Movers & Shakers Across the Network
August 23, 2019

As leadership across the Network evolves, we’re excited to welcome new talent and expertise while also celebrating the contributions of long-time advocates. Read on for recent updates around organizational structures and staffing at member and partner organizations.

The PIE Network team welcomes Hannah Oakley, serving as policy fellow. Hannah previously served in the Illinois Governor’s Office as a policy analyst for the Secretary of Education. Learn more about Hannah here

Network member Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) recently relaunched as ReadyCT. As ReadyCT, the organization is making a bold commitment to lift up the entire state through education—the engine of opportunity. Learn more here

After 16 years of partnership with thousands of committed parents and community members across the Commonwealth, Stand for Children Massachusetts plans to cease operations on August 30, 2019. Read Stand Massachusetts’ full announcement here

Simone Hall has joined the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools team as policy specialist. Simone previously worked in the policy shop of a small business advocacy organization.

Elizabeth Ross will join the Edunomics Lab team in September. Elizabeth previously served as director of K-12 state policy for HCM Strategists.

Tennessee SCORE is celebrating a milestone of 10 years in education advocacy. Watch here to learn more about the last decade of progress for Tennessee students. SCORE also recently welcomed Diane Hughes as communications manager. 

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga, executive director of The Education Trust–West, has been appointed as co-chair of the statewide Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative.

The Colorado League of Charter Schools recently welcomed two new team members: Mark Heffner, chief operations director; and Jessica Jone, executive assistant.

Tony Donaldson, Jr. has joined the PAVE team as birth-to-three community organizer. Tony previously served in the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, and as a fellow with Mayor Bowser’s My Brother’s Keeper DC program. 

Former Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has accepted an “of counsel” role with Idaho Business for Education. Otter will serve as an honorary member of the organization’s board and advise its leaders.

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    Christina Dobratz

    Christina is PIE Network's Manager, Communications & Policy  


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