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EP Alumnus Christopher N. Ruszkowski (Bay Area, 2010) spoke with us about the journey that led him from classroom teaching, to an Education Pioneers Fellowship with the San Francisco Unified School District, and now to the Delaware Department of Education, where he serves as the Chief Officer of the Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness Unit.

In his role, Christopher leads a team of 25 and oversees the unit's $30 million Race to the Top budget to measure how Delaware districts' individual plans are improving student achievement.

California is now the first state to implement specific funding, support, and accountability for foster children in public schools. EP Alumnus Jesse Hanhel (Bay Area, 2007) works on the front line of the new initiative as founder and director of FosterEd, advocating for foster youth in spaces where their voices are seldom heard. "Foster children are our children. We have a collective responsibility to ensure they thrive in school."


EP Bay Area: First-Time Manager Training Series - Jul 29, 2014

EP is launching a new First-Time Manager Training Series, developed in partnership with The Management Center (TMC), the nonprofit sector's preferred provider of management training.

Designed to provide a strong foundation in effective people management practices, this unique program includes:

  • A full-day, in-person interactive workshop.
  • Four follow-up virtual group coaching sessions for participants to dig deeper into the content in a more personalized way.

Unlike other TMC trainings, this series has been developed exclusively for EP, so participants will all be from the education sector.

Have you assumed people management responsibilities within the last 2 years? Register today!

Are you a more senior leader? Refer the first-time managers on your team to attend.


  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Oakland, CA

Virtual group coaching sessions will follow every two weeks beginning the week of August 11, with dates and times to be confirmed following registration. 

Eventbrite - EP/TMC First-Time Manager Training Series - SF Bay Area

Multifaceted, diverse work environments - like those in urban education - require leaders with new and expansive skills and traits to ensure success for all students. To explore the characteristics that set extraordinary leaders apart, we spoke with three EP Alumni to learn about how they master complexity.

Read on to learn more about our findings.

2012 EP alumnus Corey Blay writes about Brotherhood Prep, a private high school he's working to build in Harlem that "would have the resources required to support black and Latino boys at their most vulnerable stage and the freedom needed to pioneer new education models that helps boys of color to thrive in competitive high schools, colleges, and work environments."

Dania Frink ('13), a Masters in Public Administration alumna from the University of San Francisco, will be joining EP as a year-long Fellow with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. She speaks to her alma mater about the grant work she will be doing at Schusterman, her transition to the nonprofit sector, and her commitment to the Bay Area.

2013 EP Alumnus William Jackson was named a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow. Selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants, Jackson will join the leaders of 41 other organizations to receive two years of funding and foundational leadership and business development support, and a lifetime of membership in a network that includes the founders of Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, and SKS Microfinance.

For his Echoing Green Fellowship, Jackson will continue his work as the founding executive director of Village of Wisdom, which enhances the academic achievement of African American boys by equipping parents, guardians, and community members with the tools and training critical to supporting the success of their black boys. 

Three students from Northwestern University's Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program will complete Education Pioneers Fellowships this summer.

Jessica Domijan and Stanley Fong will both spend the summer at the Teach For America office in Chicago. Amber Barger will travel to Houston, where she will will join Reasoning Mind, a non-profit organization that develops students' math knowledge and thinking skills.

Chalkbeat Tennessee features Education Pioneers' second cohort of Fellows in Memphis and Nashville.

EP Tennessee has more than doubled in size in just one year.

Revolution Foods, the healthy eating company co-founded by 2005 EP Alumna Kristin Groos Richmond, recently received a $30 million investment from AOL Co-Founder Steve Case.

"Co-founder and CEO Kristin Groos Richmond says of the company's origins: 'Kirsten [Saenz Tobey, co-founder] and I had a vision to dramatically increase the healthy, delicious meals for all kids across the country. We had both come from a mixed background of business and education and saw firsthand the impact that eating nutritious meals had on student success - in, and out - of the classroom.'"