meet our team.


Melissa Wu

Chief Executive Officer & Board Member

Tracy Session

Chief Impact Officer

Ross Anderson

Vice President, Fellow & Alumni Impact

Stacy Barr

Managing Director, Development

Emily Cochran

Managing Director, People, Culture, Experience

Lourdes Laguna

Vice President, Talent & Partnerships, EP Alumna

Emily Msall

Vice President, Central Services

Alex Garcia

Manager, Talent Acquisition (Impact Fellowship)


Idrissa Simmonds-Nastili

Chief of Network Effect

Ash Solar

Partner, Bay Ed Fund, EP Alumnus

Saumil Shah

Chief Information & Operations Officer, KIPP DC, EP Alumnus

Seth Reynolds

Partner / Principal, Parthenon Ernst & Young LLP

Maura Marino

Co-Founder, Education Forward DC, EP Alumna

Matt Lyons

Chief Financial & Operations Officer, Hope Chicago, EP Alumnus


Nicholas Depree

Current: Sabbatical | Most Recent: Director of Finance, ParentSquare, 2012 EP Fellow

Natasha Telesford Williams

Chief Financial Officer, The City Fund, 2008 EP Fellow

Ross Knorr

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, YES Prep Public Schools, 2015 EP Fellow

Desmond Patt

Chief Strategy Officer / Schwartz University Professor, University of Pennsylvania, 2006 EP Fellow

Sarah Martin

Senior Advisor for Recovery, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), 2015 EP Fellow

Ijeoma Anyanwu

Deputy Chief, Data and Strategy at DC Public Schools, 2014 EP Fellow

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