Brian brings with him over fourteen years of experience in writing public policy, successfully negotiating compromises among diverse stakeholder groups, and working in leadership roles with the Kentucky state government. Most recently, Brian served as the Director of the Kentucky State Teacher Fellows Program. Brian is excited to work with our State Directors as our State Fellows Program expands and with the new partners it brings. He currently resides in Springfield, Kentucky with his wife, Heather, and his three children: Ashton, Taylor, and Ella.
Michele has more than a decade of experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She served in the Obama Administration in various roles, including Acting Chief of Staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration, overseeing the operations and strategic direction of the federal agency. Before that, Michele was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and held roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Pepsico, and Radius Intelligence, a tech start-up. Michele earned her B.S. from UCLA and her M.B.A from the University of Chicago. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two daughters.
Prior to joining Hope Street Group, Brad Clark was a 4th and 5th grade ELA and Social Studies teacher at Simmons Elementary in the Woodford County Public School system. He was a member of the first cohort of Kentucky State Teacher Fellows for the Hope Street Group and co-founded the National Blogging Collaborative. Brad has been a featured blogger with the Center for Teaching Quality and has collaborated with other teacher leaders across the nation on various projects including designing virtual engagement and social media strategies, creating next generation professional learning events, promoting cross network collaboration and establishing career pathways for teacher leadership.
With a background in educational and social service nonprofit management, Katharine brings expertise in partnership development, stakeholder mobilization, and community organizing to Hope Street Group. She joins the team after implementing a new youth focus for the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, serving as Executive Director for the American Red Cross: Upper Palmetto Chapter and leading advancement efforts as Assistant Vice President for Development at Gardner-Webb University. Originally from Rhode Island, Katharine has resided and worked in North Carolina for the past decade. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.
Chelsey joins Hope Street Group after nearly three years working on health care, tax, retirement, and other various public policy issues affecting the business sector in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Chelsey lived in South America – Chile and Peru – working as an English teacher at all levels of learning from elementary age students to adult professionals. Deeply committed to human rights advocacy, Chelsey is excited to advance economic opportunities and prosperity for all populations. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Chelsey holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington.
Before joining Hope Street Group, Dan was Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff at the Delaware Department of Education. Previously, he was Assistant Superintendent/Chief of Staff for Delaware’s Christina School District. Dan also worked for the New Castle County Executive Office and Law Department, The Honorable Kent A. Jordan, U.S. District Judge for the District of Delaware and Vice President Biden’s Senate Office. He was also Associate General Counsel for Corporation Service Company. In addition to sitting on the board of the Delaware Arts Consortium, he is Board Chair Emeritus of the Delaware Humane Association and the President of the Board for both the Delaware Theatre Company and the Delaware Arts Alliance.
Emma is committed to developing viable pathways which simultaneously advance economic opportunities and prosperity of individuals, businesses, and communities. Before joining the Hope Street Group team, Emma worked with Achieving the Dream, Inc. and National Society of Collegiate Scholars where she helped design, implement, and grow partnerships based on the shared-value of student success. Prior to that, Emma worked with the White House Domestic Policy Council’s education team, the Korean Educational Development Institute, and served her Fulbright teaching in a South Korean high school. Emma graduated from Pitzer College and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.
Keilani has many years of experience working closely with multiple stakeholders to launch and actively manage large-scale projects. As Director of Youth at the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, she spearheaded the launch of Girls Inc in Nashville. She was also Assistant Director at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Student Professional Development.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Keilani is a product of Tennessee’s public schools. She is committed to empowering teachers, building partnerships, and strengthening public education in the state. Keilani is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received her graduate degree from Tennessee State University. She resides in Middle Tennessee with her husband and two children.
From PR to voter registration, animal welfare to higher ed, Celia Gregory’s career has melded her natural communication and leadership skills with a passion for human fulfillment, achievement and advancement. She works with Hope Street Group’s Teacher Fellows programs to spur growth in the profession and meaningfully connect excellent educators across the country. A Kentucky native, Celia Gregory received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina and her M.A. from Gonzaga University. She lives with her husband, a high school business teacher, and two dogs in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prior to her current position, Tabitha served as a Program Director at the National Governors Association in Washington, DC, where she worked closely with governors on human capital policy, including the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Previously, Tabitha was director of former North Carolina Governor Mike Easley’s Learn and Earn Early College High School initiative. She also led former Governor Mark Warner’s Project Graduation and Early College Scholars initiatives in Virginia. Tabitha is the author of several publications, including: Building a High-Quality Education Workforce: A Governor’s Guide to Human Capital Development. She holds a B.A., M.Ed., a post-master’s certificate, and a Ph.D., all from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Courtney leads engagement and recruitment of Hope Street Group’s expansive and diverse network and directs the organization’s outreach, convenings, communications, and general operations. Courtney was with Hope Street Group during the start-up years of 2007–2010, working on policy and development. Following, Courtney worked directly with disadvantaged young adults in the DC region through a consortium of community organizations dedicated to improving learning and career opportunities. It is with this same passion that she rejoined Hope Street Group in 2013, connecting her field experience to the importance of policy, to expand economic opportunity. She received her MPA from GWU and her undergraduate from Virginia Tech.
Chimdi manages Hope Street Group’s external affairs work, including the organization’s network management and social media. She first joined Hope Street Group as Media Intern and previously worked as a researcher for the marketing company Vocus, analyzing print, television, and online campaigns. Passionate about research and policy, Chimdi has worked with the Center for American Politics and Citizenship and UMD School of Medicine’s Center for School Mental Health, and has conducted program evaluations within the Department of Health and Human Services. Chimdi holds a B.A. in Government & Politics and Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Prior to joining Hope Street Group, Kelly served as Manager of District and Community Partnerships for Teach for America Hawaii. Committed to serving underresourced communities, Kelly has worked in various leadership capacities in both the public and private sectors, specifically in areas of community development, urban planning, and design.
Kelly has a personal commitment to invest in the future of her home state and is excited to build partnerships and empower teachers to assist in strengthening public education in Hawaii. Kelly has degrees from Brown and UC Berkeley, and currently resides in Hawaii with her husband, Kevin, and their three children: Noah, Keane, and Kira.
Martin has made it his life’s work to create access to learning for those in need. His recent roles include Co-Founder and CEO of Viridis Learning, a talent technology company, and President and COO of ACT’s Workforce Development Division, where he launched the National Career Readiness system, and helped drive President Obama’s Job Council program, “Right Skills Now.” Previously, Martin served as COO at Bosch-Siemens Household, VP of Corporate Strategy at Hon Industries, and Vice President of Marketing at Maytag. A native of Des Moines and a graduate of Drake University, Martin lives with his wife Lisa in New York City.
Wendy knows from personal experience that education has the power to unlock human potential and lead to economic well-being. In her current role, she builds programs, initiatives and partnerships across industries to ensure that all Americans have the supports they need to be successful. Wendy began her career as a schoolteacher before joining the U.S. Department of Education to focus on early learning policy and educator engagement. In 2011, she was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her work in education advocacy and community engagement. Wendy has a BA in Early Childhood Education from BYU and an MPA focused in Education Policy from GWU.