Movers & Shakers Across the Network
November 30, 2018

As leadership across the Network evolves, you can stay up-to-date through new editions of Movers & Shakers. Read on for recent news around organizational structures and staffing at member organizations.

After nearly twelve years with the League of Education Voters, CEO Chris Korsmo transitioned out her role in early November. During Chris’ tenure, she and the LEV team “drove critical changes to and billions of dollars in funding for Basic Education and played a leading role in two statewide campaigns—one to make levies a simple majority vote, and the other to bring public charter schools to Washington,” said LEV communications director Arik Korman.

Patrick A. Corvington has joined DCSRN as interim executive director and will lead the organization through the 2018-19 High Quality Schools Campaign. Patrick was most recently a senior fellow for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

Advance Illinois is celebrating their 10th anniversary during an upcoming luncheon. The event will honor the contributions of founding executive director Robin Steans and provide an opportunity to unveil plans for the next 10 years of work.

Caroline Novak, co-founder and president of long-time Network member A+ Education Partnership, recently announced plans to retire from her position at the end of 2018. “Under Caroline’s leadership, A+ has developed an enviable reputation as a trusted non-partisan advocate for advancements in public education statewide, sometimes as partner, sometimes as critical friend, but always as an advocate for better outcomes,” said A+ Education Partnership board chair Gordon Martin.

The fall 2018 cohort of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship includes two Network leaders: David Mansouri, president of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), and Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, vice president of policy for the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Eileen Sigmund is transitioning out of her role as Arizona Charter Schools Association president & CEO. “Eileen has made a lasting impact on the quality of education in Arizona. She has led the advance of an Association which now represents some of the best schools in Arizona and indeed the best in America,” said Jay Heiler, chairman of the board of the Arizona Charter Schools Association.

Educators for Excellence-New York has announced that Paula White will serve as the organization’s new executive director. Paula brings 20 years of education leadership experience to the role, including teaching fifth grade in Atlanta and leading school turnaround work for the New Jersey Department of Education.

Luis Acosta has joined the A for Arizona team as director of external affairs. Luis most recently served as statewide organizing director at Stand for Children Arizona.

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    Christina Dobratz

    Christina is PIE Network's Manager, Communications & Policy  

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