Staff

csmith@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.9134

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 more than 300 programs serving more than 20,000 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.

Publications:

  1. Make Summer Learning a Public Priority (CommonWealth magazine)
  2. What Does It Take to Bring Good Ideas to Scale? (Barr Foundation blog)
  3. Achieving, Connecting, Thriving: Afterschool and Summer Learning in Collaboration with Schools (with Dr. Carol Johnson for Expanding Minds and Opportunities)

nallis@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.5664

Nick joined Boston Beyond’s Measurement & Improvement team in April of 2020 as the Data Architect where he manages the data interaction between data systems and how that data is reported in the Online PRISM.  Nick came to Boston Beyond from Audit Analytics where he served as a Senior Software Engineer for a company that delivers corporate audit data to accounting firms and business researchers.  Before that he worked as a Software Engineer for Dun & Bradstreet on a data development team building and supporting the data warehouse that supplies data to the D&B Hoovers product.  Before working in the private sector Nick worked as a data developer in higher ed at the Harvard Medical School and for Brown University’s Office of Advancement.  Nick has a B.S. in Computer Science from Franklin Pierce University in beautiful Ringe, NH and is originally from Western Massachusetts.

abasile@bostonbeyond.org | 617.859.6405

Abbey joined the Boston Beyond team in July 2022 as the Executive Assistant & Communications Coordinator. As an Executive Assistant, Abbey works closely with the Executive Director, and assists in office management and scheduling. As the Communications Coordinator, she writes newsletters and press releases, and manages Boston Beyond’s social media presence. Abbey is a native of Upton, MA, and graduated from UMass Boston with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Spanish Language. While at UMB, she worked at the university newspaper, The Mass Media, as a News section editor and reporter.

wcardwell@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.9732

Wil Cardwell joined Boston After School & Beyond in 2018 as the Director of Summer Learning. In this role, he oversees a citywide effort, in collaboration with Boston Public Schools and local community-based agencies, to leverage summer as a time to close both achievement and opportunity gaps for students. Prior to Boston Beyond, Wil served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Read to a Child (formerly Everybody Wins! Metro Boston), a mentoring and literacy focused nonprofit that provides in-school reading mentors to elementary school students throughout Greater Boston. He served a second year of AmeriCorps at Miami University. There, he managed student volunteer groups, community partnerships, and taught two urban education courses. His devotion to education and youth mentoring brought him back to Read to A Child, where he served as a Program Manager, and then to Freedom House, a social change organization that utilizes community service, leadership training, social-emotional curriculum, and transitional supports to promote college readiness and persistence amongst Boston youth in high school and college. There he served as the agency’s PUSH High School Program Manager, helping to build and develop in-school and summer college counseling programs. Wil received a B.A. in Psychology (Cognitive) with a minor in Philosophy from Miami University, and a Master’s degree with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Counseling, Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds a Massachusetts license in School Counseling (Grades 5 – 12).

kgandhi@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.5667

As a Measurement & Improvement Coordinator, Komal supports Boston After School & Beyond’s data-related operations across its partner organizations. She also oversees partnerships between schools and Boston Beyond’s partner organizations. Komal’s passion for education started with a literacy and numeracy camp she worked at in Lucknow, India where local families, children and adults, were provided with free Hindi literacy lessons. Since then Komal has had the opportunity to immerse herself in education systems in Denver, CO and Shanghai, China through volunteer teaching programs. In her free time, Komal enjoys playing the guitar, cooking, and painting. She holds an Ed.M in Education Policy and Analysis from Harvard University and a BSBA in International Business and Economics from University of Denver.

lghui@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.5671

Lisa Gomi Hui joined Boston Beyond in 2017 as the Director of Measurement & Improvement and was promoted to Managing Director in 2022. In this role, she oversees the collection and analysis of data across Boston Beyond’s initiatives to inform, design, and deliver professional development for continuous improvement. Prior to BASB, Lisa worked as a Data Analyst for RGV FOCUS, a collective impact initiative of Educate Texas and the Communities Foundation of Texas that focused on increasing college readiness, access, and success in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas. There, she discovered her love of using data for action, and analyzed regional educational data to spur a greater strategic focus on college readiness. Lisa has also worked as a Senior Student Recruitment and Enrollment Manager for IDEA Public Schools, and as an Economics Reporter for The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest daily newspaper. She earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics from Brown University.

aleza@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.5666

As the first Boston Beyond Director of Operations, Alejandro will help shape our next phase of growth and impact by building our capacity to deepen and expand partnerships in Boston and beyond.

Most recently, Alejandro served as the national director of the Corporate Work Study Program at the Cristo Rey Network, where he held overall responsibility for the management and strategic vision of 38 local program sites across 25 states that combine career and technical education with professional work experience for students from communities underrepresented in higher education. In this role, he developed systems to help schools provide consistent support for nearly 13,000 students and over 3,000 employer partners.

Before Cristo Rey, Alejandro was the Program Director of the Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy initiative at World Business Chicago, which supported universities and health systems in their efforts to diversify and localize their supplier and talent ecosystems. He was also a Market Manager for Schneider Transportation where he led market reentry efforts in Mexico and managed brokerage services in the U.S. Southeast. Previously, Alejandro served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy where he managed operations, maintenance, fleet readiness and compliance activities out of Mayport, Florida.

dmarcellus@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.0834

As the STEM Coordinator, Doana collaborates with the United Way and Boston Public Schools to engage Boston middle schoolers in STEM experiences through out-of-school time programs. She also supports Boston After School & Beyond’s data-related operations across its partner organizations.

Before joining Boston Beyond, Doana worked as a teacher for six years. She taught seventh grade math at Newton Public Schools and fifth grade at Milton Academy. Doana enjoyed sharing her passion for mathematics and identity development with her students. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Boston College and a M.Ed in Middle School Mathematics from Lesley University.

amohamed@bostonbeyond.org | (617) 531-5669

As a Measurement & Improvement Coordinator, Abdinoor supports Boston After School & Beyond’s data-related operations across its partner organizations. He also oversees Boston Beyond’s skill badging initiatives. Previously, Abdinoor engaged his passion for youth development at Covenant House Pennsylvania where he provided an array of services for young people experiencing homelessness, including a first-class clinic, assistance with going to college and finding employment, and one-to-one support to help young people achieve their goals. Abdinoor has an extensive background working with refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers, and advocating and promoting self-sufficiency through employment, education, and social support. Fun fact is that Abdinoor holds a Guinness World Record for Greatest distance on a kick scooter in 24 hours. He has also been to 5 continents and enjoys the outdoors in his spare time. Abdinoor holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Cazenovia College in Upstate New York.