Community-driven, equity-focused leadership, education, and workforce transformation.



  • 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 Associate

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

  • Headshot: Carly Fahey

    Carly Fahey

    Program Associate

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

  • Headshot: Isabella Fante

    Isabella Fante

    Strategic Data Project Fellow

    New Yorker passionate about using data to inform community-driven change to improve educational equity.

  • 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: Gabriela Manriquez

    Gaby Manriquez

    Program Associate

    Passionate about social justice and intersectionality. Halloween, popcorn, and history enthusiast.

  • 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: 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.

  • 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