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Senior Leadership Team

Amber Arellano, MPP
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Amber Arellano, MPP

Executive Director of The Education Trust-Midwest

Amber Arellano is the founding executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest. Founded in 2010, today Ed Trust-Midwest is widely recognized…

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Dia Bryant, Ed.L.D.
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Dia Bryant, Ed.L.D.

Executive Director at The Education Trust-New York

Dia is the executive director at The Education Trust–New York. In that role, she leads an ambitious policy and…

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Wil Del Pilar, Ph.D.
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Wil Del Pilar, Ph.D.

Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice

Wil Del Pilar, Ph.D., serves as Ed Trust’s vice president of higher education policy and practice. In this role,…

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Denise Forte
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Denise Forte

Interim CEO

Denise Forte is the interim CEO at The Education Trust. With more than two decades of experience in the…

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Robin Harris, Ph.D.

Robin Harris, Ph.D.

Vice President for Strategic Communications

Robin brings more than 15 years of writing, editing, and production experience to The Education Trust. As the leader…

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John B. King Jr., J.D., Ed.D.
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John B. King Jr., J.D., Ed.D.

President - On Leave

John B. King Jr. is currently on leave from The Education Trust.John B. King Jr. is the president of…

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Christopher Nellum, Ph.D
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Christopher Nellum, Ph.D

Executive Director at The Education Trust-West

Dr. Christopher Nellum (he/him/his) is the Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, a nonprofit education equity organization focused on…

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Heather Rieman

Heather Rieman

Interim Vice President for P-12 Policy, Research, & Practice

Heather Rieman has dedicated her career to ensuring that all youth have the supports and services they need to…

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Rachel D. Stalcup

Rachel D. Stalcup

Chief Development Officer

As chief development officer, Rachel is a member of The Education Trust leadership team, working to strengthen the movement…

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Office of the President

Tia Borders

Tia Borders

Senior Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Tia Borders is the senior executive assistant to John B. King Jr., the president and CEO. In this role,…

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Eliza Jarvinen

Eliza Jarvinen

Director of Development

Eliza Jarvinen comes to The Education Trust with a decade of fundraising experience at some of New York City's…

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Emily Herd

Emily Herd

Development Associate

As a development associate, Emily helps to manage grants and individual donor records and documents internal best practices and…

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Communications

Karin Chenoweth
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Karin Chenoweth

Writer-in-Residence

As writer-in-residence at The Education Trust, Karin leads the organization’s efforts to learn from and write about successful and…

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Keith Curry

Keith Curry

Digital Communications Manager

As the digital communications manager, Keith is responsible for maintaining Ed Trust’s social media and overall online presence. From…

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Jack Fleming
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Jack Fleming

Associate Director for Digital Communications

As the associate director for digital communications at Ed Trust, Jack leads the digital advocacy strategy, planning, and execution…

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Mayra González Menjívar

Mayra González Menjívar

Communications Associate

Mayra González Menjívar is a communications associate at The Education Trust. Previously, Mayra worked as an intern for Ed…

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Nicolle Grayson

Nicolle Grayson

Director of Communications

With more than 15 years of experience in issues advocacy, media relations, and strategic planning, Nicolle advances the organization’s…

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Karen Lomax

Karen Lomax

Director, Art

Karen is lead creative of the visual voice for The Education Trust. She develops and designs for all marketing…

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Letisha Marrero

Letisha Marrero

Associate Managing Editor

Letisha Marrero brings more than 15 years of editorial experience across multimedia platforms—digital, mobile, broadcast, and print—to The Education…

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Gabriela Montell

Gabriela Montell

Senior Editor/Writer

In her current role, Gabriela writes and edits a variety of content — including, but not limited to, blogs,…

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Joe Weedon

Joe Weedon

Assistant Director P-12 Communications

As part of the Communications team, Joe Weedon prepares senior leaders for public outreach and engagement opportunities and advises…

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P-12 Policy, Research, and Practice

Wing Yi (Winnie) Chan, Ph.D.

Wing Yi (Winnie) Chan, Ph.D.

Director of P-12 Research

In her role as the director of P-12 research, Winnie helps to develop and execute a research agenda that…

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Jonathan C.W. Davis, Ph.D.

Jonathan C.W. Davis, Ph.D.

Senior P-12 Research Associate

Jonathan is a senior research associate on the P-12 Research team. In this role, he supports, develops, and executes…

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Nancy Duchesneau

Nancy Duchesneau

Senior P-12 Research Associate

Nancy is a Senior P-12 Research Associate and leads the Social, Emotional, and Academic Development work at EdTrust. In…

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Eric Duncan, J.D.
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Eric Duncan, J.D.

Senior P-12 Data and Policy Analyst – Educator Diversity

Eric Duncan is a P-12 data and policy senior analyst, specializing in policies related to educator quality and increasing…

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Carrie Gillispie, Ed.D.
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Carrie Gillispie, Ed.D.

Senior P-12 Research Associate

As a senior associate on the P-12 Research team, Carrie Gillispie conducts quantitative and qualitative analyses and develops Ed…

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Tanji Reed Marshall, Ph.D
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Tanji Reed Marshall, Ph.D

Director of P-12 Practice

Tanji Reed Marshall, Ph.D., is the director of p-12 practice, leading Ed Trust’s Equity in Motion assignment analysis work.Prior…

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Sarah Mehrotra, Ed.M.

Sarah Mehrotra, Ed.M.

P-12 Data and Policy Analyst

As a data and policy analyst on the P-12 policy team, Sarah Mehrotra is focused on school accountability and…

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Ivy Smith Morgan

Ivy Smith Morgan

Associate Director for P-12 Analytics

As the associate director of P-12 analytics, Ivy Morgan designs and conducts data and policy analyses that contribute to…

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Kayla Patrick
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Kayla Patrick

Senior P-12 Policy Analyst

Kayla is a policy analyst on the P-12 Policy team. She conducts data and policy analyses related to trends…

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Reetchel Presume, MPA

Reetchel Presume, MPA

P-12 Data and Policy Analyst

Reetchel is a data and policy analyst on the P-12 team at Ed Trust. She recently graduated with her…

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Allison Rose Socol, Ph.D.

Allison Rose Socol, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of P-12 Policy

As Assistant Director of P-12 Policy, Allison develops and conducts data and policy analyses related to trends in student…

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Zahava Stadler
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Zahava Stadler

Special Assistant for State Funding and Policy

Zahava focuses on state-level school funding policy and supports on other funding issues on the P-12 team. She is…

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Terra Wallin

Terra Wallin

Associate Director, P-12 Federal Policy

Terra Wallin leads Ed Trust’s P-12 federal policy work, supporting a variety of content areas related to improving student…

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Higher Education Policy, Research, and Practice

Jinann Bitar

Jinann Bitar

Director of Higher Education Research and Data Analytics

Jinann leads an ambitious, innovative effort directed at advancing the opportunity and equity agenda at colleges and universities. She…

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Anna Hyunah Byon

Anna Hyunah Byon

Senior Policy Analyst for Higher Education

Anna (they/them) is a senior policy analyst on the higher education policy team. They focus on higher ed accountability…

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Kayla C. Elliott, Ph.D.
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Kayla C. Elliott, Ph.D.

Director for Higher Education Policy

Kayla C. Elliott, Ph.D. is director of higher education policy at The Education Trust, where she leads the team…

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Ivy Ellis

Ivy Ellis

Senior Executive Assistant

Ivy joined The Education Trust in 2000. She previously worked as an executive assistant/proposal coordinator for Facilities Management Company…

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Jessie Hernández-Reyes
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Jessie Hernández-Reyes

Higher Education Policy Analyst

Jessie Hernández-Reyes is a policy analyst on the higher education policy team. She focuses on promoting policies and strategies…

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Victoria Jackson

Victoria Jackson

Assistant Director of Higher Education Policy

Victoria Jackson is the assistant director of higher education policy at Ed Trust, where she leads work on college…

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Phil Martin
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Phil Martin

Director, Higher Education Policy Implementation

As part of the Communications team, Phil Martin prepares senior leaders for public engagement, conducts media relations, and advises…

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Brittani Williams
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Brittani Williams

Senior Policy Analyst in Higher Education

Brittani supports the higher education policy team in researching, analyzing issues like college affordability and student success, and support…

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Operations

Doug Brownlee
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Doug Brownlee

Associate Director for Information Technology

Doug is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization’s Information Technology (IT) department. This work includes hardware…

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Gwendolyn Chappell

Gwendolyn Chappell

Senior Human Resources Generalist

Gwendolyn is the primary benefits coordinator, serving as the point person for all benefits-related concerns to staff and vendors. …

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Maria Darie

Maria Darie

Chief Financial Officer

Maria has over 15 years of professional experience in finance, accounting, process improvement, management of nonprofit organizations and corporate…

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Ivy Ellis

Ivy Ellis

Senior Executive Assistant

Ivy joined The Education Trust in 2000. She previously worked as an executive assistant/proposal coordinator for Facilities Management Company…

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Dailyn Fowler-Holmes

Dailyn Fowler-Holmes

Associate Systems Administrator

Dailyn is responsible for handling the day-to-day tasks for the organization's Information Technology (IT) department. This includes installing, maintaining,…

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Jerald Gaddi

Jerald Gaddi

Staff Accountant

Jerald is responsible for the day-to-day business operations, month-end, and year-end closing phases of the general accounting functions, such…

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Ray Galloway

Ray Galloway

Operations and Events Manager

Ray is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operations of the national office and is the primary contact for all…

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Davon Mason

Davon Mason

Associate IT Analyst

Davon is responsible for handling the day-to-day tasks for the organization's Information Technology (IT) department. This includes installing, maintaining,…

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Chantel McCloud

Chantel McCloud

Associate Director for Grants Management and Finance

As the associate director of grants management and finance at Ed Trust, Chantel leads the grants management, reporting and…

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Loretta Singleton

Loretta Singleton

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Before joining Ed Trust, Loretta was the administrative assistant to Floretta Dukes McKenzie, a former superintendent of schools in…

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Maria Elena Tapia

Maria Elena Tapia

Accounting Associate

Maria Tapia is an accounting associate in the finance department. Previously, she worked for 25 years at a multinational…

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Katherine Wiryaman

Katherine Wiryaman

Grant Specialist

Katherine is the grant specialist at Ed Trust. She helps manage the organization's multitude of grants across all offices…

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Partnerships and Engagement

Marissa Alberty, Ed.L.D.

Marissa Alberty, Ed.L.D.

Senior Associate for National & State Partnerships

Marissa Alberty supports the National and State Partnerships team in building and supporting coalitions in partner communities that advocate…

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Jordyn Bussey

Jordyn Bussey

Assistant Director, National and State Partnership

Jordyn Bussey is the assistant director for national and state partnership at The Education Trust, where she leads the…

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Genesis Carela

Genesis Carela

State Associate for Massachusetts

Genesis Carela is the state policy associate for Massachusetts at The Education Trust. She conducts policy and data analyses…

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Alexza Barajas Clark, Ph.D.

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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Ebony Daughtry

Ebony Daughtry

Senior Executive Assistant, Office of the CEO

Ebony graduated from Strayer University with an associate degree in business administration. Before coming to The Education Trust, she…

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Jonathan Feinstein
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Jonathan Feinstein

State Director for Texas

Jonathan brings more than 15 years of experience in education as a teacher, organizer and nonprofit leader. He serves…

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Vilmaris González, M.Ed.

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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Tramelle Howard, J.D.

Tramelle Howard, J.D.

Louisiana State Director

In his role, Tramelle is responsible for managing coalition work, policy implementation and building relationships with community stakeholders in…

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Lynn Jennings, Ph.D

Lynn Jennings, Ph.D

Senior Director of National and State Partnerships

As Ed Trust’s senior director of national and state partnerships, Lynn leads the organization’s initiatives to engage and mobilize…

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Sergio Lopez
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Sergio Lopez

Senior Associate of National and State Partnerships

As senior associate of state and national partnerships, Sergio leads the development of coalitions and strategic partnerships with state-based…

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Chanthy Lopes Toro

Chanthy Lopes Toro

Assistant Director for Engagement and Communications for Massachusetts

In her role, Chanthy works alongside students, families, and community advocates to build urgency and collective will through meaningful…

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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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Robert L. Ruffins

Robert L. Ruffins

Assistant Director, State Advocacy

As assistant director for state advocacy, Robert advances the mission of The Education Trust by identifying and building strategic…

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Reid Setzer
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Reid Setzer

Director of Government Affairs

Reid serves as the organization's director of government affairs, working to leverage policy analysis as well as legislative tactics…

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Breanna Sommers

Breanna Sommers

Tennessee P-12 Policy Analyst

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

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Keisha Smith

Keisha Smith

State Director for Louisiana

Keisha Smith, Ph.D., brings nearly 15 years of experience in a variety of educational settings to Ed Trust in…

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Gray Sterling

Gray Sterling

Assistant Director for Washington State

Gray is responsible for the design and implementation of The Education Trust’s advocacy strategy in Washington State that positively…

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Natasha Ushomirsky
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Natasha Ushomirsky

State Director for Massachusetts

Natasha currently serves as the State Director for Massachusetts at The Education Trust. In this role, she builds relationships…

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Reginald White

Reginald White

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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Blair Wriston

Blair Wriston

Senior Government Affairs Associate

Blair serves as senior government affairs associate, working alongside the director of government affairs and other members of the…

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