CHRISTINE DELEON “CDL”
FOUNDER & CEO
Moonshot edVentures founder Christine DeLeon carries a wide range of experiences in leadership development, entrepreneurship, and rethinking school. As CEO of Moonshot edVentures, Christine leads design and execution of the Moonshot Fellowship and is responsible for the strategy and sustainability of Moonshot edVentures.Christine’s previous experiences include roles with the Boston Consulting Group, The Broad Foundation, Education Cities, and Summit Learning; she also founded Education Pioneers’ first year-long fellowship. She served as a Harvard Innovation Lab Fellow and is a trained facilitator of Intergroup Dialogues, structured to explore social group identity, conflict, community, and social justice.
She holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an EdLD from Harvard University. She is a member of the Pahara Next Gen Fellowship and a 2019 Education Leaders of Color Boulder Fund recipient.
Kathryn “kat” ling
CHIEF OF STAFF
Kathryn (Kat) Ling joined Moonshot in 2019 as Chief of Staff. Previously, Kat was the Managing Director of Alumni & Lifelong Leadership Development, where she led a team responsible for supporting a cross-state 500+ alumni network. Kat’s additional prior experiences include serving as the Manager of Teacher Leadership Development, coaching 50+ educators in southeast Arkansas, and as Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness, when she designed and facilitated trainings on cultural responsiveness, racial equity, and multicultural leadership for 100+ educators and a 15-person staff. She additionally managed a team responsible for district partnerships, licensure, hiring, and placement for new educators in Arkansas. Kat also served as a Leadership Team Member and Board Chair, of the national Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Group and was a founding member and Board Chair for GLSEN Arkansas.
She attended Cornell University where she studied English and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies and conducted an honors thesis on cultural responsiveness in the young adult fiction genre. She is currently pursuing a Masters through the Clinton School of Public Service.
PROGRAM & OPERATIONS MANAGER
Sasha Green joined Moonshot edVentures in 2019 as Program and Operations Associate. Her career in education began working as an elementary school teacher in Denver, providing high quality instruction to low-income students and students of color. Sasha has conducted ample research on factors that influence human behavior, and applied her research experience by using data analysis to improve instructional practices, differentiate instruction for all learners, and implement specific strategies to target individual students’ needs. Most recently, as a teacher at Rocky Mountain Prep, Sasha’s students demonstrated more than one year of growth in reading, and their math scores exceeded that of other grade-level classrooms in the network.
Sasha graduated on the Dean’s List with a Masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education and holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Neuroscience from Sewanee: University of the South. She was in the Relay Graduate School of Education Fellowship Program, 2017-2019, and an Americorps Member in 2018-2019.
WHITTNEY ROBINSON JOHNSON "ROJO"
Whittney Robinson Johnson (RoJo) joined Moonshot in 2019 as the Fellowship Director. A Colorado native, Whittney brings a unique perspective on human development and program implementation. With 17+ years in education, Whittney began as a paraprofessional and then a teacher. This led to over four years administration in an Expeditionary Learning Charter School in Aurora: AXL Academy. Under Whittney’s leadership of Student Services, the MTSS program (RtI, GT, ELD) led to the #1 top growth for English Language Learners in Aurora Public Schools for 3 years in a row. Furthermore, in 2016-2017, over 350 students overall gained an average of 1.8 years of growth in Reading and Math school-wide.
Whittney’s background is in psychology, K-12 education, and adult education. She began coaching adults in their leadership and wellbeing ventures and has over six years of coaching and professional development for youth workers, teachers and leaders, as well as facilitating professional development on topics such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Strength-based Practices, Culturally Responsive Education, and Literacy and Leadership.