Our Team

Sara Krachman
Sara KrachmanFounder & Senior Advisor
Bavu Blakes
Bavu BlakesLead Partner
Yalitza LaFontaine Delgado
Yalitza LaFontaine DelgadoDirector of Operations
Rebecca Guillory
Rebecca GuilloryLead Partner
Adrienne Kennedy
Adrienne KennedyLead Partner
Max Margolius
Max MargoliusDirector of Research & Learning
alicia nance
alicia nanceSenior Partner
Sarah Stone
Sarah StoneLead Partner
Angela Ward
Angela WardChief Program Officer

Board of Directors

The TransformEd Board of Directors supports the work of the organization and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance to ensure that the organization achieves its mission in a prudent, sustainable, and ethical way.

Danielle Gonzales (Chair)
Danielle Gonzales (Chair)New Mexico First & Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education
Executive Director
John Maycock
John MaycockK-12 & Higher Ed Companies
Senior Advisor
Felicia C. Smith
Felicia C. SmithNational Center for Families Learning
CEO & President
Andy Sokatch
Andy SokatchBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Senior Program Officer
Ila Deshmukh Towery
Ila Deshmukh ToweryEducation First Consulting
Shannah L. Varón
Shannah L. VarónBoston Collegiate Charter School
Executive Director


Joe McCannon
Executive in Residence at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

Irvin Scott
Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Barry Dym
Founder of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice

National Advisory Board

Transforming Education’s Advisory Board members offer deep expertise in a range of domains related to whole child development. They are scholars and leaders in fields such as social-emotional development, positive learning environments, clinical and developmental psychology, mental health, trauma-informed practices, culturally responsive education, measurement, and policy. We draw from their wisdom and experience to ensure that all of our work with schools and districts is informed by strong evidence and best practice.

David Adams
David AdamsUrban Assembly
Chief Executive Officer
Jean-Claude Brizard
Jean-Claude BrizardDigital Promise
President and Chief Executive Officer
Katie Buckley
Katie BuckleyTeach for America
Senior Managing Director
Christina Cipriano
Christina CiprianoYale Child Study Center
Assistant Professor
Jennifer DePaoli
Jennifer DePaoliLearning Policy Institute
Senior Researcher
Camille Farrington
Camille FarringtonUniversity of Chicago Consortium of School Research
Managing Director and Senior Research Associate
Hunter Gehlbach
Hunter GehlbachJohns Hopkins University
Professor of Education and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs
Paul Goren
Paul GorenNorthwestern University
Chief Strategy Advisor
Akira Gutierrez
Akira GutierrezFlorida International University
Doctoral Student, Clinical Science in Child & Adolescent Psychology & McKnight Fellow
Laura Hamilton
Laura HamiltonETS
General Manager of Research Centers
Robert Jagers
Robert JagersCASEL
Vice President of Research
Stephanie Jones
Stephanie JonesHarvard University
Professor of Child Development & Education
Clark McKown
Clark McKownRush University Medical Center
Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Founder & President of xSEL Labs
Eric Moore
Eric MooreMinneapolis Public Schools
The Chief of Academics and Accountability, Research & Equity
Isaiah Pickens
Isaiah PickensIOpeningEnterprise
Chief Executive Officer
Shanette Porter
Shanette PorterMindset Scholars Network
Director of Research and Senior Fellow
Colin Rose
Colin RoseBlackPrint Education Consulting
Hal Smith
Hal SmithNational Urban League
Senior Vice President for Education, Youth Development & Health
Martin West
Martin WestHarvard University
Professor of Education


Marc Brackett
Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Chris Gabrieli
CEO of Empower Schools, Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, & Lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education

John Gabrieli
Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences & Technology and Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Paul Reville
Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy & Administration at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Greg Walton
Associate Professor at Stanford University

The views expressed in our work – including papers, toolkits, and other resources – do not necessarily reflect those of the members of our National Advisory Board. Any errors in fact and interpretation are our own.