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Board of Directors
  • Betsy Brand (Treasurer)

    Executive Director
    American Youth Policy Fourm

    Betsy Brand has served as the Executive Director of AYPF since 2004, and she served as Co-Director of the organization since 1998. Brand has spent her career working on education, workforce, and youth policy and specializes in comprehensive approaches to helping young people be prepared for today’s careers, lifelong learning, and civic engagement.

    Betsy Brand has served as the Executive Director of AYPF since 2004, and she served as Co-Director of the organization since 1998. Brand has spent her career working on education, workforce, and youth policy and specializes in comprehensive approaches to helping young people be prepared for today’s careers, lifelong learning, and civic engagement.

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  • Saba Bireda

    Saba Bireda works on equal educational opportunity access issues at the national level.  She has served as policy and  legal advisor for EducationCounsel LLC providing strategic advice and legal analysis to clients at state education agencies, state-level entities, and nationally- and federally-focused organizations. Bireda also served as deputy director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council where she provided management and strategic planning with a focus on education policy, analyzed and provided commentary on proposed legislation and regulations, and provided technical assistance to education advocates working on issues of educational equity.

    Saba Bireda works on equal educational opportunity access issues at the national level.  She has served as policy and  legal advisor for EducationCounsel LLC providing strategic advice and legal analysis to clients at state education agencies, state-level entities, and nationally- and federally-focused organizations. Bireda also served as deputy director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council where she provided management and strategic planning with a focus on education policy, analyzed and provided commentary on proposed legislation and regulations, and provided technical assistance to education advocates working on issues of educational equity.

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  • Cynthia Brown

    Senior Fellow
    Center for American Progress

    Cynthia Brown is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and served as Director, Renewing Our Schools, Securing Our Future National Task Force on Public Education, a joint initiative of the Center and the Institute for America’s Future. Prior to joining CAP, Brown was an independent education consultant who advised and wrote for local and state school systems, education associations, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and a corporation.

    Cynthia Brown is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and served as Director, Renewing Our Schools, Securing Our Future National Task Force on Public Education, a joint initiative of the Center and the Institute for America’s Future. Prior to joining CAP, Brown was an independent education consultant who advised and wrote for local and state school systems, education associations, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and a corporation.

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  • Dr. Lorelle L. Espinosa

    Assistant Vice President
    American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy

    Dr. Lorelle L. Espinosa is assistant vice president for the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy where she manages the center’s research agenda, with a focus on higher education diversity and equity, public finance, and transformational leadership. Dr. Espinosa has served the higher education profession for over 15 years, beginning in student affairs and undergraduate education at the University of California, Davis; Stanford University; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Dr. Lorelle L. Espinosa is assistant vice president for the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy where she manages the center’s research agenda, with a focus on higher education diversity and equity, public finance, and transformational leadership. Dr. Espinosa has served the higher education profession for over 15 years, beginning in student affairs and undergraduate education at the University of California, Davis; Stanford University; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Lydia M. Logan (Secretary)

    Education and Foundation Consultant

    Lydia M. Logan is an education and foundation consultant. Logan was previously Managing Director at Chiefs for Change with the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Logan also served as the Senior Director of Policy at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation where she focused on national policy, Governor Snyder’s education initiatives in Michigan, and investments improving management, human capital, quality, and transparency across District and charter public schools in Washington, DC. Prior to The Broad Foundation, she held the position of Vice President and Executive Director of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where she worked with the business community on national and state policies and programs to improve early childhood, pre-k through post-secondary public education and workforce training. Logan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • James McKenney (Chair)

    Special Assistant to the President and CEO
    American Association Community Colleges

    James F. McKenney is currently the Special Assistant to the President and CEO at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). His prior position was Vice President, Office of Economic Development. In that position, he served as the primary point of interface between AACC and other public/private organizations, agencies, and trade associations that focus on economic and workforce development.

    James F. McKenney is currently the Special Assistant to the President and CEO at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). His prior position was Vice President, Office of Economic Development. In that position, he served as the primary point of interface between AACC and other public/private organizations, agencies, and trade associations that focus on economic and workforce development.

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  • Delia Pompa

    Senior Vice President, Programs
    National Council of La Raza

    Delia Pompa is Senior Vice President of Programs at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) where she provides oversight  of NCLR programs, including Housing and Community Development, Education, Institute for Hispanic Health, and Workforce Development. Her expertise is in the areas of school reform, early childhood education, English language learners, and charter schools.

    Delia Pompa is Senior Vice President of Programs at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) where she provides oversight  of NCLR programs, including Housing and Community Development, Education, Institute for Hispanic Health, and Workforce Development. Her expertise is in the areas of school reform, early childhood education, English language learners, and charter schools.

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  • Anthony R. Sarmiento (Vice Chair)

    Executive Director
    Senior Service America

    Tony Sarmiento has served as Executive Director of Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) since 2000. He has brought a wide range of experience and expertise to advocate for national policy and programs that support low-income older adults.

    Tony Sarmiento has served as Executive Director of Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) since 2000. He has brought a wide range of experience and expertise to advocate for national policy and programs that support low-income older adults.

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  • Anthony Shop

    Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder
    Social Driver

    As Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of Social Driver, Anthony Shop is a pioneer in the field of digital media and online advocacy. A former journalist and press secretary, Anthony is the first new media professional to be elected to the prestigious National Press Club’s Board of Governors. He founded the Club’s popular “Get It Online” digital media series, which has hosted luminaries from USA Today, NASA and The White House to discuss media trends with the national opinion leaders and influencers.

    As Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of Social Driver, Anthony Shop is a pioneer in the field of digital media and online advocacy. A former journalist and press secretary, Anthony is the first new media professional to be elected to the prestigious National Press Club’s Board of Governors. He founded the Club’s popular “Get It Online” digital media series, which has hosted luminaries from USA Today, NASA and The White House to discuss media trends with the national opinion leaders and influencers.

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