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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 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).
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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 Boston Beyond’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 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.
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As a Measurement & Improvement Coordinator, Matthew supports Boston After School & Beyond’s data-related operations across its partner organizations. He also oversees Boston Beyond’s skill badging initiatives. Previously, Matthew engaged his passion for educational equity and bridging the opportunity gap for Boston students through an AmeriCorps service year with City Year Boston. He served as a tutor and mentor in a sixth-grade math classroom at the Maurice J. Tobin School in Roxbury, while also coordinating and managing an extended-learning program for students in grades 3 through 5. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts in History 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 Boston Beyond, 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 Program Director for Social & Emotional Learning, Shaunda co-directs Boston’s participation in the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) in conjunction with Boston Public Schools. PSELI is a six-year research initiative funded by the Wallace Foundation to learn whether and how students will benefit if schools and their out-of-school time (OST) partners work together to foster children’s social and emotional learning. Boston was one of six cities chosen to embark on this research journey, choosing 14 sites (elementary schools and their OST partners) to participate from throughout the city. Through deep capacity building support, including coaching and professional development, PSELI Boston equips in and out-of-school time educators with the resources, tools, and knowledge to create high quality, seamless SEL experiences for their students throughout the entire learning day and year.
As Program Director for SEL, Shaunda also leads Boston Beyond’s suite of SEL-focused professional learning opportunities; supporting the organization’s vast network of out-of-school time leaders and educators with the tools and tactics to best support the socio-emotional well-being of the young people they serve, and the adults that support those young people.
Before joining Boston Beyond, Shaunda served as Interim Executive Director and Associate Director at Strong Women, Strong Girls Boston, as well as Program Manager for Massachusetts at the National Center on Time & Learning. Her experience spans the non-profit, public, and private sectors heavily influencing her passion for developing systems and practices that lead to 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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