Education Reform Staff
Marc Sternberg is director of the foundation’s Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area. He leads the foundation’s initiatives to improve K-12 education for all of our nation’s children by empowering parents with quality options. Before joining the foundation, Marc served as the senior deputy chancellor at the New York City Department of Education, where he directed the citywide portfolio planning efforts including new school development and placement, the school phase-out process, and the enrollment process for students Pre-K-12. He also served as senior advisor to the chancellor and the mayor’s office on K-12 policy and strategy.
Prior to his service as deputy chancellor, Marc served as founder and principal of the Bronx Lab School, an unscreened high school that quadrupled the graduation rate of Evander Childs High School, the school Bronx Lab replaced in 2004. After earning a B.A. from Princeton University in 1995, Marc served as a Teach For America corps member in the South Bronx. He then earned a joint MBA and Masters in Education from Harvard University. Marc was selected as a 2009-2010 White House Fellow, during which time he worked in the office of U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan supporting the Race to the Top initiative.
Fawzia Ahmed is a senior program officer with the foundation’s Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area. Prior to joining the foundation, Fawzia served as a senior director with Arabella Advisors. Fawzia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K., and an MBA from the Yale School of Management, New Haven, Conn.
Lori Drummer Armistead is a program officer for the Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area. Prior to her role with the foundation, she served as director of state projects at the national non-profits Alliance for School Choice and Advocates for School Choice. Previously, she was the director of public affairs and the director of the education task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council. Armistead began her career serving as the legislative advisor to Ohio’s then-Assistant Majority Leader. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Beth Bray is a program officer for the Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area. Prior to joining the foundation, Beth served as the Director of Charter Schools under Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and was responsible for the oversight of 24 public charter schools. Beth began her career in public policy as a researcher and lobbyist for a statewide childrens' service agency, before joining the staff of former Mayor Bart Peterson. She is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and focuses on investments within the Great Lakes Region. Beth received a B.S. from Ball State University and a M.S. from Indiana University.
As focus area coordinator/grants manager for the foundation’s Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area, Sarah Burns manages the operational aspects of its public charter school grant-making process and education reform activities. Prior to joining the foundation she was Development Director for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. Sarah holds a B.S. and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Education Policy from the University of Kentucky.
Yoo Jin is an associate program officer for the Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as the senior director of the Portfolio Strategy and Policy team at the New York City Department of Education. Yoo Jin received her B.A. in History from Yale University.
Jamie Jutila is a program officer for the Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area. She currently works with grantees in the Denver area. Jamie previously worked on education and nonprofit-related issues for U.S. Senator Max Baucus in Bozeman, Montana. She received a B.A. from Gonzaga University and an M.P.A. from University of Colorado – Denver.
Ed Kirby is deputy director of the K-12 Education Reform Focus Area. Before joining the foundation, he served on, and then directed, the public sector team that launched the Massachusetts public charter school initiative in the late 1990s. Prior to that, he worked as a writer and public policy analyst documenting attempted reforms of American education. Ed began his career as a high school English teacher.
Bruno V. Manno is senior advisor for the Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area. Before joining the foundation, he was senior program associate for education with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and before that senior fellow in the Education Policy Studies Program at the Hudson Institute. From 1986 to 1993, he worked in the United States Department of Education, holding several senior positions, including assistant secretary for policy and planning. He received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Dayton, a Ph.D. from Boston College. He is the co-author or author of numerous books and articles on K-12 education policy and reform.
Kelsey provides program support of grants in the Systemic K-12 Education Reform focus area. Prior to joining the foundation, she was a grant writer at the American Indian College Fund. Kelsey is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Political Science and will begin her M.P.A. at the University of Colorado, Denver, in the fall of 2013.
Caleb Offley is deputy director for the Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as project manager for the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education at Stanford University. Caleb has worked in the charter school sector as a board member and school founder and has advised in both advocacy and school development for independent and national charter organizations. He began his career in education as a public high school teacher in California.
Kellie O’Keefe is a senior program officer for the Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area. Prior to joining the foundation, she was a program officer in the areas of early childhood through higher education at the Daniels Fund and managed research for the organization. She has also held positions at the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund, Riverside Software, and the Times Mirror Foundation. Kellie holds a B.A. in history from Colorado State University and an M.A. from Regis University in nonprofit management.
As program officer for the Walton Family Foundation's Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area, Abigail Schumwinger primarily manages the team's strategy for the Milwaukee Market Share Demonstration Site. She previously worked for a non-profit implementing the Gates Foundation-sponsored initiative to start 50 new, small high schools in Milwaukee. She has also worked as a researcher for School Choice Wisconsin and the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington. Abigail received a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington - Seattle.
Sherman Whites, program officer for the Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area, joined the foundation after working in New Orleans as part of the Broad Foundation’s Residency in Urban Education. Previously, he worked as an operations team leader for Target Corporation, and as an adjunct instructor at North Carolina Central University. Sherman earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Florida A&M University, and a M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.