Dr. Dale Blyth is a senior research consultant and advisor who recently retired as Extension Professor in the College of Education & Human Development at the University of Minnesota where he served as the Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Development Leadership and Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. For 15 years he served as Associate Dean directing the Center for Youth Development. The Center was home for the Minnesota 4-H Program (with over 100 staff and 10,000 volunteers touching 130,000 youth annually); the Youth Work Institute (focused on developing and delivering professional development to 4,000 youth workers), Youth Community Connections (then the statewide Mott network), and conducting applied research and evaluation. Recently he led an initiative to advance social & emotional learning outcomes. He serves on several community, state and national groups related to out of school time, data systems, and youth development... Read more.
Becky Johnson is Vice President of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), a CEO led initiative aimed at helping to reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity, in the United States. Johnson serves as the deputy to the President, manages the staff and consultants for the Foundation in addition to ensuring all Foundation messaging fits the overall goals of the organization and its members. Johnson joined HWCF as Project Coordinator in July 2009. As a founding member of the HWCF team, Johnson has been instrumental in the development and expansion of our Together Counts™ curriculum and platform reaching over 27M students, the growth of our membership to over 300 corporate and non-profit members and the design of our partnership programs. Johnson also works with the corporate partners who use the power of their own brands to promote the Foundation's messages beyond HWCF's Together Counts social media presence... Read more.
Debbi Jarvis is the Vice President of Corporate Relations at Pepco Holdings, an Exelon Company. Jarvis and her team develop strategies around corporate goodwill in the communities served by Pepco Holdings and its three operating utilities. She works closely with the region presidents for Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric. Based in Washington, D.C., Pepco Holdings employs more than 4,700 people, owns more than $16.1 billion in assets and generates approximately $4.8 billion in annual revenues. Pepco Holdings serves 2 million customers as the parent company of Pepco, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. Pepco Holdings is a recently acquired subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC. Read more.
Allyson Knox is Director of Education Policy and Programs in Microsoft's Washington DC office. Since joining Microsoft in 2004 she launched several new national education programs including InterroBang, Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts, Service Technology Academic Resource Teams program with the Corporation for National and Community Service, Scaling Education Success, C2i Gaming Challenge with the NEA Foundation and CareerForward. At the state-level, she helped deploy Microsoft's IT Academy available for NC, VA, GA, LA, and WA high school students... Read more.
Jessica is Founder and President of Catalynics, a consultancy with the mission to help corporations and NGOs catalyze smart strategy, partner collaboration, stakeholder engagement, project ideation and development, communications and issues management in corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Jessica also has experience in designing and executing market research and assessments. Some of Jessica's current clients include the World Resources Institute, the US Chamber Foundation, USAID, World Wildlife Fund and the Strategic Innovation Lab.
Jessica has 20+ years of sustainability operational and policy experience across a number of sectors, most recently serving as the North American Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In addition to member and stakeholder engagement, business development and program and policy support, Jessica ran WBCSD's global Sustainable Lifestyles project... Read more.
Jenny Nagaoka is the Deputy Director of the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, where she has conducted research for over 15 years. Her research interests focus on policy and practice in urban education reform, particularly using data to connect research and practice and examining the school environments and instructional practices that promote college readiness and success. She has co-authored numerous journal articles and reports, including studies of college readiness, noncognitive factors, the transition from high school to postsecondary education, and authentic intellectual instruction... Read more.
As a policy analyst on Google's Public Policy & Government Relations team, Kate Sheerin focuses on Google's strategy and programs on creativity, education, and innovation. Prior to joining Google in 2010, she served as a Municipal and Community Development Volunteer for the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. Kate received her B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.
Dr. Helen Soulé is the Executive Director of P21. She has led the organization's state recruitment and support effort, the 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program, and other initiatives. Soulé is a lifelong educator with P-16 leadership experience at the local, state and national level. Soulé served as chief of staff to the assistant secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education, and as Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom. She is a founding SETDA member and the recipient of several awards, including Converge magazine's 30 "Shapers of the Future" award, E-School News "Impact 30 Award for Excellence", and the Mississippi Educational Computing Association's Technology Educator of the Year award.