Team

Sarah Barrett

Manager

Sarah Barrett

Sarah focuses on investment diligence and management assistance for Education Forward DC grantees. She previously served as a Senior Analyst in NewSchools Venture Fund’s Washington, DC office, where she was also an Education Pioneer fellow. Sarah started her career as a consultant at Bain & Company, supporting clients on strategy, merger integration, and organization change management projects. Sarah earned a BS from University of Southern California where she studied Business Administration and Urban Policy and Planning.

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Sujata Bhat

Senior Manager

Sujata Bhat

Sujata was previously an Associate Partner in NewSchools Venture Fund's Washington, DC office. Prior to joining NewSchools, she was the founding Executive Director of My School DC, the common application and lottery system for district and public charter schools in DC. In its first year of operation, My School DC collected applications from more than 22,000 students for approximately 200 schools. Prior to My School DC, Sujata was the Director of Operations at DC Prep, a high-performing charter network in DC. Sujata holds an BA in Human Development from the University of Chicago and a MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

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Jacquelyn Davis

Partner, Human Capital

Jacquelyn Davis

Jacquelyn has worked with entrepreneurs and national philanthropies on strategy, new initiative design, growth and start-up, and management. She has worked as a subject expert in the areas of human capital, school turnaround, charter management, and state and city education redesign. Previously, Jacquelyn served as an Education Fellow to the George W. Bush Institute and launched New Leaders DC, a national nonprofit that attracts, prepares, and supports outstanding school leaders. She co-founded Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School and Hands on DC. Prior to her work in education, she served as a Congressional Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, Legislative Assistant, and a Congressional campaign manager. Jacquelyn earned a J.D. with honors from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Brown University. She has been named a “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian Magazine.

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Kyani Dennis

Executive Assistant

Kyani Dennis

Kyani manages office operations for Education Forward DC, and was previously the Venture Team Assistant in NewSchools Venture Fund’s Washington, DC office. Kyani brings more than 10 years of DC education and political experience and was previously Corporate Relations Manager at the US Chamber of Commerce. Kyani is also an author who has written a series of children’s books and a lifestyle blogger who writes about exciting things to do in Washington, DC. She earned her Master’s Degree in Commercial Real Estate Development from Georgetown University, with hopes of helping guide the shape of Washington, DC’s real estate platform.

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Maura Marino

Chief Executive Officer

Maura Marino

Maura previously served as the Managing Partner of the DC Schools Fund at NewSchools Venture Fund. Prior to joining NewSchools, Maura served as Program Director and Lead Teacher at East Palo Alto High School, a charter school in Northern California founded by Aspire Public Schools. During graduate school, Maura worked on the Network Growth Team at the KIPP Foundation, implementing their national growth strategy. Maura sits on the board of directors for DC Prep, E.L. Haynes, and Ingenuity Prep Public Charter Schools, as well as Charter Board Partners and the Bainum Family Foundation. Maura earned a BA with honors in American Studies from Stanford University, an MA in teaching secondary social studies from Columbia University, and an MBA from Harvard University.

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Vanessa Gonzalez

Vice President, Operations and Strategy

Vanessa Gonzalez

Vanessa Gonzalez was previously an Associate Partner in NewSchools Venture Fund’s Washington, DC office. Prior to NewSchools, Vanessa was a Design and Implementation Consultant at Education Elements, where she worked with school leaders to launch blended learning models. Vanessa began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company, where she advised clients on strategic and operational issues. She also advised nonprofits as a consultant at The Bridgespan Group. Vanessa served as an Education Pioneers Fellow at AUSL, a teacher residency and school turnaround operator in Chicago. Vanessa earned a BA in Economics and Spanish from Emory University, as well as an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.

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Bisi Oyedele

Partner, Schools

Bisi Oyedele

Prior to leading our Schools Investments team, Bisi was a Leadership Effectiveness Director at the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College. There, Bisi was responsible for designing and delivering curriculum to train and prepare school principals, providing individualized coaching and support to program participants, and providing strategic support to public schools, charter management organizations, and the Archdiocese of Boston. Before joining Lynch Leadership Academy, Bisi was the Executive Director of Match Charter Public High School, a two-time recipient of New Leaders' Gold Level EPIC awards. Earlier in his career, Bisi was Principal of Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain, MA. Under his direction, Nativity designed a new teacher preparation program that led to increased student achievement as reflected on MAPs and Stanford 10 assessments, and improved high school placement of Nativity's graduates. Before being a Principal and Mentor Prinicipal in the Nativity Miguel Network, Bisi was a history and English teacher, and also served as a Social Studies department chair. He began his education career as an Americorp Corps member in Boston, MA. Bisi holds a Doctorate in Education Administration, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary History Education, and a BA in Political Science from Boston College.

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Shalini Shybut

Senior Manager

Shalini Shybut

Shalini Ananthanarayanan Shybut focuses on diligence and management assistance for grantees of Education Forward DC. She was previously an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. Prior to joining NewSchools, Shalini was a Senior Director at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, where she led the school’s implementation of Response to Intervention. Shalini also served as a consultant to the Recovery School District, following several years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Shalini started her career with Teach For America as a fifth grade teacher in a bilingual inclusion classroom. She earned a BA in Social Studies at Harvard College and an Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Childhood Education at Pace University.

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Vicki Koussoglou

Operations Associate

Vicki Koussoglou

Vicki has more than 10 years of management experience in educational and arts settings. Prior to joining Education Forward DC, she served as Operations Manager at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for the day to day operations of the middle school campus and oversaw school-wide initiatives including student enrollment, vendor management, and financial processing. Earlier in her career, Vicki worked as a community organizer in Richmond, VA and as an events coordinator and concert promoter in Washington, DC. She holds a BA with high distinction honors in Sociology from the University of Virginia.

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Erin Sheehy

Vice President, Development

Erin Sheehy

Erin recently returned to education after almost thirteen years in private practice at the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Immediately prior to joining Education Forward DC, Erin served as General Counsel of a Washington, DC public charter school serving at-risk middle and high school students. Earlier in her career, Erin worked at an education research firm and participated in an undergraduate teacher education program where she taught in a public high school in Providence, RI. Erin has also worked in public broadcasting, at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Derek McGinty Show, and The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Erin earned a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Brown University.

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