Staff

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Carrie Wilson

Executive Director

Carrie’s commitment to transformational adult learning has enabled her to lead the growth of Lead by Learning from its original single group of 18 teacher scholars to its...

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Jennifer Ahn

Director of Network Partnerships

Jennifer is the Director of Network Partnerships at Lead by Learning, where she works to leverage the transformative power of learning. Jennifer leads Lead by Learning’s certificate program...

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Sarah Sugarman

Regional Director

Sarah believes in the power of learning communities that honor teachers’ professionalism, where colleagues supportively challenge each other to hone their practice in service of equitable outcomes for...

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Elizabeth Shafer

Director of Strategy and Influence

Elizabeth is passionate about supporting teachers and leaders in their complex work and providing all students access to content. Elizabeth believes that equity-driven improvement happens when...

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Julia Beers Moss

Program Associate

Julia brings a passion for equity and her experience in the classroom to her work with Lead by Learning. She taught 2nd and 3rd grade for eight years...

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Malia Tayabas-Kim

Program Associate

Malia is a proud Oakland native and is a product of the Oakland Unified School District. Growing up in a family of educators, she chose to give back...

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Nina Portugal

Program Associate

Nina is passionate about students, equity, and adaptive teaching. Nina spent 9 years in the classroom teaching High School, and last 7 in Oakland Unified School District focusing...

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Claire Bove

Creative Director

Claire is Lead by Learning’s adult learning artist-in-residence. A former Carnegie Scholar with a research focus on developing teaching leadership, she specializes in how to let passion lead...

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Jean Witzke

Budget Manager

Jean is a veteran organizer with twenty  years of experience in office administration. She acted as president of an arts non-profit for 8 years, successfully implementing new procedures...

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Joni Nebril

Administrative Assistant

Joni provides administration and event coordination for Lead by Learning. It’s through her experience working in hospitality and restaurant management that she realized her passion was working with...

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Aija Simmons

Teacher Advisor

Aija specializes in creating safe, non-evaluative spaces to meet teachers where they are and move them forward. She advises Lead by Learning on the design of a teacher...

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Hillary Walker

Hillary Walker

Teacher Advisor

Hillary brings an extensive background in coaching and mentoring teachers to her role as a program advisor for Lead by Learning. She is in her twelfth year of...

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Dr. Anna Richert

Anna Richert

Founder & Advisor

Anna is the founder and Faculty Director of Lead by Learning, with a decades-long passion for studying teacher learning. Her teaching and research interests center on the preparation of and...

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Daniela Mantilla

Daniela Mantilla

Teacher Advisor

Daniela has dedicated her career to creating spaces where students and teachers feel safe to share both their uncertainties and their new understandings. She currently teaches third grade...

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