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PRESS RELEASE - 9/5/2019

September 5, 2019


Saskia Traill Named as New President and CEO of ExpandED Schools

New York, NY, September 5, 2019 - ExpandED Schoolsa New York City nonprofit uniting the after-school field to drive policy and practice that improves the quality of learning experiences, announced that Saskia Traill has been appointed the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2019. She succeeds Jane Martínez Dowling, who succeeded the organization’s founding president, Lucy Friedman.

"The Board is unanimous in our enthusiasm for Dr. Traill’s leadership,” said Board Chair Brandon Robinson. “Her knowledge and passion for ExpandED’s work is infectious. We are excited for her and the entire staff as they advance the organization.”

Saskia came to ExpandED in 2009 as the Director of Policy, then quickly broadened her role to lead external and government relations as well as research. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President and acting Chief Operating Officer. In these capacities she had oversight of the organization’s fiscal and administrative functions and led the organization’s work to design, demonstrate, and sustain after-school innovations that improve outcomes for young people. 

Prior to joining ExpandED, Saskia spent seven years building state systems for early care and education at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. She also worked as a fundraiser at the arts nonprofit LEAP and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Saskia earned her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. She is currently co-chair of the New York City Middle School Task Force, which supports literacy in the middle grades and drives reform in partnership with unions, advocates, intermediaries, and direct service organizations. 

Founded as The After-School Corporation (TASC) in 1998 through a challenge grant from the Open Society Foundations (then the Open Society Institute), ExpandED Schools built the nation’s largest citywide system of daily comprehensive after-school programs for youth in kindergarten through high school. The organization now serves more than 200 schools and community partners, more than 6,000 educators and 100,000 children annually.

“What has excited me every day about coming to ExpandED is the opportunity to make learning experiences better for kids through the integration of research, policy, and practice,” said Dr. Traill. “It is such a delight to work alongside ExpandED’s terrific staff as we find ways for schools and community organizations to work together to improve teaching and learning related to STEM, literacy, social-emotional development, work-based learning, and other areas we know are critical for success in college and career. I am honored and humbled to take on this new role for ExpandED Schools.”



About ExpandED Schools:

ExpandED Schools is a New York City nonprofit that unites the after-school field to drive policy and practice that improves the quality of learning experiences. Since its founding in 1998, the organization has created opportunities for more than one million children by empowering community organizations and schools to partner together to increase access to learning opportunities.  www.expandedschools.org

Facebook: facebook.com/ExpandEDSchools  Twitter: @expand_school  Instagram: @expanded_schools


For more information:

Bryn Canner, Senior Director of Development 
ExpandED Schools
(646) 943 8763