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Pahara Announces New Class of Leaders for The Pahara Fellowship

(February 23, 2023) - The Pahara Institute announced today a new cohort of the highly selective Pahara Fellowship. These 24 individuals join the Pahara community of leaders, which is designed to strengthen and sustain values-driven leaders who are transforming public education so that every child is prepared to lead a free and fulfilling life.

The Pahara Fellowship is a one-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 education, 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 February 2023 Pahara Fellows are:

  • Lea Crusey, Senior Advisor, The Beans

  • Amy D'Angelo, Chief of Staff, Jeremiah Program

  • Elizabeth Farruggia, Deputy Chief of Specialized Services, Mastery Schools

  • Chong-Hao Fu, Chief Executive Officer, Leading Educators

  • Caitlyn Herman, Chief Academic Officer, Summit Public Schools

  • Althea Holford, Vice President of the Seed Team, Charter School Growth Fund

  • Alexander Jarrell, Chief Innovation Officer, New Schools for New Orleans

  • Ashley Johnson-Varner, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation

  • Jillian Juman, Chief Executive Officer, Envision Education

  • Matthew Kennard, Chief Executive Officer, BetterLesson, Inc.

  • Karen Maldonado, Chief Program and Innovation Officer, Latinos for Education

  • Steven Morris, Head of School, The San Francisco School

  • Jose Munoz, Chief Talent Officer, YES Prep Public Schools

  • Natalie C. Neris, Chief of Community Engagement, Kids First Chicago

  • Alexandra Oliver-Dávila, Executive Director, Sociedad Latina

  • Sabrina Pence, Chief Executive Officer, FirstLine Schools

  • Ronald C. Rice, Senior Director of Government Relations, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

  • Craig Robinson, President, Matriculate

  • Ann Scott, Chief Advancement Officer, KIPP Texas Public Schools

  • Alex Serna, Chief Program Officer, Breakthrough Collaborative

  • Erin Studer, Executive Director of Charter School Programs, CHIME Institute

  • Raj Thakkar, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Charter School Business Management and FOREsight Financial Services for Good

  • Natasha Trivers, Chief Executive Officer, Democracy Prep Public Schools

  • Anne Wicks, The Ann Kimball Johnson Director of Education and Opportunity, George W. Bush Institute

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

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About the Pahara Institute

The Pahara Institute seeks to strengthen the movement for educational excellence and equity by developing and sustaining values-driven leaders. The guiding principle of the Pahara Institute is that bold improvements are needed in our public schools so that every child in America is prepared to lead a free and fulfilling life. Pahara’s programs are designed to identify leaders in education innovation, and through a time-tested dialogue approach, strengthen and sustain their efforts to bring about critical improvements to our public schools. For more information, please visit


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