Our Board of Directors broadens our perspective while helping us keep our eyes on the ball.
Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, 270 Strategies
Meg Ansara grew up in a family of organizers and teachers. Today she serves as CEO and a Founding Partner at 270 Strategies, a progressive public engagement firm that helps organizations build winning campaigns and engage everyday people in their work. Previously, Meg served as the Battleground States Director for Hillary for America and National Regional Director for the 2012 Obama for America campaign, where she oversaw the grassroots and public engagement programs in the Midwest and southern states. She’s worked with political campaigns and party committees at the national and local level to provide strategic guidance and best practices. She also serves as an advisor to a number of foundations, advocacy and direct service organizations committed to improving public schools and ensuring all children have the opportunity to succeed in college and in life. Meg is a Boston native and graduate of Oberlin College, where she earned a BA in History and African Studies.
Chief Executive Officer, Education Leaders of Color
Layla Avila serves as CEO/Executive Director of Education Leaders of Color, a membership organization dedicated to elevating the leadership, voices and influence of people of color in education and to leading more inclusive efforts to improve education. Previously, she worked for more than 15 years at TNTP, a national nonprofit focused on improving educational quality for all students. There, she served in multiple leadership roles including Vice President of Teaching Fellows Programs, Executive Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Chief of Staff to the CEO. Layla started her career with Teach For America in 1997, working as a bilingual and ESL teacher in Compton, CA and serving on the school’s Leadership Team. She also served as an analyst for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. She holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University and an MA in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Beloved Community
Rhonda Broussard has been a leader in diversity and international education initiatives throughout her career. In 2007 she established the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS), a charter management organization serving a diverse school community with language immersion and International Baccalaureate pedagogy, and served as its President until 2015. She is currently the founder of Beloved Community, a nonprofit organization that creates sustainable paths to diverse schools and communities. Rhonda is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow and an Eisenhower Fellow. She completed her undergraduate studies in French and Secondary Education at Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Arts degree in French Studies from New York University’s Institute of French Studies. Rhonda and her bilingual family currently reside New Orleans.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Citizens of the World Charter Schools
Kriste Dragon is the CEO and Co-Founder of Citizens of the World Charter Schools, a national network of public charter schools that challenge students to realize their full potential and thrive in a diverse society. Citizens of the World is committed to serving diverse communities throughout the U.S., with schools currently in Los Angeles, New York, and Kansas City. Kriste began her work in education as a middle school mathematics teacher in South Los Angeles. She has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Alabama.
Chief Operating Officer, Independent Sector
Victor Reinoso is COO of Independent Sector, the nation’s leading voice for the charitable sector, and founder of Hopscotch Ventures, a mission-driven investment, advisory, and management firm focused on technology and real estate. A private and public sector entrepreneur, Victor has played many roles in K–12 and higher education. He has served as Senior Advisor on Innovation to the President of Georgetown University, as an elected school board member, and as Washington, DC’s first deputy mayor for education. As Deputy Mayor, he led the mayor’s takeover of the District of Columbia Public Schools and oversaw the city’s $1-plus-billion education budget and the largest capital investment in public buildings in DC history. Before public service, Victor was COO of the Federal City Council, CEO of RadioFutura (an early streaming media company), and a consultant to leading brands including AOL, PBS & Verizon. Victor is a member and moderator of the Aspen Global Leaders Network and the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. He has served on multiple nonprofit boards, and is a Trustee of the District of Columbia Public Library. Victor is a graduate of Georgetown University and MIT.
Chief Executive Officer, Education Post
Chris Stewart is Chief Executive Officer for Education Post, a non-partisan communications organization dedicated to building support for student-focused improvements in public education from preschool to high school graduation. He is a lifelong activist and 20-year supporter of nonprofit and education-related causes. He was named CEO of Education Post in April 2019, after formerly serving as chief executive of Wayfinder Foundation. Before that, he served as Executive Director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), a cross-sector network of black leaders working to develop and implement an urban policy agenda across five northwest states. In 2007, Chris was elected to the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education. In that role, he helped establish the Office of New Schools, an area of the Minneapolis Public Schools to implement school reform strategies. Since 2009 Chris has been President and Principal with Yielding Assets, LLC, a grassroots consultancy helping government, nonprofit, and foundation clients create self-sustaining, social good projects. Chris blogs and tweets under the name Citizen Stewart. He is based in Minneapolis.