Paul A. Allen
Senior Director, Development
A nonprofit and fundraising veteran, Paul A. Allen joined America Achieves as the Senior Director of Development. Paul will help develop the broad philanthropic strategy for the accelerator and each of America Achieves’ initiatives while driving the day-to-day fundraising operations.
Program Coordinator, Global Learning Network
Stephen serves as Program Coordinator for the Global Learning Network. Prior to joining America Achieves, he served for two years with City Year in Washington, DC.
Mary Conroy Almada
New York Program Manager, Fellowship for Teachers and Principals
Since joining the Fellowship, Mary has worked on a variety of projects and initiatives to increase the organization's impact and reach.
Development Manager, External Relations
Marie is a Development Manager at America Achieves, working with the team on development, communications, and special projects.
Program Director, State Educator Voice Fellowships
Charlie led the initiative to create state-wide teacher and principal fellowships in Colorado, Michigan, and New York.
Managing Partner, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Diane Ford serves as Managing Partner, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer, overseeing all of the organization’s administrative and finance functions.
Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator, Office of the Executive Chairman
Danielle serves as Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator to the Executive Chairman of America Achieves. Danielle began her career working as an Administrative Assistant at a hedge fund in New York City.
Senior Director, Office of the Executive Chairman
Jade Grieve is a Senior Director at America Achieves, currently focusing on education for employment initiatives. Before joining America Achieves, Jade was a strategic policy adviser 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.
Peter Kannam is a Managing Partner of America Achieves and oversees work with cities and states, including managing the organization's leadership programs and tool development, and leads our partnership and program work with Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Program Director, Global Learning Network
Pam serves as Program Director for the Global Learning Network, a learning community for school and district leaders whose schools participate in the PISA-based OECD Test for Schools.
Laila is a Development Manager with America Achieves. Before joining the team, she was the Grants Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and was responsible for raising funding for national office initiatives.
Chief Program Officer, College Access and Success
Brett Kimmel is Chief Program Officer, College Access and Success, at America Achieves. From 2006-2015 Brett was founding principal of Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), a high performing New York City public school.
Program Manager, GripTape
Ariel Lawrence is the Program Manager for GripTape. She enjoys being a member of an enthusiastic team that emphasizes youth-driven learning. Ariel began her career as a middle school teacher in a DC charter school. While in the classroom, she became adamant about validating the culture, values, interests and lived experiences of her students. It was this experience that sparked her initial interest in youth-centered learning and compelled her to pursue her graduate degree in Sociology and Education. As a graduate student, Ariel also served as an Instructor at the Opportunity Network, an Arthur Zankel Urban Fellow at Teachers College Community School and a Teacher’s Assistant at the Center for Research and Public and Leadership. Ariel received her M.A from Teachers College, Columbia University and A.B. from Princeton University. She is passionate about resolving issues of educational inequality, deepening her spiritual walk and has an insane obsession with Broadway shows, concerts and dance.
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.
Human Resources Manager
Irene Newman serves as Human Resources 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.
Project Manager, College Access and Success
Alysha Rashid is the Project Manager 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.
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.
Program Manager, Global Learning Network
Elyse serves as a Program Manager for the Global Learning Network. Prior to joining America Achieves, she spent four years in the entertainment industry, working with major film studios and independent production companies in the financing, marketing, and release of films.
Jon Schnur is Executive Chairman of America Achieves. Jon helped to found America Achieves and helps to shape the organization's overall strategy and work.
Development Systems Coordinator
Paris Scott is the Development Systems Coordinator for America Achieves. Prior to joining America Achieves, she served as a law clerk at CAIR, and a student attorney at the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, College Access and 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.
Coordinator of Operations and Special Events, Fellowship for Teachers & Principals
Nayo serves as Coordinator of Operations and Special Events with the America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals.