Movers & Shakers
June 13, 2018

Just in time for summer, the latest edition of Movers & Shakers includes news from across the Network. Please join us in both welcoming new expertise and celebrating the accomplishments of dedicated advocates.

Whitney Grubbs has been named the new executive director of the Chalkboard Project. Whitney previously served as chief of staff to the Oregon Education Investment Board and senior staff to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.

Jessica Eastman Stewart is stepping into the role of executive director in the Oakland office of GO Public Schools. Previous executive director Ash Solar will remain on the GO team in a different role, due his family’s relocation. Additionally, policy director Marc Tafolla is transitioning out of his role after seven years at GO.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) has welcomed Kelsey Nelson as manager of campaigns and publications. Read more about Kelsey here.

More than 3 years after founding DFER District of Columbia, Catharine Bellinger will be transitioning from her role in July and joining IDEA Public Schools as vice president of public affairs and advocacy.

Alyssa Schwenk is the newest development director for Bellwether Education. Alyssa previously led external relations at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Stand for Children Massachusetts recently welcomed two new organizers to their team: Ángel Ramirez and Ronald (RJ) Cross. Ángel and RJ will be working in Greater Boston communities to empower residents and promote the Every Child Reads campaign.

The newest addition to the A+ Colorado team is policy analyst Laura Valle-Gutierrez. Laura previously worked at the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab.

Ja’Neane Minor has joined the Advance Illinois team as director of government relations. Ja’Neane most recently served as a project manager for a management consulting firm.

The A for Arizona team has recently expanded to include Veronica Aguilar, deputy director of school policy; Mary Curtin, deputy director of school expansion; and Vanessa Ruiz, external affairs associate.

Samantha Gutter has joined SCORE as director of postsecondary and workforce readiness. Samantha previously served as education policy adviser for Governor Bill Haslam.

AlignEd has welcomed Ashley Lunde as engagement manager. Ashley previously served as s director of business retention and research for the Greater Waco Texas Chamber.

Sheryl Means has joined the Prichard Committee team as a policy associate specializing in early learning. Sheryl previously conducted research with the Evaluation Center.

The Edunomics team, led by Dr. Marguerite Roza, is launching a second cohort of the Certificate of Education Finance: Finance Strategy, Policy and Leadership (CEF) program in partnership with the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. The first-of-its-kind program is an interdisciplinary, interactive, hands-on approach to consuming and using financial information as part of a strategic finance strategy, covering everything from resource allocation and productivity to financial tradeoffs and equity. Participants can be anyone from policymakers to district or school-level leaders or analysts and graduate students to grantmakers and nonprofit leaders. Find more information about the program here.


Christina Dobratz

Christina is PIE Network's Project Manager, Communications & Policy  


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