Kristin Ehrgood is the President and Board Chair of Flamboyan Foundation. Additionally, she is the founder of Sapientis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing a diverse and informed network of change agents committed to improving the quality of public education in Puerto Rico, and was part of the founding team of DCSRN. After earning her masters degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2001, Kristin and fellow Kennedy School alumnus Vadim Nikitine started Sapientis in Puerto Rico. In the spring of 2005, her work at Sapientis was recognized by Ernst & Young when she was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the area of Social Responsibility. Kristin attended Bucknell University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in international relations, before joining Teach For America (TFA) and teaching for three years. She later joined TFA's staff as executive director of their New Jersey region and then as director of new site development. Kristin currently lives in Washington, DC with her family. She sits on the boards of Sapientis, DCSRN, Stand for Children, TFA (DC region), and Venture Philanthropy Partners.
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.
Heather Harding's professional career has spanned classroom teaching, professional development, non-profit management and empirical research. Prior to joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a Senior Program Officer, she was the first Executive Director of EdCORE (The Education Consortium for Research and Evaluation) at George Washington University, where she was responsible for launching the new education research consortium focused on improving outcomes for DC’s public school students. Having begun her career as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in rural North Carolina, she served as Executive Director of the eastern North Carolina region in the mid-nineties. She returned to the organization in 2008 to lead the research partnerships team at TFA where she increased the volume of independent research on the program’s impact, built new alliances with the teacher education community, and developed systems for communicating impact and equipping staff with accurate research information. From there, Heather became the senior vice president of Community Partnerships at TFA where she oversaw the organization’s partnership work in the areas of policy, research, community engagement and special initiatives in early childhood education and STEM. Throughout her career, Heather has held numerous practitioner roles in organizations including the Boston Plan for Excellence, Citizen Schools, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and KIPP. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her dissertation documented the work of four successful White urban middle school teachers. A trained journalist, Heather attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and retains her love of investigative research and artful writing. She lives in Washington, DC with her two school-age children.
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 community relations for BASIS Independent McLean. She most recently chaired the committee to bring BASIS to DC, securing its charter, and led the parent recruitment efforts for the new school before serving as director of external relations for the entire BASIS.ed network. Previously. Mary was 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 has 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 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 the Chief of Staff in the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, which oversees, among other things, the DC common application. Prior to this position she was 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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