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, Texas. Aasimah received an Master of Arts in Arts Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Politics, and International Studies from Warwick University in England.

anavlakhi@buildingexcellentschools.org

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

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, California. Paul received an Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics Education from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts 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.

Dr. Megan Frankiewicz
Charlie Friedman
Kaitlyn Giles
Kendra Heinricher
Sarah Mertz
Shauna Russell
Becca Moskowitz
Katherine Nelligan
Brett Pangburn
Sarah Savage

Megan grew in up in a family of educators but was spurred to sign on to Teach For America (TFA) as a Phoenix corps member following work in the criminal justice system. Over the past five years at Vista College Preparatory, Megan has worked to develop curriculum and assessments that support a data-driven school culture and to support the coaching and learning opportunities that develop incredible teachers. In her current role as the Senior Director of Curriculum and Instruction on the VCP Network Team, Megan coaches and supports Vista College Prep’s principals and oversees all curriculum development. Megan earned a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctorate in Education Administration and Leadership at Arizona State University.