Executive Director Detroit Children’s Fund
Prior to his role at Detroit Children's Fund, Jack Elsey served as the chief schools officer for the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, a district charged with turning around some of Detroit’s historically lowest performing schools. Under his leadership, EAA schools experienced student growth results that outperformed state averages. Elsey has also served as chief of innovation and incubation at Chicago Public Schools, assistant superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, and chief schools officer of Detroit Rising College Prep Schools. He began his career as a middle school teacher in the South Bronx as a member of the Teach For America corps.
Deputy DirectorDetroit Children’s Fund
Erica Robertson has made a personal commitment to spending the second half of her career driving systemic change that will help change the life trajectory for Detroit children and break the cycles of intergenerational poverty. Prior to joining DCF, Erica spent a year on the Executive Team at KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools leading Strategy, Technology & Data. She also brings 17+ years of private sector experience in the fields of Private Equity, Management Consulting and most recently as Strategic Change Leader with Nike where she successfully lead the Category Offense Reorganization for Nike’s European Operations. Erica holds a BA and MBA from the University of Michigan and is currently a Vanderbilt Doctoral Candidate in the Peabody School of Education. She is a veteran of the US Navy and native Detroiter whose mission is to prove the possible for all Detroit children.
Chief Executive OfficerNew Schools for Chicago
Daniel Anello has led New Schools Chicago since January 2015. Daniel is formerly the Chief of Strategy and External Relations for Chicago International Charter School and came to CICS as a Broad Resident, where he was challenged with designing and implementing an internal and external communications plan and creating a holistic marketing and advertising strategy for the CICS network. Prior to joining CICS and The Broad Residency, Daniel was an associate brand manager for Unilever and an associate director of marketing for a medical start-up company. Daniel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Williams College a MBA from Chicago Booth. Daniel and his wife reside in Oak Park, Illinois, with their two children.
Director of Data, Policy and ReportsChicago Public Education Fund
Nelson Gerew leads the development of Chicago Public Education Fund's data resources, informing and supporting The Fund’s programmatic investments. He has led the creation of CPEF's overall data and research strategy. In addition, he leads the development of The Fund’s series of reports about principal quality and conditions in Chicago. Nelson previously worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as a research assistant and research associate. Nelson received his bachelor’s degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Yale University.
PartnerCharter School Growth Fund
Eric Chan oversees CSGF’s investment team and works with charter networks in the western and southern United States, including New Orleans. Eric helped launch CSGF’s next generation learning practice, supported our investment in Dreambox Learning, and has moonlighted at Rocketship Education. Prior to joining CSGF, he was on the founding team for New Schools Chicago, where he managed investments in over 50 new charter schools. Eric has also worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and a private equity investor at Sterling Partners. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief Executive OfficerNew Schools for New Orleans
Dobard served as the Superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) until 2017. Under his leadership, RSD made significant progress in transforming the most chronically low performing schools in Louisiana, nearly eliminating failing schools in New Orleans. He helped design EnrollNOLA, the centralized enrollment system for New Orleans that provides families with equitable, transparent access to schools. Under his leadership, the RSD reduced expulsions, passed an equitable school funding policy and progressed through the largest school construction project in the nation’s history. He also led efforts to develop New Orleans Youth Opportunity Center to serve students at risk of dropping out and the Therapeutic Day Program, which serves students with behavioral health disabilities. A career educator, Patrick graduated from Southern University of New Orleans.
Economist and Walter H. Gale Professor of EducationHarvard University
Tom Kane is an economist and Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at Harvard. He directed the Measures of Effective Teaching project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-- still the largest study of classroom practice ever undertaken. He has studied the design of school accountability systems, charter schools, teacher effectiveness, financial aid for college, race-conscious college admissions and the earnings impacts of community colleges. From 1995 to 1996, Kane served with President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers. Kane has also been a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School and at UCLA and has held fellowships at the Brookings Institution and the Hoover Institution.
Atlanta DeanRelay Graduate School of Education
Christy Harris began her career in education teaching freshman English at Georgia State University. She joined Teach for America in 2002 and began teaching middle school English for Atlanta Public Schools. In 2009, she became the founding Dean at KIPP STRIVE Academy and later the Principal of KIPP STRIVE Academy. She led the team at KIPP STRIVE Academy to several honors, including the National Blue Ribbon Award. Christy also led KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools as the Chief Academic Officer. Christy received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia, her Master of Arts degree in English from Georgia State University, and her Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Associate PartnerNewSchools Venture Fund
Derrick Johnson is an associate partner on the Innovative Schools team at NewSchools Venture Fund. He leads the sourcing and diligence processes for investments in innovative public school models across the country. He previously served as a school leader at Success Academy Charter Schools, where he began as an elementary school teacher and Teach For America Corps Member. From 2010 to 2014, his students ranked among the top one percent in math and the top five percent in reading in New York State. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in their Human Capital Management division, supporting programming, strategy, and analysis across talent management with a focus on diversity. He earned a master’s degree in education from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in business administration from Morehouse College, where he was a Gates Millennium Scholar and an Oprah Winfrey Scholar.
Executive DirectorCommunity Engagement Partners
Charles McDonald is the Executive Director for Community Engagement Partners, a national non-profit that builds the capacity of education organizations to partner with their local communities to create and sustain great schools. Prior to his role at CEP, Charles was the Senior Fellow, Advocacy and Engagement for Education Cities where he used his expertise as an educational justice organizer, strategist, and advocate to support Education Cities’ member organizations. Charles also served as Senior Managing Director, External Affairs for Teach For America and as a Program Manager for Education Pioneers’ Greater Boston Analyst and Graduate School Fellowship programs for two years. He is a member of the 2016 Pahara NextGen Network cohort and is currently a member of the Pahara NextGen Alumni Advisory. Charles has a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Chief of Policy and School InvestmentNew Schools for Chicago
In her role at New Schools for Chicago, Vivian leads the organization’s policy and school grants work. She previously served as the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at Chicago Public Schools (CPS), where she was involved in many new initiatives universal enrollment for high school, developing the new School Quality Rating Policy, and a school diagnostic review process. Prior to joining CPS, Vivian was a project leader at Boston Consulting Group, where she advised corporate and education clients on strategic, organizational and operational challenges. She began her career at the Monitor Group advising clients on marketing strategy. Vivian also previously served on the board of Chicago International Charter School. Vivian received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Northwestern University and a MBA the Kellogg School of Management.
Rashidah Lopez Morgan
Senior ConsultantEducation First
In her role at Education First, Rashidah Lopez Morgan works with K-12 education leaders to create and implement organizational strategies and talent management solutions. She has worked with many education agencies, including Achievement School District in Tennessee, Denver Public Schools and the New York State Department of Education, and has also worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation. Prior to Education First, Rashidah worked for Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools, as a Broad Resident, where she led talent management and principal pipeline initiatives. She also worked at Wells Fargo, Microsoft, American Express and Accenture. She obtained her BA in Psychology at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and her MBA in Marketing/Strategy at University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bryant Weinberg Jones
Chief Investment OfficerBoston Schools Fund
Bryant Weinberg Jones is the chief investment officer for the Boston Schools Fund, an organization that accelerates the growth of Boston’s best district, charter, and catholic schools. He leads the organization’s grant making and grantee support efforts. Bryant began his career in public education as a Match Corps fellow at Match Middle School in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Since then, he has supported the growth of high-performing public schools in leadership roles for the Rhode Island Department of Education, Louisiana’s Recovery School District, and New Schools for Baton Rouge. Bryant holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, an AB in English from Harvard College, and a master’s degree in urban education policy from Brown University.