Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Boulay is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit National Summer Learning Association. A former elementary school teacher in New York City, Boulay earned a PhD in Sociology and Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and was recently named one of the 25 most influential people in out-of-school time learning. A former Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq, Boulay was a leader in the push for a new G.I. Bill and continues to advocate on behalf of veterans. He lives in Oregon with his wife and two children.

NSLA Board

Margaret McKenna

Board Chair

Past President
Walmart Foundation

Jim Quinn


President (Retired)
Tiffany & Company

Dan Anglin


Prince Henry

Karl Alexander

Academy Professor and
Sociology Research Professor
Johns Hopkins University

Richard Berlin

Executive Director
Harlem RBI

Lacrecia Cade

Senior Principal Strategist
Taylor English Decisions

Dan Levi

Executive VP and
Chief Marketing Officer
Clear Channel

Reggie Love

Vice President
Transatlantic Energy Group

Lindsey Schmidt

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Malbert Smith, III


Leadership Team

Maleka Lawrence

Chief Operating Officer

Email Maleka
410-856-1370 x401

Maleka leads and coordinates many of NSLA’s efforts, playing a key role in executing the organization’s strategic plan, ensuring sound operations systems, and leading day-to-day fiscal and administrative operations (including finance, development, and human resources).

Laura Johnson

VP of Communications

Email Laura
410-856-1370 x208

Laura leads the overall communications strategy to support the NSLA’s mission as the only national nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities.


Latisha Coates-Young

Program and Systems Quality Assistant

Email Latisha
410-856-1370 x225

Latisha provides a variety of operational, administrative, coordination, and logistical services supporting the Program and Systems Quality team.

Tokia Day

Finance and Operations Manager

Email Tokia
410-856-1370 x105

Tokia manages NSLA’s finance and operations function, including accounting, fiscal compliance, and support for human resources.

Leslie Gabay-Swanston

Director of Program and Systems Building

Email Leslie
410-856-1370 x204

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.

Rachel Gwaltney

Director of Policy and Partnerships

Email Rachel
410-856-1370 x107

Rachel leads development and implementation of services, projects, and partnerships that strengthen summer learning policy and build capacity of state and national leaders and organizations.

Talon J. Sachs

Director of Marketing Communications

Email Talon
410-856-1370 x210

Talon operates marketing communications and media strategies and takes lead on the organization’s tactics on outreach.

Join Our Team

Become a summer learning champion! NSLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and healthy workplace. Salary is commensurate with experience. Our benefits include health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, a 401 K retirement plan and paid time off.

Join Our Team!