Who We Are

We are a 900-person-strong, self-governed network organized to advance a shared vision for the future of learning and an equitable, racially just, and democratic public education system. Our network bridges divides — uniting education groups, youth and family-led organizations, educators, communicators, researchers, funders, systems and union leaders, and policy advocates.


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Evelyn Aissa,
Deputy Director

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Taylor Moore, Associate
Director of Network Effectiveness

Jasmine Bolton,
Policy Director

Alexis Paulin-Edwards,
Program Associate

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Our Network’s Evolution

The Partnership began as a funder working group six years ago with 7 funders and about 12 field partners. In 2012, at a meeting of the Education Funders Strategy Group at the National Public Education Support Fund (NPESF) an inquiry was made: Were other funders thinking about how a different set of guiding values might lead to a different set of educational policies that would help grow and support “New Models” of learning? How can funders show up in different education spaces, wanting to honoring different contexts and communities. How can we be real about the ways the system needs to update and change?

Conversation led to clarity: The dominant narrative about education was flawed and we needed a better way to articulate a powerful vision for the future of learning. We needed more power in the field to overcome the siloed nature of 1,000 different efforts. We needed an affirmative vision to bring people together.

Movement Strategy Center supported development of a long-term strategy to build field alignment among organizations and like-minded efforts with shared values and a common agenda. The core proposition was that field and funders need to pivot and partner shoulder-to-shoulder, informed by the RE-AMP network model to fundamentally change how people relate to and strategize with each other through the practice of partnership. How we move together is as critical to who we are as what we’re moving towards.

Our network has since expanded to become a large and diverse network that represents community voices and collective action with over 700 individual partners from 300 organizations and 20 foundations. Supporting the work of our partners, especially those advancing racial justice, meaningful learning and the protection of public education, remains central in the thinking and planning of the Partnership.

Through an intentional transition plan underway since 2021, the Partnership transitioned towards greater independence and departed the NPESF. The NPESF Board of Directors and the Steering Committee of the Partnership support this transition as it reflects the extraordinary growth the Partnership has achieved building on the strong support, leadership, and nurturance from NPESF.  — including expert help in developing the transition plan based on sound analysis and careful planning.

The Partnership continues to pursue its mission with energy and focus to increase its strategic impact at our new fiscal home — Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) as of July 1, 2022. RPA is a nonprofit organization that helps donors create thoughtful and effective philanthropy. Founded in 2002, RPA is one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to more than 70 countries. RPA also serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 100 projects, providing governance, management and operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes.

Public Education Ambassadors

The following partners are spokespeople, scholars, influencers, and storytellers who you can request for public-facing opportunities such as media inquiries, interviews, speeches, panels, and written pieces.

Evelyn Aissa

Deputy Director Partnership for the Future of Learning BIO
Alex Ames

Alex Ames

Founder, Youth Organizing Strategist Georgia Youth Justice Coalition BIO
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Jasmine Bolton

Policy Director Partnership for the Future of Learning BIO

Darian Burns

Legislative and Public Policy Analyst Southern Education Foundation BIO

Joey Clift

Comedian, Writer, Cowlitz Indian Tribal Member Cowlitz Indian Tribe BIO

Karen DeMoss

Executive Director Prepared To Teach BIO

Julian Fortuna

Youth Organizer Georgia Youth Justice Coalition BIO
Aisha Haynes

Aisha Haynes

Director of Storytelling Prepared to Teach BIO

Kaylen Jones

Communication Coordinator Student Voice BIO

Cierra Kaler-Jones

Communities for Just Schools Fund Director of Storytelling BIO

Hafiza Khalique

Organizing Fellowship Coordinator Student Voice BIO

Jennifer Kotting, PhD

Communications Strategist & Consultant Partnership for the Future of Learning BIO

Jessica Levin

Acting Litigation Director Education Law Center BIO

Beth Lewis

Director Save Our Schools BIO

Sarah Robinson

Education Justice Campaign Director Granite State Progress BIO

Kyle Serrette

Community School Campaign Manager National Education Association BIO
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Ayana Smith

Storytelling Programs Coordinator Student Voice BIO

Kathryn Wiley

Assistant Professor Howard University, School of Education BIO
Michael Woods

Michael Woods

Special Education Teacher School District of Palm Beach County, Florida BIO

Natalie M. Zwerger

Executive Director RE-Center Race & Equity in Education BIO

Media Inquiries

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2023 Steering Committee Members

  • Shaun Adamec, Adamec Communications
  • Delia Arellano-Weddleton, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • Daaiyah Bilal-Threats, National Education Association
  • Roberta Furger, Stuart Foundation
  • Ashley Harris, Jumping Hoops Consulting
  • Angelica Jongco, Public Advocates
  • Tiffany Miller, Learning Policy Institute
  • Jasmine Oke, American Federation of Teachers
  • Catalina Perez, Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education
  • Janet Soto Rodriguez, Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • Christina Pretorius, Reaching Higher New Hampshire
  • Kwesi Rollins, Institute for Educational Leadership
  • Kyle Serrette, National Education Association
  • Warren Simmons, Independent Consultant & Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • Gloria Totten, Public Leadership Institute
  • Doannie Tran, Center for Innovation in Education

2022 Strategy Council Members

  • Shaun Adamec, Adamec Communications
  • Jo Anderson, Consortium for Educational Change
  • Diana Araujo, Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education
  • Delia Arellano-Weddleton, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • Gregg Behr, Grable Foundation
  • Noah Berger, Massachusetts Teacher Association
  • Ernest Bihm, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Renee Blahuta, Kellogg Foundation
  • Keron Blair, New Georgia Project
  • Tim Cairl, Greater Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Keith Catone, Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education
  • Donald Cohen, In the Public Interest
  • Morgan Craven, Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA)
  • Karen DeMoss, Prepared to Teach
  • Sophie Fanelli, Stuart Foundation
  • Roberta Furger, Stuart Foundation
  • Richard Gray, NYU Metro Center
  • Whitney Grubbs, Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • Ashley Harris, Jumping Hoops Consulting, Georgia
  • Scott Hartl, EL Education
  • Karen Hunter Quartz, UCLA Center for Community Schooling
  • Chris Jackson, Big Picture Learning
  • Bri Joseph, Engage Miami
  • Taylor Kahn-Perry, Student Voice
  • Cierra Kaler-Jones, Rethinking Schools
  • Rosa de Leon, Californians for Justice
  • Gaby Lopez, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Sergio Tonatiuh Luna, PICO CA Education for Liberation
  • Tonantzin Mitre, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Kayla Morrison, Project VOYCE
  • José Muñoz, Institute for Educational Leadership
  • Scott Nine, Oregon Department of Education
  • Erin Patterson, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Catalina Perez, Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education
  • Christina Pretorius, Reaching Higher New Hampshire
  • Anya Ramos, Leaders Igniting Transformation
  • Kwesi Rollins, Institute for Educational Leadership
  • Mike Russell, Cowichan Valley School District (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Shane Safir, Listening and Leading for Equity
  • David Sciarra, Education Law Center
  • Kyle Serrette, NEA
  • Warren Simmons, National Education Policy Center
  • Dyan Smiley, American Federation of Teachers
  • Sara Sneed, NEA Foundation
  • Krasimir Staykov, Kentucky Student Voice Team
  • Gloria Totten, Public Leadership Institute
  • Marla Ucelli-Kashyap, American Federation of Teachers
  • John Watkins
  • Kevin Welner, National Education Policy Center
  • Kenita Williams, Southern Education Foundation
  • Michael Wotorson, Schott Foundation for Public Education

Consulting Partners