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The Pathways to Prosperity Team

Tobie Baker-Wright is a senior program manager for the Pathways to Prosperity Network. She works with JFF’s secondary through postsecondary initiatives, providing expertise in developing rigorous STEM pathways and in innovative instruction for grades 6-14. Tobie leads the development of Possible Futures, Possible Selves, a curriculum providing in- and out-of-school career and STEM experiences geared to middle schoolers. She has two decades of experience in education and leadership; she was a teacher in interdisciplinary fields, a professor at Oregon State University, and the director of an K-8 Expeditionary Learning school where she led student-centered approaches to teaching and learning, engaging students in experiential projects, especially in STEM fields. Tobie also served on the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Committee. She holds a B.A. in international studies and a B.S. in environmental science from Oregon State University, an M.A.T. from Lewis & Clark College, and professional teaching licenses. Currently, Tobie is completing a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership (CAEL) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Charlotte Cahill, an associate director for the Pathways to Prosperity Network, leads policy and strategy work for the Network and oversees the Pathways to Prosperity regional asset mapping process. She also provides technical assistance to states and regions in the Network and conducts research to support the Pathways to Prosperity work. Charlotte's research interests include work-based learning, labor market information, economic development, and federal and state policies to support the development of career pathways systems. Prior to joining JFF, Charlotte worked at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), where she conducted policy research and facilitated a peer-learning network of colleges and universities focused on strengthening postsecondary programs and career pathways for student veterans. Charlotte has taught at several colleges and universities, including Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. She holds a B.A. in history from Boston College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of U.S. public policy from Northwestern University
Julia di Bonaventura is a program manager for the Pathways to Prosperity Network. In this role, she supports pathways development in urban regions, bringing particular expertise in the health care sector and in structuring youth work-based learning at scale. Julia came to JFF from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she served as their workforce development specialist. In previous roles, Julia served as the STEM coordinator and a career specialist at the Boston Private Industry Council and as a guidance counselor and personal development teacher at Ailey Camp Boston. Julia holds a B.A. with a concentration in sociology from Brown University and an Ed.M. in prevention science and practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
As a senior program manager for the Pathways to Prosperity Network, Adelina Garcia supports education, business, and government leaders in developing and implementing rigorous career pathways leading to high-wage, high-demand jobs. Currently, she is the lead for several Pathways states and co-leads Youth CareerConnect in Massachusetts. Before joining JFF, Adelina served as assistant director for the Academic Support Center at Eastern Washington University, where she worked to improve college completion among low-income, first-generation college students. She also helped improve college readiness and access for low-income high school students through the TRiO Upward Bound program at Yakima Valley Community College. Previously, Adelina assisted two senators in the Washington State legislature and served as a public policy fellow for the Education Trust through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, DC. She holds a B.A. in philosophy and Spanish from the University of Washington and an M.A. in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Hartung is director of the Pathways to Prosperity Network. In this capacity, he leads the development of grades 9-14 pathways and regional and state education policies supporting the transition of credentialed young people into the labor market. Kyle has 18 years of experience as a teacher, leader, consultant, and researcher in public K-12 and higher education settings, where he has worked to advance innovations in education. His areas of expertise include deeper learning, college and career readiness, performance- and competency-based assessment, workplace learning, project- and problem-based pedagogy, school design/redesign, adult learning, and mixed-methods research. Prior to joining JFF, Kyle worked as a researcher with Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILa) at Harvard’s Project Zero and as a consultant for Envision Learning Partners. He holds a B.F.A. in theatre and performance studies from the University of Illinois, an M.S.T. from The New School for Social Research, and Ed.M. and Ed.D. degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Nancy Hoffman is senior advisor at Jobs for the Future, and co-founder, with Bob Schwartz (Harvard Graduate School of Education), of the Pathways to Prosperity Network. She focuses on improving education and workforce outcomes for low-income young people and adults. Nancy has held teaching and administrative posts at Brown University, Temple University, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), and elsewhere. Nancy has also served as a consultant for the education policy unit of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Her most recent book is Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World’s Best Vocational Education Systems Prepare Young People for Jobs and Life (Harvard Education Press, 2011). Nancy serves on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. She holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
As a senior program manager for the Pathways to Prosperity Network, Sheila Jackson researches and writes about effective strategies for building grades 9-14 career pathways and provides technical assistance to Network members. Sheila’s areas of expertise include advanced manufacturing pathways and work-based learning. She leads the development of C-Town Tech’s IT pathway, working with the Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, Bunker Hill Community College, the Boston Private Industry Council, and SAP, the corporate partner. Prior to joining JFF, Sheila worked at a community-based college-access program, Making Waves Education Program, in San Francisco, where she supported first-generation college students in preparing and applying for college and understanding the financial aid process. She also served as a special education paraprofessional in the San Francisco Unified School District. Sheila holds a B.A. in English literature and French from Wesleyan University and an Ed.M. in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
As executive assistant, Sandra Jadotte provides administrative support for both the Pathways to Prosperity Network and other Building Educational Pathways for Youth initiatives at JFF. Sandra oversees various activities for the Network, including scheduling meetings, maintaining our partner database, and providing event support. Before joining JFF, she was an executive legal assistant with Pederson & Freedman, LLP in Washington, DC, where she assisted attorneys with research and correspondence, translated documents, handled public inquiries, prepared reports, coordinated meetings and events, and managed staff travel. Sandra attended St. John's University in Queens, NY, and is fluent in French and Creole
Leighton Johnson is a program manager for the Pathways to Prosperity Network. In this role, he provides technical assistance and coaching to states and regions in the Pathways to Prosperity Network. Leighton’s work focuses especially on policies and strategies for implementing grades 9-14+ career pathways, and he contributes to the asset mapping process in states and regions. Leighton currently serves as the project manager for Catalyzing CTE Through Pay for Success, a federally funded U.S. Department of Education K-12 initiative. Other projects he has supported include providing technical assistance to state education/workforce agencies and school districts within Indiana, Massachusetts, and Texas. He has a background in philanthropy and particular interest and expertise in issues of equity and educational attainment. Leighton previously worked as a temporary program associate with The Boston Foundation, supporting the Foundation’s Nonprofit Effectiveness group. Prior to this role, he worked as a graduate assistant for the Lumina Foundation, supporting strategies to increase equity and higher education degree attainment in support of Lumina's “Goal 2025.” Leighton received his B.A. in history and African-American and African Diaspora studies from Indiana University Bloomington and is currently completing his M.A. in philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Amy Loyd is associate vice president of Building Educational Pathways for Youth at JFF and leads our Pathways to Prosperity and college and career pathways work. In this role, she guides states and regions in developing and scaling effective policies, infrastructure, and practices to build sustainable systems of college and career pathways aligned with regional labor markets. Prior to joining JFF, Amy led a public-private partnership network of K-12 schools providing culturally responsive education and wraparound services to Alaska Native and Native American students and their families. She worked with the U.S. Department of Education on policy and state capacity-building and as a peer reviewer consultant. Amy also was the founding director of a prisoner reentry residential education and workforce development social enterprise and was a high school math teacher and family advocate. She holds a B.A. in philosophy and mathematics from St. John’s College and a doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she teaches a class on using pathways to increase opportunity and equity in education.
Mark Martin is JFF’s 2016-2017 Harvard doctoral resident and is working with the Pathways to Prosperity Network. As a Southerner, he has a strong commitment to improving outcomes for youth in the southern Pathways states. Mark has served as a school director and founder, a founding board member, and a teacher in Louisiana and Georgia. His areas of expertise include early childhood program implementation and charter school development and leadership. More recently, Mark’s work has focused on education models that incorporate the greater community into secondary students’ learning experiences. He graduated with a B.A. in finance from the University of Alabama and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia. Mark is currently completing his doctorate in education leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
As a senior program manager for the Pathways to Prosperity Network, Leah Moschella provides technical assistance and coaching to support state and regional pathways development and implementation. She is currently working closely with Central Ohio, Madison, and the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways initiative. Prior to joining JFF, Leah served as the manager of college and career pathways at Notre Dame Education Center, where she designed and implemented a workforce readiness curriculum and employer engagement council for English language learners, adult learners, and opportunity youth. Leah is a founding member of the Boston Youth Workforce Collaborative, served as a Shafik Gabr Diplomatic Fellow for innovative leaders in public policy and international dialogue in Egypt and Washington, DC, and is the volunteer executive director of Boston GLOW. She has a B.A. in sociology and gender studies from Fordham University and M.A. degrees in human services and secondary education from Northeastern University.
As a senior program manager for the Pathways to Prosperity Network, Anna O’Connor supports state and regional leaders in building the capacity needed to develop and implement rigorous career pathways. Currently, Anna provides technical assistance to leaders in Texas and Massachusetts, including co-leading the Youth CareerConnect grant. Prior to joining JFF, Anna worked at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, most recently in the Office of College and Career Readiness as the early college coordinator. This role involved providing support and professional development for early college models, including Pathways to Prosperity Network sites, throughout the state and collaborating with other early college design initiatives in the state to build a more seamless pipeline to support students in their pursuit of economically viable career pathways. Anna has a B.S. in urban studies from Worcester State University and an M.P.P with a concentration in child, youth, and family policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Gregory Seaton is an associate director for the Pathways to Prosperity Network. In this role, he is leading a landscape analysis focused on supporting postsecondary success in Delaware and is the Pathways to Prosperity team lead for Philadelphia. Gregory brings a unique blend of practical work experiences in urban schools and communities and a rigorous academic background. His research is primarily focused on the developmental and academic outcomes of youth, particularly urban males. Previously, he served as associate professor at the College of New Jersey in the Department of Education Administration and Secondary Education. Gregory taught educational psychology, adolescent learning and development, and research methods to pre- and in-service teachers. He also served as a youth outreach worker for the Orlando Housing Authority and as the executive director for Teacher Education for America's Minorities (TEAM) at the University of Central Florida. Throughout his graduate training and professional career, Gregory has participated in multiple phases of large-scale mixed methods research and evaluation projects. Gregory has an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and human development from the University of Pennsylvania.
s communications manager for the Pathways to Prosperity Network, Michelle Sedaca oversees the initiative’s communications and marketing strategy to amplify state and regional career pathways work. Michelle also curates content for the Network’s community website. Prior to joining JFF, she managed a variety of research and writing projects for America’s Promise Alliance and Jumpstart for Young Children. Projects included case studies on cradle-to-college and career initiatives, a report on the potential of K-12 digital learning, and a synthesis of research on the early childhood workforce. Michelle previously served as a development and communications associate at Casa Myrna, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides programs and services for women and children affected by domestic violence. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to publications such as the Bay State Banner, the Jamaica Plain Gazette, Third Sector New England’s e-newsletter, and a Boston-based arts and culture magazine. Michelle holds a B.A. in politics from Oberlin College and a joint M.A. in urban policy and child development from Tufts University.
Bob Schwartz, co-founder, with Nancy Hoffman, of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, is a senior fellow at JFF. He is also a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he has served, successively, as Lecturer, Professor of Practice, Academic Dean, Francis Keppel Professor in Educational Policy and Administration, and Senior Research Fellow. Prior to joining HGSE, Bob worked in a variety of roles in education: high school teacher and principal; education advisor to the Mayor of Boston and the Governor of Massachusetts; assistant director of the National Institute of Education; executive director of The Boston Compact; and education program director at The Pew Charitable Trusts. He was also the founding president of Achieve, Inc. Bob has participated in two Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) studies, Learning for Jobs and Strong Performers and Successful Reformers, and contributed chapters to four Harvard Education Press volumes: Teaching Talent (2010), Surpassing Shanghai (2011), The Futures of School Reform (2012), and Improving the Odds for America’s Children (2014). In 2011, he co-authored an influential report called Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century.