Leading Through Uncertainty
Ahmed Musa Sesay grew up in the inner city of Providence, Rhode Island (where he felt he never quite fit in,) and is graduating from Classical High School. He hopes to attend college for Advertising and pursue a career in Creative Direction.
Zack Mezera brings on-the-ground education organizing experience to his role as co-founder and executive director of the Providence Student Union (PSU), a youth-led education advocacy organization in Providence, RI. Since 2010 he has supported student leaders to create a “student union” that builds student power to ensure young people a fair say in improving their education. Over the years, PSU’s creative advocacy campaigns have changed state level policies, moved millions of dollars toward public education priorities, and won student-centered learning-based reforms at the local level.
Zack also serves on the Providence Ethics Commission, is a founding Board member of the Rhode Island Working Families Party, and has served as campaign manager or key advisor for electoral campaigns across Rhode Island. He holds a BA in Religious Studies and Public Policy from Brown University.
Louise joined iCivics as its Executive Director in July 2014.
Louise discovered the power of education in the early 1990’s as a co-founder of CASES, a New York alternative-to-incarceration program for youthful offenders where education helped re-shape lives. Inspired by a continuing deep commitment to ongoing learning, she has devoted her career to ensuring that all students are prepared for active and thoughtful citizenship and life.
Louise has successfully led growth organizations that make and deliver engaging educational technology and digital media. Most recently, she was the Managing Director of Digital Learning at WGBH. At WGBH, Louise helped launch PBS LearningMedia, a platform with more than 87,000 classroom-ready digital resources reaching 1.5 million educators. Previously, Louise served as President of Pangea Tools, an educational software start-up successfully acquired by Houghton Mifflin, and as VP of Marketing at Time To Know, a 1:1 curriculum platform, now distributed by McGraw-Hill Education. As President of Soliloquy Learning, Louise structured the sale of the company to Scientific Learning where she served as Vice President and General Manager of Speech Products.
Louise began her career as an attorney in Montreal, Canada, and holds a law degree from McGill University, as well as an MBA from Yale.
Louise, a native of Quebec, has two children, Simon and Daniel, who share her love of travel, reading, debating and learning.
If you are interested in learning more about Louise, iCivics' strategic direction, and the current landscape for ed-gaming and civic education, please see the link below. You will be directed to an interview with Louise, conducted by the Bernstein Family Foundation: http://bernsteinfamilyfoundationdc.org/louise-dube
Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the director of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life . She manages CIRCLE’s expansive portfolio of initiatives and products, such as original research, resources for educators and public audience, on a wide range of topics related to civic learning and civic life. With a background in positive youth development and social-emotional learning, and interest in diverse and marginalized youth, she sees research as a powerful tool to address educational inequity.
Kei was a lead author on important papers and reports, such as The Republic is (Still) at Risk – and Civics is Part of the Solution (with Peter Levine); The Future of Civic Education (in NASBE Magazine); Taking the Lead: How Educators Can Help Close the Gender Leadership Gap (with the National Education Association and the American Association of University Women); and All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement. She has published extensively in various peer-reviewed journals and written book chapters; her full curriculum vitae can be found here.
As a leading expert on civic education, learning, and engagement, Kei’s analysis and commentary are frequently featured in major outlets such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, C-SPAN, Channel 1, and NBC News. Kei hsa been a recipient of a Jobs for The Future Distinguished Fellowship for Student-Centered Learning (2016-2018), and serves on the National Board of Generation Citizen, Democracy Works, and the Leadership Council for Nonprofit VOTE. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship and the Voter Study Advisory Council. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, with an emphasis on child and adolescent development and positive youth development.
Jon Gold is in his 13th year teaching Middle School history at Moses Brown School, an independent Quaker school in Providence, RI. In addition to teaching, Jon helps direct the school's Expert Thinking program in innovative pedagogy. Jon also writes for Teaching Tolerance, the education wing of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and his piece, “Teaching in the Post-Truth Era” was featured on The Huffington Post. Jon has a B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University and an M.A. in School Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Jon has two sons, Neko (age 7) and Remy (age 3) and is married to Julia Gold, who is the chief of the Office of Sustainability and Innovation for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.