EHCLI Emerging Leaders

Director of Special Projects
— Talent Division
Oakland Unified School District

Director of Talent
KIPP New Orleans Schools

Director, Office of Talent Strategy and Management
Saint Louis Public School District

Michael_Fletcher90MICHAEL FLETCHER
Special Education Recruiter 
Seattle Public Schools

Sylvia_Flowers90SYLVIA FLOWERS
Executive Director, Educator Talent
Tennessee Department of Education

Project Director

Director of Recruitment and Human Capital Support
San Francisco Unified School District

Executive Director
Teach for America, Rio Grande Valley

Executive Director
Urban Teacher Center, Washington D.C.

Director of Human Assets
Education Pioneers

Chief Operating Officer
DC Public Charter School Board


Jill_Regen_Hulnick90JILL HULNICK
Deputy Chief Talent Officer
New Jersey Department of Education

Christina_Jordan90CHRISTINA JORDAN
Chief Talent Officer
LEARN Charter School Network

Chief Operating Officer
The Chicago Public Education Fund

KaraMaguire_bw90KARA MAGUIRE
Senior Director of Talent
Uncommon Schools

Executive Director of Talent Management and Organizational Strategy  Fulton County Schools

Dominique_Morris90DOMINIQUE MORRIS
Director of Human Resources
San Jose Unified School District

Director of Talent 
ROADS Charter High Schools

Lauren+O'Mara90LAUREN O’MARA
Executive Director of Human Capital Management
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Senior Director, Recruitment and Retention
Wake County Public School System

Kendra-Lee+Rosati90KENDRA-LEE ROSATI
Chief of Human Resources
The School District of Philadelphia


Zack_Scott90ZACK SCOTT
Executive Director of the Office of Human Capital
Boston Public Schools

Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives
Newark Public Schools

Elizabeth_Stamberger90ELIZABETH STAMBERGER
Director of Learning and Development


Cordelia_Tullous90CORDELIA TULLOUS
Executive Director – Southeast Region 
Leading Educators


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JeffKarolyn Belcher is Executive Vice President for New Teacher Effectiveness at The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most. Belcher leads TNTP’s largest group, which recruits more than 1,600 teachers each year for high-need schools and subjects, and pioneers new ways of preparing those teachers to be effective in the classroom.

Previously, as Vice President of Human Capital, Belcher led TNTP’s efforts to recruit and develop an exceptional staff of educational leaders. Belcher began her career as a charter corps member of Teach For America, teaching science in New Orleans. She later joined the national staff of Teach For America, leading its pre-service training institute in Houston.

Belcher was one of TNTP’s first employees, leaving for several years to serve as the founding school director of the John A. Reisenbach Charter School, one of the first three charter schools in New York State. While in graduate school, Belcher served as an Instructor in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Belcher has a degree in Biological Science from Mount Holyoke College, and a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently is the Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Prospect Hill Charter School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Karolyn Belcher is Executive Vice President for New Teacher Effectiveness at The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most. Belcher leads TNTP’s largest group, which recruits more than 1,600 teachers each year for high-need schools and subjects, and pioneers new ways of preparing those teachers to be effective in the classroom.

Previously, as Vice President of Human Capital, Belcher led TNTP’s efforts to recruit and develop an exceptional staff of educational leaders. Belcher began her career as a charter corps member of Teach For America, teaching science in New Orleans. She later joined the national staff of Teach For America, leading its pre-service training institute in Houston.

Belcher was one of TNTP’s first employees, leaving for several years to serve as the founding school director of the John A. Reisenbach Charter School, one of the first three charter schools in New York State. While in graduate school, Belcher served as an Instructor in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Belcher has a degree in Biological Science from Mount Holyoke College, and a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently is the Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Prospect Hill Charter School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Lisa_Ahn90Lisa Ahn is currently starting her third year at Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) focused on talent management and leadership development for central office and school-site leaders. In her previous role in OUSD, Lisa focused on building a culture of employee engagement and well-being for staff. Prior to OUSD, Lisa developed over 8 years of program management and counseling experience in education, with a focus on access to higher education and college completion for students of color.Lisa is also the co-founder of Authentic Interactions, an organization that provides organizational development consulting services to non-profits and education organizations, particularly around leadership & team development and interpersonal skills. Additionally, she is entering her third year as an interpersonal dynamics facilitator at Stanford Graduate School of Business, supporting students develop their emotional intelligence and effective communication skills. Lisa has a B.A. in History from Williams College and a M.S. in Organizational Change Management from The New School.


LibbyBain2Libby Bain is in her fifth year as the Director of the KIPP New Orleans Talent Team. During her tenure with KIPP, the Talent Team has tripled in size and seen its yearly hiring goals increase by nearly 200% as the region has grown. Before becoming a part of the KIPP Team and Family, Libby spent four years on staff with Teach For America, doing work with their national corps member recruitment team and managing staffing for the Phoenix Institute. She is a 2004 Teach for America alumnus and taught high school special education in St. Louis. She is currently working on juggling all of the fun that comes with her job, being a mom, wife, and human being outside of work hours.


Headshot_Haliday_DouglasHaliday Douglas is the Director, Office of Talent Strategy and Management for the Saint Louis Public School District. In this capacity Haliday partners with peers on the Superintendent’s Cabinet and on the district’s Executive Leadership Team to develop and mobilize a vision and strategy for school leadership work. This work includes school and district leader recruitment, professional development, evaluation programming and processes, strategic school design, and recognition efforts.

 Prior to arriving in St. Louis, Missouri, Haliday lived and worked in Tennessee at the state department of education. There, in his role of Chief of Staff, Haliday supported strategy development, implementation and performance management related to educator preparation programs, leader development, teacher and leader effectiveness, and differentiated pay. Before migrating to Tennessee, Haliday served as an elementary school teacher and leader for three years at City Academy in St. Louis, MO., where he successfully stewarded an overhaul of the humanities curriculum, leading to unprecedented increases in student achievement. Haliday first became acquainted with City Academy as an after school program volunteer, a role he took-on during his years successfully managing a turnaround for a mid-size education non-profit in the area called Aim High St. Louis.

Haliday graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine where he majored in English, and was the recipient of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Prize, and the De Alva Stanwood Alexander Award. Additionally, Haliday holds a master’s degree from Harvard University where he concentrated on education policy and performance management.



Michael Fletcher’s commitment to providing access and equity in education for students and staff in primarily underserved communities continues with this opportunity to be a part of the inaugural class of the Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative. He is completing his second year as an Education Pioneer Graduate Fellow with the Connecticut Department of Education as a Talent Recruitment Specialist for New London Public Schools. By developing and implementing talent management strategies to support the recruitment, retention, and development of high quality teachers and administrators, Michael has increased teacher and leader quality, diversity, and retention within the New London Public Schools. Previously, he served as the Community Relations and Alumni Affairs Manager for Marion P. Thomas Charter School, and as a High School Placement Coordinator for TEAM Charter Schools: A KIPP Region, both in Newark, NJ. Michael has also worked as the Director of the Thomas J. Griffin Bridges Program at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, NJ; and as a program officer for both the Clinton Hill Anti-Drug Coalition and New Jersey SEEDS, both in Newark, NJ. The roles he has held in these organizations have prepared him for the work that he is doing, and he looks forward to the knowledge and insight he will gain as a part of this program. 



Sylvia_Flowers90Sylvia Flowers currently serves as Executive Director of Educator Talent at the Tennessee Department of Education.  In this role, she focuses on executing the state’s strategy to improve recruitment, retention, and recognition of effective teachers and manages a portfolio of strategic compensation pilot projects in approximately 16 districts in Tennessee. Previously, she served as Director of Technical Assistance at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a nonprofit and non-partisan advocacy and research institution, founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Motivated to connect her personal passion with her leadership and management expertise, Sylvia joined the Broad Residency in Urban Education in 2004, a leadership development program that places qualified participants into high-level managerial positions in urban school districts and CMOs to help strengthen and transform public schools. Before joining the movement to improve public education, Sylvia spent approximately eight years in the private sector, working as a chemical engineer at Monsanto and as a finance professional at Duke Energy. A native of St. Louis, Sylvia holds a B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.


LeslieGabbianelli90Leslie Gabbianelli is a Project Director in TNTP’s Performance Management Group. Since 2011, Leslie has been an integral part of developing TNTP’s work on Instructional Culture Insight, a tool that gathers data based on teacher perspectives, seeks to understand the leadership practices that contribute to strong instructional cultures, and helps leaders to better support and retain their teachers. Leslie led the analysis of Insight survey data, which formed the basis of TNTP’s 2012 publication Greenhouse Schools: How Schools Can Build Cultures Where Teachers and Students Thrive. Currently, Leslie leads multiple strands of the Instructional Culture Insight work, including collecting and analyzing data and building client relationships in hundreds of schools nationwide that utilize Insight. Prior to joining TNTP Leslie was an Education Pioneers fellow in the inaugural Houston cohort. During her fellowship, she worked as part of Teach For America’s development group to develop an individual donor strategy to engage the broader Houston community with the mission of ensuring all students receive an excellent education. Leslie has also led student recruitment efforts for summer programming at Pittsburgh Public Schools. Prior to entering the education sector, Leslie was part of a leadership development program in procurement at a global pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. Leslie holds dual bachelor’s degrees in business and political science from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in public policy & management from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon University.



ScottGaiber90Scott Gaiber is the Director of Recruitment and Human Capital Support for the San Francisco Unified School District. He leads the team that provides district-wide recruitment and staffing support, serves as a single-point-of-contact for all district administrators, provides professional development to administrators on staffing, and visits district schools to support talent management. Scott has been working in education in the Bay Area for over 12 years as a teacher, school co-founder, professional developer, education consultant, and nonprofit and district administrator. An alumnus of Teach For America (2002) and the Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship (2008), he possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Business, Economics, and Sociology) and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley. Scott lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters (1 and 4-years-old).


PaulaGamaGarciaSantaPaula (Paula) Garcia serves as the Executive Director of Teach For America – Rio Grande Valley in McAllen, Texas. As Executive Director she leads the region to ensure that all students have access to attain an excellent education by ensuring teachers, with the passion and drive for transformative change, are placed in classrooms where they are most needed. Dr. Garcia, a 1998 alumna of TFA – RGV, most recently served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Raymondville ISD. Prior to her district leadership role, Dr. Garcia worked in and supporting schools all across the Rio Grande Valley, including as a project manager for Educate Texas, focusing on early college high school expansion in are schools. Dr. Garcia is also the founding school principal of I.D.E.A. Donna, the flagship campus, served as education specialist for RGV Lead, the regional P-16 council, was a school director at three Teach For America summer institutes, and a 4th and 5th grade bilingual teacher in Mercedes ISD. Dr. Garcia earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Texas A & M Kingsville, and her dissertation evaluated instructional coaching models and their effect on student achievement. She currently lives in the city of Weslaco, Texas, with her husband, Jose Luis and their two boys, Lucas and Josiah.


JacquelineGreer90Jacqueline Greer is currently the Executive Director of Urban Teacher Center’s DC program. In this role, she has grown the cohort and partnerships of UTC-DC by approximately 30% each year. She began this role after nearly a decade in education reform, specifically in human capital transformation.

Prior to joining UTC, Jacqueline worked as Director of Talent and Strategic Partnerships at Center City PCS, recruiting talent and building pipelines for six charter schools. She has also worked in professional staffing and educational consulting. Jacqueline served on the DC Public Schools Transition Team, and also in the DC Teaching Fellows office, recruiting and training teachers through The New Teacher Project. While in graduate school, she was an Education Pioneers Fellow in the Boston Public Schools. 

Jacqueline earned her B.A from the University of Chicago and her M.P.P. from Harvard University.


SydneyHenriquesPayne90Sydney is currently the Assistant Director of Recruitment in the Office of Recruitment, Preparation and Recognition at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). A part of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Division, Sydney assists in human capital initiatives across the state. This inlcudes providing direct district support in recruitment, selection and staffing for NJ’s highest need districts. Sydney leads the state’s educator equity initiative. She is also involved in supporting the roll-out of prepration regulatory reforms at the district-level to enhance teacher pipelines. Prior to joining NJDOE, Sydney supported the Recruitment and Selection Team at DC Public Schools in the Office of Human Capital. She also managed recruitment and partnership development at The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) and project managed communications and student recruitment initiatives at a bilingual Charter Management Organization, CentroNia. She is a 2013 alumna of the Education Pioneers’ Year-Long Graduate School Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing and Communications-Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters of Science in Education from The Johns Hopkins University.


Jill_Regen_Hulnick90Jill Hulnick is the Deputy Chief Talent Officer for the New Jersey Department of Education. In this role she manages all operational, fiscal, and human capital aspects of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Division (TLE). TLE’s work centers on strengthening policy and practice around the preparation, recruitment, evaluation, and development of effective teachers and school leaders. 

Prior to working at the New Jersey Department of Education, Jill served in a variety of leadership roles at the Chicago Public Schools. She oversaw operations for a network of 20 schools, restructured and ran a magnet arts school, and managed a team responsible for providing turnaround support to 17 of the lowest performing high schools in the district. Most notably, Jill designed and implemented the Early College Strategy for the district, enabling nearly 1,000 high school students to concurrently enroll in college and high school coursework at no cost.

In addition to her work in education, Jill has more than 7 years of experience in human capital management and operational leadership, working both for Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Starbucks Coffee Company. Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. 


Christina_Jordan90As the Chief Talent Officer for the LEARN Charter School Network, Christina Jordan is responsible for overall talent recruitment and human resources (HR) strategy and operations. Prior to LEARN, she oversaw the HR function as the People Team Director for the Noble Network of Charter Schools.

Christina is an alum of The Broad Residency program having completed her placement at Success Academy Charter Schools where she scaled HR operations through a rapid network expansion from 9 to 32 schools. In her role as Director of Human Resources, she managed onboarding, employee relations, performance management, HRIS, benefits, compensation, and payroll.

Before Success, Christina completed an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship in the Office of Talent at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) where she worked to craft a new performance evaluation framework for 1500+ non-union Central Office staff members. Prior to CPS, she served as a Human Resources Manager for Target Corporation where her responsibilities included a wide range of generalist functions including recruiting, training and development, succession planning, and employee engagement and retention. Christina couples her HR expertise with extensive operations management experience from overseeing all freight shipping operations for the Northeast region for McMaster-Carr Supply Company to completing store remodels and managing a $20M grocery retail sales district as a District Manager for Aldi Incorporated. 

Christina earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development from New York University, and obtained her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the HR Certification Institute in 2010.


MLyons90Matt currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of The Chicago Public Education Fund, an education philanthropy focused on rapidly increasing the number of highly effective principals in Chicago’s public schools.  As COO, Matt oversees The Fund’s financial, communications, operations, and development activities.

Prior to joining The Fund, Matt spent five years at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), most recently as Deputy Chief in the Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4).  In this role, he was responsible for the management of approximately $20M in School Improvement Grants (SIG) across 15 priority high schools, as well as the department’s budget and operations. Previously, Matt also served as the Chief of Staff of the Talent Office at CPS, where he led a number of teacher and principal quality initiatives including the implementation of CPS’ new teacher evaluation system and the rollout of the district’s first enterprise performance management system.

Matt began his career in the Human Capital Strategies practice of ICF International, a management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Fairfax, Virginia. In this role, he assisted state and federal agencies in the development of multi-year strategic plans and directed the development of disaster preparedness training for public health and hospital officials.

Matt is an alumnus of The Broad Residency for educational leadership. He earned a master’s degree in urban education policy from Brown University and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester.



KaraMaguire_bw90Kara Maguire is the Senior Director of Recruitment at Uncommon Schools, where she manages a team of 14 to support hiring for Uncommon’s six Northeast regions. Kara has worked in recruitment at Uncommon for 6 years, and is proud to have seen the network grow from 12 to 42 schools. During her work at Uncommon, she has also supported the growth of Summer Teaching Fellows, Leadership Fellowships, and has helped increase teacher diversity by 10%. Previous to her work at Uncommon, Kara was a founding team member at Iridescent, a science education non-profit in Los Angeles, as well as a 6th grade math and science Teach for America teacher. She has also served at Teach For America as a Curriculum Specialist, Professional Learning Community Facilitator, and assessment writer. Kara is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound’s Business Leadership and Theatre Arts departments, as well as Loyola Marymount University’s Master of Arts in Teaching. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Dan, who is a 7th grade reading teacher at Uncommon.


ArthurMillsIV90Arthur Mills IV serves as Executive Director, Talent Management and Organizational Strategy for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, GA, responsible for developing and implementing the district’s people initiatives to build a more accountable organizational culture, increase staff capacity, and dramatically improve people management capability.

Previously, as Director of Project Management, he launched Fulton’s new Project Management Office, oversaw the initial implementation of the district’s strategic plan initiatives and strengthened its Department of Continuous Improvement to provide more effective change management counsel through an internal consultancy model.  As a Broad Resident, Mills led the district’s 20-month “Exploring Fulton as a Charter System” community engagement process to become Georgia’s largest charter system, and later developed the district’s Building Our Future: Strategic Plan 2017 vision to transform student outcomes in five years.

Prior to joining Fulton County Schools, Mills spent over fifteen years in challenging strategy and financial management roles with General Mills, Dell, BNSF Railway, and GE Capital, to build a diverse set of international and domestic experiences.  

Mills holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in Corporate Finance, Strategy, and Community Development from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.  Mills earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems upon completion of his two-year residency with Fulton County Schools.

Mills and his wife Carla, a native of Memphis, TN, happily reside in the city of Atlanta.   



Dominique_Morris90Dominique 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.


NarteyChauncey90Chauncey Nartey is the Director of Talent at ROADS Charter High School, a network of high schools on a mission to prove what’s possible for the young people most consistently failed by our educational institutions.

Immediately prior to his work at ROADS, Chauncey served as a Program Manager at the NYC Department of Education, where he led the district-wide initiative to create a pipeline of teachers uniquely prepared to thrive in middle school settings.

Chauncey began his career as a Teach for America corps member in Philadelphia, teaching US and global history at the middle and high school levels.  He subsequently served as a Campus Director for Citizen Schools, an innovative extended learning program for low-income middle school students throughout the country.  At Citizen Schools, Chauncey led a team of 9 educators to improve the academic outcomes of 122 6th and 7th graders while working with engineers from Google, architects from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and executives from AllianceBernstein to bring science, technology, engineering and math concepts to life through real-world, hands-on apprenticeships.  Under his leadership, Global Tech Prep was named a College for Every Student “School of Distinction” in 2011.  

Chauncey currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and enjoys reading, soccer, playing jazz and eating foods with dangerous amounts of spice.  Despite being a native of Ghana, Chauncey is still struggling to perfect his azonto dance.

Chauncey holds a BA in Political Science and Public Policy from Duke University, and a MA in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania.



Lauren+O'Mara90Lauren O’Mara serves as Executive Director, Human Capital Management for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In this role, Lauren focuses on teacher quality and strategic talent management initiatives to ensure that all students in Miami-Dade County have access to an excellent education. Lauren discovered her passion for education in 2009 when she entered the classroom as a Teach For America Corps Member. As a fourth grade reading and writing teacher at Dr. Henry W. Mack/West Little River K-8 Center, Lauren raised student achievement on the state writing test from 17% to 98%. In 2011, Lauren’s success in the classroom earned her the honor of being named Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Rookie Teacher of the Year.Prior to entering the classroom, Lauren worked as creative director and producer for EventStreams, a digital media production company in Atlanta, Georgia. At EventStreams, Lauren wrote, produced, and edited numerous national and international video productions for various clients including The Coca-Cola Company and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lauren recently completed the Broad Residency, a two-year management development program that trains emerging leaders for executive positions in school systems nationwide. In addition, Lauren holds graduate degrees in Educational Leadership (The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems) and Education and Social Change (University of Miami). She also holds undergraduate degrees in Broadcast News and French from The University of Georgia.


RaushawnaPrice90Raushawna Price the Director of Initiatives and Development for the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), the largest school system in North Carolina. In this role, she leads of the district’s Teacher Leader Corps (TLC), one of the district’s largest initiatives, which supports, nearly 700, teachers across 171 schools. Ms. Price focuses on operationalizing the vision of TLC, which centers on building teacher capabilities to leverage digital resources and effectively facilitate student learning. Additionally, Ms. Price leads a cross-functional team that is working to develop a district-wide long-range plan to create a baseline of technology resources in all classrooms. She has developed standards and competency-based interview and development protocols, utilized by multiple departments, to ensure that hiring and development practices are streamlined and effective. During Ms. Price’s 2-year Broad Residency program, she completed her Master’s in Educational Leadership while serving WCPSS as the Director of Human Capital for Teacher Leadership. Prior to joining WCPSS, Ms. Price worked for General Mills, Inc. as a Packaging Engineer, Project Manager and in various other roles across four manufacturing sites. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Purdue University, respectively. She lives in Knightdale, North Carolina with her husband and two children, and enjoys fitness activities and competing in triathlons!


Kendra-Lee+Rosati90Kendra-Lee Rosati oversees recruitment and staffing for The School District of Philadelphia, the eighth largest district in the country with more than 16,000 employees. Her team is responsible for finding and hiring exceptional talent for all positions in the District’s Central Office and 200+ schools. Prior to joining the District, Kendra served as the Managing Director of Strategy, Talent & Operations (MDSTO) for Teach For America’s Oklahoma region with a focus on human capital and operations. She has worked for KIPP Philadelphia Schools, managing external affairs, as well as for Teach For America’s Greater Philadelphia region as MDSTO where she increased staff diversity to 50 percent. Kendra also spent three years on TFA’s national Recruitment Team, helping to bring in more than 300 corps members. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member with The School District of Philadelphia where she taught 7th grade English language arts and, in her second year, oversaw the literacy department. During her time with Teach For America, she earned her Master’s of Science in urban education at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Kendra graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s of Science in public relations.


Zack_Scott90Zack Scott is a Consultant with The Parthenon Group, a strategic advisory firm located in Boston. Zack works in the firm’s education practice, where he advises clients in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Prior to joining Parthenon, Zack served as the Director of Staffing for the District of Columbia Public Schools, where he supported the district’s human capital improvement efforts. Zack has also held positions at NewSchools Venture Fund and Match Education, and is an alumnus of the Education Pioneers Graduate Fellowship program. Zack holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard College and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.


LarisaPro90Larisa Shambaugh currently serves as the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Talent Office of Newark Public Schools (NPS). In this role, Larisa’s role is to retain the district’s most effective employees, including teachers and principals. Specifically, Larisa oversees the implementation of evaluation of all staff in the district, various offices in human resources, and special projects including strategies to exit low-performing educators. Prior to her current role, Larisa was the Director of Special Projects at NPS and a participant in the Broad Residency (2012-14). Previously, Larisa served as a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) where she directed projects and conducted research for various federal, state, district, and foundation-funded projects focused on systems reform strategies and education policy. Shambaugh received her Master’s of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Tufts University.


Elizabeth_Stamberger90Elizabeth Stamberger has focused her career on strategy and human capital and currently consults to state and nonprofit organizations on teacher leadership and strategic planning. For the last couple of years she managed Denver Public Schools’ (DPS’) Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant and led the creation of teacher development programs, including new teacher leadership roles and selection processes, teacher training programs, and principal training on how to distribute leadership. Prior to leading that work, she managed special projects for DPS’s Chief HR Officer, including the transformation of the HR department and the authoring of the district’s successful application for a 5-year, $28M TIF grant. During this time, she was also completing the Broad Residency, which she joined after earning dual masters degrees in public policy and business administration from the University of Michigan. Elizabeth’s background in education and consulting also includes Director of Operations at Experiencia, a start-up experiential learning company in Chicago, consulting to Chicago Public Schools, and strategy consulting with Deloitte. Elizabeth earned her undergraduate degrees at Miami University of Ohio and calls Decatur, Illinois her hometown.


Cordelia_Tullous90Cordelia Tullous currently serves as the Vice President of Human Capital, responsible for the cultivation of human capital and management of human capital related systems, at Leading Educators, an organization that partners with schools and districts to maximize the leadership development of highly effective teachers. Cordelia began her career in education management as a Resident in the Broad Residency in Urban Education, a program that places professionals into management roles in carefully selected education organizations and served her residency as the Director of Human Resources at KIPP New Orleans Schools. Prior to the Residency, Cordelia clerked for an employment law firm in Houston, Texas assisting with Title VII, FLSA and other employment related legal matters. Before returning to law school, Cordelia worked as a Human Performance Manager for a global management consulting firm. In this role, she worked with Fortune 500 as well as federal and state government clients to better understand their organizations, resolve management issues, and develop comprehensive strategies to assist them in successfully managing change. Cordelia holds a B.A. in Political Science and Management from Spelman College as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership.


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Hess_PCSB90.jpgDr. Clara Hess is the Chief Operating Officer of the Washington, DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB).

At PCSB, Dr. Hess leads strategic initiatives and oversees the finance, operations, human resources, and information technology functions.  She has worked on several key initiatives including the Performance Management Framework, PCSB’s tool for assessing charter school performance and the inaugural cross-sector student enrollment common lottery in DC, My School DC.  Dr. Hess currently serves on the DC Board of Overseers of Peer Health Exchange, which trains college students to teach teenagers the skills they need to make healthy decisions.

Previously, as Director of Human Capital at PCSB, Dr. Hess launched a new performance management and compensation system, led recruitment and selection and oversaw an organizational restructuring.  As an Education Pioneer (EP) fellow she worked on Teach For America’s Human Assets Team on staff retention and engagement projects. She also served on the DC Alumni Advisory Board of EP as chair of the Career and Competency Committee.

Dr. Hess has conducted research on teacher and staff retention, technology in the classroom, adult learning, job performance and leadership, and has presented her findings to national audiences.  

She began her career as a social studies high school teacher in rural North Carolina.

Dr. Hess holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies and Psychology from the University of Georgia and earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from North Carolina State University.