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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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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 BASB, 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).
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As the Measurement & Improvement Coordinator, Emily supports Boston After School & Beyond’s data-related operations across its partner organizations. She also manages the Certified Observer Network, a group of program providers trained in BASB’s observer measurement tool. Previously, Emily applied her passion for quantitative analysis to teaching middle school math at Boston Prep Charter School and assisting with research and program evaluation as an intern at the Center for Collaborative Education. She holds a Master’s degree in Effective Teaching from the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Middlebury College.
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Lisa Gomi Hui joined Boston After School & Beyond in 2017 as the Director of Measurement & Improvement. In that role, she oversees the collection and analysis of data across BASB’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.
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Julia Kilgore joined Boston After School & Beyond in 2018 as Director of STEM. In this role, Julia leads professional learning across partner organizations participating in the BoSTEM initiative, a city-wide cross-sector collaboration that aims to ensure every middle school student in Boston has access to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning opportunities. Prior to joining BASB, Julia worked at the Global Business Coalition for Education in New York, where she supported private sector investment in international education initiatives by leading strategy development and cross-sector collaboration with a coalition of companies committed to improving educational access and quality globally. Julia’s passion for education and youth development stems from her 6 years of experience as the Program Director at the African Community Education Program in Worcester, where she led the organization in designing and delivering high-quality out-of-school programming for African refugee and immigrant youth. She earned a Master in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Social Policy from from Assumption College.
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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. 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. Deeply committed to expanding access to power and opportunity, she proudly serves on the Board of Directors for New Leaders Council – Boston, and the National Organization for Women, Massachusetts Chapter.
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As the Program Director for SEL, Shaunda co-leads Boston’s participation in the Partnerships in Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) in collaboration with Boston Public Schools. PSELI is a new initiative funded by The Wallace Foundation to enhance the social and emotional learning efforts of schools and their after‐school partners.
Before joining BASB, Shaunda was the Associate Director at Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) Boston where she oversaw the strategic development and implementation of all aspects of the Boston program and team; as well as supported the Executive Director in overall organizational management. Prior to her role at SWSG, Shaunda was the Program Manager for Massachusetts at the National Center on Time & Learning where she led the development and implementation of professional learning for expanded learning time (ELT) schools statewide. She also served as Program Associate and Coordinator for the organization, helping to launch and manage national and statewide programs delivering deep technical assistance to schools and districts planning for and implementing a longer and improved schedule and day. Shaunda’s experience spans the non-profit, public, and private sectors. In her spare time she supports organizations in developing anti-racist business practices and platforms, facilitating workshops to build racial awareness, cultural competency, and to promote multiculturalism. She is a passionate social reformer dedicated to developing systems and practices that lead to more inclusive communities.
Shaunda received a B.A. in History with minors in Sociology and Africana Studies from The George Washington University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership through the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University.
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Keelin Salisbury is Boston After School & Beyond’s Executive Assistant. She joined the staff in October of 2016. Keelin graduated from Gettysburg College in May 2015 with a B.A. in Spanish. As a component to her studies, she spent a semester studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain. She also traveled to León, Nicaragua on a service trip focusing primarily on community development and education. Prior to pursuing Spanish as a major, she participated in a Spanish Immersion program where all of the main subjects, grades 1 – 5, were taught completely in the Spanish. While at Gettysburg College, Keelin served as a mentor for a Big Brothers Big Sisters S.M.A.R.T. program at a local elementary school. She continues to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, serving as a mentor here in Boston.