The Power of Human Capital in Education

Now more than ever, the education sector needs leaders who understand how to harness the transformative power of people to deliver positive outcomes for students.

Studies have shown time and again that the two most important factors in increasing student achievement are:

  • The teacher in the classroom

  • The leader of the school

Districts and other school systems allocate more than 80% of their budgets to people costs, yet many have struggled to manage this massive investment strategically to benefit our nation’s students.

Human capital leaders are uniquely positioned to redefine and redesign how districts, charter management organizations (CMOs), and state education agencies (SEAs) can proactively attract, develop, and retain the most effective teachers and principals, as well as the teams that support them.

In partnership with the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy (USHCA), Education Pioneers is committed to developing the next generation of human capital leaders to transform education by focusing on the people that make a difference in students’ lives.

About the Program

The Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative (EHCLI) is a professional development program that exposes participants to the most effective and innovative human capital (HC) practices in education, while building their knowledge, skills, and network to support their career advancement.

EHCLI aims to grow and strengthen the pipeline of leaders who can design and implement highly-effective human capital functions across the education sector, specifically to benefit our nation’s highest need students.

Our Vision

  • Building a strong pipeline of leaders who are ready and able to assume top human capital roles in urban school districts, charter management organizations, state education agencies, and nonprofits serving under-resourced students

  • Growing a robust national network of human capital leaders who connect, collaborate, and innovate to improve student outcomes

  • Helping school systems shift from compliance-driven human resources practices to strategic human capital management focused on recruiting, developing, and retaining effective teachers and principals

Program Features

EHCLI is designed to prepare leaders to take on the toughest human capital (HC) challenges our school systems face.  Participants will learn from experts and from one another, increase their effectiveness in their current roles, clarify their future career goals, and be positioned for advancement to more senior levels of human capital leadership.

Learn from HC experts and fellow participants Increase your current effectiveness Clarify your profeessional goals Position yourself to advance to the next level

The program includes:

  • Two in-person convenings with expert facilitators and experienced panelists 

    • ​Convening #1 - March 4-7, 2018 (DC Metro Area)

    • Convening #2 - September 23-25, 2018 (Location TBD)

  • Virtual intersession learning experiences (Q&A with industry experts, problems of practice, webinars, etc.)

  • Structured peer learning teams

  • Individualized leadership and career coaching support, including a validated 360 assessment.

  • Exposure to accomplished human capital leaders in the field

  • Case studies of human capital reform efforts

  • Feedback and support on how to apply learning to individual human capital priorities

  • Peer-to-peer mentorship with past EHCLI participants 

  • Access to all 80+ EHCLI alumni and the broader EP network of 3.5K+ Pioneers


  • Participants will benefit from access to experts, immersive learning experiences, coaching resources, and networking opportunities to maximize their potential as future human capital leaders.  We aim to accelerate participants’ career development and prepare them for increasingly senior human capital roles in education.

  • Districts, charter management organizations, state education agencies, and education-support organizations will benefit from a growing pipeline of leaders who are better equipped to be effective human capital leaders.

  • The education sector will benefit from a more robust network of human capital professionals who can promote and share best practices, resources, and lessons learned to help drive improved student achievement.

Application Process and Program Logistics

We are seeking emerging human capital (HC) leaders with a high degree of potential and a deep commitment to the communities where they work. Most participants will likely be one to two steps away from the most senior human capital leadership positions in a large urban district or state education agency, or one step away from senior human capital positions in small to mid-sized districts, charter management organizations, or nonprofits.


  • Experience in human capital or related function in a district, charter management organization, state education agency, or related education organization

  • Accomplished results-oriented performer with at least 5 years of work experience

  • Aspires to a more senior level of human capital leadership in an urban district or other school system

  • Demonstrated track record in managing people, teams, and/or complex projects and initiatives

  • Proven collaborator and effective networker

  • Committed to attending all convenings and completing mandatory program activities




Application deadline

November 28, 2017

Participant announcement

Late January 2018

Convening #1

March 4-7, 2018

Intersession Learning

April-September 2018

Convening #2

September 23-25, 2018

Program completion

November 2018


Tuition covers a small portion of the total program cost and ensures the commitment of participants and their employers. We encourage participants to work with their employers to sponsor all or part of their tuition and travel costs. Some need-based financial aid will be available, but we ask that all participants and/or their employers make a minimal contribution.

For more specific tuition information, please review the FAQ's.

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Applications are closed for the 2018 cohort. 



Meet the Current EHCLI Cohort

2018 Cohort

Cecily Adams
Executive Data Strategy Coordinator

Prince George's County Public Schools

Vincena Allen
Chief College Success Officer

The SEED Foundation

Jon Barrows
Director of Data & Analytics, Human Capital

Boston Public Schools

Meagan Comb
Director for Educator Effectiveness

MA Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education

Jennifer Duarte
Director of Human Capital

KIPP LA Public Schools

Swen Ervin
Manager, Classified Staffing

San Francisco Unified School District

Socorro Espinoza
Director of Educator Effectiveness

ESC1 Education Service Center Region One

Meladee Evans
Co-Director of Talent Strategy

KIPP New Orleans Schools

Seana Flanagan
Director of Educator Growth & Development

New Mexico Public Education Department

Maelle Fonteneau
Senior Advisor, People & Engagement

Turnaround for Children

Valerie Green
Talent Acquisition Program Manager, Education

The Wonderful Company

Christine Judson
Director of Talent Acquisition

Chicago Public Schools

Tim Kubrick
Human Resources Partner

Palm Beach County School District

 Megan Lonergan
Director of Employee Relations

Aurora Public Schools

Riddhi (Ria) Mehta
Associate Director

New York City Department of Education

Sharon Pertiller
Executive Officer of Human Resources

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Ruby Powell-Dennis
Director of Outreach

New Memphis Institute

Pedro Roman
Executive Director for Human Resources

Newburgh Enlarged City School District

Chad Rountree
Managing Director, Training & Support


Dyan Sellers
Manager, Teacher Recruitment

Baltimore City Public Schools

Mary Ann Spracher
Director of Talent & Interim Human Resources Director
Wayside Schools

Cheryl Stidham
Director of Talent Acquisition

Wake Country Public School System

Juan Taveras
Chief of Human  Resources & Administrative Officer

NYC Outward Bound Schools

Lilla Toal-Mandsager
Director of Educator Effectiveness & Leadership Development

South Carolina Department of Education

Deanna Vasilakis
Director of Recruitment

Uncommon Schools

Larnell Vickers
Assistant Director of Recruiment

Democracy Prep Public Schools

Mindy Weidman Duchi
Chief Performance Officer


Nicole Wellman-Noble
Vice President of People Development

Bright Star Schools

Anna Westlund
Director of Recruitment

Saint Louis Public Schools

Nicole Wolden
Director of Growth and Performance

Denver Public Schools

Meet the EHCLI Alumni

2017 Cohort




Alexandra Arroyo Senior Director of Talent Development YES Prep Public Schools
Pam Awbrey Senior I Director of Staffing IDEA Public Schools
Liza Bento Director of Human Capital Strategy & School Support Salem Public Schools
Elizabeth Bleier Director of Talent Acquisition KIPP St. Louis
Claire Brown Director of Talent Management Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
Taylor Brown Director of Strategy Indianapolis Public Schools
Katie Clymer Director of Talent Acquisition Denver Public Schools
Ben Crosby Director of Teammate Effectiveness Aspire Public Schools
Alicia De La Rosa Co-Vice President of Recruitment Achivement First
Kesha DeJarnett Director of Talent Improvement DC Public Schools
Leslyn Jones-Petitt Employment Services Manager Seattle Public Schools
Valerie Evans Chief Talent Officer Achievement Prep
Randall Fowler Director of Talent & Organization Management KIPP Dallas - Fort Worth
Candice Frazier Talent Manager KIPP New Orleans Schools
Lisa Friscia Vice President of Talent Development Democracy Prep Public Schools
Emily Ganyo Director of Human Capital & Human Resources Green Dot Public Schools Washington
Logan Hall Educator Evaluation Supervisor Human Resources - Salt Lake City School District
Quiyana Hall Director of HR & Labor Relations OSSE
Laura Henderson Senior Director of Talent Summit Public Schools
Paul Hughes Director of Recruitment & Hiring Noble Network of Charter Schools
Robert Kelsey Manager of Strategic Staffing Boston Public Schools
Jason Kennedy Director of Talent Acquistion Wake County Public School System
Sarah Koegler Sr. Managing Director of Human Assets Teach for America
Sean McDonald Director, Office of Talent Acquisition & Management Fairfax County Public Schools
Lindsey Osborne Talent Acquisition Manager Shelby County Schools
Grace Pun Manager, Administrative Staffing & Credentials San Francisco Unified School District
Meg Robinson-Li Senior Director, Talent Rocketship Education
Darin Simmons Deputy Chief, Employee Services DC Public Schools
Anne Williams Senior Director NYC DOE
Celeste Williams Chief of Talent Jersey City Public Schools

2016 Cohort




Laura Alvarez Vice President of Human Resources Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Darell (DJ) Brooks Director of Strategy & Logistics, Bancroft Elementary School DC Public Schools
Kevin Bryant Director of Recruiment Uncommon Schools
Jordan Carlton Manager of Talent Acquisition Dallas Independent School District
Jolene Chavira Program & Policy Development Advisor Los Angeles Unified School District
Yanika Daniels Senior Consultant YSD Consultants, LLC
Bradley Eddy Director of Certified Talent Tulsa Public Schools
Diana Harrison Chief Talent Officer Breakthrough Schools
Sarah Hausman Senior Director of Programs FoodCorps
Jessica Heard Deputy Chief, Talent Acquistion DC Public Schools
Debbie Hearty Chief HR Officer Denver Public Schools
Nakia James-Jenkins Senior Director, Talent KIPP NYC Public Charter Schools
Jared Joiner Executive Director of Strategy & Communications San Francisco Unified School District
Shyam Kumar Founder & CEO NorthStar Education Partners
Victoria Lautsch Chief of Staff UP Education Network
Griselda Lopez Assistant Principal of Instruction IDEA Public Schools
Samantha Matamoros-Rangel Director of Human Capital Green Dot Public Schools
Diana Meyer Senior Director, Human Resources Uplift Education
Emily Nielson Head, Human Assets IDEA Public Schools
Ben Ochstein Director of Talent KIPP Bay Area Schools
Jeannine Porter HR Division Director Irving Independent School District
Sheila Redick Director of HR Strategy & Operations Seattle Public Schools
Michael Ripski Vice Presidnet, People & Culture ANet
Kimberly Roberts Senior Director of Talent Propel Schools
Soraya Verjee Chief Talent Officer Collegiate Academis
Erin Warner Executive Assistant State of Hawaii Department of Education
Katherine Wieland President & Owner Wieland Consulting, Inc.

2015 Cohort




Lisa Ahn
Organizational Consultant and Leadership Coach
Lisa Ahn Consulting and Coaching
Libby Bain
Director of Talent
KIPP New Orleans Schools
Haliday Douglas
Director of Talent Strategy and Management
Saint Louis Public Schools
Michael Fletcher
Director of Human Resources
Marion P. Thomas Charter School
Sylvia Flowers
Executive Director, Educator Talent
Tennessee Department of Education
Scott Gaiber Program Director Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders
Paula Gama Garcia Senior Vice President Teach For America
Jacqueline Greer Executive Director, DC Urban Teachers
Sydney Henriques-Payne Chief of Staff The Future Project
Clara Hess Chief of Staff, Advisory Support Teach For America
Jill Hulnick Deputy Chief Talent Officer New Jersey Department of Education
Christina Jordan Executive Director of HR & Talent Management Chicago Public Schools
Leslie Krol Gabbianelli Client Manager EdTec
Matthew Lyons Chief Talent Officer Chicago Public Schools
Kara Maguire VP of People Aspire Public Schools
Arthur Mills IV Executive Director, Talent Management and Organizational Strategy Fulton County Schools
Dominique Morris Director, The Broad Residency in Urban Education The Broad Center
Chauncey Nartey  Associate Goldman Sachs
Lauren O'Mara Chief Storyteller Appleseed
Raushawna Price Senior Director, Talent Acquisition Wake County Public Schools
Kendra-Lee Rosati Vice President, Coaching Teach For America
Zack Scott Executive Director, Office of Human Capital Boston Public Schools
Larisa Shambaugh Chief Talent Officer Newark Public Schools
Elizabeth Stamberger Associate Director, Ecosystem and School Support Denver Public Schools
Cordelia Tullous Managing Director Step Up