Our People

Andrew Ko

Managing Director, Global Education

Amazon Web Services

Andrew Ko leads Global Education within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector business. Prior to joining AWS, Andrew served as Corporate Vice President of Samsung Global Education, General Manager for Microsoft Corporation’s U.S. Education business where he led the Partners in Learning team, and he also led the White House ConnectED initiative.

Annie Holmes

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.

Becky Pringle

Vice President

National Education Association

Becky Pringle is Vice President of the National Education Association and has 31 years of classroom experience. Becky most recently served as NEA Secretary-Treasurer. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors for NEA and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). She is an honored recipient of multiple leadership awards from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Action Network, and American Association of University Women.

Bobbi Macdonald

Executive Director

City Neighbors Foundation, Inc.

Bobbi MacDonald is the Executive Director of the City Neighbors Foundation. Bobbi Macdonald also serves on the Board of Directors of Hamilton Bank and the Maryland Charter School Network and is a founding member of the Coalition for Baltimore Charter Schools and the Baltimore Education Coalition. Bobbi was recently selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as one of 16 leaders from across the country for the 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellowship.

Dana Brinson

Learning Differences Programme Officer

Oak Foundation

Dana Brinson joined Oak Foundation as a Programme Officer with Oak’s Learning Differences Programme in February 2013. She came to Oak after more than five years with Public Impact, an education research and consulting firm based in Chapel Hill. As a Senior Consultant, she primarily focused on educational philanthropy; vulnerable, underserved and special student populations; school turnarounds; and charter schools.

Dwight Davis

Assistant Principal

DC Public Schools

Dwight Davis is a nine-year veteran teacher and proud product of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Currently, he serves as Assistant Principal at Wheatley Education Campus. Prior to that, he served as a 5th grade teacher in the District and still serves his school and community as a Teach Plus Policy Fellow. Dwight is a licensed Baptist minister and he was the first African American to serve as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Highstown in Highstown, NJ.

Eric Brown

Executive Committee Member

National Education Association

Eric Brown was elected to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Executive Committee in July 2015 for a three-year term.

Eric has taught biology at Evanston Township High School District 202 in Evanston, Illinois for 16 years and is currently a teacher leader, helping to implement Student Learning Objectives (SLO) in his district.

Gisèle Huff

Executive Director

Jaquelin Hume Foundation

Dr. Gisèle Huff is the executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation in San Francisco. After a decade in the business world, she earned a Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University. She has taught at Golden Gate University, San Francisco University High School and Dominican College. She is a founding member and chairman of the Board of Directors of The Learning Accelerator and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of iNACOL.

Jennifer Davis Poon


Center for Innovation in Education

Jenny’s mission is to impact social justice by modernizing the public education system to be more responsive to the needs of all learners, especially those most historically under-served. Currently, Jenny is consulting on projects of interest while serving as Center for Innovation in Education (CIE) Fellow. As a Fellow, Jenny supports sense-making for CIE’s Assessment for Learning Project.

Jim Koshland



Jim Koshland has been a partner at DLA Piper US LLP law firm since 1983, focusing on corporate law matters. He currently sits on the Boards of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, American Jewish World Service, Jewish Senior Living Group, Jewish Vocational Services of San Francisco, the Koshland Foundation, Opportunity Fund, Reboot, San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and the Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life and is a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation.

John Jackson

President and CEO

The Schott Foundation for Public Education

Dr. John H. Jackson is the President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education. Previously, John served in leadership roles with the NAACP, served as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and served in William Jefferson Clinton’s administration as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education.

John Wright

Director of Strategy

National Education Association

John Wright is the Director of Strategy for the National Education Association. Wright spent the majority of his teaching career in the Window Rock school district on the Navajo Nation in northeast Arizona where he also served as NEA local association president. Wright served in various leadership roles within the Arizona education network and has been serving in various roles with the NEA since 2010.

Johnny L. Veselka

Executive Director

Texas Association of School Administrators

Dr. Johnny L. Veselka served as executive director of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) for over two decades. Prior to joining the TASA staff in 1974, Johnny was a classroom teacher in the North East Independent School District in San Antonio.

Kushal Kadakia

Angier B. Duke Scholar

Duke University

Kushal Kadakia is an Angier B. Duke Scholar studying biology, global health, and public policy at Duke University. He is a research assistant in the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, has won an independent Bass Connections grant to study neglected diseases, and created an innovation database for the World Health Organization. Additionally, he is the Chief-of-Staff for Duke Student Government and the Vice Chair of the Duke Honor Council.

Lara Knight Wheatley

Former School Leader

KIPP Houston High School, TX

Lara Knight Wheatley was a founding teacher at Sacramento High School and also served as Principal and Recruitment and Selection Manager. In 2008, she joined the KIPP School Leadership Program Team and became the Director of the Principal Prep Program. Three years later, she joined the KIPP Houston High School staff as the School Leader.

Lee-Ann Stephens


St. Louis Park School District (2007 Minnesota Teacher of the Year)

Lee-Ann Stephens has been an educator for 28 years and was named Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year in 2006. She currently serves as an educator on special assignment with the St. Louis Park School District in Minnesota. She serves Latino and African American high school students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and honors classes. She previously served as an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University and she served on Minnesota’s Board of Teaching.

Maddie Fennell

Executive Director

Nebraska State Education Association (2007 Nebraska Teacher of the Year)

Maddie is the Executive Director of Nebraska State Education Association. She also serves as Secretary of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. In 2016 she was on special assignment to the National Education Association as a Teacher Fellow. In 2007, she was honored as the Nebraska Teacher of the Year and with the Carol Stowe Humanitarian Award from the National Education Association. She was an elementary teacher in the Omaha Public Schools for 27 years.

Mark Wilding

Executive Director

PassageWorks Institute

Mark Wilding is the Executive Director of PassageWorks, a nonprofit that supports K-12 educators and families to create transformative and inclusive school communities that empower and prepare young people to be resourceful and empathetic, to advocate for themselves, and to stand up for others. He is the co-author of The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching. As core faculty, he teaches courses, facilitates conferences and dialogues, and presents keynotes and lectures.

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap

Assistant to the President for Educational Issues

American Federation of Teachers

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap is Assistant to the President for Educational Issues at the American Federation of Teachers. Previously, she was Director of District Redesign and Leadership at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and a senior program officer at the Rockefeller Foundation. Marla has also been an independent consultant in education policy, a political press secretary, and a reporter.

Marques Stewart


Atlanta Public Schools, GA

Dr. Marques Stewart is a Turnaround Specialist and Principal for Atlantic Public Schools. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Education and Leadership from the University of Missouri in 2015. Marques began his career in education in Alabama where he held various leadership roles. He relocated to Kansas City, MO in 2010 where he became a Turnaround Principal and, two years later, he joined the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan as a Turnaround-Principal in Detroit.

Melanie Tavares

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.

Michael Hinojosa


Dallas Independent School District, TX

Dr. Michael Hinojosa currently serves as the superintendent of Dallas ISD. He has served 20 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems and was named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin.

Nick Donohue

President and CEO

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Nick is President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Previously, Nick was a Special Master at Hope High School in Providence, Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Education in New Hampshire, and a trustee of the University System of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Community Technical College System.

Peter McWalters

Program Leader

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.

Rehan Dawer


Ethica Global Alliance

Rehan is the founder of Ethica Global Alliance. His commitment to creating tangible values led him to also build ValueBridge International. His personal entrepreneurial ventures include: Guidance Financial Group, Buttonwood Financial, and Novastar Education Group. During his 23-year professional career, he served in executive roles with Morgan Stanley, American Express and Bank of America.

Robert O’Brien


New York City Public Schools, NY

Robert K. O’Brien has been Principal of P.S. 75, The Emily Dickinson School in Manhattan since 1997. He was recognized by Manhattan Media as Principal of the Year in 2008 and honored by Advocates for Children in 2004. He was named a Cahn Fellow at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College in 2005. Robert has served as a paraprofessional, classroom teacher, staff developer, Special Education Administrator, Assistant Principal, and Principal within the New York City Department of Education.

Robert Sherman

Consultant, Social and Emotional Learning

Robert Sherman is a consultant for social and emotional learning. 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, served in New York City government for 8 years.

Sam Chaltain


180 Studio

Sam Chaltain is a partner at 180 Studio, a global design collaborative dedicated to advancing people’s understanding of the future of learning—and what it requires. Sam is a published author, producer, and creator. Sam’s writings about his work have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. Sam is a former speechwriter for each of President Obama’s U.S. Secretaries of Education, has written for Oscar and Grammy Award winning artists, and is a periodic contributor to CNN.

Sharon Robinson

former President and CEO

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., has served as AACTE's president and CEO since 2005. Sharon was formerly president at the Educational Policy Leadership Institute of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Before joining ETS, Sharon was assistant secretary of education with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement (now the Institute of Education Sciences). She has also held a variety of leadership positions at the NEA.

Shruti Sehra

Managing Partner, Reimagine Learning and Early Learning Funds

New Profit

Shruti is a Managing Partner at New Profit, where she co-leads both the Reimagine Learning and Early Learning Funds. Prior to that, she led New Profit's portfolio management practice. Shruti currently serves on the boards of ANet, New Teacher Center, and Peace First. Before joining New Profit, Shruti spent seven years working in the private sector, initially as an engineer at Honeywell and later in a series of quality management positions at Howmet Castings and Jabil Circuit.

Sig Behrens


Kenner Technologies

Sig Behrens is the President of Kenner Technologies. Previously, he was the General Manager for Global Education at Stratasys as well as the general manager for the U.S. Education business at Microsoft Corp, where he was responsible for supporting K–12 and higher education groups across the United States. He also oversaw Microsoft’s U.S. Partners in Learning program. Sig has also led the U.S. Public Sector Dynamics team and worked with the Department of Transportation the Air Force business.

Stacy Parker-Fisher

Learning Differences Programme Director

Oak Foundation

Stacy Parker-Fisher joined Oak Foundation in May of 2009. She has been a teacher for students with learning differences for 13 years, a pediatric faculty member at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, consultant to Chicago and St. Louis public schools and an international educational consultant prior to joining Oak Foundation.

Stephan Turnipseed

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Pitsco Education

Stephan Turnipseed is a veteran of the United States Air Force and is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Pitsco Education. Stephan previously served as President of LEGO® Education North America; later serving as the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for LEGO® Education.

He holds two patents for the TETRIX robotic system and is the recipient of the National Instruments Engineering Impact Award for STEM Innovation.

Stephen Robinson

Chief Strategy Officer

Three W International

Stephen currently serves as an Educational Consultant and Global Educator. His primary activities include providing strategic consultation to the seven Episcopal Bilingual Schools of Honduras and Three W International, an international student enrollment management company. He is actively engaged in the development of innovated education models around the world has served in numerous advisory roles with organizations promoting opportunities to connect the world through education.

Tom Sayer

Head of Global Adoption Programs

Google for Education

Tom Sayer is currently the Head of Global Adoption Programs at Google for Education. Tom got committed to learner centered education when he realized we were losing so much potential in every single child by treating them as averages. His previous experiences in education and beyond include being a School Transformation and Change Management Program Manager at Google for Education, the Board Chair at Room to Talk, and an Intelligence Officer for the British Army.

Victoria Able


City Neighbors High School

Last year, Victoria served as Delegate of the 10th grade student body and is on the Board of Directors of City Neighbors High School. Victoria was in the Talent Show and coffee house where she preformed her poetry. She's also served on the Principal Hiring Committee of CNHS. Victoria is currently in Best Buddies where she's a friend to a student at CNHS who may have difficulties creating friendships due to their disabilities.

Alin Bennett

Program Leader

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.

Allan Cohen

Program Leader

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.

Brittney Sampson

Program Leader

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.

Celine Pierre-Louis

Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

Education Reimagined

Celine Pierre-Louis graduated from Elon University, with a major in International Studies and minors in Human Service Studies and History. While at Elon, Celine spent a semester circumnavigating the globe on Semester at Sea, where her classes and projects led her to connect with individuals from around the world which served to further her passion for people and empowering them to reach their best potential.

David Fairman

Program Leader

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.

Demi Edwards

Chief of Staff

Education Reimagined

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.

Jasmine McBride


Education Reimagined

Jasmine McBride is a multidisciplinary artist, inspiration, and student leader. Just at 18, Jasmine has already spoken at three education conferences through Education Reimagined’s SparkHouse, hosted the opening of High School for Recording Arts in Los Angeles, and is now the student leader of MAAPS (Mentoring Adolescents And Personalized Success) as their blogger. Originating in Europe, the program is now being shared and taught in LA.

Jemar Lee


Education Reimagined

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.

Julian Serrao

Program Leader

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.

Kelly Young


Kelly Young

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.

Lindsy Ogawa

Program Manager, Community Engagement

Education Reimagined

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.

Michael Soguero

Program Leader

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.

Monica Snellings

Vice President of Communications

Education Reimagined

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 Bhula

Operations Manager

Education Reimagined

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.

Neel Pujar


Education Reimagined

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.

Paul Haluszczak

Digital Content Manager

Education Reimagined

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.

Peter McWalters

Program Leader

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.

Shajan Abusalih

Program Assistant

Education Reimagined

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.

Ulcca Joshi Hansen

Vice President of Partnerships and Research

Education Reimagined

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.

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