The best innovators, operators, and investors in education across our country all agree on one single premise: leadership is what matters most. EdFuel can help you develop your leaders today and prepare them for your tomorrow.
EdFuel is a mission-driven non-profit that provides leadership and talent development tailored to the education sector. We help great education organizations, including districts, CMOs, and education-focused non-profits, increase their capacity and effectiveness by maximizing their best asset: their employees. For both instructional and non-instructional leadership, EdFuel provides customized support on talent practices from broad organizational talent strategy to individualized, role-specific PD. Through our work with leading school system operators, innovators, and investors around the country, we collect, streamline, and disseminate best practices while utilizing our growing suite of proven tools, programs, and diagnostics. Our approach anchors on understanding role-specific competencies and high-quality job-embedded training, and we are committed to advancing the sector with best-in-class open-source research. EdFuel works with organizations nationally, and has offices and city-wide engagements in Washington, D.C. and Detroit.
Meet the Team
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Raven joined EdFuel in July 2016 because she believes that the impact strong leaders have on the development of other adults and students is driver of their satisfaction and success.
Raven Ali started her career at Goldman Sachs, where she ran high risk, large-scale, global projects in New York and Hong Kong. She led large cross-functional teams to launch new businesses, institute regulatory controls and rollout strategic architecture. After five years on Wall Street, Raven decided to pursue her MBA at The George Washington University. Facilitating her transition to education reform, Raven was awarded a fellowship from Education Pioneers. During this time, she worked as an implementation consultant at Acumen Solutions for public charter school networks in Washington, DC. Shortly after, Raven accepted a position at Achievement First Public Charter Schools in Brooklyn, NY. As Director of Systems & Operations, Raven launched AF’s teacher evaluation platform, introduced systems to more effectively track special education services and to revamp network-wide school culture. Three years later, after deciding to move back to Washington DC, Raven joined Black Girls CODE (BGC). As Regional Program Director at BGC, she spearheaded the launch of the East Coast program team and office.
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Mary-Mason joined EdFuel in June 2015 because she believes that students deserve the most talented, focused leaders working with them toward their educational outcomes.
Prior to her work at EdFuel, Mary-Mason led the Teacher Leadership Development team at Teach For America – D.C. Region, managing a team of ten people and leading the training and development of 6 instructional coaches and approximately 250 teachers. Before taking on that role, she served as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development for Teach For America, managing over 100 teachers and working with school leaders across D.C., Prince George’s County, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Mary-Mason has also served as a School Director for Teach For America’s Tulsa Institute, leading a summer school program for over 500 students and managing the development of 100 first year teachers and 10 teacher coaches. Mary-Mason began her career as a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher at McClintock Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mary-Mason graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and International Affairs. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Matt, and is passionate about racial justice advocacy, loves exploring the city, watching Bravo TV shows, and spending time with her family.
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Kristina Campa-Gruca joined EdFuel in February 2017 because she believes that achieving extraordinary educational outcomes for kids rests on talented leaders and healthy, supportive organizations.
Kristina most recently served as K-12 Program Manager for Excellent Schools Detroit where she led special projects including the launch of Enroll Detroit, an enrollment and direct support service for families. Kristina previously worked with NewSchools Venture Fund’s (NSVF) Learning To Teach Fund through the Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship. She served as an elementary teacher and K-5 team lead within Detroit Public Schools and the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan.
Kristina received a Master’s in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Southern California.
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Kelly joined EdFuel because she believes in the power of leadership to build an education system that serves the needs of all students.
Prior to her work at EdFuel, Kelly focused on charter accountability and academic quality for a portfolio of 540+ charter schools at the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. Before joining ASBCS, she served as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development for Teach For America – D.C. Region, managing over 80 teachers and partnering with school leaders at 15 schools across D.C. and Prince George’s County Public Schools. Kelly has also served as a School Director for Teach For America’s Philadelphia Institute, leading a summer school program for over 300 students and managing the development of over 30 first-year teachers. Kelly began her career as an 8th Grade Math teacher at Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School.
Kelly graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and from American University with a Master of Arts in Teaching. She currently lives in Washington D.C. with her partner, Rachel, and their dog, Toby.
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Tori Lee joined EdFuel in June 2016 because she believes that empowered leadership will catalyze the education system for the better. As a teacher’s aide for 6th grade classrooms, she’s seen the value of having empowered teachers educate and inspire students to achieve academically and aspires to be a part of the movement to improve the quality of K-12 education. She recently partnered with two non-profits in the Boston metro area where she taught health to 9th and 10thgrade classrooms and advocated for parents and teens in a community health center. She was promoted to student leadership in both roles, and helped craft digital and recruitment strategy, met fundraising goals and organized groups of volunteers and interns.
Meet the Board
President of the deLaski Family Foundation and Founder of the Education Design Lab
Kathleen deLaski founded EdFuel with support from the Walton Family Foundation to address the pressing need for scalable human capital development systems in the education sector. She currently serves as the President of The deLaski Family Foundation, a leading Washington area grant-maker in education and the arts, and as the Founder of the Education Design Lab, an organization that helps universities and many other interested parties innovate to prepare the professional workforce.
Ms. deLaski has spent 10 years in various roles working on education reform, most recently on the senior founding team for StudentsFirst, a 1.3 million member national advocacy movement to create better school options, particularly for low-income families. She has also served as senior program officer for education at the Walton Family Foundation, where she managed a $130 million portfolio of non- profit investments to grow advocacy capacity for education reform and quality public charter school seats across the U.S.
Previously, Kathleen co-founded Building Hope, a charter school facilities fund and support non-profit in 2002 from her position as President of The Sallie Mae Fund. Kathleen has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Duke University.
Becca Bracy Knight
Executive Director of the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems
Becca Bracy Knight is executive director of The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supports leaders from across America to transform urban public school systems so that every student can access a world-class education. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic development of the organization and its core programs.
Previously, Becca was director of The Broad Foundation, responsible for managing numerous grants and two of the foundation’s flagship initiatives. Earlier in her career, Bracy Knight was regional director of K-12 programs for Kaplan Learning Services, family services director for the Salvation Army’s South Central Los Angeles Youth Project and a Healthy Start coordinator in San Francisco. She also worked in Oakland on major school improvement initiatives through Partners in School Innovation and has held leadership positions in the AmeriCorps National Service Program and its precursor, the Summer of Service. Bracy Knight was a member of the second cohort of the Aspen Institute-NewSchools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education fellowship, designed to recognize and support entrepreneurial leaders committed to transforming public education.
She currently serves as chair of the Advisory Council for the Center for Park Management, dedicated to promoting and enhancing the management capacity within the National Park Service. Bracy Knight earned a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society from Stanford University.
Managing Partner, Ampersand Education
Kristoffer began his career in education 15 years ago as a high school English teacher. He went on to become a national leader in developing and executing national expansion strategies for Rocketship Education, KIPP Austin Public Schools, and the KIPP Foundation. He led initiatives that fostered those organizations’ strategic growth plans, including market analysis, external relations, marketing and communications, fundraising, and the charter authorization process. As part of that work, Kristoffer and his teams secured over 100 charters, raised over $50M, and successfully passed charter legislation in multiple jurisdictions that created better opportunities for schools and students.
Today, Kristoffer is the Managing Partner of Ampersand Education, where he uses his unique expertise and experience to support and advise Ampersand’s clients as they consider growth strategy opportunities. Kristoffer is actively leading initiatives on behalf of a range of interests, including Charter Management Organizations, Public School Districts, Harbormasters, Foundations, and EdTech Start-ups.
Kristoffer holds degrees from Oregon State University and Emerson College, and lives with his family in Oakland, California. He is an eternal optimist, so naturally believes the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears will one day return to prominence.