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ERS Welcomes 2019 New Hires

This year, ERS welcomed elevent new members to our team! Our 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.

Hayley Bacon


Before joining ERS, Hayley worked as a sixth grade math teacher in Fall River through Teach For America and as a consultant at Altman Vilandrie & Company in Boston. Hayley earned a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an Ed.M. in Curriculum & Teaching from the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.

“Everyone at ERS brings such unique knowledge, skills, and perspectives to their projects because of the variety of experiences that different team members have had prior to joining ERS – in teaching, consulting, research, policy, advocacy, and more. This increases our impact for clients and makes ERS an incredible place to work. I’m learning something new from my coworkers every day!”

Morgan Dewdney


Morgan recently graduated from Bates College, where he studied Economics and English with a concentration in Education.  Coming from a family of educators, he felt it imperative to incorporate meaningful and transformative work into the next stage of his life—and he found just that in ERS. 

"My favorite part of New Hire Orientation was how everyone in the company was involved.  Not only did we hear about all of the dimensions of ERS’ work, but we also got to know our new co-workers."

Ilana Fitzpatrick


Ilana recently completed a yearlong fellowship in NYC, where she researched the long-term effects of undiagnosed learning disabilities on academic outcomes and unemployment experiences. During her fellowship, she also taught GED classes to individuals on public assistance. Working alongside her students to overcome numerous systemic barriers inspired Ilana to take on a career that addressed inequities within the U.S. education system.

“My favorite part of New Hire Orientation was working on the practice case study.  This gave us an opportunity to become more comfortable applying ERS strategies and frameworks, as well as working alongside our new coworkers.”

Diane Garcia-Clayton

Talent and Human Resource Manager

Diane has spent her career at the intersection of nonprofits, human resources, and organizational development. Diane enjoys collaborating with team members across ERS to enhance their empowerment and learning. The link between equity in education and equity in opportunity is strong and Diane feels excited and inspired every day to be supporting the work of ERS. 

"The people who work at ERS are fantastic, they both care deeply about the work they do and each other which makes every day a joy even when the work is hard. "

Abel Girma


Prior to joining ERS, Abel was an Associate with the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm. At BCG, he supported private and public sector clients across multiple industries on strategic projects. Abel studied Philosophy (BA) and Economics (BA) at Brown University, where he focused on ethics, epistemology and applied economics.

"I chose to work in education because I personally experienced the difference between attending an under-resourced school and a well-funded one. I joined ERS to play my part in making public education work for the many, not just the few."

Renee Harper

Director of Finance

Prior to joining ERS, Renee was a Controller at Liberty Mutual Insurance.  Renee is a native New Yorker with a 30+ year finance career working various companies while serving on numerous non-profit boards that are committed to empowering youth and families.  She has earned her bachelor’s degree in Math & Science from University of Rochester, master’s in business administration from Boston University and Master of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University.  

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for an organization committed to improving educational resources for public school students. I'm very impressed by the fact that everyone at ERS believes and practices the company’s core values every day!”

Daven McQueen

Digital Media Coordinator

Daven studied literary arts and economics at Brown University and graduated in May 2019. Her previous work experiences have included internships in teaching, writing, and marketing, and she looks forward to bringing those areas together in her work at ERS. She is excited to be working in the education space and play a role in sharing the importance of education equity with a broad audience.

"I chose to work in this field because I care about education equity and accessibility—of quality resources for schools, of strong supports for teachers, and of meaningful and empowering academic experiences for all students."

Tomas Molfino


Prior to ERS, Tomas taught high school math at Ronald Reagan IB High School in Milwaukee, WI through Teach For America. Tomas also coached Reagan’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams and consulted with a local ed tech, STEMHero, helping to create culturally responsive science and math curriculum.

"It’s motivating to collaborate with colleagues who not only think critically about how to best improve student outcomes, but also provide an engaging learning environment to work in." 

Erin Sullivan


Erin is joining ERS as an analyst after attaining a master’s in Education Policy & Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education this past May. Previously, she graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a degree in economics and education. She is looking forward to being able to work alongside her ERS teammates to draw connections between her prior academic research and the actual state and district practices that impact students.

“My favorite part about New Hire Orientation was how everyone was quick to remind us that they were in our position not too long ago – I lost count of how many times I heard ‘I didn’t know that either when I joined’! The abundance of empathy and candor made it easy to feel welcomed here.”

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