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Behind our nearly 20 years of experience exploring the future of learning and partnering with schools and state and federal policymakers is a passionate team that believes in working together to create a system-wide approach to grow and sustain student-centered practices.

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Mike Ball

Executive Assistant, Strategy and Programs


Sherri Boone

Executive Assistant and Coordinator, StrivePartnership


Holly A. Brinkman

Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Finance


Drake Bryan

Senior Manager, Business Intelligence


Amber Decker, EdD

Senior Manager, Strategy and Grant Development


Michael DiMaggio

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Development


Carolyn Eastman

Director, School Development

Teams: Schools

Rolando Fernando

Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation, StrivePartnership


Abbie Forbus

Director, Teaching and Learning

Teams: Schools

Todd Garvin

Senior Creative Services Manager


Heather Gerker

Manager for Early Learning Success, StrivePartnership


Amanda Goldsmith

Accountant and Payroll Administrator


Whayne Herriford

Senior Director, Talent Management


Laura Hilger

Director, Teaching and Learning

Teams: Schools

Danielle Hoffman

Senior Data Analyst, StrivePartnership


Marina Hopkins

Director of Operations, StrivePartnership


Sarah Jenkins

Director of Policy Research and Strategic Initiatives

Teams: Policy