. Sarah earned an M.S.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington.
Dr. Sarojani Mohammed fights the injustice of knowledge-hoarding by deeply and meaningfully connecting research and practice to improve learning. Saro believes that it is only in a learner-centered environment that knowledge in all its forms is valued and shared. With 15 years of experience as a researcher, evaluator, and advisor, she conceptualized the Just Ed Research design principles in 2020. Saro holds a PhD from UT-Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT.
Shajan Abusalih is the Development 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's delighted to be 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.
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.