ERS Team and Board of Directors

ERS Staff

  • Tara Anderson

    Principal Associate

    Tara is supporting research on how urban school systems can shift to more strategic professional learning practices and documenting relevant proof points. Prior to joining ERS, Tara earned her MBA at the Yale School of Management, where she was co-chair of the Yale Education Leadership... More »

  • Kate Apfelbaum

    Communications Specialist

    As a member of the Communications team, Kate brings her background in education research to her work with colleagues on content development, social media development, and the monthly newsletter. The main goal of this work is to connect ERS' knowledge and resources with the school district leaders... More »

  • Jordan Ascher


    Jordan is a member of the state practice area. His work focuses on actions that districts and state education agencies can take to improve resource effectiveness. Recently, he has written reports on policy in Illinois and New York. He has also been a part of deep resource analyses in Boston, New... More »

  • Karen Baroody

    Partner and Managing Director

    Karen has been a member of the ERS leadership team since 2005. She oversees ERS' research and product development, strategic planning, and internal operations. During her tenure the organization has grown from five to over 50 employees. Over the past decade she has worked to understand and... More »

  • Christina Baumgardner

    Principal Associate

    Based in the ERS West Coast office, Christina is investigating how California successfully enacted its weighted student funding formula in an effort to draw insights for other states pursuing similar reforms. She is also a member of the Spring Branch team and supporting the development of the... More »

  • Rachel Black


    Rachel currently supports the System 20/20 team in using ERS’ comparative database to answer internal research questions and create new planning tools for consultants and district partners. Prior to joining ERS, Rachel received her B.A. in Public Policy & American Institutions from Brown... More »

  • Noah Carp

    Director, Finance and Operations

    Noah is responsible for finance, accounting, HR and talent, the administrative team, and the internal operations of the organization. Prior to joining ERS, Noah was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Endurance International Group, where he led financial planning, budgeting, and... More »

  • Kate Carpenter Bernier

    Leader, School Design Practice Area

    Kate is a specialist in the School Design Practice Area. Her work focuses on supporting school leadership teams and working with central offices to redesign resources and practices to better support their vision and serve the needs of their students. Currently, Kate is working with Boston Public... More »

  • Rony Cepeda


    Rony currently works on the Oakland team, supporting the district in creating a new budget development process and advising high schools on strategic school design.  Prior to joining ERS, Rony majored in Economics and minored in Social Anthropology at Harvard University. He has previously taught... More »

  • Betty Chang


    Since joining ERS in 2008, Betty has worked with numerous partner districts on resource use analysis and student-based-budgeting (SBB), including Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Duval County, Memphis, Nashville, and Rochester. She also works on many of our internal knowledge management projects... More »

  • Emily Colgan

    Human Resources & Operations Assistant

    Emily supports Jessica Fick in guiding ERS' HR, talent, and organizational development work. She is heavily involved in the recruiting process, making sure ERS is hiring the best and most diverse talent to grow our team; she also supports the onboarding and training process for all of our new... More »

  • Caitlin Coyne

    Administrative Assistant

    Caitlin provides direct support to Karen Hawley Miles and Karen Baroody. Along with the administrative and scheduling duties associated with the support of Karen and Karen, Caitlin assists the rest of the admin team in office management and event planning. Prior to joining ERS, Caitlin was the... More »

  • Robert Daigneau


    Rob serves as a member of the School Design practice area, which trains and supports principals with the deliberate organization of their school’s resources—talent, time, money, and technology—to optimize student outcomes. Over the last six years, he has supported principal cohorts in several... More »

  • Meg Duberek

    Communications Specialist, External Engagement

    Meg joined the Communications Team in January 2017 to focus on our external engagements. This umbrella encompasses our external work at conferences, the webinars we host, our internal databases, and our website. Meg is in charge of tracking the flow of information, making sure the data is in good... More »

  • Samantha Ensslin


    Sam guides district leadership teams through the process of maximizing resources to improve student outcomes. Since joining ERS in 2010, she has worked with over a dozen partner districts. Currently, Sam manages ERS’ work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), where she is supporting the... More »

  • JaMaar Everett

    Principal Associate

    JaMaar currently works on the Baltimore project, helping the leadership team align district resource allocation with its strategic priorities, to improve student outcomes. He also assists districts in analyzing revenues and expenses to inform long term financial planning. Prior to ERS, JaMaar... More »

  • Kristen Ferris


    Kristen leads ERS’ strategic school design practice area, working directly with schools and districts to organize school budgets, staffing plans, and schedules to support student achievement. She also leads ERS’ development of curriculum and tools that support strategic school design. Kristen’s... More »

  • Jessica Fick

    Senior Talent and HR Lead

    Jessica leads the talent and organizational development work at ERS. She focuses on hiring a talented and diverse team, onboarding new team members, and ensuring we provide learning and professional development opportunities in our values-driven culture.  Jessica’s education career began with... More »

  • Stephen Frank


    Dr. Stephen Frank heads ERS research, methodology, and data analytics; and state practices. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Frank has led strategy development projects in school systems across the country, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Atlanta, Syracuse, Rochester, St.... More »

  • Alyssa Fry

    Communications and Marketing Coordinator

    Alyssa keeps the ERS website updated, maintains our social media efforts and manages our print publication production. She writes and edits print, online and multimedia content, and she creates videos about ERS work and tools (check out the Introduction to DREAM video). Alyssa has a background... More »

  • Melissa Galvez

    Senior Communications Specialist

    Melissa has a key role in writing and editing ERS content, from white papers to website text to blog posts. She also focuses on how to best disseminate ERS’ tools and publications to educational leaders, and to develop compelling narratives that convey what ERS has learned from schools.  Melissa... More »

  • Nisha Garg

    Principal Associate

    Nisha initially joined ERS through the Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship in 2012 and is now a founding member of the ERS West Coast Office. During her tenure, Nisha has worked in Oakland, Nashville, Charlotte, Boston, and with the Georgia and Tennessee Departments of Education. She is also a... More »

  • Genevieve Quist Green


    Genevieve joined ERS in 2012 and supports the school design practice area. She works directly with schools to align resources with improvement priorities, and she supports districts in developing the enabling conditions to bring strategic designs to scale. Genevieve has supported districts in... More »

  • Allison Daskal Hausman

    Director, Communications

    Allison is responsible for ERS communications, media relations, and marketing. ERS has chosen and is supported to take lessons learned from our deep partnership work to inform a broader network of districts. This includes publications, interactive web-based tools, media and conference... More »

  • Courtney Hitchcock

    Principal Associate

    Courtney joined ERS in 2013 and supports ERS' School Funding and Portfolio Practice Area. She has also supported Cleveland Metropolitan School District in the implementation of student-based budgeting, helping the district align its funding model with its overall portfolio reform strategy.... More »

  • Winnie Huang


    Winnie works on resource mapping, helping districts understand how their resource allocation is aligned with student need and strategic goals. Recently, she has conducted deep analyses on resource use for districts in West Palm Beach, New Haven, and Philadelphia, as well as helped redesign the... More »

  • Jenny Davidow Katz

    Senior Research and Data Specialist

    Jenny helps to ensure that partner district data is clean, accurate and standardized across all projects. She also supports the ERS Technology and ERS Methodology teams to ensure that the ERS data analysis platform is current and optimized for the needs of partner engagement. She is also a member... More »

  • Nicole Katz

    Principal Associate

    Nicole’s work at ERS includes district-level resource maps and strategic school design. She worked as part of the Baltimore team to create school design "prototypes" for the district’s high schools and to identify districtwide opportunities for resource shifts based on the School System 20/20... More »

  • Bruck Kebede


    Bruck initially joined ERS through the Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship in 2015. Since joining ERS, Bruck has worked on resource mapping projects with Oakland Unified School District and Baltimore City Public Schools. Prior to joining ERS, Bruck worked as a Product Analyst at Liberty... More »

  • Jessica Landau-Taylor


    Jessica currently works with the Baltimore City Public Schools to find ways into improve equity and outcomes for students while combating a substantial budget gap. Before joining ERS, Jessica worked in the New Haven Public School’s Office of Research, Assessment, and Student Information, with... More »

  • Ben Marc

    Application Support Specialist

    As part of the Technologies Team, Ben supports ERS’ most essential software such as CAPS and Spaces. He supports the implementation of software—identifying potential enhancements—and tests for bugs. Prior to joining ERS, Ben made a transition into tech with Uber Technologies (or just Uber as... More »

  • Emily Mayer


    Emily currently works on the Indianapolis team at ERS. Prior to joining ERS, Emily served as a City Year corps member in the Boston Public Schools. As a corps member, she supported a classroom of third grade students in academics, social emotional skills, and attendance. While in graduate... More »

  • Katie McGarry

    Administrative Assistant

    Katie serves as primary support to partners David Rosenberg, leader of the funding and portfolio practice area,  and Kristen Ferris, leader of the school design practice area. She also directly supports the strategic school design team, which works with schools and districts to organize school... More »

  • Joe McKown


    Joe leads the ERS San Francisco Office, where he is building our capacity to bring transformational change in the West. Prior to ERS, Joe was Vice President at the National Center on Time & Learning, where he led that organization’s School Design Group, a team of outstanding former school and... More »

  • Karen Hawley Miles

    President and Executive Director

    Karen Hawley Miles is the president and executive director of Education Resource Strategies, Inc. She has worked intensively with school systems nationwide to analyze and improve their funding systems, school-level resource use, and human capital and professional development systems. This work... More »

  • Arthur Musaelian

    Systems Administrator

    As a member of the Technologies team, Arthur is responsible for the implementation of the information technology infrastructure at ERS. His work includes the design and deployment of ERS’ financial, marketing, and collaboration tools. Prior to joining ERS, Arthur worked at the Glendale Unified... More »

  • Sara Nelson


    Sara is currently working with the Indianapolis and Baltimore teams. Prior to joining ERS, Sara taught 6th grade math and science at Perspectives Charter Schools in Chicago, IL through Teach For America. She served as the Grade Level Coordinator for grades 6 through 8, where she helped diagnose... More »

  • Luree Nikias

    Staff Accountant

    Luree is responsible for all accounts payable, expense reports, and various special projects within the Finance team. Luree recently graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in accounting. Her previous experience includes a position as a Staff Accountant at Shorelight Education, and... More »

  • Jess O'Connor


    Jess is currently working on the Baltimore team to identify districtwide opportunities for strategic resource deployment, specifically on school-level resource use, to support a school planning and budget process that enables strategic school design implementation in schools. Jess is also a... More »

  • Emily Parfit

    Principal Associate

    Emily was most recently a member of the Baltimore team, where helped the district close its $130M budget gap and find solutions to address its structural deficit over the long term. She has also worked on Resource Mapping projects with Tulsa Public Schools and Buffalo, NY to analyze resource use... More »

  • Denisha Patel

    Administrative Assistant

    Denisha organizes and manages the daily schedules and calendars of Stephen Frank, Jonathan Travers, and Joe McKown. She also supports our monthly organization-wide professional development lunches, aiding in our California expansion efforts, and taking point on a couple of important ERS... More »

  • Taran Raghuram


    Taran is a member of the funding practice area. His work focuses on helping school districts better understand how their money is being spent in and across schools. Recently, Taran worked on a project that analyzed school district spending on teacher professional development. He has previously... More »

  • Steven Ramirez


    Steven is currently working with the Baltimore City Public Schools project to complete a citywide study to analyze resource use across the city’s district. Before joining ERS, Steven completed his Master’s at Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Technology, Innovation, and Education... More »

  • Cooper Redpath


    Cooper works on district resource mapping, helping districts understand how their resource allocation is aligned with their strategic goals. Most recently, he worked with Indianapolis and Holyoke on projecting out the future state of the districts based on their portfolio reform strategy. He... More »

  • Sarah Robinson

    Principal Associate

    Sarah works on the Indianapolis team, where she has supported the district in the design and implementation of student-based-budgeting and school autonomy. She was a member of the New York State and Philadelphia teams and serves on the Human Capital Practice Area. Before coming to ERS, Sarah was... More »

  • David Rosenberg


    David provides daily strategic and project leadership on ERS studies with large urban school districts, including most recently Palm Beach County, Indianapolis, and Boston. He is currently leading a study of how the most effective systems organize to enable strategic professional learning, funded... More »

  • Laura Schick

    Principal Associate

    Laura works on district resource mapping, helping districts understand how their resource allocation is aligned with their strategic goals. She has worked with Denver and Prince George’s County and is currently working on the State of Georgia team doing resource analysis. Prior to joining ERS in... More »

  • Sarah Seyler


    Sarah is currently a member of the Tulsa team, which is working with Tulsa Public Schools to understand how they are using their people, time, and money and inform their new five-year strategic plan. Prior to joining ERS, Sarah studied at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where... More »

  • Karen Silverman

    Strategic Growth Manager

    Karen manages ERS’ fundraising strategy, including relationships with current and potential funders, board management, grant proposals, and reports. She also works to ensure that our funding strategy aligns with ERS’ organizational growth plans. Before joining ERS, Karen was senior vice... More »

  • Kristan Singleton

    Director, Tools and Technologies

    Kristan leads the ERS Technologies Team in its work to create tools that help school systems transform their resource use to achieve dramatically improved student learning. He serves as the product manager for ERS’s Cost Allocation Performance System (CAPS) – ERS’s in-house web-based data... More »

  • Danielle Smith


    Danielle currently works on the Oakland team, helping conduct a citywide study to analyze resource use across Oakland's district and charter schools. Prior to joining ERS, Danielle worked as a research assistant at Goodman Research Group, where she conducted external research and evaluation on a... More »

  • Nick Stellitano

    Principal Associate

    Nick is currently working with the Indianapolis team, specifically in the area of funding reform and strategic school design. He is helping the district implement student-based-budgeting, ensuring that the district’s funding model aligns with their overall portfolio reform strategy.  Before ERS,... More »

  • Renée Sullivan

    Senior Communications Specialist

    Renée is the Senior Communications Specialist in Strategy and Operations on the Communications team. She brings an analytical and consulting mindset to our communications and outreach efforts. Her role spans a range of work, from supporting events like the ERS-Aspen CFO Network and the ERS Budget... More »

  • Jonathan Travers


    Jonathan leads the consulting practice area at ERS and works with districts to analyze and improve resource use across systems. Jonathan currently leads the ERS teams working with Cleveland and Charlotte, and he most recently led the work in Denver and Washington, DC. This work includes examining... More »

  • Joseph Trawick-Smith


    Joseph is a Manager in ERS’ consulting practice. Since joining the team, he has supported a range of districts in realigning their resources to promote student achievement. Most recently, he has worked with the Georgia Department of Education on a multi-year engagement to refine their strategy... More »

  • Airian Williams


    Airian is currently working on the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Equity Team, helping to develop and explore metrics pertaining to equitable resourcing for schools across the nation. He is also part of the Hewlett state funding team, where he gauges state readiness for funding reform and... More »

  • Ashley Woo

    Principal Associate

    Ashley is currently on the New York team, which is working at the state and district level to help LEAs reimagine the use of people, time, and money to drive greater student learning. Ashley is also on the Human Capital Practice Area team. Prior to ERS, Ashley earned a master’s in education... More »

Board of Directors

  • Marcia Blenko

    Advisor Partner, Bain and Company

    Marcia Blenko is an advisor partner at Bain & Company, which she joined in 1988. She co-founded and led Bain’s Global Organization Practice for a number of years. Much of her consulting career with Bain was spent in London, serving global clients. She has extensive experience in organization... More »

  • Peter C. Gorman

    Senior Vice President, Education Services for News Corporation

    Dr. Peter Gorman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Peter Gorman Leadership Associates LLC, has been recognized nationally as an education leader and for developing outstanding leadership teams with 30 years of experience in education and business. Along with his responsibilities at Peter... More »

  • Ellen Guiney

    Executive Director, Boston Plan for Excellence

    Since 1995, Ellen Guiney has led the Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE), a non-profit organization dedicated to innovative strategies for improving education in Boston Public Schools. During that time, BPE shifted its focus from teacher mini-grants to systemic issues, and worked closely with BPS... More »

  • Willis D. Hawley

    Professor Emeritus of Education & Public Affairs, University of Maryland

    Dr. Hawley joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1993 and his research and teaching interests include education policy, professional development, school improvement, and intergroup relations. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he served as a Scholar in Residence at the... More »

  • Monica Higgins

    Professor of Education Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education

    Monica Higgins is the Kathleen McCartney Professor of Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her research and teaching focus on the areas of leadership development and organizational change. In education, Monica is studying the effectiveness of senior leadership... More »

  • Uri Treisman

    Professor of Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin

    Dr. Treisman is professor of mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center. His research and professional interests include mathematics and science education, education policy, and community service and volunteerism. Professor Treisman has... More »