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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Paolo DeMariaPaolo DeMaria, Principal

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Anand Vaishnav, Principal

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John Luczak Education FirstJohn Luczak, Partner

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Phil Gonring Education FirstPhil Gonring, Principal

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Heather Graham Education FirstHeather Graham, Principal

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Susan Bodary Education FirstSusan Bodary, Partner

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Elizabeth Shaw Education FirstElizabeth Shaw, Chief Executive Officer

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Tracy Epp, Principal, Education FirstTracy Epp, Principal

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Kelly James, Principal

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William Porter, Partner

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Jeff Morgan, Chief Financial Officer

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Consultants and Policy Analysts

Joe Anderson Education FirstJoe Anderson, Analyst

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Tiffany Blacknall, Analyst

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Adam Brumer Education FirstAdam Brumer, Consultant

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Melissa Chabran Education FirstMelissa 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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Ann Duffy Education FirstAnn Duffy, Senior Consultant

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Heidi GuarinoHeidi Guarino, Senior Consultant

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Bill Horwath Education FirstBill Horwath, Senior Consultant

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Laura Labarre Education First AnalystLaura Labarre, Analyst

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Sophie Lippincott Ferrer Education FirstSophie Lippincott Ferrer, Senior Consultant

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Rashidah Lopez Morgan Education FirstRashidah Lopez Morgan, Consultant

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Robert Medina, Analyst, Education FirstRobert Medina, Analyst

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Alice Meyer, Consultant

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Cristina Munoz Education FirstCristina Munoz, Analyst

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Patrick Murray Education FirstPatrick Murray, Analyst

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Thalia Nawi, Senior Consultant

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Kristen Pryor, Analyst

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Brinnie Ramsey Education FirstBrinnie Ramsey, Consultant

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Regina Riley Education FirstRegina Riley, Managing Analyst

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Chad Rubalcaba Education FirstChad Rubalcaba, Consultant

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Priti Sanghani Analyst Education FirstPriti Sanghani, Analyst

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Kate Sullivan Frades Education FirstKate Sullivan Frades, Consultant

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Emily Weiss Education FirstEmily Weiss, Senior Consultant

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Shaun Yoder Education FirstShaun Yoder, Senior Consultant

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Operations and Administration

Colette Astorgue, Executive Assistant

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Shannon Barbre Education FirstShannon Barbre, 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 Education FirstAmanda Perkins Walsh, Director of Human Capital

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Danielle Puller Education FirstDanielle Puller, Executive Assistant

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Lisa Towne Education FirstLisa Towne, Director of Organizational Knowledge

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