Press Release: December 14, 2015

Pahara and Aspen Institutes Announce New Class of Leaders for Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship

SAN FRANCISCO, December 14, 2015 – The Pahara Institute, together with the Aspen Institute, announced today the selection of the Spring 2016 cohort of the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program. These 25 individuals join the community of leaders who have previously participated in the Fellowship, which is designed to support diverse and innovative leaders who are reimagining America’s public schools.

“This new cohort of Pahara-Aspen Fellows inspires us with their exceptional leadership talent and their dedication to reimagining public schools,” said Kim Smith, Pahara Institute Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We are delighted to support these terrific leaders in their efforts to provide excellence and equity for all of our children and communities, particularly those who have traditionally been underserved.”

The Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship is a two-year, cohort-based program that identifies innovative leaders in the educational excellence and equity movement, facilitates their dynamic growth, and strengthens their collective efforts to dramatically improve public schools for low-income children and communities. The Fellowship provides these leaders with the unusual opportunity to step back from their demanding daily work to reflect with peers on their collective and individual impact as leaders and change agents. Fellows challenge each other to think beyond traditional silos and sector boundaries to develop strategies that enhance their effectiveness as leaders, address leadership challenges in public education, and accelerate the improvements needed to provide high quality learning opportunities for all of our nation’s children.

The Fellowship is a partnership between the Pahara and Aspen Institutes. The Aspen Institute has created a leadership development model through its renowned Henry Crown Fellowship program, which focuses on inspiring Fellows to make a lasting difference in their spheres of influence through the application of effective and enlightened leadership. Pahara-Aspen Fellows become part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, which currently includes more than 2,000 Fellows from 49 countries who are collectively making tremendous positive change in the world.

The Spring 2016 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows are:

  • Beth Anderson, Executive Director, The Hill Center
  • Ken Berrick, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Seneca Family of Agencies
  • Malka Borrego, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Equitas Academy
  • Ronald Chaluisan, Vice President, New Visions for Public Schools
  • Maisie Chin, Executive Director and Co-Founder, CADRE
  • Mark Conrad, Chief Schools Officer, EL Education
  • Tina Fernandez, Executive Director, Achieve Atlanta
  • Renee Foster, President and Publisher, Curriculum Associates
  • Brian Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Schools Fund
  • Richard Harrison, Chief Academic Officer, Uplift Education
  • Dr. Patricia Hoben, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Schools, Carmen Schools of Science and Technology
  • Brian Jones, President, Strayer University
  • Bruno V. Manno, Senior Advisor, Walton Family Foundation
  • Erika McConduit-Diggs, President and Chief Executive Officer, Urban League of Greater New Orleans
  • Kathleen Porter-Magee, Superintendent, Partnership Schools
  • Dr. Grant Rivera, Chief Leadership and Learning Officer, Cobb County School District
  • Jessica Sager, Co-Founder and Executive Director, All Our Kin, Inc.
  • Scott Shirey, Founder and Executive Director, KIPP Delta Public Schools
  • Trabian Shorters, Chief Executive Officer, BMe Community
  • Tim Taylor, Co-Founder and Executive Director, America Succeeds
  • Omari Todd, Executive Vice President of Regional Engagement, Teach For America
  • Dr. Devin Vodicka, Superintendent, Vista Unified School District
  • Daniel Weisberg, Chief Executive Officer, The New Teacher Project
  • Anne Williams-Isom, Chief Executive Officer, The Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Caprice Young, Chief Executive Officer, Magnolia Public Schools

“Bridging the achievement and opportunity gaps in the United States requires bold leadership and action,” said Peter Reiling, Executive Vice President for Leadership at the Aspen Institute. “This cohort of Pahara-Aspen Fellows embodies the entrepreneurial spirit needed to move the needle on the most complex challenges in public education. We are excited for the journey we will take together and to welcome these leaders into the broader Aspen Global Leadership Network.”

To access bios and photos of the Pahara-Aspen Fellows, click here.

For More Information:
Saamra Mekuria-Grillo, Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Pahara Institute,

About the Pahara Institute

The Pahara Institute is a national nonprofit organization focused on supporting the sustainability, diversity, and quality of leadership for the educational excellence and equity movement. The guiding principle of the Pahara Institute is that bold improvements are needed to our public schools so that every child in America has access to the tools and skills he or she needs to be successful in life. Pahara’s programs are designed to identify leaders in education innovation, and through a time-tested dialogue approach, strengthen and sustain their efforts to bring about critical improvements to our public schools. For more information, please visit

The Aspen Institute Logo

About the Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

Aspen Global Leadership Network Logo

About the Aspen Global Leadership Network

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector — currently, more than 2,000 Fellows from 49 countries — who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their extraordinary creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the common experience of participating in the Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the dozen Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, the Middle East and China.

Comments are closed.