Leadership Coaching


Coaching Expertise

The best modality to accelerate leadership development for middle- to senior-level leaders is personalized, one-on-one coaching. Our coaches have deep leadership experience and functional expertise in the following areas:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Organizational Strategy
  • Communications
  • Development / Fundraising
  • Finance and Facilities
  • Human Capital / Talent
  • Information Technology
  • Operations
“Our coach brings a balance of relevant experience, coaching expertise, and a perfectly calibrated sense of when to tell us what to do and when to teach us how to decide for ourselves. It’s tough to be an effective coach, and our coach goes well beyond effective—he’s an extraordinary coach, a rock-solid advisor, and the objective yet invested presence we desperately need.”Chief Executive Officer, Charter Board Partners

Interested in learning more about the coaching cadre? Reach out to info@edfuel.org to hear how we could support you or others at your organization.


Meet the Coaches

Our coaching cadre includes an incredible group of senior leaders across the education sector. Meet some of our coaches below:

PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, THE ETTEN GROUP

Expertise: Development

Amy Etten is the President and Founder of The Etten Group, a fundraising and philanthropy consulting firm. She is an executive-level development professional with two decades of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, and more than 13 years of experience working directly with national foundations and high net worth individuals in support of education reform. Since creating The Etten Group in November 2014, Amy has worked with the Center for Reinventing Public Education, EdFuel, Stand for Children, Student Achievement Partners and Relay Graduate School of Education. Prior to founding The Etten Group, Amy spent seven years at TNTP, a national nonprofit organization committed to ensuring effective teaching in every classroom. As Director of Development, she was charged with building a development department and ultimately raised more than $100 million and $20 million in grants from national foundations and the federal government, respectively. Amy began her development career at The Chicago Public Education Fund, a venture philanthropy fund created to engage the private sector in ensuring a world-class public education for all children in Chicago. There, she supported the design and implementation of a comprehensive development strategy to raise $30 million from high net worth individuals and corporations. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration from New York University. She is recognized for having strong interpersonal skills and establishing meaningful, long-lasting donor relationships. Amy currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband, Nick and her sons, Henry and Ryan.

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Development, Policy & Advocacy

Andrew is a consultant to entrepreneurs and mission-driven investors focused on education reform across the United States. He provides support in diverse areas including growth strategy, executive leadership, organizational design, governance, investment strategy, and program-related investments. Much of his recent work relates to charter management organizations and the development of regional ecosystems to support education entrepreneurship. Prior to launching his consulting practice in 2013, Andrew was Partner and Chief Operating Officer at the Charter School Growth Fund, a venture philanthropy firm that has invested over $300 million in high-performing charter management organizations seeking to scale in underserved communities. While at CSGF, Andrew led dozens of engagements across the country, helping both early stage and more established CMOs to develop organizational capacity and implement ambitious growth strategies. Andrew also helped drive CSGF’s overall strategy, growth, culture, and systems and worked closely with CSGF’s board of directors and funders. Before joining CSGF in 2007, Andrew was a Vice President at Teach for America, where he led the New York City Growth Strategy & Development team during a period of rapid expansion. Andrew also has a background advising companies around capital markets and M&A transactions, developed while serving as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell. Andrew holds a J.D. from New York University and a B.A. from Macalester College. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

INDEPENDENT FUNDRAISING AND OPERATIONS CONSULTANT

Expertise: Development, Leadership & Management, Operations

Candice Santomauro is an independent consultant, providing operational and fundraising expertise to clients in the education sector. After serving in the Air Force and earning a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University, Candice had a successful career building and overseeing a 500+ member sales force. Candice eventually transitioned to the education sector to apply her talents to support worthy organizations. Most recently, Candice was Vice President of Local Engagement for GreatSchools, the nation’s leading online K-12 school guide, where she established localized partnerships with school officials, districts, state departments of education, educational organizations, funders, and corporations, with 6 and 7 figure funding streams in each locale. Prior to this Candice was the Director of Operations and Outreach at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, overseeing their information technology, fundraising and human capitol efforts. Candice also served as Director of Development for Cornerstone Schools of Washington, D.C., Inc., a private school that provides an academically rigorous education to 200 low-income, at-risk students. A Florida native, she now resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Rodd, and her two children, both public school students, and actively participates in local education-related initiatives, including serving as a Trustee for BASIS DC.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, TNTP

Expertise: Communications, Marketing and Policy & Advocacy

Marketing and Policy & Advocacy

Chris Arnold has helped leaders across the country inform and inspire their school communities. He has 13 years of experience in the public education system, first as a classroom teacher in a high-need school and later as a strategic communications advisor to urban and rural districts, state departments of education and a variety of charter management organizations. As a Director of Communications at TNTP, he has worked with leaders and policymakers at the Louisiana Department of Education, the Rhode Island Department of Education, the Indiana Department of Education, D.C. Public Schools, Houston ISD, San Francisco USD, the New York City DOE and others on a range of communications and policy priorities, including: teacher evaluation, development and compensation systems, teacher recruitment and retention, school leader recruitment and training, as well as helping leaders develop a vision for rigorous academics. A graduate of the University of Oregon and Purdue University, he lives in Concord, California.

VICE PRESIDENT, OMBUDS AT TEACH FOR AMERICA

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Policy & Advocacy, Governance

Crystal Brakke started her career as a teacher in rural North Carolina and has stayed centered on the need to achieve equity and excellence for students, particularly those who are historically marginalized, ever since. She is currently a vice president at Teach For America, serving as the organization’s ombuds. In this role she supports individual staff by providing confidential, independent, impartial, and informal support while also helping to elevate the experiences of staff as the organization continues to evolve and aspires to live out its mission, vision, and core values. Crystal has also worked on TFA’s recruitment and teacher preparation teams and most recently was Executive Director of Teach For America in the Twin Cities. Crystal was elected to the Richfield Public Schools board in November 2015 and currently serves as vice chair. She is passionate about maximizing the intersection of leadership, policy, and community engagement as a way to make meaningful change in schools. Crystal received her B.A. in History and American Studies at Colby College and M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, where she received one of two Leadership in Education awards.

EXECUTIVE COACH AND INDEPENDENT EDUCATION CONSULTANT

Expertise: Leadership & Management, HR/Talent, Development

Elfreda has over 40 years of experience driving positive change and initiating reform in high-performing and challenging environments in diverse education communities. She specializes in coaching and empowering leaders to reach their full potential. She has held key leadership positions in public education including Superintendent, Chief of Staff, Deputy Superintendent, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, and Director of Professional Development. She is a facilitator with the National Institute for School Leadership and a coach/facilitator with Performance Fact. She has directed comprehensive human resources and talent development programs and managed complex labor negotiations. She is adept at coaching and counseling those going through life transitions and those entering leadership positions in public education and corporate communities. Elfreda has a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from John Hopkins University. She has held senior leadership positions at Blackboard, Harcourt, Global Partnership Schools, and Knowledge Delivery Systems. Elfreda has served on the boards of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, See Forever Foundation, and Boys Town of Washington, DC. She serves on the Executive Council of New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. Elfreda is committed to improving the education of all children and was appointed to serve on the Education Committee of the African-American Women’s Advisory Council to the President of Liberia. She has launched a successful travel agency, Premier Travel Unlimited, reflecting her pursuit of a well-balanced life and her entrepreneurial spirit.

DIRECTOR, GLOBAL ACADEMY

Expertise: Leadership and Management, Operations, School Culture

Ms. Fisk is a career educator who has been a teacher and administrator in private, traditional public districts, and charter schools for the past 38 years. Ms. Fisk began her career teaching social studies and English for four years at Coon Rapids Junior High School in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. She then taught high school history, geography and debate ata St. Paul Academy and Summit for the next eleven years. After a successful career in teaching, she went on to become the Upper School Director at Mounds Park Academy, a private, college preparatory school located in a St. Paul suburb. Ms. Fisk left the private sector to work in the public charter school movement by becoming the first principal of two Minneapolis schools founded by the East African immigrant community (the Twin Cities International Elementary School and the Minnesota International Middle School). After leaving the international schools, she became principal at Henry Sibley High School, a large public high school located in a suburb of St Paul. In 2008, Ms. Fisk and fellow educator Melissa Storbakken, founded a new K-8 charter school called Global Academy. The school is an authorized International Baccalaureate site and serves a diverse, immigrant student population of 425 students. Global Academy is celebrating its tenth year of operation and has been a leading school in closing the achievement gap in Minnesota. Ms. Fisk’s major areas of expertise are in creating an academic school culture, technology integration, and general school administration (budget, staffing, supervision).

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT AND COACH

Expertise: Leadership & Management; Human Resources; Development

Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Jean Snell has engaged with educators to help develop their capacity to close the achievement gap and to foster high quality teaching and learning conditions for all students. As an independent educational consultant, Jean provides leadership coaching to school and teacher leaders and qualitative data evaluation services to school and program administrators. Dr. Snell is a certified inspector with Teacher Prep Inspection (TPI-US). Previously, she launched the Leading Educators teacher leadership Fellowship program in Washington, DC as the Regional Executive Director, directed the Maryland Master’s Certification program at University of Maryland, and served as one of the founding Program Directors for the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington. Jean earned her Doctorate in Education Policy at the University of Washington, as well as the Danforth Leadership school administrator credential. She began her career in education as a secondary English teacher.

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

Expertise: Talent and HR, Leadership & Management

Jenn Barr Weiss has over a decade of experience designing, leading and implementing talent systems. Jenn most recently was a leader at Scholar Academies, where she oversaw talent practices as the network of turnaround schools doubled in size. Jenn’s professional experience includes time with Teach For America, KIPP and DC Public Schools. She has an MAT from American University and a BA in Government and Spanish from Claremont McKenna College.

As a consultant to schools and education non-profits, Jenn focuses support on developing and enabling long-term talent strategies, planning and leading talent acquisition initiatives and developing teams to expand their impact. Jenn’s passion for this work stems from the belief that helping adults perform at the highest levels is the most important thing we can do to close the achievement and access gaps in education.

LEAD PRODUCER, POD SAVE THE PEOPLE

Expertise: Communications, Leadership & Management, Operations, Development

Jess began her career in public relations in the entertainment industry in NYC after graduating from NYU’s dramatic literature program. She then went to Georgetown Law and practiced corporate law on Wall Street before pivoting to manage external relations and alumni affairs for Teach For America’s New York office for five years, followed by six years managing large teams and national strategy for Teach For America’s national umbrella. Jess most recently led the European expansion and development work for Teach For All, and is now the lead producer for Pod Save the People, a top national podcast. Jess’s passions and experience come from leading new ventures, managing joyful and inclusive teams to success, and coaching diverse leaders to unlock their voices and passions as they seek to make a real equity impact in our country and internationally. Jess also serves on the founding board of Teach For Italy and is the board chair of Green Card Voices.

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

Expertise: Operations, Leadership and Management, Strategy

Judy Lin is an experienced leader with an extensive skill set and unique background across the corporate and non-profit sectors. She most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools, leading the organization through growth from two to eight schools and overseeing all areas of business operations for the region.

Prior to KIPP, Judy was Chief Executive Officer of Beaucoup Favors, a leading online retailer in the wedding and special events industries. She drove the growth of the company and its profitability through marketing and technology while scaling infrastructure and staffing. Judy also previously held Director positions in Corporate Business Development and Strategy for Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting System working on strategic initiatives and global business development for these media conglomerates. Judy’s experience in the sports industry spanned business administration at the U.S. Olympic Committee to event marketing and management with the National Basketball Association.

FOUNDER, LITTLE BITES COACHING

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Prioritization/Planning

Kelly Harris Perrin has spent time teaching middle school, working in higher education, and managing teams and projects in the non-profit sector. She founded Little Bites Coaching to help leaders work smarter, make a big impact, and avoid burnout. Currently, Kelly partners with groups and individuals to revolutionize HOW they work, and tackles everything from strategic planning, team structures and division of labor, executive prioritization and organization, time & energy management, and even email inboxes.

Kelly is also the co-creator of the Shine360 Leadership Review, a strengths-based 360-degree feedback and coaching model for executives and school leaders.

Kelly holds a BA in History from Northwestern University and a Masters in Higher Education Policy from the University of Maryland. She’s a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Typological Indicator instrument, is experienced in the Gallup StrengthsFinder, and completed Immunity to Change facilitator training with Minds at Work at Harvard University.

CEO, CO-FOUNDER, ONETILT

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Human Capital/Talent, Data and Analysis

Kimberly currently serves co-founder and CEO of oneTILT, an organization that supports education managers to lead from a place of equity and innovation. Prior to co-founding oneTILT, she served as the Managing Director of Programming for Teach For America – DC Region, where she lead a team of eight to coach and develop the nearly 800 TFA corps member and Alumni Teachers in the DMV. Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Kimberly graduated from the University of Virginia with a dual degree in Economics and Psychology. She then joined Teach For America, where she taught 7th grade Mathematics & 8th grade Algebra I at Friendship Public Charter School – Woodridge Elementary and Middle School in Washington, DC. After her time in the classroom and graduating with a Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Mathematics from American University, Kimberly joined Teach For America’s staff in Washington, DC. Kimberly has served as the board chair of The Collective-DC, Teach for America’s alumni association for people of color, co-chair of the Latin@ Staff Network at Teach for America, and the advisor of La Familia, a resource group for Latino and Hispanic corps members in DC. Kimberly is obsessed with all things equity, Soul-Cycle, & The New York Yankees.

VICE PRESIDENT, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AT TEACH FOR AMERICA; PROGRAM DESIGNER AT BRIGHT MORNING

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Human Resources/Talent, Staff Development

LesLee’s passion is supporting committed leaders to hone their talents and build the capacity required to bring their vision to life and deliver on promises to students, families and communities. She began her career as a middle school teacher in Philadelphia, where she was inspired by the limitless potential of her students to make working towards educational excellence and equity her life’s work. Since then, she has served in multiple senior leadership roles at Teach For America locally and nationally, including leading efforts in recruitment, program design and implementation, staff hiring and development, and teacher and leadership coaching. Currently, she is leading enterprise-level work designing and implementing the organization’s first shared leadership framework and leadership development model. She is also the program designer at Bright Morning coaching and consulting where she partners with Elena Aguilar to bring Transformational Coaching to educators across the country. Coaching is LesLee’s greatest professional love and she has had the privilege of being trained in Transformational Coaching by Elena Aguilar, the Immunity to Change method by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, as well as Cognitive Coaching. LesLee, her husband and two young sons live in Minneapolis and spend their days playing outside (when it’s above freezing…), building with Legos, cooking up all sorts of tasty food and reading countless children’s books.

EDUCATION MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Expertise: Communications, Marketing

Lindsay Kelly has spent over a decade developing and executing communications and marketing strategies for K-12 schools and support programs. She currently serves as the Director of External Affairs for KIPP Eastern North Carolina, overseeing communications and marketing for six schools and spearheading the region’s planned growth to ten schools. Previously, she served on the national public affairs team for KIPP, supporting national media outreach and regional communications directors at KIPP schools across the country. She also served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for KIPP DC for over seven years, as the network grew from five to 16 schools. Prior to KIPP, Lindsay worked in youth development, as a public school teacher, and for a traditional PR firm. She holds a B.A. in English and Theater Studies and an M.A. in English from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

PRINCIPAL PARTNER, KEEGAN COMPANY

Expertise: Communications, Leadership & Management, Policy & Advocacy

Lisa Graham Keegan has spent 11 years as Principal Partner at the Keegan Company ( www.keegancompany.com), where she consults, writes, and speaks on critical issues and emerging markets in American education. Mrs. Keegan spent a decade serving as an Arizona elected official, first as a member of Arizona’s House of Representatives where she chaired the education committee, and then as the elected state superintendent of public instruction. She served as John McCain’s education advisor for two presidential campaigns, and currently serves on a number of corporate and volunteer boards. She is Senior Advisor to National School Choice Week, a nationwide celebration that shines a spotlight on all types of excellence in schooling. She also directs the “A for Arizona” project. A for Arizona is a joint effort of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that seeks to rapidly expand the number of Arizona’s A -grade district, magnet and charter schools serving primarily low income students. Mrs. Keegan’s first book, Simple Choices: thoughts on creating environments that support who your child is meant to be, was released in May 2013. She lives in Peoria, Arizona with her husband and family.

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

Expertise: Communications, Leadership & Management, Policy & Advocacy

Mary Ann Nelson is an executive coach and professional developer with broad education experience and a leadership career including coaching other educators. She coaches clients to improved personal performance through their design of professional improvement goals to achieve student learning gains. She uses an inquiry-based approach and 1:1 confidential support. Coaching conversations involve analysis of client-provided evidence about needs, clarifying what the client wants to achieve, assessing opportunities and risks inherent in the client’s unique school context, considering research-proven ideas about professional practice related to priority improvements, and developing potential action strategies to apply and monitor. Mary Ann understands the difficulties of leading schools that are struggling with multiple challenges, having been a HS teacher, HS principal, district curriculum leader, K-12 school superintendent, and a state education agency assistant commissioner for academic excellence in MN. Mary Ann has over 20 years of experience coaching school principals in MN and other states. She has taught university courses and mentored dissertation researchers around the world. She evaluated school applications for state and national quality awards based on criteria for high performance excellence. She has consulted with school leaders across states to assess and improve programs and student services. Mary Ann has been lauded for exemplary policy-making support to local legislators and governor office staff; in 2017 the U of M awarded her distinguished alumni recognition. Mary Ann describes herself as a “can-do” problem solver, an enthusiastic supporter of school leaders in their quest to improve education and students’ lives.

DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT, BRIGHT STAR SCHOOLS

Expertise: Academics, Leadership & Management, Organizational Culture & Health

As a first-generation college student, Melissa Kaplan is passionate about creating educational systems that are intentional about closing the achievement gap and ensuring every learner has the opportunity to succeed. As Deputy Superintendent for Bright Star Schools, one of Los Angeles’ most consistently successful charter management organizations, Melissa is responsible for the coaching and development of school leaders and central instructional support; the hiring, coaching, and retention of school site staff; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and ensuring the alignment between the organization’s core values and daily practices. Prior to her role at Bright Star Schools, Melissa served as Chief Academic Officer at ICEF Public Schools and has served in a variety of leadership and instructional roles including district and site administration, instructional coaching and literacy development, and classroom teacher. She has worked extensively as a consultant assisting districts and CMOs in curriculum development and system building. Her professional interests include academic program development, change management, and creating inclusive school and organizational culture.

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT & COACH

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Human Resources/Talent

Miwa brings more than twenty years of experience as a teacher, non-profit executive, and human capital partner to her current work as a coach and consultant to leaders and organizations in the field of education. She is passionate about developing people to grow as leaders and maximize their impact. Miwa began her career as an elementary school teacher in the DC Public Schools. She joined the staff of Teach For America in 2001 and had the opportunity to develop and lead teams in several contexts during her fourteen year tenure, including serving as the Executive Director of Teach For America DC and a Senior Managing Director on the Human Assets team. In her Human Assets role, Miwa served as an advisor to senior leaders on human capital strategy, providing coaching and support on vision setting, talent development, team culture, change management, and diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Miwa holds an A.B. in English and American Literature from Harvard University and an Ed.M. in Early Childhood Risk and Prevention from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, KIPP PHILADELPHIA

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Finance & Facilities, Operations

As Chief Operating Officer, Natalie Wiltshire is responsible for design, implementation and efficiency improvements for all areas of operations for KIPP Philadelphia Schools. Prior to joining KPS, Natalie was the Director of New York Operations for Achievement First, overseeing school operations for seven academies in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to joining Achievement First’s central management team, she served as the founding Director of School Operations for Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School. Natalie earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Natalie and her husband, Larry, have two sons—Hayden and Mason.

SENIOR DIRECTOR, STRATEGY AND LEARNING – ONEGOAL

I love coaching, and I believe it has the power to change the world. I think of coaching as an opportunity to support another leader in becoming and living into the best possible version of themselves, and I believe strongly leaders operating with conviction and strength is our strongest tool in transforming education, and indeed, transforming the world. As a special education teacher, I was privileged to support my middle school students in a defining time in their lives. Since then, I’ve worked with hundreds of teachers and leaders at Teach For America, and now at OneGoal, to support them in leading at their best. My coaching style is mostly investigative and values-driven, though I certainly believe there is a place for tactical support as well. I have a strong background in special education. I have successfully managed teams ranging from 3 to 60 members and reaching hundreds of classrooms and thousands of students in any given year. I’m especially passionate about and good at robust staff development and retention as well as special education professional development and program design. If you are interested in building and leading a strong team of adults, developing your people well, ensuring that learning variability and special education is honored and robustly developed in your school, or even exploring and developing your own values, strengths and leadership, I’d love to work with you!

CEO, SPD ADVISORY

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Operations

Sarah is the CEO of SPD Advisory, providing expertise at the intersection of education, business, and public policy. Her clients have included the Boston Consulting Group, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Flat World Education. She’s helped them structure deals, evaluate investment opportunities, and develop the human capital policies for the largest school district merger in U.S. history. Previously, she was on the management team a venture-backed education startup, where she was consistently asked to take on the organization’s toughest challenges, including creating scalable student services and operating models and executing a turnaround of marketing and admissions. Prior to that, Sarah started the National Math and Science Initiative with her boss from the U.S. Department of Education. At ED, she served as a Special Advisor to the Secretary’s policy committee. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was a Reynolds Fellow and a George Fellow.

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT AND COACH

Expertise: Leadership & Management; Human Resources

For more than 20 years, Suzanne has dedicated her career to working on behalf of children and families in low-income communities. During this time, she served as an executive director of two different non-profit organizations, managed a cohort of executive directors at a large national education non-profit organization, and led a team of senior level consultants who advised executive directors on overall human capital strategy, management and leadership, staff culture and performance, diversity, change management, and employee engagement. Suzanne leads with both heart and a focus on results. She managed a dozen different executive directors at Teach For America during the largest growth period in the organization’s history, during which time the organization grew the number of regions from 23 to 42, increased regional fundraising by more than 30% each year, increased the number of Teach For America teachers by 142%, and grew the overall staff by almost 400%. In addition to bottom line results, Suzanne has a proven track record for developing new and emerging managers into great leaders and managers at the executive level. In addition to her hands-on experience, Suzanne also has a Master’s degree in organizational leadership and ethics. Suzanne brings her love of people and focus on results to her coaching and consulting practice. She specializes in management coaching and training, change management, building strong effective teams, and human capital work. Suzanne is based in the Detroit Metro Area.

CHICAGO-BASED INDEPENDENT EDUCATION CONSULTANT

Expertise: Leadership & Management, HR/Talent

Veenay Singla is an independent consultant focused on talent, leadership and organization development exclusively in the education reform sector. Veenay has led a number of successful consulting engagements including: leading and completing an executive search for a new national teacher development organization in New Orleans; devising and conducting a talent audit for a non-profit in Boston resulting in significant organization restructuring; analyzing a large urban school district’s principal pool to inform recruitment and retention policies; and, overseeing all aspects of an annual city-wide teacher celebration event honoring master teachers in a large urban school district. Clients include: The Achievement Network, Bellwether Education Partners, Chicago Public Schools, the Crown Family Philanthropies, FirstLine Schools, Hawaii Department of Education, The National Association of Charter School Authorizers, New Leaders, NewSchools Venture Fund, The Pahara Institute, Rocketship Education, Teach for America, UChicago Impact, Washington University in St. Louis/St. Louis Public Schools.

PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, DOOR94, INC.

Expertise: Technology and Data management

SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR, ADRIAN LORING ADVISORS LLC

Expertise: Information Technology, Finance & Facilities

Welles has leveraged the senior finance and operating roles at emerging technology and service companies to execute for high growth and transition situations. Welles has a wealth of experience in developing, implementing and managing information systems as a senior member of a number of New England technology and software companies. He is a principal at Adrian Loring Advisors, a C-level consulting advisory group and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of City Year, leading City Year’s IT Services Department and providing planning and analysis, operations and applications and architecture support to City Year’s 26 domestic locations. His previous positions include developing technology platforms and capital strategy software and manufacturing ventures, primarily in New England. Welles is an active member of Boston-area civic organizations, including serving as trustee of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund and is a member of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Information Management. Welles received his undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts/Amherst and his master’s in business administration from George Washington University.

FOUNDER, LITTLE BITES COACHING, LLC

Expertise: Executive prioritization/ time management/ individual and team systems, Management coaching, Supporting coaches and coaching culture in your organization

Kelly Harris Perin has spent time teaching middle school, working in higher education, and managing teams and projects in the non-profit sector.She founded Little Bites Coaching to help leaders work smarter, make a big impact, and avoid burnout.Currently, Kelly partners with groups and individuals to revolutionize HOW they work, and tackles everything from strategic planning, team structures and division of labor, executive prioritization and organization, time & energy management, and even email inboxes.Kelly is also the co-creator of the Shine360 Leadership Review, a strengths-based 360-degree feedback and coaching model for executives and school leaders.Kelly holds a BA in History from Northwestern University and a Masters in Higher Education Policy from the University of Maryland.She’s a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Typological Indicator instrument, is experienced in the Gallup StrengthsFinder, and completed Immunity to Change facilitator training with Minds at Work at Harvard University.

CHIEF TALENT OFFICER, UP EDUCATION NETWORK

Expertise: Leadership & Management, Human Capital & Talent

Sheri Leo has spent over a decade leading talent and change management efforts in school districts, state departments of education, and school management organizations. She brings experience as an elementary school teacher, strategist, and district and non-profit talent leader to her coaching work. For the past three years, Sheri has led talent strategy and implementation as Chief Talent Officer at UP Education Network. During this time, she has led recruitment, hiring, evaluation, and staff retention efforts, improved network policies to create a more open, inclusive environment, and coached school and network leaders on management and leadership practices. Previously, as a senior consultant at American Institutes for Research, Sheri supported district-and state-level clients on issues of teacher and principal recruitment, evaluation, and compensation. Sheri has also served as Director of Teacher Effectiveness at Chicago Public Schools, where she led new teacher induction, teacher evaluation, National Board Certification, and a performance-based pay pilot. Sheri is an alumna of Teach For America, teaching elementary school for three years in Washington, DC. Sheri holds aB.A. in Public Policy from Brown University, anM.A. in teaching from American University, and an M.P.P. in Education Policy from the University of Chicago.

INDEPENDENT COACH AND CONSULTANT

Expertise: Operations
Leadership/Management, Development