BUILDING EXCELLENT SCHOOLS

MEET THE TEAM

Aasimah Navlakhi
Aasimah Navlakhi
Chief Executive Officer
Sue Walsh
Sue Walsh
Chief Academic Officer
Teresa Neff-Webster
Teresa Neff-Webster
Chief Operating Officer
Linda Brown
Linda Brown
Founder

As Chief Executive Officer, Aasimah Navlakhi works to define, communicate, and track progress towards the organization’s strategic priorities and leads internal and external strategy around communications, operations, and programming. Aasimah grew into this position from her previous roles as Chief of Staff, and Director, Communications at BES. Prior to this, she spent two years leading marketing for an education technology startup in Dallas, TX. Aasimah received an MA in Arts Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a BS in Economics, Politics, and International Studies from Warwick University in England.

anavlakhi@buildingexcellentschools.org

Paul Adler
Aidin Carey
Nichole Curtis Cox
Maeve Downey
Jill Dunchick
Elise Hadley
Kelly Hall
Erika Haskins
Stephanie Hellested
Krista Heraty
Erline Hertilien
Charlotte Jackson
Amanda Keller
Tim LeBlanc
Lorena Lopera
Melody Martin
Stephanie Patton
Caity Sprague
Allison Smith
Luke Van de Walle

As Director of Follow On Support, Paul Adler provides continued high-impact, mission-driven Follow-on Support to BES leaders and BES schools in their planning year and first two years of operation, and works with BES Fellows during their training year. Paul served for six years as the founding Principal of Achievement First Brooklyn High School. He led the first three graduating classes to college readiness, with all students being accepted to four-year colleges, and he led the school to be ranked in the top third of 29 schools in the Achievement First network for academic performance. Previous to Paul’s work as Principal with Achievement First, he was a Teach For America Corps member, teaching seventh grade math in Compton, CA. Paul received an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University, an M.A.T. in Mathematics Education from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University.

padler@buildingexcellentschools.org

Kenneth Campbell
Rebecca Cass
Ed Chang
Hrag Hamalian
Doug Lemov
Margaret Lin
Charles Mitchell
Martin West

Kenneth Campbell has decades of experience in creating educational opportunity, and is widely respected as an education leader within his community. As Executive Director for Baton Rouge at IDEA Public Schools, he works to secure charters, identify school sites, raise funds, manage a top-notch team, and cultivate community partnerships. Ken previously served as President of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Under his leadership BAEO created, protected, and advocated for high-quality school options in some of the nation’s most underserved communities. Prior to BAEO, Ken worked as the Director of Charter Schools for the Louisiana Department of Education where he was responsible for creating many of the systems, policies, and best practices that in turn produced a high-quality charter sector in Louisiana. He routinely advises the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers on standards, practices, and policies.

Kaitlyn Giles
Kendra Heinricher
Becca Moskowitz
Brett Pangburn
Sarah Savage

Kaitlyn Giles joined Excel’s staff in 2012 as the school’s founding 5th grade math teacher and currently serves as the 5th Grade Level Team Chair and the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Excel Academy-Orient Heights. Prior to Excel, she taught middle school math and reading in Lawrence, MA for two years through Teach For America. Kaitlyn holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.Ed. from Boston University.