Executive Director | NNSP
Senior Advisor | Close Up Foundation
Blake is the Executive Director of the National Network of Schools in Partnership. Prior to this appointment, she spent two years as the Program Manager for NNSP cultivating the membership, establishing its brand and advocating for collaboration and partnership amongst all schools.
A passionate bi-lingual educator, Blake Kohn started her career as a high-school Spanish teacher. Blake continued teaching as she took on administrative leadership roles in the schools she served. At Ravenscroft, she was the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Admissions and was Director of Student Activities at Oldfields School. Blake also founded and served as co-director of Tiny Explorers, a bi-lingual preschool with a customized curriculum for children from 18 months to 4 years.
Blake holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. She is an active member in her community and served as the PTA president for her childrens' school.
Senior Program Consultant | NNSP and Close Up Foundation
Laura is the founding Director of the Institute for Social Impact at the Hockaday School where she investigates the intersection of community engagement and problem solving throughout North Dallas.
Working with students of all ages, Laura inspires future leaders to build empathy in their environments, develop leadership and advocacy skills, and design solutions to address real-world problems. Frequently presenting on creating social impact programs at national conferences, she is the recipient of the Good Works Under 40 People's Choice Award, Fast Company's Finalist for Innovative Education Ideas and Community FIrst Awardee by Parkland Foundation 2020.