New Cohort of Leaders Selected to Reimagine Recruitment, Development and Retention of Teachers, Principals and Teams in Public Education

National nonprofit Education Pioneers, in partnership with The Urban Schools Human Capital Academy, announces second cohort of emerging human capital leaders program

Oakland, Calif. — National nonprofits Education Pioneers and the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy announced today a second cohort of 30 leaders chosen to participate in a program designed to transform the way that our public school systems attract, develop, and retain the most effective teachers and principals, as well as the teams that support them.

The Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative (EHCLI) supports and develops promising leaders who aim to take executive roles overseeing human capital in school districts, charter management organizations, state education agencies, and other major organizations working in public education on behalf of our nation’s highest-need students.

“Our national teacher shortage tells us there is an urgent need to transform the way we recruit talent into public education and support teachers to grow in their important work,” said Frances McLaughlin, president of Education Pioneers, which places skilled professionals into non-teaching leadership roles in education to solve problems from outside of the classroom so students and teachers succeed in the classroom.

“This program is training the emerging executives in education who will design and lead systemic changes in human capital so that every child has access to quality teachers and principals,” McLaughlin said.

“Right now, human capital in education is often approached from a compliance perspective, and we need to be more strategic in the way we recruit, develop, and retain effective teachers and principals,” said Elizabeth Arons, chief executive officer of the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy, which supports human capital reform in urban school systems.

“This second cohort of EHCLI leaders will be exposed to the most effective and innovative human capital practices, while building their knowledge, skills, and network to change the way we support the human resources that are so essential to delivering a quality education,” Arons said.

EHCLI is a 10-month program designed to prepare mid- and senior-level leaders to take on the toughest human capital challenges our public schools systems face.

Participants will learn from experts and from one another to collectively enhance their effectiveness in their current roles, and to strengthen the pipeline of talented leaders ready and interested in taking on human capital leadership roles in public school systems. Last year’s inaugural cohort of 25 leaders now benefit from the Education Pioneers network, and will have sustained access to the knowledge and resources they’ll need to grow as human capital executives.

“We can make real improvement in education by recruiting and retaining the best teachers and principals into public schools,” said Raushawna Price, Senior Director, Recruitment and Retention, Wake County Public School System, and a member of the first EHCLI cohort.

“The case studies, proven techniques, and problem solving I explored with my peers in the EHCLI program have prepared me to think and create different solutions to human capital in education,” she said.

The 30 emerging human capital leaders who have been selected to begin the program in February 2016 are:

  • Laura Alvarez, Vice President of Human Resources, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

  • Darrell (DJ) Brooks, Director, Talent Acquisition, Education Achievement Authority of Michigan

  • Kevin Bryant, Senior Associate Director of Recruitment, Uncommon Schools

  • Jordan Carlton, Talent Leader of Talent Acquisition, Dallas Independent School District

  • Jolene Chavira, Program and Policy Development Advisor, Los Angeles School District

  • Forrest Collins, Executive Director of Engagement, Algiers Charter School Association

  • Yanika Daniels, Managing Director, Recruitment, Teach for America

  • Bradley Eddy, Director of Certified Talent, Tulsa Public Schools

  • Adriane Esquilin, Chief Human Capital Officer, Paterson Public Schools

  • Diana Harrison, Vice President of Human Capital, Breakthrough Charter Schools

  • Sarah Hausman, Director of School Support, Boston Public Schools

  • Jessica Heard, Deputy Chief, Talent Acquisition, District of Columbia Public Schools

  • Debbie Hearty, Chief HR Officer, Denver Public Schools

  • Nakia James-Jenkins, Senior Director of Human Resources, KIPP NYC Public Charter Schools

  • Jared Joiner, Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, San Francisco Unified School District

  • Brianna Koehler, Executive Director of Talent Acquisition and Management, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

  • Shyam Kumar, Managing Director, Talent and Strategy, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

  • Victoria Lautsch, Director of Recruitment, UP Education Network

  • Griselda Lopez, Director of Talent Partnerships, IDEA Public Schools

  • Samantha Matamoros-Rangel, Director of Human Capital, Green Dot Public Schools

  • Diana Meyer, Senior Director, Human Resources, Uplift Education

  • Emily Nielson, Chief Talent Officer, Camden City School District

  • Ben Ochstein, Assistant Director of Talent, KIPP Bay Area Schools

  • Jeannine Porter, Director of Talent Acquisition and Retention, Spring Independent School District

  • Sheila Redick, Director of Talent Management, Shelby County Schools

  • Michael Ripski, Vice President, People and Culture, ANet

  • Kimberly Roberts, Director of Talent, Propel Schools

  • Soraya Verjee, Chief Talent Officer, Collegiate Academies

  • Erin Warner, Personnel Specialist III / Administrator, State of Hawaii Department of Education

  • Katherine Wieland, Senior Vice President, Operations, Source 4 Teachers

For more information about Education Pioneers, the Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative, or to access names and photos of the emerging human capital leaders, click here.

About Education Pioneers

Since 2003, Education Pioneers has recruited our nation’s most extraordinary people to enter into education leadership and help transform our schools. Education Pioneers has placed more than 3,000 leaders with school districts, charter schools, and education non-profits in 20 cities nationwide.

Of the organization’s Alumni in the workforce, 75 percent remain in the education sector and lead or contribute to work that impacts more than 3.5 million public school students – most of whom are students of color and come from underserved areas. Find out more about where Education Pioneers’ leaders work and their impact here.

More information about Education Pioneers can be found at

About The Urban Schools Human Capital Academy

The Urban Schools Human Capital Academy (USHCA) is a national nonprofit helping urban districts become great managers of teacher and principal talent. Established in 2011, USHCA offers a sustainable method for addressing the unique human capital needs of urban school districts by building the capacity of district staff to better recruit, deploy, and retain highly effective teachers and principals. USHCA currently works in over 16 districts across the U.S.

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