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Emily Babbitt
Account Manager

Emily is an account manager in Cambridge, MA working with large healthcare companies. Over the past 2.5 years she's partnered with advertisers to develop and optimize search, display, and video campaigns to achieve their sales and patient acquisition goals. Prior to Google, Emily worked at a Boston-based media company specializing in tech business-to-business marketing. She studied marketing as an undergraduate at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.











Amy Benziger

Managing Director, Lovesocial

Amy opened the New York office for Lovesocial. She leads both internal and client strategy, working on clients ranging from Nike and Converse to Tribeca Film Institute, NPR and Getty Images. Previously, she produced the Social Capital Markets conference series and was a founding team member of the Hub, an incubator for social entrepreneurs. Amy is a proud board member of NPR Generation Listen.











Jeanne Century, EdD

Director of Outlier Research & Evaluation, University of Chicago

Prior to coming to the University of Chicago in 2005, Jeanne Century was a Senior Researcher at Education Development Center (EDC) in Waltham MA. Jeanne has a BA in general science from Brandeis, and a MEd and doctorate in science education curriculum and teaching from Boston University. During her 25-year career, Jeanne has developed science instructional materials for the elementary and middle school levels and has provided professional development, technical assistance and strategic planning for teachers and school, district, and state administrators. Her research has focused on the impact of inquiry science instruction, strategies for improving utilization of research and evaluation, sustainability of reform efforts, measurement of intervention fidelity and innovation implementation, STEM schools, and computer science education. Century served on the Education Policy and Department of Education Agency Review transition teams for the Obama-Biden administration where she was responsible for STEM education and education research and development issues. In 2010, she shared the National Association for Research in Science Teaching award for the most significant publication that year. Jeanne has served on numerous committees and advisory boards for work focused on improving STEM education.




Cameron Fadjo
Project Lead, engEDU, Google

Cameron leads the design and development of various computer science education programs for K-12 and higher education within engEDU at Google as a Project Lead. His current project is a revision of the 100+ K-12 STEM instructional materials on the Exploring Computational Thinking (www.google.com/edu/ect) website. Previously, he was the Project Faculty Lead for EngageCSEdu (www.engage-csedu.org) where he led an interdisciplinary team of university faculty and researchers in the development of 1500+ instructional materials for undergraduate CS education.

Prior to joining Google, Cameron was the Director of Software Engineering Education at the New York City Department of Education and a Research Scientist with the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Synthesis from Berklee College of Music as well as a master’s degree and PhD in the learning sciences (Cognitive Studies in Education) with a computer science education and intelligent technologies emphasis from Columbia University.



Sandra Holt, MSW
Research & Evaluation Associate at Outlier Research & Evaluation, University of Chicago

Sandra’s experience includes many research and evaluation projects. As an Assistant Program Evaluator at the Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group (CCPEG) within the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, Sandra helped in designing, implementing and conducting program evaluations and needs assessments. Sandra’s experience spans a wide range of topics from identifying the assets and needs of substance abuse providers in the city of Detroit, to researching and piloting methods for improving Michigan’s child support enforcement, to recruitment and retention of minority students in higher education programming. Prior to graduate school, Sandra completed a term of service as an AmeriCorps member with Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness. Sandra worked with homeless and runaway youth and women who are victims of domestic violence or facing homelessness. Sandra earned her master of social work (MSW) degree from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University.




Felicia Kamriani

Felicia Kamriani - MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

Felicia works in education and business development for MIT App Inventor, an open source blocks-based software that aims to democratize coding. Before that, Felicia was an online course developer and MOOC researcher at HarvardX. Felicia spent 2013-2014 at Harvard's Graduate School of Education getting a Master's in the Technology, Innovation and Education, all the while being involved in the TED community as Curator of TEDxHGSE. Felicia holds degrees from Harvard, Stanford and University of California, Berkeley.









Reilly Kiernan

Consultant, The Bridgespan Group

Reilly Kiernan is a Consultant in the New York office of the Bridgespan Group. She joined Bridgespan in 2011. Her work has included nonprofit growth strategy and foundation grantmaking strategy. She has worked on issues of education reform and workforce readiness, poverty alleviation, public health, and global development, including designing an employer outreach strategy to expand and promote veteran employment, developing a strategic plan for a national community organizing nonprofit focusing on poverty alleviation, and working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a postsecondary education grantmaking strategy.

Reilly has also been a part of Bridgespan’s research team on the nonprofit collaboration spectrum, co-authoring the paper “Making Sense of Nonprofit Collaboration”.

Prior to Bridgespan, Reilly worked in the Educational Services division at the Foundation Center, supporting low-capacity nonprofits and promoting transparency of foundation funding data. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a AB in Sociology and minors in American Studies and Urban Studies.


Melanie LaForce, PhD
Associate Director of Outlier Research & Evaluation, University of Chicago

Melanie joined the Outlier team in July 2011 and works on a range of research and evaluation projects. She currently is PI on S3 (The STEM School Study, a National Science Foundation-supported study of inclusive STEM high schools) as well as several evaluation projects. Prior to joining Outlier, Melanie worked as a quantitative researcher at the Chicago Postsecondary Transition Project, a joint project between the Consortium on Chicago School Research and The School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She has also previously worked as a research and evaluation analyst at Chicago Public Schools in both the Office of Math and Science and the Department of Postsecondary Education. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Loyola University and holds a BA from Ohio University.







Jess Lanney

Senior Associate Consultant, The Bridgespan Group

Jess is a Senior Associate Consultant in Bridgespan’s Boston Office. Since joining Bridgespan in 2012, Jess has worked with a variety of foundations and direct service organizations, including several large national networks. In particular, her work has focused on growth strategy, organizational effectiveness, change management, and network strategy. Her clients include the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, The Salvation Army, Nurse Family Partnership, Enterprise Community Partners and the Gates Foundation.

Prior to joining Bridgespan, Jess worked with organizations in both the public and nonprofit sector, including the City of New Orleans, where she developed post-Katrina economic development programs, and the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, where she conducted research on health outcomes and health services utilization among formerly homeless individuals participating in a Housing First intervention.

Jess graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an AB in Public and International Affairs. She also holds an MSc in Social Policy and an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning, both from the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar.


Agnes Lui 

Program Manager, Publisher & Distribution Solutions, Google 

Agnes Lui was born in Hong Kong. She meant to grow up as a Professional Ballerina but broke her ankle, which terminated her ballet life. With that, she turned to her other passion: Technology. Fighting through various adversities in life and society's belief, she graduated with a BS degree of Computer Engineering (hardware and software). Since then, she has worked for various big Tech companies in Silicon Valley and had been with Google for almost 4 years.
 







Anthony Phalen

Account Manager, Google

Anthony Phalen is an Account Manager in the Large Customer Sales organization at Google. He is a member of Google's Health Services team and works with large health systems helping them develop and execute their digital marketing strategies across all of Google's products in order to grow their service lines and more effectively engage their core audiences. 

Anthony started at Google back in June 2011 in San Francisco working with clients in the education space aiming to improve their return on investment by refining their online advertising strategies. He then moved back east to the Cambridge, MA office to work with small and medium businesses on their digital marketing tactics before joining the Health Services team in January 2013. Outside of his core role, Anthony works on the Community Affairs team focusing on nonprofit and entrepreneur outreach in the Cambridge and Boston area. Before joining Google, he worked as a paralegal at a litigation law firm in New York City. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Anthony grew up in a suburb of Boston and loves both playing and watching all sports.



Cait Sydney Pickens

Computer Science Teaching Fellow, Google

Cait Sydney Pickens is a computer science teaching fellow at Google. She works on CS First, an after-school computer science curriculum for elementary and middle school students designed to engage under-represented minorities in the field. Before Google, she worked on Software Carpentry at Mozilla and taught middle school computer science on Pine Ridge Reservation. She holds a B.S. from Lake Forest College in Computer Science. 





Kelly Powers
 

Director of Computer Science Teacher Leadership, Education Development Center 

Powers is a project director for the EDC-led MassCAN (Massachusetts Computer Attainment Network). In this capacity, she is advancing several initiatives targeted to introduce computing in grades K–12 statewide and to expose teachers and students to a broad array of exciting careers in Computer Science and fields requiring a strong Computer Science foundation. As Director of Computer Science Teacher Leadership for MassCAN, she is developing and facilitating workshops to support K–12 educators in teaching computer science. At the Massachusetts STEM Summit in December 2013, officials honored Powers as the 2012–2013 Massachusetts’ STEM Teacher of the Year. She founded the Greater Boston Computer Science Teachers Association Chapter and was the Chapter’s co-president from 2010 to 2014.







Jason Ravitz

Education Outreach Evaluation Manager, Google

Jason manages evaluation of education outreach at Google, focusing on efforts to increase participation in computer science by underrepresented minorities and women. He previously conducted research on educational technologies and pedagogical reform at the Buck Institute for Education, completed post-doctoral positions at SRI International and UC-Irvine, and worked at BBN Educational Technologies studying pioneering Internet using teachers. He has taught at Syracuse University, UC Irvine, and UC San Francisco, and lectured widely. He holds a Ph.D./M.S. in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University.



Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield

Southern New England Lead, National Girls Collaborative Project

Dr. Roecklein-Canfield is currently the Chair of Chemistry and Physics at Simmons College, a small liberal arts college for women in Boston, MA. She has be an active research virologist for the last 20 years, mentoring over 25 undergraduate women in her laboratory. Simmons College has a long standing interest and commitment to the recruitment and retention of women in science. Dr. Roecklein-Canfield has been a strong proponent of undergraduate biology curricular development and serves on a number of national committees dedicated to improving the mentorship of women, including the Women in Cell Biology Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology. She was recently named the co-lead of the Southern New England Girls Collaborative Project (SNEGCP) of the National Girls Collaborative Project. This year the SNEGCP has made mentoring young women in science a priority and have partnered with the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Council and the Office of Labor and Workforce Development to recruit 10,000 mentors from Southern New England.






Brianna Schlesinger

Digital Marketing Manager, Lovesocial

Brianna leads platform strategy including social advertising, SEM, web analytics and community engagement/growth. She has worked on accounts such as National Geographic, DIRECTV, MTV, Joe Fresh, Tribeca Film Festival, and Converse.












Josh Sheldon
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

Josh is a educational technologist with a primary focus in science, math and computing. A former high school and middle school science teacher, Sheldon has an extensive background in developing curricular materials in the sciences and various forms of new media for science learning. In addition to freelance web and curriculum development, he worked at the JASON Foundation for Education, an innovative non-profit that focused on expedition-based science supplementary materials for middle schools. Sheldon holds a MA from Stanford University's Learning, Design & Technology Program, and Bachelor's Degrees in Math and Physics from the Pennsylvania State University.







Chris Stephenson 

Computer Science Education Program Lead, Google 

Dr. Chris Stephenson is the Computer Science Education Program Lead at Google where she works in the Education Research team. Stephenson leads the strategy and execution for K-12 computer science education projects, collaborating closely with internal Google teams and external computer science organizations. From 2004 to 2014, Stephenson was the founding Executive Director of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), a professional membership organization of 18,000 educators dedicated to improving K-12 computing education. Stephenson has numerous research publications in the field of computer science education and has written several high school textbooks on computer science and computer engineering. Stephenson is a Senior Member of ACM. 



Jason Striegel
Staff UX Engineer, Google

Jason Striegel is a user experience engineer and creative technologist with Google’s material design team. There, he works with visual designers, engineers, writers and animators, writing software to prototype and communicate Google’s design vision. In 2013, Jason created Coder for Raspberry Pi, an open source platform for making simple web things, which is now being piloted as a tool for teaching HTML, CSS, and Javascript in the after-school environment.








Steve Vinter
 
Engineering Director and Google Cambridge Site Lead, Google 

Steve Vinter is an Engineering Director and Site Lead at Google's office in Kendall Square in Cambridge, and has overseen the growth of the site from 15 software engineers in 2007 to over 900 today. Steve began programming in high school and received a Bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Michigan. After working a few years as a software engineer he moved to Massachusetts to study at UMass, Amherst, receiving a Masters and PhD, studying distributed systems as the Internet was emerging. Steve has over 20 years of industry experience working in the Boston area and has focused on building products and services for hundreds of millions of users of mobile and cloud computing. 

Steve has overseen the engineering and/or product responsibilities for Google Play for Enterprise, Google Play Newsstand, and Play for Education. Steve serves as the chair of the Talent Working Group and Executive Committee member of the Tech Hub Collaborative; Board member of the Kendall Square Association; Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston; Advisor to MIT's OEOP program; member of Governor's STEM Advisory Council; member of Citizen School’s National Science and Technology Advisory Committee; and Board member of the Community Charter School of Cambridge. Steve co-founded the MassCAN initiative that is striving to offer every K-12 student in Massachusetts the opportunity to learn computer science.