Movers & Shakers Across the Network
April 6, 2018

The latest Movers & Shakers update provides an opportunity to both welcome new expertise to the Network and celebrate the accomplishments of dedicated advocates.

Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger is the new president & CEO of the Data Quality Campaign. Bell-Ellwanger previously served at the U.S. Department of Education as Director of the Policy and Program Studies Service and Acting Assistant Secretary of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development. Bell-Ellwanger’s selection follows founding President and CEO Aimee Rogstad Guidera’s decision to step down after 13 successful years at DQC’s helm.

After five years at the Data Quality Campaign, Dakarai Aarons is joining the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to work on communications efforts across their education portfolio.

Will Fullerton is joining Texas Aspires as their new executive director. Fullerton most recently served as a political, public affairs, and business consultant with Texas Star Alliance.

Jen Alexander recently transitioned out of her role as executive director of ConnCAN after eight years with the organization. ConnCAN joined the 50CAN network, and will be led by interim executive director Marc Porter Magee. More details about the history of ConnCAN are available online.

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has named Carissa Moffat Miller as its next executive director. Before serving as CCSSO’s interim executive director, Miller was the organization’s deputy executive director of membership and outreach.

Mary Cypress Metz is the new vice president of programs at Tennessee SCORE. Metz previously served as SCORE’s chief of staff.

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education has welcomed Dr. Robert Gaines as its newest communications director.

Jamie Davies O’Leary transitioned out of her role at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio to join the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy at The Ohio State University. O’Leary reflected on her experiences working in K-12 education policy here.

Mario Parker-Milligan has joined Stand for Children Oregon as state organizing director.

Anthony Holter joins the Empower Illinois team as managing partner.

Educators for Excellence has welcomed Simone L. Hardeman-Jones as director of policy and partnerships.

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Christina Dobratz

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


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