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Leadership Team

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Administration

 
Saskia Traill

Saskia Traill, PhD

President & CEO
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.

 

Marina Cofield

Chief Operating Officer
Marina currently serves at the Chief Operating Officer at ExpandED Schools, where she leads work related to organizational development, strategy, talent management, and operations. Marina began her career as a Teach for America corps member, teaching reading and language arts to middle school students with disabilities in the Mississippi Delta. Marina also spent six years as the Founding Principal of KIPP South Fulton Academy, a public charter school in the metro-Atlanta area. Designed to provide a rigorous college-preparatory education to traditionally underserved students, the school grew to serve approximately 300 students in fifth through eighth grade, and continues to thrive to this day. Most recently, Marina spent eleven years in senior leadership roles at the New York City Department of Education. Most recently, she served as the Senior Executive Director of the Office of Leadership, leading the development of a strong pipeline of teacher leaders, assistant principals, and principals for schools citywide. During her time at the NYCDOE, Marina also spent four years as a Network Leader, leading a team that provided comprehensive operational and instructional supports to roughly 30 public schools across the city. Marina holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University.

Programs and Capacity

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.




Innovation

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Emma Banay

Director, STEM Programs
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

Director, ExpandED Options
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.

 

Institutional Advancement

 

Bryn Canner

Senior Director, 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. 

 

Finance

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

Administration 

Chereson, Julia  Office Manager
Cofield, Marina  Chief Operating Officer
Santana, Katherine  Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Santos, Melissa  HR Manager
Traill, Saskia  
President & Chief Executive Officer

Innovation

Agnone, Fran  STEM Program Manager
Aidoo, Naa-Shorme  Director, Policy 
Banay, Emma  Director, STEM Programs
Brazier-Thurman, Candace  Director, ExpandED Options
Jackson, Gregory  Pathways Associate
Levitt, Daniel  Program Director, Financial Literacy
Little, Tarilyn  Program Manager, Literacy

Melancon, Kody  Director, Pathways
Nuñez, Joel  Director, Early Literacy
Rivera, Katherine  STEM Program Manager
Salam, Monia  Work-Based Learning Program Manager
Watanabe, Asuka
  Work-Based Learning Coordinator

Every Hour Counts

Donner, Jessica  Executive Director, Every Hour Counts
Margolis, Ally  
Policy & Communications Manager, Every Hour Counts

Programs and Capacity

Colón, Natalie  Director, Program Excellence
Herreros, Mark  Data Programs Analyst & Trainer
Ladner-Seward, Rashida  Vice President, Program Excellence
Noisette, Jacques  SEL Director
Oliveira, Adriana  Professional Development Literacy Manager
Richardson, Taejha  
Capacity Building Director, Technical Assistance Initiatives  
Roberts, Steve  STEM Manager
Rozario, Tony  Programs Data Specialist
Taylor, Deborah  Program Manager

 

Institutional Advancement 

Canner, Bryn  Senior Director, Development 
Hartje, Rebecca  Development Officer

Finance

Alexandrova, Stela  Staff Accountant
Colon, Jose  Senior Grants Manager
Dai, Shanshan  Staff Accountant
Farrar, Tianay  Payroll Coordinator
Nino, Kenneth  Accounting Specialist

Shah, Charles  Chief Financial Officer 
Williams, Kathy  Senior Accounting Manager

Research

Lang, Adam  Senior Research Associate
Negin, Laura  Research Analyst
Sonterblum, Laina  Senior Research Associate

 

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