Mary Conroy Almada
Communications Project Manager
Since joining the Fellowship, Mary has worked on a variety of projects and initiatives to increase the organization's impact and reach.
External Relations Manager
Marie Avetria is the External Relations Manager at America Achieves.
Founding Team Member and Head of Program and Director of Operations, Merit America
Jumoke Balogun is the Head of Program and Director of Operations and part of the founding team of Merit America. She has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement in labor and civil rights.
Senior Director, Strategy
Mary joins America Achieves as Senior Director on the Strategy team and brings with her extensive experience strategic planning, and program development & implementation in philanthropy and nonprofit fields. Prior to America Achieves, Mary was a Program Officer at The Helmsley Charitable Trust where she led policy, advocacy and communications grantmaking in the education portfolio. She has led activities to include workforce readiness initiatives as a bridge between K-12 and higher education projects and identify intersections between K-12, post-secondary, and workforce to align expectations and enhance education pathways towards 21st century careers. Mary served in a number of programmatic and leadership roles at the Council for Economic Education, most recently as Vice President of Government Relations and Partnerships. She began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English and environmental education to middle school students in Hungary. Mary hold a Master’s degree from the Heller School of Public Policy at Brandeis University and a Bachelor’s degree from American University. She currently serves on the advisory board of the English Learners Success Forum.
Strategy Assistant and External Relations Coordinator
Joshua Board is a Strategy Assistant and External Relations Coordinator at America Achieves.
David Bramlett currently serves as a Senior Director for America Achieves, where he provides strategic leadership on educator networks and regional efforts to develop effective pathways to good jobs.
Chief Operating Officer
Scott Chadwick serves as the Chief Operating Officer of America Achieves.
Ming Cheuk serves as an accountant for America Achieves.
Program Coordinator, Educator Voice Fellowship
Cheri Farrior is the Program Coordinator for the Educator Voice Fellowship. Prior to joining America Achieves in the fall of 2016, Cheri taught 7th grade social studies in Charlotte, NC.
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Diane Ford serves as Chief Financial & Administrative Officer, overseeing all of the organization’s administrative and finance functions.
Senior Manager for Strategy
Ashley joins the America Achieves team as Senior Manager for Strategy. In this role, she supports and manages education-to-workforce initiatives that seek to narrow the skills gap in regions across the country.
Jade Grieve is the Senior Advisor at America Achieves. Before joining America Achieves, Jade was a strategic policy advisor to two former Australian Prime Ministers and Education Ministers.
Chief Operating Officer, GripTape
Catherine Holland is the Chief Operating Officer for GripTape, an initiative that fosters deep understanding, tools, and opportunities for youth to drive their own learning and development. Before joining America Achieves, she worked with nonprofits and private-sector companies committed to increasing access to critical information and outstanding educational experiences for children from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Catherine is passionate about engaging with partners, whether youth in schools and community-based programs or the adults who serve them. She has worked with educators, administrators, and technologists to create innovative programs and tools that support powerful, effective learning. Most recently, Catherine served as the Director of Research & Development at Noodle.com following her role as Program Director for the Salvadori Center. Catherine studied at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, and in Paris, France. Today, she lives in New York City where she and her husband raised their two children. When she’s not working, you’ll find her reading Civil War biographies, comparing Crossfit bruises with her husband, or practicing her French with anyone who will indulge her.
Colorado Program Manager, Educator Voice Fellowship
Lance Hostetter serves as the Colorado Program Manager for the Educator Voice Fellowship. He has extensive experience in education advocacy, government, and politics in Colorado.
Associate Site Director and Coach, Merit America
Joy Jackson comes to Merit America from Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business where she served as Associate Director of the Ph.D. in Business, concentration in Executive Business Research, program.
Career Coach, Merit America
Brooke serves as a Career Coach at Merit America. After graduating from Florida International University, Brooke moved to the DC area to begin her career and found herself working at a small independently owned bakery. This experience gave her an insight to how small businesses work and she developed her skills in community outreach and building customer relationships while establishing a catering department.
Director of Program Strategy & Partnerships, Merit America
Elise leads program strategy & partnerships and is part of the founding team of Merit America.
Career Coach, Merit America
Samantha is a native of Washington, D.C., where she has worked for the last 7+ years to impact the lives of children and adults through her career of workforce development.
Founder and CEO, GripTape
Mark Murphy leads Griptape, an initiative to ensure youth are the true drivers of their learning and development and are able to seize great opportunities to grow, lead, and serve. Before joining the family at America Achieves, Mark was the Secretary of Education in Delaware.
Senior Human Resources and Administrative Manager
Irene Newman serves as Senior Human Resources and Administrative Manager, working directly with the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer on all phases of the employee lifecycle, including recruitment, onboarding, professional development, and performance management. Prior to joining America Achieves, Irene was the Human Resources Manager for Malaria No More, a 501 (c)(3) organization where she was responsible for supporting business initiatives, development of HR strategies, and plans, to ensure organizational effectiveness.
Director of Partnerships, College Access and Success
Dimity Palmer-Smith is the Director of Partnerships for College Access and Success at America Achieves. Prior to joining America Achieves, Dimity was the founding Executive Director of Friends of WHEELS, a nonprofit organization providing funding for college access and persistence services at WHEELS, a public school in Washington Heights.
Heidi A. Ramírez
Executive Director of Educator Networks
Heidi brings years of K-12 and higher education leadership experience to the design and support of a variety of networks focused on improving educator voice and career and life readiness for all young people.
Director of Programs & Operations, College Access and Success
Alysha Rashid is the Director of Programs & Operations of College Access and Success at America Achieves. Previously, she worked as in-school adviser with MDRC’s College Match Program. Alysha began her career as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Adelphi University, her alma mater, where she recruited students in New York and Washington and helped build Adelphi’s multicultural recruitment efforts.
Program Associate, College Access and Success
Jhenielle is the Program Associate for College Access and Success at America Achieves, where she provides operational support for the CollegePoint initiative. She brings with her a wealth of experience as a first generation college graduate, former college adviser and admissions officer.
Director of Data & Operations, Fellowship for Teachers and Principals
Sheri began her career in education in 2007 as a high school math teacher in Washington, D.C. While teaching, Sheri served as a teacher leader in her school by heading the math department, founding an international club for students, and founding a faculty community committee for colleagues.
Bonnie Rubin is a Strategy Manager at America Achieves.
Colorado Program Manager, GripTape
Amy Scavezze is the Colorado Program Manager for GripTape.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Jon Schnur is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of America Achieves.
Senior Accounting Manager
Tom serves as the Senior Accounting Manager for America Achieves working in their Accelerator team. Tom is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the accounting function as well as continuing to develop a cohesive process between the organization and the finance area.
Project Lead, College Access & Success
Before joining America Achieves, Bryden served as Executive Director of African Leadership Foundation, the US partner of African Leadership Academy, a leadership development institution dedicated to supporting Africa’s future leaders.
Founder & CEO, Merit America
Rebecca is the Founder & CEO of Merit America, which is building a new pathway from low-skill work to upwardly-mobile careers for the 100M+ Americans who do not have college degrees.
Head of Product Design, Merit America
Emily Unroe is the Head of Product Design and part of the founding team of Merit America.