Eliza Alexander, Interim Executive Director, ISANNE, Portland, ME
Eliza has worked in independent schools for over twenty years leading a wide array of educational initiatives. A common thread across her career is a commitment to collaboration among schools, teachers and administrators to maximize educational outcomes. Raised in mid-coast Maine, Eliza began her career as a Spanish teacher specializing in Central America and Mexico. As Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at Maret School in Washington DC, Eliza oversaw an E.E. Ford Foundation grant to infuse K-12 curriculum with service learning. She also developed and led a nationally recognized race and equity training program for independent school faculty and administrators. More recently, she designed and managed professional development for teachers implementing equitable teaching practices. Eliza has presented and worked extensively with independent school administrators, as well as leaders in higher education, government and non-profit organizations. She is thrilled to return to her home state of Maine with her husband and two children.
Natania Kremer, Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement, Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, NY
Natania Kremer, LCSW, MSEd is a clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience in the field of education. Natania is currently the Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement at Brooklyn Friends School. Natania holds the core belief that all young people have the capacity to engage in meaningful solidarity efforts to address inequities and injustices in their communities. She believes in the potential for schools to support all students to be their full selves and to build reciprocal, accountable relationships as they partner with community members in taking action.
Natania has infused a commitment to transformative social change into her professional roles as a social worker, educator, mental health consultant, supervisor, social justice trainer, and school leader. She is involved in social justice organizing efforts throughout the New York City area and with the Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) network. Natania has also served as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Racial Justice in Education (formerly Border Crossers), an educational equity non-profit organization committed to racial justice and equity in schools. Natania holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Education from Swarthmore College and a dual master's degree from Bank Street College of Education and Columbia University School of Social Work.
Rachel Klein, Director of Service Learning, Riverdale Country School, Bronx New York
Rachel Klein is the Director of Service Learning at Riverdale Country School in Bronx, NY. In this role, Rachel is responsible for creating, maintaining and strengthening partnerships with local, national and global partners. She also serves as a 9th grade Advisor, teaches health and Delta classes and facilitates girls leadership groups. Prior to joining the Administrative Team at Riverdale, Rachel taught at the Spence School and at the Trinity School in Manhattan. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and completed her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University in 2006. She currently serves on the Board of Future Leaders Institute (FLI), a Charter School in Harlem and has served on the NYC Steering Committee for Best Buddies, a non-profit international organization whose mission of social inclusion for adults with disabilities is near and dear to her heart.
Segun has always been a part of successfully bringing new initiatives to life. Prior to joining the K-12 leadership team at the Park School of Baltimore, he served as the architect behind the Entrepreneurial Leadership program, at the African Leadership Academy, a renowned education start-up in Johannesburg, South Africa with the vision of catalyzing peace and prosperity for Africa by developing the next generation of leaders today.
Katie Post, Director of Development for Strategic Partnerships, Lovett School, Atlanta, GA
Since 2014, Katie Post has served as the Executive Director of the Office of Partnerships and Development for Atlanta Public Schools (APS). In this role, Katie serves as the key liaison between the district and partners including non-profits, corporations, universities, foundations, community agencies and more. Katie is also responsible for leveraging existing resources and bringing significant financial support to APS for strategic initiatives deemed crucial to the progress of the district.
Prior to joining APS, Katie served for ten years as the co-founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) focusing on teacher and school-leader quality in Metro Atlanta. Previously, Katie also worked at McKinsey & Company as a communications specialist and spent time as an advertising executive at DDB Needham and Bozell in New York City.
Katie holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An experienced philanthropic leader, Katie is passionate about improving public education in her hometown, Atlanta, and serves on the advisory boards of the Atlanta Speech School, Communities in Schools Atlanta, GivingPoint, the Atlanta Housing Authority and the mission committee of Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She is an active board member of the AFAEE and past Trustee of the Lawrenceville School in Princeton, NJ.
Eric Roland, Precourt Director of Partnerships, The Tang Institute at Andover, Andover, MA
Eric joined Phillips Academy in August 2014 as the Tang Institute’s inaugural Precourt Director of Partnerships. Prior to joining the Institute, he served as associate director of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community and participated in the Forum’s Global Leadership Fellows program. Previously, he worked with the Inter-American Development Bank as a social sector research fellow.
Eric also served as a teacher of religion at Notre Dame Catholic High School (Fairfield, Conn.), evaluated a Central American civic education program with the Academy for Educational Development, and was employed by Accenture as a public sector consultant. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he carried out research on regional economic integration and education policy in South America.
Eric earned a BA degree in international studies from Fairfield University and an MA degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.