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Leadership Team

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President's Office

Jane Martínez Dowling

President & Chief Executive Officer
Jane has been committed to providing opportunities to underserved children in New York for over twenty-five years as a leader in New York City education. Before coming to ExpandED, Jane served as Head of Programs for KIPP NYC, where she oversaw the K-16 strategy and program design for college access, persistence, careers and character work to ensure that KIPP students and alumni lead happy and choice-filled lives. As the region’s executive director of KIPP Through College over the past ten years she led the KTC program in New York City through dramatic growth, increasing the overall college attainment rate for KIPP students from 21% to 54%, five times the college completion rate for low income students of color, and leading the national KIPP network’s college success outcomes.
Jane received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. She also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program, and attended Columbia University’s School of Social Work for graduate school. 
Jane was awarded the inaugural KIPP Through College Excellence in Leadership award for her work throughout the network to create innovative approaches to college access and college success outcomes for KIPP students. She is member of the Board of Regents at Georgetown University, and Cristo Rey Network’s Board of Directors, and was selected as El Diario’s 2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year for her work in education. Jane is "elated to lead Expanded Schools as it closes the learning gap for all children, and opens a world of possibilities for them."
Saskia Traill

Saskia Traill, PhD

Senior Vice President
Prior to leading policy and research efforts at ExpandED Schools, Saskia worked to build state systems for early care and education. She has authored and co-authored articles for peer-reviewed journals, policy briefs, reports on a range of issues, and an essay on voter registration in a book about civic service (which included being recorded on a CD with Al Gore). Saskia earned a BA from Columbia University and a PhD in research psychology from Stanford University, and credits winning the Baltimore Science Fair in middle school with bolstering her love of science. She currently enjoys passing along that love of science to her twins.

Rebeca Benitez

Rebeca Benitez

Director of Human Resources and Administration
Fluent in both Spanish and English, Rebeca earned a bachelor’s degree in Translation from APEC University in the Dominican Republic and a master’s in Human Resources Management from Fordham University. She’s a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and holds a PHR certification. Rebeca serves the community of East Elmhurst where she counsels young families and youth and provides one-on-one coaching. She’s married with two young adult sons, as well as a stepdaughter with three beautiful children of her own, and loves music, singing, and gaining new insights on human behavior through reading.

 

 

Operations

Monica Ingkavet

Monica Ingkavet

Vice President, Expanded Learning Schools
Monica earned her Masters in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University. Her work at Global Kids and The Posse Foundation launched her career in helping young people improve their skills and chances for success. Before coming to ExpandED Schools, Monica lived in Hong Kong and worked with Summerbridge, a youth organization where college and high school students teach middle school children. Despite an entire career working with youth, it’s her adolescent son who has taught her the most about the value of access to expanded learning opportunities. That is why she loves her work at ExpandED Schools, coaching school teams to offer similar opportunities to all kids.

Rashida Ladner-Seward

Rashida Ladner-Seward

Vice President, Program Excellence
Rashida’s trajectory into the youth services profession began early on as a freshman in high school when she served as a peer leader working on a range of public health issues. She has a BA from NYU and is an alumna of the Partnership for After School Education/Baruch College School of Public Affairs’ Emerging Leaders in Nonprofit Management Program. Rashida is a trained vocalist (having graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts) and a firm believer that the arts build confidence and self-esteem in young people while helping them to succeed academically.

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Emma Banay

Director, STEM Opportunities
Emma brings her education and teaching experience to STEM initiatives at ExpandED Schools. Prior to joining, she taught elementary and middle school science for three years and provided one-on-one support to NYC schools as the Coordinator of Grow to Learn, the citywide school gardens initiative. In that role, she worked to expand students’ access to engaging, real-world science experiences, prioritizing students disproportionately affected by limited green space, poverty, and poor public health outcomes. Emma began her time at ExpandED Schools overseeing Design2Learn, a replicable science intervention that features a combination of: 1) collaborative teaching; 2) curricular bridging; and 3) design-based learning delivered in out-of-school time. Currently, she oversees ExpandED Schools’ STEM portfolio, which encompasses Design2Learn and the STEM Educators Academy; technical assistance contracts to the Department of Youth and Community Development in computer and life sciences; as well as Early Risers, ExpandED Pathways: Engineering, and CS Pathways, three initiatives designed to provide pathways for pre-service educators of color to enter the STEM teaching profession. In this role, she works closely with school, community, and external partners to foster partnerships, facilitate substantial collaborations among educators, improve the work of partners, and develop educators’ skills to offer robust, student-centered STEM programming.

Candace Brazier-Thurman

Candace Brazier-Thurman

ExpandED Options Program Director
Candace is the founding Director of ExpandED Options at ExpandED Schools. She is motivated by how out of school learning can broadening youth’s sense of possibility. She has coordinated multiple high school, intergenerational and professional development programs. Her work has included coordination of ExpandED Options, After-School Apprenticeship Program (ASAP), New York Times Summer Jobs and RampUp, a site-based mentoring program that connected professionals to students. Candace has a BA from Columbia University and is an MPA candidate at Baruch College. During off hours, Candace enjoys creating, sewing, and crafting.

Joel Nuñez

Joel Nuñez

Director, Early Literacy
Joel began his career in education as an after school activity leader and has worked in after school programs for over 12 years. He earned his BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and then his Masters in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has taught in and worked with Elementary, Middle School and High School students in different capacities in California and New York. Through his personal and professional experience, he knows the value and the opportunities for enrichment that the extended learning day can provide students and is committed to helping all students reach their potential.

 

 

Policy & Research

Katie Brohawn

Katie Brohawn, PhD

Vice President, Research
Katie has spent her career conducting social science research with at-risk populations. With a BA in Neuroscience from Connecticut College and a PhD in Psychology from Tufts University focused on the neuroimaging of psychiatric disease, she is always looking for ways to blend her interest in brain sciences to her current passion: leveraging the power of data to fight educational inequity. When not crunching numbers or preaching the value of good data-driven decision making, she can be found exploring museums, parks, playgrounds and hiking trails with her husband and three young children.

Shannon Stagman

Shannon Stagman

Director, Evaluation & Data Quality
Shannon found her way to program evaluation via policy research, and to education via anti-poverty work. After receiving her BA from University of Michigan, she moved to New York to earn her Masters in Political Science from Stony Brook University. From there, she began work at Columbia University as a policy researcher for the Mailman School’s National Center for Children in Poverty. In the course of her work there, Shannon helped manage a project that took her directly into NYC’s public schools to conduct program evaluation, and found her passion. She’s been with ExpandED Schools since 2013, and is always looking for new ways to leverage her evaluation knowledge to help programs achieve their highest level of quality. When she’s not busy at ExpandED, Shannon spends her time organizing in her community and advocating for children and families every way she can.

 

 

 

Institutional Advancement

 

Bryn Canner

Senior Director of Development
Bryn has spent nearly 15 years helping non-profit organizations mobilize financial resources and design strategies to scale promising approaches for tackling social sector challenges. While she has worked on issues ranging from reproductive rights to international development, much of her career has been spent in the education space. Raised by two elementary school teachers and the product of the preK-12 public school system, she is passionate about creating great public schools. Bryn earned an AB in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MA in English from Princeton University. Time spent afterschool working on the literary journal as a kid set the stage for Bryn’s life-long passion for writing poetry and non-fiction, which she pursues in the off hours. 

 

Emily-Jane Miranda Valdez

Emily-Jane Miranda Valdez

Director of Communications and Engagement
Emily-Jane joined ExpandED Schools in 2018, from Landmark Partners, where she was head of marketing and communications and responsible for spearheading the firm's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives. Prior to working with Landmark Partners, she was with The Carlyle Group, AlpInvest Partners and Coller Capital. After 12 years in private equity, she decided to refocus her skills towards a mission-driven organization and contributing to positive social impact. Emily-Jane earned a BA (Hons.) from Durham University in the UK and an MS in Global Affairs from NYU. In her spare time, Emily-Jane enjoys cooking, cycling, playing tennis and is attempting to learn Spanish.

 

 

 

Finance & Administration

Charles (Chirag) Shah

Charles (Chirag) Shah

Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining ExpandED Schools, Charles worked for International Executive Service Corps (IESC) for more than 15 years, and at other agencies in various finance roles. He holds an MA in accounting from the University of Baroda in India, and has completed 60% of the credits for the graduate coursework in finance at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He grew up in India and moved to the United States more than 25 years ago, spending most of those years in Connecticut with his wife Sonal. During his free time, Charles enjoys traveling, and watching Bollywood movies/shows and international cricket matches.

 

 

ExpandED Schools Staff

President's Office 

Benitez, Rebeca  Director, HR & Administration
Donner, Jessica  Executive Director, Every Hour Counts
D'Imperio, Sarah Executive Assistant to the President
Martínez Dowling, Jane President & Chief Executive Officer
Nino, Kenneth  Finance & Office Assistant
Santos, Melissa  HR & Administration Coordinator
Traill, Saskia  Senior Vice President

Programs

Banay, Emma  Director, STEM Opportunities 
Brazier-Thurman, Candace  Director, ExpandED Options
Colón, Natalie  Senior Program Manager
Cruz, Domingo  Program Manager
Herreros, Mark  Programs Data Analyst & Trainer
Ingkavet, Monica  Vice President, Expanded Learning Schools
Jasmin Blas, Debbie Program Manager, Empire State
Kapten, Bentley, STEM Program Manager
Ladner-Seward, Rashida  Vice President, Program Excellence
Levitt, Daniel  Program Director, Financial Literacy
Noisette, Jacques  Program Manager
Nuñez, Joel  Literacy Program Director
Richardson, Taejha  Training Manager
Roberts, Steve  STEM Manager
Roseberry, Rachel  Literacy Manager
Song, Christina  Administrative Assistant
Taylor, Deborah  Middle & High School Program Manager

Policy & Research 

Badgley, Marissa Policy & Programs Director 
Brohawn, Katie Vice President Research
Murchison, Lizzie Senior Research Associate
Stagman, Shannon Director, Evaluation & Data Quality
Watanabe, Asuka Project Coordinator, Evaluation Services

Institutional Advancement 

Canner, Bryn Senior Director of Development 
Miranda Valdez, Emily-Jane Director of Communications

Finance & Administration

Alexandrova, Stela  Accounting Coordinator
Colon, Jose Senior Grants Manager
Dai, Shanshan Accounting Specialist
Farrar, Tianay Payroll Coordinator
Robergeau, Michaelle Grants & Contracts Assistant 
Shah, Charles Chief Financial Officer 
Williams, Kathy  Accounting Manager
Xie, Cathy (Chang)  Staff Accountant

 

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