Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pahara and Aspen Institutes Announce New Class of Leaders for Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship

SAN FRANCISCO (May 4, 2016) – The Pahara Institute, together with the Aspen Institute, announced today the selection of the Summer 2016 cohort of the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program. These 24 individuals join the community of leaders who have previously participated in the Fellowship, which is designed to support diverse and innovative leaders who are reimagining America’s public schools.


The Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship is a two-year, cohort-based program that identifies innovative leaders in the educational excellence and equity movement, facilitates their dynamic growth, and strengthens their collective efforts to dramatically improve public schools for low-income children and communities. The Fellowship provides these leaders with the unusual opportunity to step back from their demanding daily work to reflect with peers on their collective and individual impact as leaders and change agents. Fellows challenge each other to think beyond traditional silos and sector boundaries to develop strategies that enhance their effectiveness as leaders, address leadership challenges in public education, and accelerate the improvements needed to provide high quality learning opportunities for all of our nation’s children.


The Summer 2016 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows are:

Daniel Anello, Chief Executive Officer, New Schools for Chicago
Jose Arenas, Managing Director, Community Organizing, Innovate Public Schools
Layla Avila, Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President, Strategic Projects, The New Teacher Project
Scott Bess, Head of School, Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, Purdue University
Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, City of New York
Steve Bumbaugh, Senior Vice President, College and Career Access, The College Board
Shirley Collado, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, Rutgers University – Newark
Elizabeth Corcoran, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EdSurge
Kristin Ehrgood, President, Flamboyan Foundation
Harris Ferrell, Chief Operating Officer, Achievement First, Inc.
Kate Ford, Area Superintendent, Los Angeles, Aspire Public Schools
Keith Frome, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, College Summit
Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer, KnowledgeWorks Foundation
Jeff Jablow, Senior Vice President, Stretegy and Operations, City Year
Robin Lake, Director, Center for Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington
Irma Munoz, Chief Operating Officer, IDEA Public Schools
Brittany Packnett, Executive Director, Teach For America – St. Louis
Nichole Pinkard, Founder, Digital Youth Network
Shruti Sehra, Managing Partner, Reimagine Learning Fund and Early Learning Fund, New Profit
Thomas Stewart, President, Patten University
Michael Stone, Co-Chief Executive Officer, New Schools for New Orleans
Beth Sutkus Thompson, Founding Executive Director, KIPP Bay Area Schools
Gia Truong, Chief Executive Officer, Envision Education
Steven Wilson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ascend Learning

Read the full press release.