Leading Through Uncertainty
Christopher Leake is the National Vice President for Data, Reporting and Insights at Teach For America. His division is responsible for organization-wide reporting, analytics, applications administration, strategic consulting and data governance. His professional experience spans multiple education contexts. Most recently, he was the Director of Teacher and Principal Evaluation with the School District of Philadelphia. Prior to this position, he was a Harvard Strategic Data Project Fellow for College and Career Readiness with the New York State Education Department, under former Commissioner John B. King. In this role, Christopher led the research and policy agenda that culminated in the State's roll-out of the new Multiple Pathways graduation standards. He also worked as a researcher at MDRC, where he was the lead analyst and technical appendix author on numerous policy reports. Noted for his research on the role educational outcomes play in employment markets, this past year he was invited to give a Ted talk on this subject at Tedx Riga in Latvia. Christopher completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University and The Juilliard School and trained at the University of Missouri, Cambridge University and University of Pennsylvania for formal graduate studies in Economics.
Etai Mizrav is a senior technical assistance consultant and the equity content leader at the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders at American Institutes for Research. He supports states in developing policies and implementing programs related to equity in education and particularly equitable access to educators. He supports state work on the recruitment, preparation, induction, placement, development, evaluation, and retention of effective educators, as well as work focusing on identifying state policy drivers of achievement gaps and addressing them. He has extensive experience in state education policy and specifically in equity in education and teacher quality. Previously, Mizrav was the Manager of Education Policy and Equity for the Washington, D.C., Office of the State Superintendent of Education and the state lead and writer of the D.C. Plan for Equitable Access to Excellent Educators. Mizrav also led the Washington, D.C., state school turnaround effort, and supported districts in developing data infrastructure to implement strategic talent and staffing efforts. Mizrav holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.
Lynzi Ziegenhagen is founder and chief executive officer of Schoolzilla, a Public Benefit Corporation whose mission is to empower people across the country to use data to improve education for students, especially students from underserved communities. Based in Oakland, California, Schoolzilla PBC grew out of the technology Lynzi and the founding team developed over five years at Aspire Public Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization. Prior to serving as vice president of technology at Aspire, Lynzi taught in a community center in South Africa, community colleges in California, and programming sections at Stanford. Lynzi also started her own business creating software for nonprofit organizations and worked at the Children’s Partnership, Booz Allen and Microsoft. She is a Fellow of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and Harvard’s Strategic Data Project. Lynzi graduated from Stanford with a degree in Symbolic Systems and holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science with an emphasis on computer security from the Naval Postgraduate School. Lynzi and her Schoolzilla team earned recognition as one of The Real Leaders 100 Top Impact Companies in 2019 and Lynzi's expertise in data use in the education is often sought for speaking engagements across the country.
As founding Dean of Relay Connecticut, Rebecca Good is the educational leader for all Relay programs in Connecticut. Good, a dedicated award-winning educator served as a secondary teacher and principal in New Haven. Good is a doctoral candidate in Global Education at the Rossier School of Education, at the University of Southern California. Good, an advocate of culturally responsive pedagogy, believes in the power of teachers teaching teachers.
Alexander Russo is a longtime education journalist whose work has been published in outlets including Slate, The Washington Monthly, Washington Post. His latest project, The Grade, is an effort to help improve media coverage of education issues in the press. He has been a Spencer Education Journalism Fellow at Columbia University and wrote a 2011 book about a group of teachers attempting to rescue Locke high school in Los Angeles. Before he began writing, Russo served as an education adviser to two US senators and the chancellor of the New York City public schools, and as a high school English teacher and education researcher.