Experience First.

Our team knows education: We have advised governors, commissioners, CEOs and superintendents; taught in public schools; staffed national and state policy organizations; developed public policies and lobbied legislatures; led successful nonprofit organizations; worked for and with major media outlets; and managed multimillion-dollar education grant making programs.

Our team includes:

Partners and Principals

Jennifer Vranek, Founding Partner

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Susan Bodary, Partner

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Paolo DeMariaPaolo DeMaria, Principal

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Phil Gonring, Principal

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Heather Graham, Principal

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Kelly James, Principal

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John Luczak, Principal

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Jeff Morgan, Chief Financial Officer

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William Porter, Partner

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Elizabeth Shaw, Chief Executive Officer

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Consultants and Policy Analysts

Joe Anderson, Analyst

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Adam Brumer, Consultant

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Jennifer Burn, Analyst

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Melissa Chabran, Senior Consultant

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Katie Cristol, Consultant

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Ila Deshmukh Towery Education FirstIla Deshmukh Towery, Senior Consultant

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Amanda Doyle, Analyst

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Ann Duffy, Senior Consultant

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Heidi GuarinoHeidi Guarino, Senior Consultant

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Bill Horwath, Senior Consultant

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Sophie Lippincott Ferrer, Senior Consultant

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Rashidah Lopez Morgan Education FirstRashidah Lopez Morgan, Consultant

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Carrie Mauer, Consultant

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Cristina Munoz Education FirstCristina Munoz, Analyst

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Patrick Murray, Analyst

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Brinnie Ramsey, Consultant

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Regina Riley, Managing Analyst

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Chad Rubalcaba, Consultant

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Vanessa Shadoian-Gersing, Consultant

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Kate Sullivan, Analyst

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Anand Vaishnav, Senior Consultant

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Tony Vargas, Analyst

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Emily Weiss Education FirstEmily Weiss, Senior Consultant

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Shaun Yoder, Senior Consultant

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Operations and Administration

Colette Astorgue, Executive Assistant

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Shannon Barbre, Executive Assistant

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Leeann Booher, Project Specialist

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Angie Hance, Project Specialist

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Christine Leung Education FirstChristine Leung, Director of Organizational Development & Operations

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Amanda Perkins Walsh, Director of Human Capital

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Danielle Puller Education FirstDanielle Puller, Executive Assistant

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Lisa Towne, Director of Organizational Knowledge

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