Chief Executive Officer

Aaron Philip Dworkin joined the National Summer Learning Association as Chief Executive Officer on June 3, 2019 having most recently 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 United States. Over the last 12 years, Aaron led the organization through tremendous growth, significantly increasing the number of students served, doubling the After-School All-Stars national footprint and annual revenue, while opening a national office in Washington, D.C. to expand its advocacy efforts.

Aaron also oversaw the creation and implementation of the After-School All-Stars’ four signature national initiatives, each with their own summer learning program, designed to combat childhood obesity (Sports as a Hook), promote high school and college graduation (We Are Ready), prepare students for careers (CEO: Career Exploration Opportunities) and inspire youth leadership and community service (Life Service Action).

Prior to After-School All-Stars, Aaron founded and directed Hoops & Leaders, an acclaimed summer youth leadership and mentoring program in New York City. He also helped support the creation of Up2Us Sports, a national coalition of sports based youth development programs. Aaron is a frequent presenter at national education conferences, a graduate of Tufts University, a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and holds master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is a member of the 2019 Class of Leadership Greater Washington and serves on the National Board of Directors of the American Camp Association.

NSLA Board

Jim Quinn

Board Chair

President (Retired)
Tiffany & Company

Reggie Love


Vice President
Transatlantic Energy Group

Lacrecia Cade


Head of the Internal Operations Legal Team

Karl Alexander

Academy Professor and
Sociology Research Professor
Johns Hopkins University

Dan Anglin

Prince Henry

Richard Berlin

Executive Director
Harlem RBI

Matthew Boulay

NSLA Founder

Dan Levi

Executive VP and
Chief Marketing Officer
Clear Channel

Lindsey Schmidt

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Malbert Smith, III


Leadership Team

Maleka Lawrence

Chief Operating Officer

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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

Vice President, Communications

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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.

Rachel Gwaltney

Vice President, Policy and Research

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410-856-1370 x107

Rachel leads NSLA’s efforts to improve federal and state policy conditions for summer activities; and to develop, steward, and share research related to summer opportunities.


Latisha Coates-Young

Program and Systems Quality Assistant

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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

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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

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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.

Talon J. Sachs

Director of Marketing Communications

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410-856-1370 x210

Talon operates marketing communications and media strategies for NSLA’s signature initiatives, and takes the 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.

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