New program launched to develop pipeline of human capital leaders in urban public school systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 12, 2014) — The Urban Schools Human Capital Academy, a national nonprofit focused on supporting human capital reform in urban school systems, announced today the selection of an inaugural cohort of 25 leaders into its new national institute for emerging leaders in human capital management in education — the Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative, a partnership between the USHCA, The Broad Center and Education Pioneers. The aim of the Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative is to support these accomplished leaders in transforming how teachers and principals are recruited, deployed, developed and retained in public education.

“We are excited and energized by the extraordinary leadership talent represented in our inaugural cohort of Emerging Human Capital Leaders,” said Elizabeth Arons, chief executive officer of the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy. “These leaders are working to transform human capital across public education and we look forward to preparing them to take on increasingly senior roles in human capital in urban school systems.”

Becca Bracy Knight, executive director of The Broad Center, echoed Arons sentiments. “Great organizations begin with great people. Nowhere may that be more important than in urban public education. As we work to strengthen educational opportunities for students and families, we need to attract, grow and keep great people throughout the system who can help achieve that vision. We’re proud to be a part of a program designed to support the emerging leaders responsible for making that a reality.”

Frances McLaughlin, president of Education Pioneers, also welcomed the inaugural cohort. “Human capital leadership in the education sector is critical to support teachers’ and principals’ important work with students. This program will improve the way we prepare future human capital leaders and help to ensure we have exceptional leaders working at all levels in the education sector to advance our nation’s work to get education right for every student in every classroom.”

The Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative is a one-year program designed to prepare leaders to take on the toughest human capital challenges our public schools systems face. Participants will learn from experts and from one another to collectively enhance their effectiveness in their current roles and to strengthen the pipeline of talented leaders ready and interested in taking on human capital leadership roles in urban school systems. In its inaugural year, the Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative received funding from Noyce Foundation and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

The 25 Emerging Human Capital Leaders who have been selected to begin in January, 2015, are:
• Lisa Ahn, Oakland Unified School District, Employee Engagement, Retention and Well-Being Specialist
• Libby Bain, KIPP New Orleans, Director of Talent
• Haliday Douglas, St. Louis Public Schools, Director of Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development and Support
• Michael Fletcher, Connecticut Department of Education, Talent Recruitment Specialist
• Sylvia Flowers, Tennessee Department of Education, Executive Director of Educator Talent
• Leslie Gabbianelli, TNTP, Project Director
• Scott Gaiber, San Francisco Unified School District, Director of Recruitment and Human Capital Support
• SantaPaula Gama Garcia, Teach for America, Executive Director – Rio Grande Valley
• Jacqueline Greer, Urban Teacher Center, Executive Director – Washington D.C.
• Sydney Henriques-Payne, New Jersey Department of Education, Assistant Director of Recruitment
• Clara Hess, DC Public Charter School Board, Chief Operating Officer
• Jill Hulnick, New Jersey Department of Education, Deputy Chief Talent Officer
• Christina Jordan, LEARN Charter School Network, Chief of Talent
• Matthew Lyons, The Chicago Public Education Fund, Chief Operating Officer
• Kara Maguire, Uncommon Schools, Senior Director of Recruitment
• Arthur Mills IV, Fulton County Schools, Executive Director of Talent Management and Organizational Strategy
• Dominique Morris, San Jose Unified School District, Director of Human Resources
• Chauncey Nartey, ROADS Charter High Schools, Director of Talent
• Lauren O’Mara, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Executive Director of Human Capital Management
• Raushawna Price, Wake County Public School System, Director of Initiatives and Development
• Kendra-Lee Rosati, The School District of Philadelphia, Director of Recruitment
• Zack Scott, The Parthenon Group, Consultant
• Larisa Shambaugh, Newark Public Schools, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives
• Elizabeth Stamberger, Independent Consultant
• Cordelia Tullous, Leading Educators, Vice President of Human Capital

“The Noyce Foundation is thrilled to support the Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative to build a pipeline of human capital leaders who can transform human capital in urban school districts.  We are particularly excited about supporting a unique partnership that builds on the strengths of three exceptional organizations, ” said Judy Wurtzel of Noyce Foundation.

“We believe that human capital is a critical lever for change in urban school districts, and we are excited to support these exceptional HR leaders who will help drive the changes necessary to ensure high quality support for the extraordinary teachers and school leaders working in urban districts,” added Michelle Boyers, director of education at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

For more information about the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy, the Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative, or to access bios and photos of the Emerging Human Capital Leaders, please visit

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