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ERS Welcomes 2018 New Hires

ERS recently welcomed nine new members to our team! This fall, our new teammates spent two weeks in New Hire Orientation, diving into ERS' mission, culture, and daily work. New Hire Orientation holds a special place in our hearts here at ERS because the entire organization gets involved in planning ways to help new hires become acclimated and hit the ground running. Our nine new teammates have a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and talents — we're thrilled to introduce each of them below!

We are always looking for more talented people to join the ERS team  — view our current openings on the Careers page.

Brandi Alcime

Administrative Assistant

Before joining the ERS team, Brandi was the Sales Operations and Sales Manager at HomeWorks Energy Inc., an energy efficiency company partnered with the MassSave Program. Prior to that, she was a concierge for American Express Black Card holders and the former manager of True Care Professionals, a home health care staffing agency based in Southern New Hampshire. She attended Rivier University for nursing from 2012-2014.

"It's very refreshing to work at an organization where each and every person shares a passion for our mission. It's incredibly exciting to be an active part of education reform for rural and inner city kids. I feel honored to be a part of something so important!"

Walter Chacon


Before joining the ERS team, Walter worked at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation as it sought to incorporate a racial equity lens into its grantmaking. Walter studied sociology and education at Bowdoin College. There, his independent research focused on expanding educational opportunities for low-income students and high school and college students of color.

"ERS staff are energized by the privilege to drive toward impact for our partner districts and the students we seek to serve. In terms of the way we work, we embed collaboration into all parts of our work and everyone brings excitement and great spirit to the team."

Pranathi Ganni


Pranathi recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University, where she studied Applied Mathematics and Statistics and minored in Sustainable Development. Her experience working with nonprofits in Baltimore, Maryland increased her commitment to social impact and led her to ERS.

"I enjoyed how New Hire Orientation didn't just stop at introducing me (and the other new hires) to ERS' work — each session took a deep dive into the wealth of knowledge ERS has about education-related topics."

Torrie Mekos


Torrie comes to ERS from the Southern Regional Education Board, where she did strategic communications and consulted with state education agencies about policy and implementation related to their educator effectiveness systems. Prior to that, she was an elementary school educator and teacher-leader in Metro Nashville Public Schools. She holds an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University in Community Development and Action with a focus in Education Policy, and a B.S. in Childhood Education from Elmira College.

"I'm loving everyone's energy here at ERS! It makes for a really motivating work environment. I'm also enjoying learning more about our district-level stakeholders' needs and the strategies that matter to them."

Byron Nicholas


Prior to joining ERS, Byron was an Associate with A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm, where he helped both public and private sector clients address their toughest challenges. Byron is a graduate of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce, where he majored in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and Information Technology.

"I love how collaborative and thoughtful we are in conducting work to better serve students across the country. It is clear that everyone is completely bought-in to the mission. Everything we do is done with the students in mind."

Stanley Narcisse

Systems Administrator

Stanley doesn't have a professional background in education, but is excited about helping to improve educational systems. Stanley participated in a Harvard University panel alongside several Massachusetts education leaders about closing opportunity gaps for disenfranchised youth. He is a founding member of a grassroots organization that uses revenue generated from entrepreneurial endeavors to fund scholarships and extracurricular programs for children and families in Boston. In his spare time, Stanley mentors teens and young adults; he is a believer in the "Each one. Reach one. Teach one." philosophy.

"Seeing and feeling everyone's dedication and energy is quite refreshing. Many companies put on a facade about how much employees truly believe in their work, but it is genuine with the ERS team. The core of ERS' work falls in line with my own personal goals and dreams for education. I'm excited to now be a part of the movement and will enjoy playing my part in our success."

Ruby Shumaker


Ruby comes to ERS after completing her M.P.A at New York University. During her time at NYU, she built her analytical skills and education policy knowledge, and engaged in several work experiences in education consulting and operations. Prior to graduate school, Ruby was a sixth-grade bilingual teacher at Elizabeth Public Schools in New Jersey.

"My favorite thing about New Hire Orientation was how everyone from ERS played a role in it. It was a great way to learn about the work ERS does from multiple perspectives and to get to meet our new coworkers!"

Sudeepta Sridhara


Before joining ERS, Sudeepta was a Teach for America corps member. She taught seventh-grade science in Prince George's County, Maryland. Sudeepta also worked with a public charter school in Washington, D.C. as a data analysis intern. She holds a master's degree in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in biology from the University of Chicago.

"I'm enjoying working with my ERS colleagues and our district partners. Every day, I feel like I learn so many new things about the world of education and the work that we do!"

Tiffany Zhou

Principal Associate

Tiffany comes to ERS from Uncommon Schools, where she was the Associate Director of Operations at one of the network's largest high schools in central Brooklyn. She has experience in data-driven advocacy from her work with EducationSuperHighway, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, and experience in management consulting from her time at the Boston Consulting Group. She holds joint undergraduate degrees in psychology and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

"My work at ERS combines my favorite elements from past jobs — strategic problem solving, data-driven insight, client impact, and a focus on students and equity — AND I get to do it all alongside an incredible team of colleagues who me me laugh and teach me new things every day."

New Hire Orientation concluded with an organization-wide BBQ. Here are some of our favorite photos from this finale: 






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