Gianna Shepard Bruno is the Senior Director, Program.

An Education Pioneers Alumna, Gianna believes in the power of talent to transform education and was excited to join the EP team after three years working in executive search at Heidrick & Struggles, where she served as a member of the Education & Social Enterprise practice, conducting searches across functional areas on behalf of varied clients in the arts, education, non-profit, and philanthropic arenas. Gianna was inspired to enter the human capital field after her Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship, during which she consulted with the Strategic Projects team of the Oakland Unified School District to focus on improving the efficiency and efficacy of the principal hiring process, as well as developing a principal recruitment strategy. Earlier in her career, Gianna oversaw fundraising and development for ODC/Dance, a non-profit arts organization in San Francisco. She remains involved in the arts by serving on the board of Dancers' Group, a nonprofit service organization that promotes the visibility and viability of dance in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gianna holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Yale University and a master's in business administration from New York University's Stern School of Business. While at Stern, she was instrumental in launching several curricular and co-curricular offerings related to the social sector, for which she received Stern's Alex Aurbach Award for School Service and an NYU President's Service Award. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Gianna remains an avid Denver Broncos fan, as well as a karaoke enthusiast.