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Equipping Leaders to Better Prepare Children & Youth for College, Careers, & Citizenship



  • Headshot: Maame Appiah

    Maame Appiah

    Director, Finance and Human Resources

    Passionate about education and engaging youth. Committed to talent development and employee engagement . Equally passionate and committed to the MSU Spartans!

  • Headshot: Martin J. Blank

    Martin J. Blank

    Senior Fellow

    Community schools advocate dedicated to equipping leaders to work across boundaries to prepare children and youth for college, careers, and citizenship.

  • Headshot: Heidi Booth

    Heidi Booth

    Program Associate

    UC Berkeley grad (Go Bears!) & California native passionate about the intersection of educational equity, workforce development & policy.

  • Headshot: Kathy Bui

    Kathy Bui

    Finance Manager

    Fitness enthusiast with focus on diversity in education.

  • Headshot: Bernice Butler

    Bernice Butler

    Partnerships Manager, Coalition for Community Schools

    Advocate. Education policy nerd. Equity pusher. Georgia State University Panther. No change without us. Believes in authentic community & stakeholder engagement.

  • Headshot: Eric Cline

    Eric Cline

    Digital Communications Coordinator

    Colorado-raised, Iowa-educated DC resident into equity of opportunity, economy of line, and form following function.

  • Headshot: Joline Collins

    Joline Collins

    Program Associate

    Proud Wisconsinite and Pinterest enthusiast party planner dedicated to connecting youth and families to the resources they need to thrive.

  • Headshot: Michelle Cravez

    Michelle Cravez

    Program Associate

    Proud Florida Gator, Oreo enthusiast, & music lover. Civil rights advocate and believer in the power of education and community engagement.

  • Headshot: Carly Fahey

    Carly Fahey

    Program Associate

    Floridian. Passionate about policy, intersectionality, & youth inclusion. Dreams of owning a corgi. Always smiling, eternally sassy.

  • Headshot: Francine Francis

    Francine Francis

    Program Manager, Right Turn

    Dedicated to providing resources to disconnected youth to bridge gaps in services; passionate about preparing youth for college, careers, & leadership.

  • Headshot: Patricia D. Gill

    Patricia D. Gill

    Senior Program Associate

    Cheerleader for career-focused mentoring, professional development for youth service providers, juvenile justice reform, & all things youth-powered!

  • Headshot: Elizabeth L. Hale

    Elizabeth L. Hale

    Senior Fellow

    IEL president emeritus with a passion for leadership development; bridging research, practice, and policy; and mentoring women and minority leaders.

  • Headshot: Reuben Jacobson

    Reuben Jacobson

    Deputy Director, Coalition for Community Schools

    Former D.C. Teaching Fellow, EPFP alumnus, and current community schools researcher with a PhD in Education Policy.

  • Headshot: Mindy Larson

    Mindy Larson

    Senior Program Associate

    New mom with background in youth workforce & juvenile justice policy, practice, & research now managing IEL's youth & disability TA center.

  • Headshot: Randy Loss

    Randy Loss

    Senior Technical Assistance Liaison, VR Y-TAC

    Enhancing systems thru collaboration to provide comprehensive services for transition-age youth. Developing single-point-of-contact model for VR to engage business.

  • Headshot: Dr. Helen Janc Malone

    Dr. Helen Janc Malone

    Director of Institutional Advancement Education Policy; National Director, Education Policy Fellowship Program; Secretary to the Board

    Helping IEL grow as premier voice on cross-boundary leadership and strengthen the national Education Policy Fellowship Program.

  • Headshot: Jennifer Masutani

    Jennifer Masutani

    Program Associate

    An American University grad from Hawaii with a passion for education.

  • Headshot: Natalie Mayanja

    Natalie Mayanja

    Program Associate

    Oklahoma native turned family & community engagement superstar. Meeting planner extraordinaire. Purveyor of positivity. Favorite ninja turtle: Leonardo.

  • Headshot: Sarah McCann

    Sarah McCann

    Coordinator, National Education Policy Fellowship Program

    An enticing combo of West Coast attitude and East Coast work ethic, bringing positivity and curiosity to education policy networks.

  • Headshot: José Muñoz

    José Muñoz

    Director, Coalition for Community Schools

    Mr. Community Schools! Passionate about putting faith into action, family, & developing/mobilizing community leaders.

  • Headshot: Rita Musello-Kelliher

    Rita Musello-Kelliher

    Program Associate

    Bostonian, born and raised. Loves to be outdoors and/or chat about intersectionality. Feminist. Proud fighter for equity in education, work, and opportunity.

  • Headshot: Wendy Quarles

    Wendy Quarles

    Project Director, VR Y-TAC


  • Headshot: Jessica Queener

    Jessica Queener

    Senior Program Associate

    Proud Tennessean—Go VOLS! Disability Rights Advocate, Political Junkie, & SEC Football Fan. Dedicated to serving youth & young adults with disabilities transitioning from high school to adult life.

  • Headshot: Curtis Richards

    Curtis Richards

    Director, Center for Workforce Development

    Advocrat: part advocate, part bureaucrat. Bridging youth & workforce development, disability, education, & transition to adulthood.

  • Headshot: Mary Kingston Roche

    Mary Kingston Roche

    Director of Public Policy, Coalition for Community Schools

    Passionate advocate for youth, youth voice, and community schools. In policy and in life, it’s all about partnerships and relationships.

  • Headshot: S. Kwesi Rollins

    S. Kwesi Rollins

    Director, Leadership Programs

    Howard U grad committed to developing and supporting leaders and systems that better serve our most vulnerable children, youth, and families.

  • Headshot: Sara Sembiante

    Sara Sembiante

    Technical Assistance Liaison

    Pennsylvania native living in Arizona with deep experience in disability, education, and youth transition to adulthood. Fierce advocate for empowering youth with disabilities.

  • Headshot: Jennifer Thomas

    Jennifer Thomas

    Youth Development Specialist

    Igniting youth voice and promoting youth choice to yield positive transition outcomes for youth.

  • Headshot: Lynda Tredway

    Lynda Tredway

    Senior Associate

    Activist, teacher,  coach, mother, and organizer who is joyful even though she is fully aware of current education reform arena.

  • Headshot: Michael D. Usdan

    Michael D. Usdan

    Senior Fellow

    IEL president emeritus focused on urban education, government and education, and relationships between elementary-secondary and higher education.

  • Headshot: Johan Uvin

    Johan Uvin


    Collaborative leader with strong background in education & workforce development. Passionate about opportunity youth, serving adults in families, & elevating issues to support communities.

  • Headshot: Ebony M. Watson

    Ebony M. Watson

    Program Coordinator, Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program

    Georgia peach now Baltimore resident; juvenile probation officer turned mentoring advocate. Striving hard to make a difference in the lives of youth.

  • Headshot: Joan L. Wills

    Joan L. Wills

    Senior Fellow

    40+ years and counting trying to reduce institutional barriers controlled by adults to help all youth succeed in the world of work.  

  • Headshot: Latraniecesa

    Latraniecesa "LJ" Wilson

    Communications Coordinator, Coalition for Community Schools

    Enthusiastic researcher passionate about helping nonprofits & underserved communities tell their stories. Dedicated to creating communication & social media strategies that drive positive change.