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


The Pahara Institute, together with the Aspen Institute, announced today the Winter 2019 cohort of the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. These 24 leaders join a network of diverse and talented leaders who are reimagining America’s public schools.


“Now more than ever, it is important to invest in our leaders’ ability to engage in dialogue across historical divides, and to cultivate the courage to reflect deeply and act with integrity in the face of deep values tensions,” said Kim Smith, Pahara Institute Founder and CEO. “We are thrilled to support this new cohort of inspiring leaders, and to welcome them into the Pahara-Aspen community.”


The Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship is a two-year, cohort-based program that identifies exceptional leaders in the educational excellence and equity movement, facilitates their dynamic growth, and strengthens their collective efforts to dramatically improve public schools, especially those serving 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 Fellowship is a partnership between the Pahara and Aspen Institutes. The Aspen Institute has created a leadership development model through its renowned Henry Crown Fellowship program, which focuses on inspiring Fellows to make a lasting difference in their spheres of influence through the application of effective and enlightened leadership. Pahara-Aspen Fellows become part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, which currently includes more than 2,800 Fellows from over 60 countries who are collectively making tremendous positive change in the world.


The Winter 2019 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows are:

  • Vince Bertram, President and Chief Executive Officer, Project Lead The Way

  • Deborah Bigham, Chief Development Officer, Uplift Education

  • Kenya Bradshaw, Vice President, The New Teacher Project

  • Eduardo Briceño, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mindset Works

  • Ernesto Cantu, Executive Director, IDEA Pubic Schools – El Paso

  • Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, Panasonic Foundation

  • Anne Douglass, Founder and Executive Director, Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation, UMass Boston

  • Michael Thomas Duffy, President, Great Oaks Foundation

  • Bree Dusseault, Executive Director, Green Dot Public Schools – Washington

  • Nora Flood, Education Director, Wend Ventures

  • Paula Garcia, Senior Vice President, Teach for America

  • Hanseul Kang, State Superintendent, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education

  • Jessica Lindl, Global Head of Education, Unity Technologies

  • Tim Lord, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, DreamYard Project, Inc.

  • Jack Pannell, Founder and President, Five Smooth Stones Foundation, Inc.

  • Ebbie Parsons, Founder and Managing Partner, Yardstick Management

  • Charlene Reid, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Excellence Community Schools

  • Jason Rohloff, Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, The College Board

  • Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, College for Social Innovation

  • Stacey Shells, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ReGeneration Schools

  • Javaid Siddiqi, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hunt Institute

  • Kyle Wedberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, NOCCA

  • Amy Wilkins, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

  • Ken Zeff, Executive Director, Learn4Life

“We are thrilled to welcome this new cohort of high-integrity Pahara-Aspen Fellows into the Aspen Global Leadership Network,” said David Langstaff, Interim Executive Vice President for the Aspen Global Leadership Network. “Our Fellows’ work to strengthen public education is what we need across America to uphold our commitment to democracy. We congratulate the new Fellows as they lead us into the second decade of the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship.”

To access bios and photos of the Pahara-Aspen Fellows, click here.

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