Meet our Tennessee staff

Alexza Barajas Clark, Ph.D.
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Alexza Barajas Clark, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Tennessee

Alexza is the assistant director for Tennessee at The Education Trust. She advises the state director and develops strategic…

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Ruth Boyajian

Ruth Boyajian

LEE Public Policy Fellow

Ruth is a Public Policy Fellow at The Education Trust in Tennessee where she supports the team’s government relationships…

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Jamie Clinton

Jamie Clinton

Tennessee College Access Coordinator

Jamie is the Coordinator for College Access, where she works to advance equitable access for students of color and…

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Vilmaris González, M.Ed.
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Vilmaris González, M.Ed.

Senior Manager of Engagement and Operations for Tennessee

Vilmaris is the senior manager of engagement and operations for The Education Trust in Tennessee, where she manages partnerships…

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Melissa Harkreader

Melissa Harkreader

Tennessee Manager of Operations

Melissa is the manager of operations for The Education Trust in Tennessee, where she manages the day-to-day operations of…

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Sonny Metoki

Sonny Metoki

Higher Education Policy Fellow

Sonny Metoki is the higher education policy fellow for The Education Trust in Tennessee. In this role, Sonny analyzes…

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Reginald Nash
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Reginald Nash

External Relations Manager for Tennessee

Reginald is the External Relations Manager for The Education Trust in Tennessee, where he leads our office’s government relations…

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Britney Plumley

Britney Plumley

TN Communications Associate

As a Communications Associate, Britney supports The Education Trust in Tennessee team’s digital communications strategy and works to amplify…

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Juliana Hoover Potash

Juliana Hoover Potash

P-12 Policy Fellow

Juliana Hoover Potash is the P-12 policy fellow for The Education Trust in Tennessee. In this role, Juliana analyzes…

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Meili Powell

Meili Powell

Advocacy & Partnerships Manager

Meili Powell is the Advocacy and Partnerships Manager for The Education Trust in Tennessee, where she supports partners in…

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Gini Pupo-Walker
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Gini Pupo-Walker

State Director for Tennessee

Gini brings more than 20 years of work in education as a teacher, administrator, and nonprofit leader. She serves…

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Breanna Sommers, MPP
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Breanna Sommers, MPP

Tennessee P-12 Policy Analyst

As the P-12 policy analyst for The Education Trust in Tennessee, Breanna analyzes education data, research, and policy to…

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