Staff

Mizgon Darby

Executive Director

Mizgon’s world is driven by serving communities that are frequently ignored, do not have access to the resources they need to thrive, and are brimming with hope. In...

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Jennifer Ahn

Chief Design Officer

Jennifer is the Chief Design Officer at Lead by Learning, where she works to leverage the transformative power of learning. Jennifer leads Lead by Learning’s certificate program and...

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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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Elizabeth Sanders

Associate Director of Program Facilitation and Fund Development

Liz currently serves as the Associate Director of Program Facilitation and Fund Development at Lead by Learning, where she works to transform adult learning communities for educators by...

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Malia Tayabas-Kim

Lead Program Facilitator

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

Lead Program Facilitator

Nina is passionate about students, equity, and continuous improvement. Nina spent 9 years teaching High School English, and last 7 in Oakland Unified School District focusing on English...

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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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James Pantig

Budget Manager

James has over 7+ years of experience primarily in the non-profit world working mainly for health and education organizations.  James is very seasoned in operations, administration, finance, human resources and...

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Jean Witzke

Budget Advisor

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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Carrie Wilson

Advisor

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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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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