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MEET THE MOONSHOT TEAM

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FOUNDER & CEO

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CHIEF OF STAFF

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PROGRAM & OPERATIONS MANAGER

Whittney

FELLOWSHIP DIRECTOR


 

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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.


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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.


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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

WHITTNEY ROBINSON JOHNSON "ROJO"

FELLOWSHIP DIRECTOR
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. 

 
 

Board of Directors


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Joshua Klaris | Board Co-President
Chief Executive Officer, North10, Philadelphia

Josh has more than 20 years professional experience and a consistent history of school and non-profit improvement and innovation at the local and system-level.

Ian Connell | Board Treasurer   Investment Principal, Charter School Growth Fund   Ian Connell leads the Charter School Growth Fund’s (CSGF) investment in next-generation schools. Prior to joining CSGF, he was an associate for Techstars and Kapor Capital. At Kapor Capital, he focused on the education sector and provided strategic support for a competency-based education startup, UniversityNow. Ian also co-founded a California software company providing state and local workforce development programs with real-time reporting and analytics. Outside of work, Ian is involved with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a non-profit working to increase the pipeline of underrepresented groups in top universities. Ian has a BA in economics from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ian Connell | Board Treasurer
Investment Principal, Charter School Growth Fund

Ian Connell leads the Charter School Growth Fund’s (CSGF) investment in next-generation schools; he previously was a software co-founder, an associate with TechStars and Kapor Capital.

Crystal Rountree   Executive Director, Teach For America - Charlotte   Crystal Rountree currently serves the Executive Director for the Charlotte-Piedmont Triad region for Teach for America. Previously, she served as a Senior Vice President, Advisory Support on the Regional Operations team. In this role she was responsible for helping to build the capacity of our Executive Directors and Regional Boards across our 51 regions. Crystal also served as TFA’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships for Teach For America, and as founding executive director of Teach For America • Jacksonville. Upon receiving her B.A. as a summa cum laude graduate from Clark Atlanta University, Crystal taught first grade as a 2003 Metro Atlanta corps member where she was the regional finalist for the Sue Lehman Excellence in Teaching Award. Her story with her students has been featured in two books, Teaching As Leadership by Steven Farr, and Switch by Chip and Dan Heath.

Crystal Rountree
Executive Director, Teach For America - Charlotte-Piedmont Triad region

After serving as a TFA Corps member in Atlanta Crystal served as a Senior Vice President for TFA in Regional Operations, Strategic Initiatives, and Partnerships; she is currently an Executive Director.

 
Caleb Fields   TITLE NEEDED, Denver Public Schools   Caleb is Manager of Teacher Through Leader Talent Acquisition.In his role at DPS, he leads the recruitment and screening process for all teacher, teacher leader, dean, assistant principal, and principal roles in the district. He is also a lead on the HR Implementation Team of the African-American Task Force. He is originally from the West Side of Chicago and attended Northwestern University. After college, he played professional baseball for three years and founded a youth sports after-school program called Legacy Sports Camp in the Chicago-land area. Caleb has worked in education since 2009 in various recruitment and campus-based roles.

Caleb Fields
Talent Manager, Denver Public Schools

Caleb is Manager of Teacher Through Leader Talent Acquisition and the HR Lead on the organization’s African-American Task Force; he played professional baseball, founded Legacy Sports Camp in Chicago, and has worked in education since 2009.

Elizabeth City   Executive Director, Reach Every Reader, Harvard Graduate School of Education   Elizabeth City is Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where she is Director of the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program and Executive Director of Reach Every Reader. Liz has served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and consultant, in each role focused on helping all children, and the educators who work with them, realize their full potential. She is currently focused on accelerating the development of equitable, learning-rich environments. Her authored and co-authored publications include: Meeting Wise (2014); Data Wise (2013 [revised edition]); Strategy in Action (2009); Instructional Rounds in Education (2009); Resourceful Leadership (2008); and The Teacher’s Guide to Leading Student-Centered Discussions (2006).

Elizabeth City
Executive Director, Reach Every Reader, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Liz has served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, writer, and consultant, in each role focused on helping all children, and the educators who work with them, realize their full potential.