Our leadership team has more than 90 years of combined experience in education at all levels, from leading classrooms to shaping federal policy.
Our Leadership Team
Executive Director / Navigator, New Orleans
A New Orleans native, Gary Briggs has attended private, Catholic, charter, and traditional public schools. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Texas Christian University and served as a White House Intern in the Obama administration upon graduation. Afterwards, Gary joined Teach For America and returned to New Orleans to teach English Language Arts. He served as 5th and 6th grade Team Leader at Harriet Tubman Charter School for four years. In 2015, his experiences as a student and teacher in New Orleans’ schools were chronicled by The Times Picayune. Today, Gary leads EdNavigator's New Orleans team, supporting families and students across the Greater New Orleans area.
Tim brings nearly two decades of experience in public education to EdNavigator, including service as an urban school teacher, organizational leader, and policy expert. Prior to founding EdNavigator, he served alongside Ariela Rozman as President of TNTP, a leading education nonprofit organization that partners with school systems and states to ensure that all students get excellent teachers. During his eight years in that role, TNTP became a leading source of innovative research and a respected independent voice on teacher quality issues. Before joining TNTP in 2001, Tim taught social studies at Northeast Middle School in Baltimore. He holds a MA in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in American Studies from Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.
A native of East St. Louis, IL, Whitney brings to her work 10 years of experience as an award-winning teacher, school principal and instructional expert. Her career in education began in New Orleans, where she moved after Hurricane Katrina to become a founding teacher and eventually 7th-9th grade principal at KIPP Central City Academy. Her extraordinary success with students earned her the 2011 Fishman Prize, a $25,000 award given annually to just four teachers nationwide. Whitney holds a BA in English and Modern Foreign Languages from Jackson State University, a MA in Organizational Leadership from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and a Master’s in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in New Orleans, LA.
Navigator & Manager of Navigation Operations
Rameisha “Ramie” Johnson is a New Orleans native, proud mom, and veteran school counselor and enrollment advisor. As a Navigator and Manager of Navigator Operations, she supports a wide variety of parents across the Greater New Orleans area with school choice and enrollment process. Ramie holds a BA in Sociology and a M.Ed in School Counseling from the University of New Orleans. She’s worked previously with the Recovery School District and Algiers Charter School Association.
David Keeling has almost 20 years of experience in strategic communications and public education. Over the last decade and a half, his words have appeared in teacher recruitment ads in the New York City subway, in news outlets from Education Week to The New York Times, and in the remarks and messages of some of the nation’s most prominent education leaders. Before EdNavigator, he served for six years as Vice President of Communications for TNTP, leading the organization’s communications, marketing and publications strategy and advising TNTP staff, state education agencies and urban school systems nationwide on communicating with teachers, parents, school leaders, and other stakeholders. He holds a BA in English from Middlebury College and lives with his wife and two children in Chicago.
Before founding EdNavigator, Ariela Rozman served for eight years as Chief Executive Officer of TNTP. Under her tenure as CEO, TNTP tripled in size, growing to a staff of 370 full-time employees across 41 states and an annual budget of more than $60 million. Today, TNTP has a presence in more than 50 cities and states, including most of the country’s largest urban areas. In 2012, she and then-TNTP President Tim Daly received the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education for their leadership. Prior to joining TNTP in 2001, Ariela worked in consulting for Bain & Company and helped launch and grow the e-commerce site PlanetRx.com. She holds a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children.
Executive Director / Navigator, Boston
With a decade of experience in schools and education organizations across Boston, Elysa Severinghaus brings a multi-faceted perspective to her work leading EdNavigator’s growing team of Boston Navigators. Elysa served in a range of instructional and operational roles with Match Education and KIPP Massachusetts. She was a member of the founding team at KIPP Academy Boston Middle School, where she built the English Language Education program and taught 5th and 6th grade. Immediately prior to joining EdNavigator, she served as senior program manager at Empower Schools, an education nonprofit committed to partnering with communities to develop systems of highly autonomous and accountable district schools. Elysa holds a BA from Dartmouth College, and speaks Spanish and French.