Aaron is a national leader in the education, out-of-school time (OST) and youth development fields. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), which works to ensure all young people in America, but especially the most vulnerable, can access and afford a high-quality summer learning experience every year. Aaron oversees NSLA’s support to their network of 15,000 program partners and leaders in the areas of Program Quality, Partnerships, Policy, Public Awareness and Leadership Development. Prior to NSLA, he 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. Previously, he founded and directed Hoops & Leaders, an award-winning, grassroots youth mentoring and leadership program for low-income boys in New York City. He is a member of the American Camp Association National Board and a graduate of Tufts University, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and the Coro Fellowship and Leadership Greater Washington. He resides in Washington DC 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.
Leslie supports NSLA's philanthropic partnerships by securing foundation and grant opportunities, allowing NSLA to deliver on services and initiatives that strengthen summer learning programs and build capacity for providers, intermediaries, and communities.
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.
Lauren has more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience with corporations and nonprofit organizations, and has completed three visual identities in the last ten years. Lauren is a self-taught graphic designer, photographer, and web designer, and started her own business in 2010. Her work has been published in Architectural Digest, Contract Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, and West Elm.
Lauren has proudly volunteered 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 significantly expand that reach through her work at NSLA.
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.
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.
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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