Community-driven leadership development in education, health, and employment.



  • Headshot: Maame Appiah

    Maame Appiah

    Vice President for Finance and Talent

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

  • Headshot: Alicia Bolton

    Alicia Bolton

    Director, Adult Career Pathway Design Challenge

    Passionate about community empowerment through education and skill building. Busy and loving mom in need of a good nap. Always on the lookout for the best gluten free recipes.

  • Headshot: Jordan Bynoe

    Jordan Bynoe

    Finance and Human Resources Associate

    New Englander passionate about educational equity.

  • Headshot: Joline Collins

    Joline Collins

    Program Manager, Leadership Development

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

  • Headshot: Georges Dadawadji

    Georges Dadawadji

    Accounting and Finance Associate

    Finance buff, Civic Volunteer, and Advocate for people with disabilities.

  • 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: Karin Grandon

    Karin Grandon

    Technical Assistance Liaison, Y-TAC

    Unapologetic hugger, creative, adventurous spirit personally and professionally, committed to lending youth voice to systems change for young people with disabilities.

  • Headshot: Tauheedah Jackson

    Tauheedah Jackson

    Deputy Director, Coalition for Community Schools


  • Headshot: Whitney Johnson

    Whitney Johnson

    Program Associate

    Passionate about social justice, multiculturalism, and community development. D.C. explorer/aspiring hip hop dancer.

  • Headshot: Mindy Larson

    Mindy Larson

    Deputy Director, Center for Workforce Development

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

  • Pele Le

    Events and Operations Program Associate

    Rooted in love and justice, Pele (he/him/his) is a second-generation Vietnamese American driven to create impact by bridging communities, building advocates & centering marginalized communities.

  • Headshot: Dr. Helen Janc Malone

    Dr. Helen Janc Malone

    Vice President for Research and Innovation

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

  • Headshot: José Muñoz

    José Muñoz

    Vice President for Equity and Impact

    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. Proud fighter for equity in education, work, and opportunity. She/hers

  • Mia Perry

    Digital Media Coordinator

    Has a passion for creative storytelling that drives action and prioritizes social justice. Loves being a Hokie, exploring the great outdoors, and all things craft beer.

  • Jeff Pollard


    Pennsylvania born and raised, now a DC native after 30+ years. Traveling around the country and around the world, Jeff’s love for the District is why he chooses to call it home. He also enjoys crui

  • Headshot: Mary Kingston Roche

    Mary Kingston Roche

    Director of Policy

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

  • Headshot: Kathy Rodriguez

    Kathy Rodriguez

    Finance Manager

    Fitness enthusiast with focus on diversity in education.

  • Gwen Rodriguez

    Program Coordinator, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy, Director of Youth Entrepreneurship

    Gwen's work and life purpose is to be an agent of transformation at a personal, organizational, and social level by creating experiences and platforms that create equal opportunity.

  • Headshot: Kwesi Rollins

    S. Kwesi Rollins

    Vice President for Leadership and Engagement

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

  • Headshot: Dahlia Shaewitz

    Dahlia Shaewitz

    Vice President, Transition, Disability & Employment

    Excited to work with powerful people with disabilities who create their own futures. Loves writing poetry, reading literature & traveling to a new country every year.

  • Headshot: Sabrina Sheikh

    Sabrina Sheikh

    Executive Assistant

    True change is possible through cross sectors collaboration, achieve this and you are looking at a better tomorrow.

  • Headshot: Ken Simon

    Ken Simon

    Senior Associate, Project i4

    Throughout his career in education, his passion & focus has been on ensuring that all students have access to deeper & more meaningful learning experiences.

  • 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: 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: Mark Watson

    Mark Watson

    Director of Transition

    Mark Watson serves as Managing Director of the Fair Food Fund, Fair Food Network’s impact investing arm, which provides catalytic capital and business assistance.