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Over the past two decades, Chris has created, scaled, and led cross-sector partnerships in education and workforce development. Under his leadership, Boston After School & Beyond has developed a nationally recognized model of summer learning that improves student outcomes, built a citywide program performance measurement system, and cultivated a network of 150 programs serving more than 15,000 students. Previously Chris worked at the Boston Private Industry Council, where he collaborated with business leaders to integrate work and learning in order to help thousands of students graduate, with universities on Boston’s first-ever study of college graduation rates of Boston Public Schools students, and with legislative leaders to address the dropout rate in Massachusetts. Chris began his career at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC, where he coordinated partnerships for the Secretary of Education. A native of Worcester, MA, Chris earned a BA in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.
- Make Summer Learning a Public Priority (CommonWealth magazine)
- What Does It Take to Bring Good Ideas to Scale? (Barr Foundation blog)
- Achieving, Connecting, Thriving: Afterschool and Summer Learning in Collaboration with Schools (with Dr. Carol Johnson for Expanding Minds and Opportunities)
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Kelsey Cowen joined Boston After School & Beyond in the fall of 2015 as Data Fellow. Kelsey recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA with a B.A. in Physics and a certificate in Coastal and Marine Sciences. She is a member of the national Physics honors society, Sigma Pi Sigma. In the fall semester of her third year at Mount Holyoke, Kelsey completed a comprehensive climate research project using an ocean property database spanning the last 60 years. More recently, she worked closely with a fisheries scientist at UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Sea Grant on a pilot study monitoring the prevalence of microplastics on NH beaches. Inspired by the questions beach visitors would ask her while she did field work, Kelsey created an infographic on the study’s preliminary findings for a public audience. Currently, she volunteers for Arlington, MA’s Conservation Commission and Open Space Committee designing educational materials on local ecology and managing a project to connect the naturally and culturally significant spots in town.
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Ellen joined Boston After School & Beyond in September, 2013 and oversees BASB’s efforts to foster strong school-community partnerships that advance holistic student growth, strengthen the city’s STEM learning ecosystem, and create systems that recognize the skills that young people develop outside of school. Prior to joining the team at BASB, Ellen worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, first as a technician in a research laboratory in the Department of Biology and then as the manager of the InvenTeams national grants initiative in the School of Engineering. Ellen has also been an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellow on the operations team at UP Education Network, worked in Jumpstart’s Operations & Systems department, and has been an instructor for the Overnights program at the Museum of Science, Boston. She earned her M.B.A. at UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management and her B.Sc. in Biology at McGill University.
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As Director of Policy and Communications for Boston After School & Beyond, Danielle Kim oversees the development and implementation of a strategic outreach plan to further engage the public, civic leaders, and other stakeholders in the team’s many projects. She began her career in education policy as a Fulbright Fellow in South Korea, where she taught at an urban, all-girls high school and facilitated cultural workshops among students and teachers. Danielle then served as a community organizer in her home state of New Jersey, most notably as a Regional Field Director for the 2012 presidential campaign. She continued working in the government sector as a Communications Specialist for the New Jersey Senate Majority Office, where she managed the legislative press for six state senators. Most recently, Danielle served as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School on the Data-Smart City Solutions initiative, examining how city officials can leverage new technologies to address social problems and to increase civic engagement. She earned a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Psychology from Smith College.
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Katie Tosh joined Boston After School & Beyond in August 2014 as the Director of Measurement & Outreach. She manages evaluation activities across BASB’s portfolio of summer and school-year initiatives that involve over 100 community partners collectively serving approximately 10,000 youth. Her responsibilities include collecting, analyzing, and reporting on data at the system, program, and youth levels – including school district data – to inform continuous program quality improvement, as well as maintaining data storage and reporting systems. Prior to this she worked on increasing access to and evaluating the impact of federal child nutrition programs for Share Our Strength in New Orleans and was also a research associate for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine in New Orleans. She is published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, holds a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University, and obtained her bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.