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Steering Committee

Coalition for Community Schools Steering Committee

About the Network

The Coalition for Community Schools Steering Committee (Coalition Steering Committee) is made up of members representing Community School practitioners and partner organizations that prioritize the growth and quality of Community Schools. It provides strategic guidance for the Coalition and is a forum for addressing challenging issues facing the steering committee:

  • Ambassadors for Community Schools within their own organization and to other organizations and networks;
  • Lead and serve on Working Groups; and
  • Assist with implementation of specific projects and tasks related to their expertise and constituency.

To learn more, contact CCS@iel.org.

Our Steering Committee

 

First Name Last Name Role Title Organization
Abe Fernández National Intermediary Vice President of Collective Impact & Director of National Center for Community Schools National Center for Community Schools (Children’s Aid)
Andrea Prejean Teachers Union NEA Director of Teacher Quality National Education Association
Aqsa Rashid Next Generation Coalition Co-Chair Student American University
Ayeola Fortune United Way Worldwide Senior Director of Impact United Way Worldwide
Bela Shah Spooner Mayors Program Manager, Afterschool Initiatives National League of Cities
Bryan Joffe Superintendents Project Director, Education and Youth Development AASA, the School Superintendents Association
Carlos Azcoitia Principal Development Distinguished Professor of Practice, Educational Leadership Program National Louis University
Chien Wu-Fernandez CSLN Associate Superintendent Hayward Unified School District
Cory Bowman University Assisted Associate Director Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Curtiss Sarikey District Leader Chief of Staff Oakland Unified School District
Cynthia Pandurini Superintendents Executive Assistant ALAS
Cyrus Driver National Intermediary Director Partnership for the Future of Learning
David Griffith Educators Senior Director of Public Policy ASCD
Donnie Hale CSLN Chair Director of Office of Student Access and Success Florida International University
Dr. Carol Hill National Intermediary Representative Beacon National Network
Ellie Mitchell State Coalitions Chair Director of Office of Student Access and Success MOST Network
Fred Jones Regional Leader Director of Government Affairs Southern Education Foundation
Gema Quetzal Next Generation Coalition Co-Chair Student Stanford University
Helen Malone Research Vice President for Research and Innovation Institute for Educational Leadership
Ira Harkavy University Assisted Associate Vice President and Director of Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Jaymie Lollie Coordinators Chair Community School Manager Oakland Unified School District
Jill Pereira CSLN/United Way Vice President, Education United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley
Jim Grim State Coalitions Chair Director of Community Schools Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Jitu Brown Grassroots Organizing Executive Director Journey for Justice
Joann Weeks University Assisted Associate Director of Netter Center for Community Partnerships Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Jodi Grant OST Executive Director Afterschool Alliance
José Muñoz Director Coalition for Community Schools Coalition for Community Schools
Josephine Franklin Principals Associate Director, Research and Information Resources National Association of Secondary School Principals
Joslyn (Josh) Davis National Intermediary Vice President of Policy and Partnerships StriveTogether
Julia Baez Strive Leader Executive Director Baltimore’s Promise
Laura Elliot CSLN Chair Director of Community Schools: Leadership and Strategy Development United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
Lisa Villarreal Chair Retired Ventures JPA
Liz Thacker Coordinators Coordinators Network Co-Chair Whittle Springs Middle Community School
Maame Appiah Vice President for Finance and Talent Institute for Educational Leadership
Maria Armstrong Superintendents Executive Director ALAS
Mary Kingston-Roche Director of Policy Director of Policy Institute for Educational Leadership, Coalition for Community Schools
Matia Finn-Stevenson Associate Director Schools of the 21st Century, Yale University The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy
Melodie Baker United Way Program Director, Education United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
Merita Irby Youth Advocate Co-Founder and Executive Vice President The Forum for Youth Investment
Pedro Rivera State Chief Secretary of Education Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pele Le Program Associate Institute for Educational Leadership, Coalition for Community Schools
Robert Boyd Health Centers President School-Based Health Alliance
Robert Mahaffey Rural Executive Director The Rural School and Community Trust
Ryan Hurley United Way Chair Director Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership
S. Kwesi Rollins Family & Early Childhood Vice President for Leadership and Engagement Institute for Educational Leadership
Sabrina Evans Ellis Youth Leadership Executive Director Youth Development Institute
Sharon Adams-Taylor Superintendents Associate Executive Director AASA, the School Superintendents Association
Shital C. Shah Teachers Union Director Philanthropic Engagement, Educational Issues Department American Federation of Teachers
Staci Boehlke Coordinators Chair Coordinator Fruit Valley Elementary
Sujith Cherukumilli Regional Leader South Southern Education Foundation
Tauheedah Jackson Deputy Director Institute for Educational Leadership, Coalition for Community Schools
Tiffany Miller National Intermediary Vice President, Government Relations Communities In Schools

Updated January 2021