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Learning is our passion

The EdLeader21 Team

Collectively, our team has more than 30 years of experience in improving education policies, systems and practices. We are extraordinarily proud of our experience helping to create and run the Partnership for 21st Century Skills over the last decade. Now, we look forward to bringing this critical work to leaders in schools and districts nationwide.

In October 2017, EdLeader21 became a national network of Battelle for Kids—a not-for-profit organization dedicated to transforming educational opportunities for all students. Through this merger, we are working together to support the expansion and increase the overall impact of the network across the country. EdLeader21 member districts and schools will also have the benefit of strategic counsel and deeper implementation support in various areas from Battelle for Kids to advance their efforts to become 21st century education systems.

Our Leadership

  • Ken Kay, CEO

    Ken Kay CEO

    Ken is the Chief Executive Officer of EdLeader21, a professional learning community for education leaders committed to 21st century education. more ›

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  • Valerie Greenhill, CLO

    Valerie Greenhill President

    Valerie is the President and Co-Founder of EdLeader21, the PLC dedicated to helping district and school leaders scale and sustain 21st century education practices system-wide... more ›

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  • Alyson Nielson, COO

    Alyson Nielson COO

    Alyson serves as the Chief Operating Officer for EdLeader21 and is responsible for overseeing the daily activities of the organization. more ›

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Our Team

  • Leondria Bryant, Executive Assistant

    Leondria Bryant

    In her role as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Leondria provides administrative, scheduling and office support... more ›

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  • Sara Hallermann, Projects and Editorial Manager

    Sara Hallermann

    As EdLeader21's Senior Director, Projects and Learning, Sara directs and manages large-scale collaborative member projects... more ›

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  • Jill Mastroianni, Member Recruitment Specialist

    Jill Mastroianni
    Member recruitment specialist

    Jill joined EdLeader21 in January 2018 to support member recruitment, engagement, and retention efforts... more ›

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  • Melissa Briones, Program Manager

    Melissa Ponce

    Melissa is the Program Director for EdLeader21 and is responsible for directing and managing projects to support EdLeader21 member... more ›

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    Erin Schmidt 
    Events and operations DIRECTOR

    Erin Schmidt is a results-oriented marketing professional with nearly a decade of program management experience... more ›

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    Elisa Vasquez
    Project Coordinator

    Elisa Vasquez joined EdLeader21 in January 2017 as the Project Coordinator for the Learning Team. A native Spanish speaker, and also fluent in Portuguese, she has several years of experience in customer service, translation and interpretation...more ›

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