Kristin Ehrgood is President and Founder of Sapientis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of public education in Puerto Rico. Additionally, she is the President of the Flamboyan Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on improving public k-12 in-school time through strategic partnerships in Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. In spring 2005, Kristin's work at Sapientis was recognized by Ernst & Young when she was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in the area of Social Responsibility. Previously, Kristin joined Teach For America and taught for three years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Trenton, New Jersey. Kristin later joined the Teach For America staff as Executive Director of their New Jersey region and then as Director of New Site Development. She is a graduate of Bucknell University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mieka Wick leads CityBridge Foundation's efforts to create a system of high-performing public schools serving all children in Washington, DC. Since joining CityBridge in 2007, Mieka has guided the foundation's investments in key areas in the DC education space, including replication of high-performing schools, turnaround of chronic low-performers and education innovation rooted in principles of personalized learning. Underlying each of these portfolios is a focus on engaging other local philanthropists in DC’s education landscape. By giving philanthropists and business leaders direct interactions with the public school system, charter schools and other local reform efforts, CityBridge aims to build a team of local stewards in support of long-term, sustainable educational excellence in the District. Mieka’s prior experience includes building the investor relations practice at New Profit Inc., a Boston-based venture philanthropy fund, and serving as a consultant to Massachusetts Commissioner of Education David Driscoll, where she co-founded and ran the office of teacher quality for the State of Massachusetts. During this time, she also worked with the New Teacher Project, where she created the inaugural Massachusetts Institute for New Teachers. She began her career in education working with Professor Ted Sizer at The Coalition of Essential Schools and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and Professor Howard Gardner at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She later spent two years at Reebok International working on the merger of the Reebok brand with The Adidas Group. Mieka holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from Babson University. She chairs the board for the DC Scholars Public Charter School and is a founding board member of DC School Reform Now. Mieka is a member of the Summer 2014 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship cohort and Leadership Greater Washington's Class of 2012. Mieka and her husband, David, live in Washington, DC with their two children.
Terry Goings is is a member of the Ward 4 Education alliance and a board member of Good Ground Good Life, a nonprofit that works with youth in Washington, DC. Two of Terry’s children graduated from Coolidge High School.
Joe Onek is a Principal at The Raben Group, which he joined after serving as Senior Counsel to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. He first entered government service as a law clerk to Chief Judge David Bazelon of the District of Columbia Circuit and Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, and as a staffer for Senator Ted Kennedy. In the Carter Administration, he served as a member of the White House Domestic Policy Staff and as Deputy Counsel to the President. In the Clinton Administration, he served as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General and as Senior Coordinator for Rule of Law in the State Department. In the public interest world, Onek served as an attorney and then Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), as Senior Counsel and Director of the Liberty and Security Initiative at the Constitution Project and as Senior Policy Analyst and Special Counsel at the Open Society Institute. Onek was also a partner in two Washington, DC, law firms, specializing in health care and constitutional law. Onek is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is Chairman of the Board of CLASP. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar, and an LLB from Yale Law School.
Mary Riner is the Director of External Relations for BASIS Educational Group. She chaired the committee to bring a BASIS School to DC, securing its charter, and led the parent recruitment efforts for the new school. Mary was formerly the Marketing Director for the Heritage Foundation’s No Excuses Campaign, which put a spotlight on high-performing, high-poverty schools across the country. Mary holds a bachelor's degree in Humanities from Washington College, studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and did graduate work in The School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. She is also a founding Board Member of DC School Reform Now and the Founder and an Advisory Board Member of America’s Future Foundation.
Bill Tucker serves as a senior advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s College Ready program. He previously led the College Ready advocacy grantmaking team as Deputy Director for U.S. Policy & Advocacy. Bill joined the Foundation after serving seven years as Managing Director of Education Sector, a prominent education policy think tank working on K-12 and post-secondary issues. In addition to his education policy work, Bill also brings a strong record of leadership and management, spending his years prior to Education Sector as a social entrepreneur in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. In 2000, he co-founded SmarterOrg, Inc, an e-learning company, sold it in 2002 to the Isoph Corporation, a provider of specialized e-learning software, services and content development, and through 2005 served as Isoph's chief knowledge officer. Prior to graduate school, Tucker managed the training, conference and publishing operations at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, the nation's largest provider of management and technical training to nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Achievement Prep Public Charter School. Bill is a graduate of Duke University and has both an MBA and a Master's of Education from Stanford University.
Margery Yeager is a Policy Advisor at EducationCounsel, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. In this capacity, she provides assistance to clients at State Education Agencies and other entities to inform, guide and facilitate the process of policy change around the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, school and district accountability and educator evaluation. Prior to this position, Margery was Special Assistant to the Chancellor at DC Public Schools where she managed student recruitment and enrollment, intra-district school choice and school closures. Margery also completed a Presidential Management Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education in which she oversaw evaluations of various programs under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), including alternative teacher certification, state and local flexibility provisions and out-of-school time programs. During this fellowship, she also completed a rotation at the independent think-tank Education Sector where she published articles on NCLB flexibility provisions and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Ms. Yeager began her career as a second grade teacher at Simon Elementary in Washington, DC, with Teach for America. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and her master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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