Aaron is a national leader in the education, out-of-school time (OST) and youth development fields. At NSLA, he leads a team supporting a wide array of 15,000+ education and youth development leaders and organizations all committed to providing every young person in America, regardless of their income, zip-code and background, with a high quality summer learning experience each year.
NSLA focuses on supporting our partners and field by investing heavily in five priority areas (5P’s): Program Quality, Partnerships, Policy, Public Awareness and People (leadership development). Prior to NSLA, Aaron served as President of the After-School All-Stars National Network, a non-profit organization providing free afterschool and summer programs to 90,000 low-income students in more than 450 Title I schools in 20 major cities across the U.S.
In addition, he previously founded and directed Hoops & Leaders, an award-winning, grassroots youth mentoring and leadership program in New York City. He is a graduate of Tufts University and holds an EdM from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is member of the national board of the American Camp Association and an alum of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, Shusterman Foundation Leadership Fellowship and 2019 Class of Leadership Greater Washington. He resides in the Washington DC area with his wife Lauren and two children.
Brodrick has extensive experience working with the K-12 student population, primarily in an out-of-school time setting. He has recruited and trained hundreds of youth workers and volunteers.
As a seasoned professional development trainer, Brodrick incorporates research and best practices with interactive simulations to engage his audience in dynamic learning experiences.
Christi is responsible for managing and stewarding NSLA's philanthropic partnerships working with foundations, corporations, and individual supporters.
Her work aims to match donors' values with opportunities to invest in the summer learning community in service of the programs, people, and policies serving thousands of students across the country.
Leslie is responsible for translating NSLA’s strategic priorities into services, projects, and partnerships that strengthen summer learning programs and build capacity for providers, intermediaries, and communities.
Lauren has more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience with corporations and nonprofit organizations. In 2010 she started her own design and photography business, and has completed three visual identities in the last ten years. Her work has been published in Architectural Digest, Contract Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, and West Elm.
Lauren proudly volunteers her skills to many nonprofit organizations and currently serves as a troop leader for Girl Scouts of the USA. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering America's youth, and is thrilled to be part of the NSLA team.
For over a decade, Nathalie has been a dedicated educator creating impactful and engaging content for diverse groups of learners. She believes that education is one of the greatest tools an individual can have, hence quality learning for all is extremely important to her.
She serves as NSLA's central coordinator of all program team-related work and logistics, represents NSLA at meetings and conferences in a variety of roles, and builds and supports strong partner relationships while representing NSLA to other organizations.
An expert in partnership development and relationship management, Natalia has over 20 years of experience and a winning track record with over $10 million dollars raised for leading nonprofits and higher-ed institutions.
As a proud mother of two young girls, and a Latina, Natalia is passionate about helping underserved youth, education and closing the opportunity gap. Her role with NSLA is primarily focused on Partnership Support and she serves as the National Conference Lead for Exhibitors.
Ally is an expert in coalition building and management, federal education policy, direct lobbying, and bringing diverse groups together to advance shared policy goals.
All of Ally’s work on behalf of her clients is centered around a mission to close the equity gaps across all sectors of the education system, which disproportionately impact underserved students and families, especially those of color, in low-income communities.
With eight years in teaching and special education, and three years as a summer camp director, Brianne has a clear love for teaching and programming for youth.
Her forte is finding creative and interactive ways to make learning fun and impactful.
Brianne is the newest member of NSLA and supports daily operations and programs.
Mashona Councill is a youth development consultant and facilitator eager to lend experience in specific program evaluation and development. In addition to providing management, staff training and coaching, she also had experience with curriculum design, strategic planning and volunteer management to enhance organization’s effectiveness and community impact.
Jina Meadows is a committed, lifelong educator and believes in the immense power and resilience of our youth. She is committed to helping reluctant readers develop a love of reading. Jina has 20 years of experience in public schools in America and abroad with international accolades. Her passion for helping new teachers thrive in the classroom led her to serve as a retention coach for first year teachers in North Carolina school systems. Jina earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Education and English from Johnson C. Smith University and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Dr. Beth Salyers is a former public school classroom teacher who now works to help the people within organizations increase their individual and collective capacity through custom designed learning solutions. She believes that education is the most powerful force we have on the planet and that nothing exists in a vacuum. Beth lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn more about her and her company, Custom Learning Atelier here.
Stacy Silverman is driven by a passion rooted in a belief that every hour counts for communities creating safe and nurturing environments for youth to become learners and leaders. He has over 20 years of experience in education and youth services including therapeutic wilderness and adventure-based programming, mental health services, restorative justice programs, assessment, coaching and adult facilitation. He has extensive experience working with the K-12 student population, primarily in out-of-school time settings, and has trained thousands of youth development professionals and managers in the art of teaching and reaching youth. Stacy founded the Youth Development Training Collaborative to support organizations and leaders with continuous quality improvement system design, training and advising.
Femi Vance, Ph.D. is a researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR) where she researches and evaluates out-of-school time programs and provides technical assistance to youth development professionals. She has expertise in youth program quality, social and emotional learning, evaluation capacity building, and skill-building in youth programs. She has extensive experience providing professional development to OST practitioners on a range of topics such as continuous quality improvement, engaging youth, and coaching staff.
Rebecca Wade-Mdivanian is currently the Director of Operations for the LiFEsports Initiative. In this position, she is responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of all current programming. In addition to this role, she supports and manages teaching/learning, research, and fundraising endeavors within LiFEsports. Outside of LiFEsports, Becky is an independent licensed social worker in the State of Ohio, has coached middle school soccer in Grandview Heights City Schools for the past 14 years, and is the current President of the Grandview Baseball and Softball Association.
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