DC School Leader Lab

The School Leader Lab is a 13-month, cohort-based leadership program that develops DC charter school leaders across the areas of instruction and adult leadership using a lens for equity and DC context.

DC School Leader Lab

The School Leader Lab is a 13-month, cohort-based leadership program that develops DC charter school leaders across the areas of instruction and adult leadership using a lens for equity and DC context.

Program Goals

As we launch our comprehensive pilot, our aim is for program participants to engage on two main fronts. First they are a part of Relay GSE’s NPAF/NPSA program. Second, they comprise our DC cohort of school leaders, which meets in our own schools, provides support and feedback to its members, and works to improve the outcomes for students across the charter sector. Our 2017-18 pilot aims to provide support to individuals and teams in three primary areas:

Instructional Leadership

Adult & Adaptive Leadership

Equity and DC Context

Program Details

• Orientation: An evening orientation in May to build key relationships with teammates in the cohort and begin critical
coursework that frames the year-long learning experience
• DC Learning Labs: Six facilitated content and practice days from May 2017 through April 2018 involving a school visit,
consultancy and peer practice
• Relay Summer Institute: An intensive, two-week program with rigorous coursework taught by dynamic faculty and
educational leaders in a university setting
• Relay Intersessions: Four intensive leadership development sessions throughout the Fellowship year; each Intersession
is two or three days long (location: Philadelphia or New York)
• Coaching: One-on-one coaching with a leadership coach throughout the year
• Nested Team Experience: LEAs are encouraged to enroll nested teams in the cohort. Beyond the full experience, extended teams of Principal Managers, Assistant Principals, Deans, Coaches and Teacher Leaders are expected to attend three sessions
• Continuous Support: DC School Leader Lab oers best practices, tools and consultation always

“The support that the DC School Leader Lab has provided me has made an indelible impact on my leadership. The coaching and feedback, the Learning Lab sessions and the network of relationships provide me with support, accountability, and consistent reinforcement. I leave each interaction feeling deeply renewed, inspired and empowered.”


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Dave Gardner

Chief Technology Officer, Quad Learning

Expertise: Information Technology

Dave has 18+ years experience in online technology, product development, and digital communications. Dave currently serves as the CTO at Quad Learning Inc., an education and technology startup company in Washington DC. Since joining the company in 2012, Dave works to ensure that Quad Learning's technology strategy aligns with its business goals, the mission of the American Honors program, and the IT systems at collaborating community colleges. Dave manages a team of project managers, software engineers, designers, systems administrators and customer support professionals who build and manage software products, services, and IT infrastructure for students, faculty, advisors, and employees. In his previous position as Partner at Fleishman-Hillard Digital, Dave led a wide range of web development and technology projects for universities, non-profits, federal government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, Dave served as Director of Product and Technology at Match.com, managing all aspects of web development, IT operations, and internationalization for the company’s product portfolio in the United Kingdom; and as a lead engineer at The Motley Fool, where he developed online software focused on delivering financial education and services to customers. Dave graduated with honors from Duke University with a BS in Mathematics.

Welles Hatch

Senior Managing Director, Adrian Loring Advisors LLC

Expertise: Information Technology, Finance & Facilities

Welles has leveraged the senior finance and operating roles at emerging technology and service companies to execute for high growth and transition situations. Welles has a wealth of experience in developing, implementing and managing information systems as a senior member of a number of New England technology and software companies. He is a principal at Adrian Loring Advisors, a C-level consulting advisory group and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of City Year, leading City Year's IT Services Department and providing planning and analysis, operations and applications and architecture support to City Year's 26 domestic locations. His previous positions include developing technology platforms and capital strategy software and manufacturing ventures, primarily in New England. Welles is an active member of Boston-area civic organizations, including serving as trustee of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund and is a member of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Information Management. Welles received his undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts/Amherst and his master’s in business administration from George Washington University.

Pyper Davis

Executive Director, Educare

Expertise: Communications, Leadership & Management, Operations

Pyper Davis began as executive director for Educare DC in September, 2014, and is responsible for overall leadership of Educare DC, including partnership, policy and funding strategies. Educare is a national network of research-based early childhood programs that prepare at-risk children for school. Educare DC is located in Ward 7, and is an anchor program within the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative. Most recently, Pyper spent over 10 years as the chief operating officer of The SEED Foundation. Pyper helped to lead the growth of SEED, developing the talent, program model and infrastructure within SEED’s college-prep boarding school network. Prior to joining SEED, Pyper spent nine years in the television business, primarily as an executive with The News Corporation, working in both a strategic and operational capacity in London, New York, Los Angeles and in Asia. While at News Corp., Pyper helped create two successful joint ventures in Asia, launched and managed operations for Fox’s new cable sports business, Fox Sports Net, and served as president of cable network, FIT TV. After leaving News Corp., Pyper provided consulting and private equity fundraising for early-stage technology companies as a principal with Katalyst LLC. Pyper started her career as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. Pyper has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of Princeton University’s Board of Trustees.

Lisa Graham Keegan

Principal Partner, Keegan Company

Expertise: Communications, Leadership & Management, Policy & Advocacy

Lisa Graham Keegan has spent 11 years as Principal Partner at the Keegan Company ( www.keegancompany.com), where she consults, writes, and speaks on critical issues and emerging markets in American education. Mrs. Keegan spent a decade serving as an Arizona elected official, first as a member of Arizona’s House of Representatives where she chaired the education committee, and then as the elected state superintendent of public instruction. She served as John McCain’s education advisor for two presidential campaigns, and currently serves on a number of corporate and volunteer boards. She is Senior Advisor to National School Choice Week, a nationwide celebration that shines a spotlight on all types of excellence in schooling. She also directs the “A for Arizona” project. A for Arizona is a joint effort of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that seeks to rapidly expand the number of Arizona’s A -grade district, magnet and charter schools serving primarily low income students. Mrs. Keegan’s first book, Simple Choices: thoughts on creating environments that support who your child is meant to be, was released in May 2013. She lives in Peoria, Arizona with her husband and family.

Alicia Robinson

Founder, EdPlus Consulting

Expertise: HR/Talent

Alicia Robinson founded EdPlus Consulting in 2013 out of a desire to improve educational equity for traditionally underserved communities by attracting, selecting, and retaining quality people for work with district and charter schools and education organizations. Alicia has nearly 15 years of hands-on experience in early childhood through 12th grade urban education as an instructor, non-profit manager, and talent/human assets executive. She began her career in education in 2001 as a member of the inaugural class of DC Teaching Fellows and went on to join the founding faculty of DC Prep after teaching in DC Public Schools. Alicia served as Chief Talent Officer at DC Prep, ranked for multiple consecutive years as the highest performing CMO in Washington where she led the development and implementation of all aspects of recruitment and talent management. She continues to support DC education initiatives through EdPlus while using what she’s learned from DC’s innovative public education system to inform talent work with clients nationwide.

Deborah McGriff

Managing Director, NewSchools Venture Fund

Expertise: Development, Leadership & Management, Policy & Advocacy

Deborah McGriff is a Managing Director at NewSchools Venture Fund. Deborah has been committed to transforming the lives of underserved urban school students for more than four decades. In 1993, Deborah became the first public school superintendent to join EdisonLearning (formerly Edison Schools). There, she held numerous positions at the company, including President of Edison Teachers College, Executive Vice President of Charter Schools, and Executive Vice President of several external relations functions. Prior to joining EdisonLearning, Deborah served as the first female General Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools. Before that, she was the first female Assistant Superintendent in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the first female Deputy Superintendent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was a teacher and administrator in the New York City Public Schools for more than a decade. Deborah is former President of the Education Industry Association. In addition to serving on the boards of several high-performing charter management organizations, she is the Chair of the board of Beyond 12. She serves on the executive committee of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Policy Innovators in Education Network, and is a founder and national board member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. She also serves on the advisory board of the Games and Learning Publishing Council, Hechinger Report, Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a member of the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education.

Emily Rummo

Senior Advisor, KIPP Bay Area Schools & Independent Consultant and Leadership Coach

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Human Resources, Operations

Emily supports the KIPP Bay Area Schools leadership team with strategic projects, primarily focused on talent and human capital, and coaches teammates. In addition, Emily works as an independent leadership coach for clients in both the for-profit and non-profit fields. Emily served as Chief Operating Officer for KIPP Bay Area Schools for six years, from July 2008 - June 2014. She led the Regional Support Office (RSO), and oversaw finance, human resources, talent recruitment, KIPP Through College, facilities, technology, and operations for KIPP Bay Area Schools. Prior to joining KIPP Bay Area Schools, Emily worked for three years as a Senior Analyst with NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm that invests in social entrepreneurs. At NewSchools, Emily performed due diligence on potential investments, and provided strategic and operational guidance to ventures in the NewSchools Portfolio. She led NewSchools’ first social impact evaluation and successfully pitched two investments to secure $4M in funding. Emily began her career at Dean & Company, a boutique strategy consulting firm in Washington, DC, where she applied quantitative problem solving to support clients ranging from large electric utilities to startups. Emily holds a MBA and an MA in Education from Stanford University, and a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College.

Veenay Singla

Chicago-based Independent Education Consultant

Expertise: Leadership & Management, HR/Talent

Veenay Singla is an independent consultant focused on talent, leadership and organization development exclusively in the education reform sector. Veenay has led a number of successful consulting engagements including: leading and completing an executive search for a new national teacher development organization in New Orleans; devising and conducting a talent audit for a non-profit in Boston resulting in significant organization restructuring; analyzing a large urban school district’s principal pool to inform recruitment and retention policies; and, overseeing all aspects of an annual city-wide teacher celebration event honoring master teachers in a large urban school district. Clients include: The Achievement Network, Bellwether Education Partners, Chicago Public Schools, the Crown Family Philanthropies, FirstLine Schools, Hawaii Department of Education, The National Association of Charter School Authorizers, New Leaders, NewSchools Venture Fund, The Pahara Institute, Rocketship Education, Teach for America, UChicago Impact, Washington University in St. Louis/St. Louis Public Schools.

Dominique Morris

Director of Human Resources at San Jose Unified School District

Expertise: HR/Talent

Dominique Morris strongly believes that all children are entitled to a high quality public education, and that recruiting, cultivating and retaining top talent is a key lever in education reform. She currently serves as HR Director at San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) where she is responsible for managing the District’s talent reform work. Prior to joining SJUSD, Dominique worked for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), a system of 1,700 schools and 1.1 million students. While at NYCDOE, Dominique served as Chief of Staff for the Research and Policy Support Group, Director of Operations for the Office of Early Childhood Education and Deputy Strategy Officer for the Division of Talent, Labor and Innovation. Dominique was born and raised in California and has received degrees from UC Berkeley and New York University. She is also a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education.

Sarah Dillard

CEO, SPD Advisory

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Operations

Sarah is the CEO of SPD Advisory, providing expertise at the intersection of education, business, and public policy. Her clients have included the Boston Consulting Group, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Flat World Education. She’s helped them structure deals, evaluate investment opportunities, and develop the human capital policies for the largest school district merger in U.S. history. Previously, she was on the management team a venture-backed education startup, where she was consistently asked to take on the organization’s toughest challenges, including creating scalable student services and operating models and executing a turnaround of marketing and admissions. Prior to that, Sarah started the National Math and Science Initiative with her boss from the U.S. Department of Education. At ED, she served as a Special Advisor to the Secretary’s policy committee. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was a Reynolds Fellow and a George Fellow.

Jeff Cooper

Independent Education Consultant

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Operations

From 2009 until 2014, Mr. Cooper led Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy. Chavez Schools is a CMO with 1,400 students, with two middle schools and two high schools. He took over as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at a time when the organization was on charter warning. He quickly solidified structures and revamped the organization, resulting in removal from warning and then achieving a 15-year charter renewal. Mr. Cooper led all academic, financial and operational functions. Under his leadership, the schools saw academic gains, including stewarding one of the high schools from very low academic achievement to becoming a Tier 1 school in 2014. Prior to Chavez Schools, Mr. Cooper spent 20 years as a leader in the private sector. He helped build and then led Capital One’s Enterprise Risk Management function. At Capital One, Mr. Cooper also served as Chief of Staff to the Global Head of Brand Marketing where he led strategic planning, helped run a 500-person department and managed a budget in excess of $100 million. Prior to Capital One, Mr. Cooper was a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Finance Operations and Strategy Practice.

Sheilah Kavaney

Minnesota-based independent Education Consultant

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Finance & Facilities, Operations

Sheilah has 20 years of experience in education. Sheilah began her career as a Teach For America corps member in Houston, Texas. After two years in the classroom, she co-founded YES (Youth Engaged in Service) Prep and led the school to Texas exemplary status. After which, she returned to school herself to hone her management skills with an MBA at Boston University. Returning to Texas in 2004, Sheilah built the Charter Management Organization structure allowing YES PREP, and subsequently KIPP Austin, both to grow in size and quality. Sheilah developed phasing to build efficient and effective CMO staffing, school growth and facility utilization. Additionally, Sheilah has built and managed financial models for short and long term decision making. As an early leader in CMO growth, YES Prep and KIPP Austin strategic plans, facilities development and staffing structures are now shared widely between highly successful charter school networks and nationally within the KIPP network.

Raj Thakkar

Founder and CEO, Charter School Business Management

As Founder and CEO, Raj is the driving force behind Charter School Business Management, a financial consultancy focused on the growth and sustainability of the charter sector. Widely regarded a national expert on charter school finance, Raj has presented at conferences and workshops across the county and has been featured in numerous publications. In February 2013, he graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, designed to help small businesses grow and create more jobs. He was named Small Business Person of the Year for the NY district by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2011, and under his leadership, CSBM was also awarded Small Business of the Year for Eastern Region of the U.S. by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2009. Recently, Raj was named a 2013 Top Entrepreneur by Crain’s New York Business.

Kathleen deLaski

President, The deLaski Foundation

Expertise: Communications, Leadership & Management, Policy & Advocacy

Kathleen founded EdFuel and currently serves as Board Chair. She also created the Education Design Lab after 8 years on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University, where she saw the need for a separate organization to help universities and entrepreneurs innovate to reinvent post secondary education. Kathleen is also the president of The deLaski Family Foundation, a leading Washington area grant-maker in education and the arts. She has separately spent 10 years in various roles in education reform. For example, Kathleen helped Michelle Rhee create StudentsFirst, a national advocacy movement to create better school options. She served as senior program officer for education at the The Walton Family Foundation, and created Sallie Mae’s award-winning foundation to increase college access for low-income students. Spending five years at America Online, she developed the first interactive tools to engage the public online in elections and the political process and helped the biggest news organizations create digital brands. She and her boss, Steve Case, were named by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics among “25 People Changing the World.” Kathleen was named by President Clinton as Chief Spokesman for the Pentagon, where she oversaw the military’s worldwide public information team. She also spent 13 years as a TV journalist, including 5 years as an ABC News Washington correspondent.

Tina Perez

Director of Operations, Charter School Business Management, Inc.

Expertise: Leadership & Management, HR/Talent, Operations

Tina is an experienced Charter School Director of Operations specializing in Strategic Planning, Accountability and Compliance, Start-Up Operations and Human Resources and Talent Management. Tina was previously the Founding Director of Operations for five years at Mott Haven Academy Charter School (MHACS) in the South Bronx, where she was responsible for aligning operation processes with the school’s mission and ensuring organizational capacity. During her time at MHACS, she managed the opening of a school health center, a private school lunch program, served as the construction liaison for the school’s new, $31 million dollar facility and coordinated moving the school to the permanent building. In addition, she supervised the school’s day-to-day operations, including compliance, facilities, transportation, technology, recruitment and human resources and board operations. She currently serves as Director of Operations at Charter School Business Management, Inc., a charter school financial services consultancy. In her spare time, she is a Founding Board Trustee of Heketi Community Charter School in the South Bronx and a member of the Council of Urban Professionals.

Colleen Coleman Naughton

Managing Partner, Coleman Education; Founder, CCN Consulting

Expertise: Leadership & Management

Colleen is a facilitator, leadership coach, and organizational consultant. Her work centers on supporting leaders and organizations transform challenges into opportunities for growth and improved performance. Colleen has worked in the fields of organizational transformation and leadership development for over ten years. She owns and operates a Leadership Development consultancy and does much of her work with leaders in K-12 Education. Prior to her current role, she was most recently with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co where she led the Firm’s Principal Leadership Development Group and Performance Transformation client service line. Colleen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Colorado (Summa Cum Laude). She completed the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program and the McKinsey Facilitator Development Program. She is an ICF-Certified Coach and is a Gallup-trained Strengths Coach. She is the founder and President of CCN Consulting and the Managing Partner of Coleman Education.

Julie Green

Chief Marketing and Development Officer, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

Expertise: Communications, Development, Leadership & Management

Julie Anne Green, Chief Marketing and Development Officer for E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, has nearly 20 years of nonprofit and leadership experience, encompassing a variety of work including development, marketing, public relations, board management, and community engagement.  Since beginning her tenure with E.L. Haynes in 2005, annual fund revenues have grown by more than 3,000% and Julie successfully led the school's first-ever comprehensive campaign, raising more than $11 million for annual, capital, and special projects between 2009 and 2012.  Prior to joining the E.L. Haynes team, Green was Director of Development for George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.  In that capacity, she raised private funds and built community fundraising organizations for the College’s many entities, including the Center for the Arts, Theater of the First Amendment, and four academic arts departments.  She has also worked with Virginia Opera, The Washington Opera, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  She serves on the boards of the Mount Holyoke Club of Greater Washington, DC and Jubilee JumpStart, a non-profit early childhood center serving DC families. Green holds a B.A. in Music from Mount Holyoke College.

Kristoffer Haines

Managing Partner, Ampersand Education

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Development, Policy & Advocacy

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.

Christina Legg Greenberg

Founder and Principal, Redwood Circle Consulting

Expertise: Leadership & Management, HR/Talent

Christina Legg Greenberg is the Founder and Principal of Redwood Circle Consulting. She has spent almost two decades in the public sphere, working in nonprofit management, human capital development, public policy analysis, and electoral politics. Christina is an expert in talent management for the education sector including: creation and implementation of strategies for effective candidate recruitment and selection; executive search for school-based and nonprofit education organizations; and organizational design and change management planning. She has worked with every kind of school organization (traditional district, charter public, and independent private schools) and also has extensive experience working with education nonprofits and social venture companies.Christina spent four years as the Director of Admissions and Strategic Partnerships for New Leaders for New Schools where she was responsible for the recruitment, selection, and placement of Resident Principals, managed efforts to establish and maintain strategic partnerships for Bay Area region, and led the design and implementation of New Leaders’ first teacher leadership development program. Before New Leaders, Christina was the VP, Programs and Development for RISE, which recruited and retained high quality teachers in schools throughout California and in Chicago. She also worked on a 1998 U.S. Senate campaign, served as the Program Officer for the Streisand Foundation, and was a budget policy analyst and researcher for government agencies. Christina received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA and a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Jen Stern

President, Spark Strategic Consulting

Expertise: Leadership & Management, HR/Talent

Jennifer has over twenty years experience leading innovative, transformational strategic initiatives, including ten years as a national education reform leader. She is currently the president of Spark Strategic Consulting (SSC), an organization committed to help impact-based organizations envision and reach their potential. Prior to founding SSC she was the executive director of Talent Management and Strategic Programs for Denver Public Schools (DPS). In this role, she oversaw the district’s human capital strategies for teachers and principals, including strategies for recruitment, development, evaluation, compensation, tenure, and retention of high-performing educators. She also led efforts to successfully secure over $60MM in competitive grant dollars from national and local foundations and from federal grants. Prior to DPS, Jennifer was Vice President at the Broomfield-based Charter School Growth Fund, a national venture philanthropy organization designed to provide financial and strategic resources to replicate high-quality charter schools serving students from low-income households. As a founding member of the leadership team she developed a national application process to identify and select the highest quality charter schools for replication. She was responsible for $23MM in committed capital and supported a portfolio of seven CMOs through the long-term implementation of their growth plans. She guided the leadership teams of charter schools through the strategic development of a business plans and financial models. Jennifer began her career in education reform at the New York City Department of Education, leading work for the CEO of Human Resources on business transformation and the customer experience. Prior to entering the world of education reform, Jennifer spent several years at American Express, where she worked in Strategic Venture Capital before leading marketing teams in loyalty and acquisition marketing. She began her career at Bain & Company, a top strategy consulting firm, where she partnered with corporations to develop and implement both growth and turnaround plans. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Pomona College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.

Andrew Bray

Independent Consultant

Leadership & Management, Development, Policy & Advocacy

Andrew is a consultant to entrepreneurs and mission-driven investors focused on education reform across the United States. He provides support in diverse areas including growth strategy, executive leadership, organizational design, governance, investment strategy, and program-related investments. Much of his recent work relates to charter management organizations and the development of regional ecosystems to support education entrepreneurship. Prior to launching his consulting practice in 2013, Andrew was Partner and Chief Operating Officer at the Charter School Growth Fund, a venture philanthropy firm that has invested over $300 million in high-performing charter management organizations seeking to scale in underserved communities. While at CSGF, Andrew led dozens of engagements across the country, helping both early stage and more established CMOs to develop organizational capacity and implement ambitious growth strategies. Andrew also helped drive CSGF’s overall strategy, growth, culture, and systems and worked closely with CSGF’s board of directors and funders. Before joining CSGF in 2007, Andrew was a Vice President at Teach for America, where he led the New York City Growth Strategy & Development team during a period of rapid expansion. Andrew also has a background advising companies around capital markets and M&A transactions, developed while serving as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell. Andrew holds a J.D. from New York University and a B.A. from Macalester College. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Michael Moore

Independent Leadership Consultant

Expertise: Leadership & Management, HR/Talent, Policy & Advocacy

Michael Moore has 40 years of experience as a K-12 educator, serving as a teacher, high school principal, and Superintendent of Schools. He currently works nationally as a leadership development consultant, executive coach, and organizational development advisor. From 2009-2011, Mr. Moore led the core program at New Leaders, Inc. as Chief Academic Officer. New Leaders is a national non-profit working in 12 urban areas. While serving as the Executive Director of New Leaders’ California program, Michael’s team supported 36 urban principals, 13 of whom saw double digit annual gains in their student achievement results. Michael typically partners with executives and senior leaders on projects to improve leadership capacity, talent development, and human resource functioning. His projects with school districts often include work on governance and policy issues. Michael’s work with charter management organizations and non-profits typically addresses building organizational capacity despite limited resources. In addition to his K-12 experience, Michael has led a public policy research group, worked with school districts to improve their collective bargaining processes, co-created two university-based leadership programs, and built coaching frameworks and processes for several non-profits. Mr. Moore holds degrees from The Boston Conservatory and the University of Southern Maine and an organizational development certificate from the Gestalt International Study Center.

Elfreda W. Massie, Ph.D

Executive Coach and Independent Education Consultant

Expertise: Leadership & Management, HR/Talent, Development

Elfreda has over 40 years of experience driving positive change and initiating reform in high-performing and challenging environments in diverse education communities. She specializes in coaching and empowering leaders to reach their full potential. She has held key leadership positions in public education including Superintendent, Chief of Staff, Deputy Superintendent, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, and Director of Professional Development. She is a facilitator with the National Institute for School Leadership and a coach/facilitator with Performance Fact. She has directed comprehensive human resources and talent development programs and managed complex labor negotiations. She is adept at coaching and counseling those going through life transitions and those entering leadership positions in public education and corporate communities. Elfreda has a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland, and a Master's Degree in Counseling from John Hopkins University. She has held senior leadership positions at Blackboard, Harcourt, Global Partnership Schools, and Knowledge Delivery Systems. Elfreda has served on the boards of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, See Forever Foundation, and Boys Town of Washington, DC. She serves on the Executive Council of New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. Elfreda is committed to improving the education of all children and was appointed to serve on the Education Committee of the African-American Women’s Advisory Council to the President of Liberia. She has launched a successful travel agency, Premier Travel Unlimited, reflecting her pursuit of a well-balanced life and her entrepreneurial spirit.

Rachel Wandell

Director of Advancement, KIPP Chicago Schools

Expertise: Development, Communications

Rachel Wandell has a decade of fund development experience, splitting her career between the KIPP network of public charter schools and CCS, the largest fund raising consulting firm in North America. Currently, she serves as Director of Advancement for KIPP Chicago where she focuses on the intersection of major gift philanthropy, advocacy, and community engagement as it relates to growing the number of KIPP schools in Chicago. Prior to that, she served as the Managing Director of Development for KIPP DC, where she raised more than $34MM to help double the number of schools to 15, and bolster KIPP’s alumni support program. Her success also includes architecting and co-authoring a winning $10MM Race to the Top-District grant to significantly expand KIPP DC’s teacher training program; the application was one of 16 winners out of nearly 400 national submissions. She also managed their $15MM growth/capital campaign and led a four person development team. Prior to her roles at KIPP, Rachel was an executive director for CCS and counseled nine non-profit clients including Beaumont Girls School (Cleveland); the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago; the Capital Area Food Bank (Austin); the Archdiocese of St. Louis; and Lions Clubs International. Her work included projects ranging from feasibility studies, major gift training, and campaign planning/execution. During her tenure, she raised more than $30MM directly, and assisted clients on national and global campaigns that raised more than $264MM worldwide. Rachel has a degree in Communications-Argumentation and Advocacy from Adrian College.

Amy Etten

President and Founder, The Etten Group

Expertise: Development

Amy Etten is the President and Founder of The Etten Group, a fundraising and philanthropy consulting firm. She is an executive-level development professional with two decades of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, and more than 13 years of experience working directly with national foundations and high net worth individuals in support of education reform. Since creating The Etten Group in November 2014, Amy has worked with the Center for Reinventing Public Education, EdFuel, Stand for Children, Student Achievement Partners and Relay Graduate School of Education. Prior to founding The Etten Group, Amy spent seven years at TNTP, a national nonprofit organization committed to ensuring effective teaching in every classroom. As Director of Development, she was charged with building a development department and ultimately raised more than $100 million and $20 million in grants from national foundations and the federal government, respectively. Amy began her development career at The Chicago Public Education Fund, a venture philanthropy fund created to engage the private sector in ensuring a world-class public education for all children in Chicago. There, she supported the design and implementation of a comprehensive development strategy to raise $30 million from high net worth individuals and corporations. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration from New York University. She is recognized for having strong interpersonal skills and establishing meaningful, long-lasting donor relationships. Amy currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband, Nick and her sons, Henry and Ryan.

Candice Santomauro

Independent Fundraising and Operations Consultant

Expertise: Development, Leadership & Management, Operations

Candice Santomauro is an independent consultant, providing operational and fundraising expertise to clients in the education sector. After serving in the Air Force and earning a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University, Candice had a successful career building and overseeing a 500+ member sales force. Candice eventually transitioned to the education sector to apply her talents to support worthy organizations. Most recently, Candice was Vice President of Local Engagement for GreatSchools, the nation's leading online K-12 school guide, where she established localized partnerships with school officials, districts, state departments of education, educational organizations, funders, and corporations, with 6 and 7 figure funding streams in each locale. Prior to this Candice was the Director of Operations and Outreach at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, overseeing their information technology, fundraising and human capitol efforts. Candice also served as Director of Development for Cornerstone Schools of Washington, D.C., Inc., a private school that provides an academically rigorous education to 200 low-income, at-risk students. A Florida native, she now resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Rodd, and her two children, both public school students, and actively participates in local education-related initiatives, including serving as a Trustee for BASIS DC.

Alex Terman

Independent Consultant

Expertise: Finance & Facilities, Operations, Leadership & Management

Alex Terman has more than 15 years of management and leadership experience in the non-profit, education, and technology sectors. Alex currently works as an independent consultant assisting organizations in the education sector in the areas of strategy, finance and operations. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Alex served as a Partner at The Learning Accelerator, a non-profit organization that supports the implementation of high-quality blended learning in school districts across America. Alex co-founded Digital Parent, an online service providing expert advice and e-learning resources for parents of young children. He also served as the Chief Business Officer for the Stupski Foundation, an operating foundation focused on transforming urban school districts. In addition to his involvement in education, Alex has experience working in business and corporate development roles at America Online and in management consulting at Bain & Company. He has an MBA from Stanford, an undergraduate degree in history from UC Berkeley and completed the Broad Residency, a two-year program that prepares leaders for senior management roles within public education. Alex serves on the boards of CollegeSpring and Rocketship Education, and as a mentor for GSVlabs, an education technology incubator.

Natalie Wiltshire

Chief Operating Officer, KIPP Philadelphia

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Finance & Facilities, Operations

As Chief Operating Officer, Natalie Wiltshire is responsible for design, implementation and efficiency improvements for all areas of operations for KIPP Philadelphia Schools. Prior to joining KPS, Natalie was the Director of New York Operations for Achievement First, overseeing school operations for seven academies in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to joining Achievement First’s central management team, she served as the founding Director of School Operations for Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School. Natalie earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Natalie and her husband, Larry, have two sons—Hayden and Mason.

Dr. Jean Snell

Independent Consultant and Coach

Expertise: Leadership & Management; Human Resources; Development

Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Jean Snell has engaged with educators to help develop their capacity to close the achievement gap and to foster high quality teaching and learning conditions for all students. As an independent educational consultant, Jean provides leadership coaching to school and teacher leaders and qualitative data evaluation services to school and program administrators. Dr. Snell is a certified inspector with Teacher Prep Inspection (TPI-US). Previously, she launched the Leading Educators teacher leadership Fellowship program in Washington, DC as the Regional Executive Director, directed the Maryland Master’s Certification program at University of Maryland, and served as one of the founding Program Directors for the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington. Jean earned her Doctorate in Education Policy at the University of Washington, as well as the Danforth Leadership school administrator credential. She began her career in education as a secondary English teacher.

Suzanne Lynn

Management Consultant and Coach

Expertise: Leadership & Management; Human Resources

For more than 20 years, Suzanne has dedicated her career to working on behalf of children and families in low-income communities. During this time, she served as an executive director of two different non-profit organizations, managed a cohort of executive directors at a large national education non-profit organization, and led a team of senior level consultants who advised executive directors on overall human capital strategy, management and leadership, staff culture and performance, diversity, change management, and employee engagement. Suzanne leads with both heart and a focus on results. She managed a dozen different executive directors at Teach For America during the largest growth period in the organization’s history, during which time the organization grew the number of regions from 23 to 42, increased regional fundraising by more than 30% each year, increased the number of Teach For America teachers by 142%, and grew the overall staff by almost 400%. In addition to bottom line results, Suzanne has a proven track record for developing new and emerging managers into great leaders and managers at the executive level. In addition to her hands-on experience, Suzanne also has a Master’s degree in organizational leadership and ethics. Suzanne brings her love of people and focus on results to her coaching and consulting practice. She specializes in management coaching and training, change management, building strong effective teams, and human capital work. Suzanne is based in the Detroit Metro Area.