Our Team

Together, we collaborate to close the achievement gap for all the scholars in our network. 

Network Team
Our Board
Brooke Roslindale Team
Brooke Mattapan Team
Brooke East Boston Team

Network Team

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Mr. Jon ClarkEmail Mr. Jon Clark
Co-Director, Operations

Co-Director, Operations

B.A., Oberlin College

Mr. Clark founded the original Brooke Roslindale middle school in 2002, and he served as school principal until 2011. Currently, he serves at Network Co-Director. Before coming to Brooke, he was a founding teacher at South Boston Harbor Academy (now Boston Collegiate Charter School) where he also served as math department chair for four years. Mr. Clark also taught junior high school math for two years in Belle Chasse, Louisiana and worked as a researcher for a professor of International Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Clark was a 1992 Teach for America corps member.

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Ms. Kimberly SteadmanEmail Ms. Kimberly Steadman
Co-Director, Academics

Co-Director, Academics

B.A., Harvard College; J.D., Harvard Law School; M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ms. Steadman joined the Brooke staff in 2004, where she served as a lead teacher, math teacher, and professional development coordinator. She then spent the next school year planning and founding the original Brooke Roslindale elementary school, which opened in August of 2006. Ms. Steadman served as elementary principal from 2006 until 2011; during which she also taught third and fourth grade reading, third grade math, and sixth grade math. Prior to joining Brooke, she worked as a fifth grade teacher for the Chelsea Public Schools and as a fourth grade teacher in Washington, DC. Ms. Steadman was a 1997 Teach for America corps member.

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Mr. M. Scott KnoxEmail Mr. M. Scott Knox
Chief Development Officer

Chief Development Officer

B.A., Boston College; M.A., Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Mr. Knox returns to Brooke for a fourth year as Brooke’s Chief Development Officer. Prior to this role, he was Brooke’s founding Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Brooke, Mr. Knox co-founded the National Partnership for Educational Access, served as Vice-President of National Expansion for The Steppingstone Foundation, and worked with Jumpstart as the National Director for New Site Development.

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Mr. Christopher BizzaccoEmail Mr. Christopher Bizzacco
Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

B.A., Brown University; MPP, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Mr. Bizzacco joins the Brooke team as Chief Operating Officer after most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congressman David Cicilline, where he managed policy development on a range of issues including elementary, secondary, and higher education. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Bizzacco served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island and managed several successful political campaigns in local government. He received a B.A. in both political science and public policy from Brown University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard with a concentration in social and urban policy.

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Ms. Lauren WooEmail Ms. Lauren Woo
Director of External Affairs and Talent

Director of External Affairs and Talent

B.A. Bates College; M.A. Pace University; M.Ed. Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Ms. Woo returns to Brooke for her third year after earning her Master’s degree at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Her previous experience includes two years as a special education teacher in NYC public schools through Teach for America and one year as a Learning Specialist with Achievement First, New York. Her related experience includes internships with Year Up and Mass Insight Education through Education Pioneers.

Educational Pioneers

Mr. Nathaniel SeelenEmail Mr. Nathaniel Seelen
Manager of Data Information Integration

Manager of Data Information Integration

B.A., Brown University

Mr. Seelen joins the Brooke team for his second year after having spent a year as an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow at Citizen Schools. Prior to his fellowship, he was a consultant with Quatt Associates and a Manager at the Boston String Quartet.

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Mr. Matthew CameronEmail Mr. Matthew Cameron
Business Manager

Business Manager

B.S., Northeastern University

Mr. Cameron joins the Brooke team as the Business Manager. Earlier in his career, Matt worked for his alma mater, Prospect Hill Academy, where he worked for four years as their Business Office Manager. He received his B.S. in Management from Northeastern University.

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Ms. Elaine MorganEmail Ms. Elaine Morgan
Assistant Director of Finance

Assistant Director of Finance

B.A. Northeastern University

Ms. Morgan has worked for Brooke for over five years, coordinating accounts payable, and most recently administering payroll and staff benefits. Prior to joining Brooke, Ms. Morgan worked at Bullhead Technology managing benefits and 401k programs for their staff.

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Ms. Trelani LawEmail Ms. Trelani Law
Finance Associate

Finance Associate

Ms. Law worked in a daycare for twelve years in Brookline as an Infant, Mixed, Toddler Teacher. She joined the Finance team in 2012 as a Finance Associate managing the receipts, purchase orders, invoices and checks for the Network. She also provides any customer service questions for all staff.

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Ms. Cristie McGrathEmail Ms. Cristie McGrath
Director of Student Support Services

Director of Student Support Services

B.A., Arizona State University; M.Ed., Pepperdine University

Ms. McGrath joined the Brooke staff in 2005 as the Dean of Student Life, and she is currently serving as the Director of Student Support. Prior to joining the Brooke staff, she served as the Math Coordinator and sixth and seventh grade Math teacher at a Boston public middle school. She also served as special education department head and taught special education classes at Toll Middle School in Glendale, CA.

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Ms. Alison RandEmail Ms. Alison Rand
Speech and Language Pathologist

Speech and Language Pathologist

B.A., Brandeis University; M.S., Northeastern University

Ms. Rand will be providing speech and language services at Brooke Roslindale and Brooke Mattapan. She has experience working with individuals with a variety of communication impairments ages 1-27 years. She also completed a clinical internship at an elementary school within Medford School District.

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Ms. Jessica KnightEmail Ms. Jessica Knight
Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist

B.A., Northeastern University

Ms. Knight joins Brooke after working at Children’s Hospital Boston and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she provided occupational therapy support and participated on a number of multidisciplinary evaluation teams. She will be providing individual and small group OT support to all Brooke Schools.

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Mr. Keith LebelEmail Mr. Keith Lebel
Speech and Language Pathologist

Speech and Language Pathologist

B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.A., University of Texas, Austin

Mr. Lebel will be providing speech and language services at Brooke Mattapan and Brooke East Boston. He has experience working with children of all ages from diverse cultural and language backgrounds in school, home care, and clinic settings. He speaks Spanish and French. Mr. Lebel previously worked as Clinic Manager at Bilinguistics, a bilingual speech and language specialty company in Austin, Texas. He loves to learn and share ideas, and has given presentations and guest lectures throughout Texas.

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Ms. Jennifer GonzalezEmail Ms. Jennifer Gonzalez
School Psychologist

School Psychologist

B.A. Psychology, Berry College; M.Ed./Ed.S. School Psychology, Georgia State University

Ms. Gonzalez joined the Brooke Team in 2013 as the school psychologist for all Brooke schools. Ms. Gonzalez completed school psychology internships at public schools in New York and Georgia. Prior to a career in education, she worked at non-profit organizations that included Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a therapeutic group home.

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Ms. Deborah NicholsonEmail Ms. Deborah Nicholson
LICSW, School Counselor

LICSW, School Counselor

B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst; MSW Simmons College

Ms. Nicholson is returning to the Brooke community as the School Counselor. Previously, she worked with adolescents and their families as a clinical social worker at The Arbour Hospital. She also completed an internship in the Newton elementary schools providing individual and group therapy.

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Ms. Manda ShepherdEmail Ms. Manda Shepherd
Development Associate

Development Associate

B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College; M.A., Boston University

Ms. Shepherd is joining the Brooke team as Development Associate. Previously, she worked with Verb Ballets on audience integration and creative marketing programs and served as Office Manager of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Most recently, Ms. Shepherd served as Fundraising Consultant for the Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School where she redesigned the fundraising process and implemented several new campaigns. Ms. Shepherd earned a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and is currently completing her M.S. in Arts Administration with a concentration in Fundraising at Boston University.

Board of Directors

Ms. Hilary Berkman

Treasurer

Vice President, Finance, Candlewick Press

Hilary brings to the board 18 years of experience in corporate finance. Prior to taking her position with Candlewick Press, she served in similar roles for a technology company and for Houghton Mifflin. She earned a B.A. from Carleton College and an M.B.A. from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Hilary was a founding board member at the original Brooke Charter School.

Mr. LaRoy Brantley

Cambridge Associates, Managing Director

LaRoy brings over ten years of experience in financial management to Brooke. In his current role, he provides investment guidance to endowments, foundations, and individuals, with oversight of over $5.0B in assets. He also spearheads his firm’s outreach to minority-owned businesses. Earlier in his career, he taught Classics for seven years at Roxbury Latin School. He played Varsity football and track and played professional football with the New England Patriots. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T.

Mr. Bart Bussink

Real Estate Developer

Bart has more than 20 years of experience in both for-profit and non-profit real estate development, coordinating projects ranging from $1.2 million to $8 million, and extensive experience working with affordable housing and limited equity components. He earned his B.A. from Hampshire College and a Masters in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. Bart joined the board in 2006.

Mr. Alex Finkelstein

General Partner, Spark Capital

Alex is a General Partner at Spark Capital and joined the firm at its inception. He has led Spark’s investments in 8D World, Altius Education, Linkwell, OnSwipe, peerTransfer, and Wayfair. He also led Spark’s previous investment in 5min Media (acquired by AOL). Prior to joining Spark, Alex was the creator and producer of a number of television shows and Internet properties that he sold to major networks, including FOX, E!, Discovery, ITV1 (U.K.) and Yahoo. Previously, Alex was a Principal at Seed Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm that was formed in partnership with Softbank. Before joining Seed Capital Partners, Alex was an Associate at Grandbanks Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm that was also formed in partnership with Softbank. Alex also worked at Cambridge Associates, where he served as a Senior Venture Capital Research Associate and Senior Consulting Associate. He holds a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College. Alex joined the board in 2012.

Mr. Jacob Grossman

Advisory Board

The Grossman Companies, Inc.

Prior to joining The Grossman Companies, Jake worked for five years at BayNorth Capital, a real estate equity firm in Boston. Jake previously worked at Cushman & Wakefield where he was involved in a variety of institutional real estate transactions totaling more than $2.5 billion. He is actively involved with the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP), The Roxbury Latin School, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Jewish Big Brother Big Sister. He earned his B.A. at Brown University.

Ms. Joanna Jacobson

Managing Partner, Strategic Grant Partners

Joanna is the founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Grant Partners. Previous to this, Ms. Jacobson’s career was in private industry where she held senior management and marketing positions in turnaround businesses including the President of the Keds Corporation and SVP Marketing and Product Development at Converse Corporation. Earlier in her career, she worked at Colgate-Palmolive as Product Manager of the US Toothpaste business and for Worldwide New Product Development. She has also taught at the Harvard Business School and was a partner in Core Strategy Group, a marketing strategy consultancy. Joanna earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.B.A at Harvard University. She serves on the boards of HBS Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), the Boston Plan for Excellence and Youth Villages.

Ms. Lauren Kushman

Principal, New Schools Venture Fund

Lauren is a Principal in NewSchools Venture Fund’s Boston office, where she manages the Boston Charter School Fund and focuses on investment strategy, due diligence and management assistance for the firm’s portfolio ventures. Prior to joining NewSchools, Lauren was a high school science teacher at North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, New Jersey. In addition to teaching, she established the high school’s chemistry and physics courses. During graduate school, Lauren was an Education Pioneers Fellow at Building Excellent Schools, where she designed financial models and developed practitioner-based, finance-focused case studies for multiple charter school territories. Lauren holds a BA in chemistry from Princeton University and an MBA and Education MA from Stanford University.

Mr. Charles H. Ledley

Analyst, Highfields Capital Management
 
Charles H. Ledley is an Analyst at Highfields Capital Management. He joined Highfields in May 2010 and serves as a generalist focused on special situations. Prior to joining Highfields, Mr. Ledley was a partner at Cornwall Capital, a private investment firm focusing on special situations across a wide array of asset classes. Prior to joining Cornwall, Mr. Ledley was a consultant at Bain & Company. Previously, he worked for Golub Associates; at the time, a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and growth capital investments. Mr. Ledley serves on the boards of directors of Democrats for Education Reform and Pig Iron Theater Company. Mr. Ledley received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts cum laude from Amherst College.

Mr. Scott Oran

Board Chair

Founder and Managing Director, Dinosaur Capital Partners

Previously, Scott served as Executive Director of Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for its real estate investing activities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic United States. Earlier in his career, he was Partner and Regional Director of TA Associates Realty, Vice President of Fleet Bank in Boston, and Director of Acquisitions for Unihab. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University and and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Scott joined the board in June 2010.

Mr. Imari Paris-Jeffries

Senior Vice President of Field Management and Policy, Jumpstart

Imari Paris-Jeffries has a history of driving performance and results for nonprofits as well as a deep commitment to the Boston community. Prior to working at Boston Rising, Imari served as the first full-time Executive Director of Friends of the Children-Boston. He has held leadership positions at the Massachusetts Service Alliance, the BELL Foundation, and Jumpstart. Imari began his career of service in the U.S. Armed Services during the First Gulf War. He holds a Masters in Education and American Studies as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts. Imari joined the board in 2011.

Senator Edward W. Brooke

Honorary Advisory Board Chair

Senator Brooke is the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate and the only black senator from Massachusetts. The Edward W. Brooke Charter School is named in his honor. Senator Brooke was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966. During his two terms as Senator, he fought for the right to equal opportunity in employment, for fair access to quality housing, and for equality between the sexes in access to credit, access to education, and access to health care. In 2004, Senator Brooke was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2009, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Board Committee Members

Mallory Bram (Alumni Committee)

Roberto Cabral (Alumni Committee

Timothy A. Cleary (Alumni Committee)

Nicole Efron (Alumni Committee)

Josh Goldstein (Alumni Committee) 

Peter Kramer (Alumni Committee, Finance Committee)

Matthew Mandel (Alumni Committee)

Divya Mani (Alumni Committee)

Thérèse McKinny-Wood (Alumni Committee)

Thomas B. O’Rourke Jr (Alumni Committee)

Chris Parker (Alumni Committee)

Taisha Sturdivant (Alumni Committee)

Christine Vincenti (Alumni Committee)

Kate Wood (Development Committee)