Leadership

Executive Team

People will always be our greatest asset at Jumpstart. With the passion, dedication and experience of our Executive Team, we’ve got what it takes to prepare every child to succeed. Read on to learn more about the outstanding individuals leading the way at Jumpstart.

Naila Bolus
Naila Bolus
President & CEO
Naila joined Jumpstart in October 2011 after more than 20 years of experience in the.
Gary Jimenez
Gary Jimenez
Chief Development Officer
Gary Jimenez, Chief Development Officer, joined Jumpstart in 2009 with extensive experience in the non-profit.
Jennifer Templeman
Jennifer Templeman
Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer Templeman, Chief Operating Officer, joined Jumpstart in 2010 and brought 20 years of financial.
Abby R. Weiss
Abby R. Weiss
Chief Program Officer
Before joining Jumpstart as the Chief Program Officer, Abby Weiss was the Associate Director of.

National Board of Directors

Jumpstart’s National Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from many backgrounds with one thing in common: a desire for every child to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. Their passion leads strategy, guides governance, and galvanizes support for our organization.

Chris Stadler
Chris Stadler, Chair
Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners
Christopher Stadler joined CVC Capital Partners as a Managing Partner in 2007, based in New.
Lorie E. Almon
Lorie E. Almon
Co-Managing Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Attorneys, LLP
Lorie Almon is a recognized leader in the field of complex employment litigation. Both Chambers.
Delia Arellano-Weddleton, MSW
Delia Arellano-Weddleton, MSW
Senior Program Officer, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
As senior program officer of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Delia oversees the Foundation’s extensive.
Nigel Barker
Nigel Barker
Fashion Photographer, Author, Filmmaker
Nigel Barker is an internationally renowned photographer who opened his New York studio in 1996. He.
Stephanie Blank
Stephanie Blank
Chair, GEEARS (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students); Senior Advisor, Arthur M. Blank Foundation
Stephanie Blank is a longtime champion of children and education. Blank serves on the Georgia.
Grady Burnett
Grady Burnett
Venture Capitalist
Grady has been an active participant, leader and innovator in technology, philanthropy and sports. Grady,.
Joseph I. Castro, PhD, MPP
Joseph I. Castro, PhD, MPP
President, California State University, Fresno
Joseph I. Castro was appointed as the eighth president of California State University, Fresno in.
James Cole, Jr.
James Cole, Jr.
Chairman and CEO, Jasco Group, LLC
James Cole, Jr. is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Jasco Group,.
Thomas G. Connolly
Thomas G. Connolly
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Tom is the global head of the Principal Debt Group within the Merchant Banking Division..
Josh Duhamel
Josh Duhamel
Actor, Star of Spaceman
A dynamic and versatile actor, Josh Duhamel is one of Hollywood’s leading males.  Most recently,.
Tamara Jones Dunn, MD
Tamara Jones Dunn, MD
Physician, Stanford Hospital & Palo Alto Veterans Hospital
Tamara's involvement in early childhood education feels like a continuation of her late mother's work.
Yendelela Neely Holston
Yendelela Neely Holston
Assistant Vice President - Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T Services, Inc.
Yendelela Neely Holston is a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of Furman University where she.
David Humphrey
David Humphrey
Managing Director, Bain Capital
Mr. Humphrey is a Managing Director, Private Equity at Bain Capital in Boston, Massachusetts, focusing.
Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Founder & President JJS Advising, President Emeritus Wheelock College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott, Founder and President of JJS Advising, is a nationally recognized leader with more.
Greg Johnson
Greg Johnson
Chairman of the Board, Director, & CEO, Franklin Resources, Inc.
Greg Johnson is the chairman of the board and director of Franklin Resources, Inc., and.
David Lissy
David Lissy
Chief Executive Officer, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Dave Lissy is the Executive Chairman of Bright Horizons Family Solutions (BFAM; NYSE), the world's.
Elizabeth Marcellino
Elizabeth Marcellino
Freelance Writer & Reporter, City News Services
Elizabeth Marcellino works as a Los Angeles-based journalist, reporting on a wide range of policy.
Jennifer K. Marrus
Jennifer K. Marrus
Consultant
Jennifer K. Marrus comes to Jumpstart’s National Board with a wealth of experiences in the.
Kim L. Mitchell
Kim L. Mitchell
Vice President, Program Development & Operations, NPower
Kim Mitchell, VP of Program Development and Operations is responsible for leading NPower’s programmatic direction.
Linda K. Smith
Linda K. Smith
Director, Early Childhood Policy at Bipartisan Policy Center
Linda K. Smith is the Director of Early Childhood Policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center,.
Bridget Moynahan
Bridget Moynahan
Actress, Star of CBS' Blue Bloods
Bridget Moynahan's talent and beauty combined with blockbuster films have established her as one of.
Mark Polebaum
Mark Polebaum
General Counsel, MFS Investment Management (retired)
Mark Polebaum recently retired from MFS Investment Management, a global asset manager, where he served.

National Early Education Council

Our National Early Education Council (NEEC) is a select group of scholars, leaders, and change-makers who inform the development of our programs to create real and lasting change in children’s lives.

Dale Atkins, PhD
Dale Atkins, PhD
Author and Psychologist
Dale V. Atkins, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has more than thirty years of.
W. Steven Barnett, PhD
W. Steven Barnett, PhD
Board of Governors Professor and Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University
W. Steven Barnett is a Board of Governors Professor and Director of the National Institute.
Sherry M. Cleary
Sherry M. Cleary
Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at City University of New York
Sherry M. Cleary is the Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development.
Douglas Clements, PhD
Douglas Clements, PhD
Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning & Professor, University of Denver
Douglas Clements is the Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and a Professor at.
Molly F. Collins, EdD
Molly F. Collins, EdD
Department of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University
Molly F. Collins is a faculty member in the Department of Teaching and Learning at.
Linda M. Espinosa, PhD
Linda M. Espinosa, PhD
Author and Consultant; Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri-Columbia
Dr. Linda M. Espinosa is currently Co-PI for the Center for Early Care and Evaluation.
Roberta Golinkoff, PhD
Roberta Golinkoff, PhD
H. Rodney Sharp Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education, Psychology, and Linguistics and.
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD
Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow, Department of Psychology, Temple University
Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology.
Sharon Lynn Kagan, EdD
Sharon Lynn Kagan, EdD
Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood Education and Family Policy; Co-Director, National Center for Children & Families, Teachers College, Columbia University
Sharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family.
Deborah Leong, PhD
Deborah Leong, PhD
Professor Emerita of Psychology, Metropolitan State College of Denver
Dr. Deborah J. Leong is professor emerita of Psychology and she taught developmental and educational.
Christopher J. Lonigan, PhD
Christopher J. Lonigan, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Florida State University; Associate Director, Florida Center for Reading Research
Christopher J. Lonigan is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and an associate director of.
Mariela M. Páez, EdD
Mariela M. Páez, EdD
Associate Professor, The Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Dr. Mariela Paez is Associate Professor of Early Childhood. She has a doctorate in Human.
Robert C. Pianta, PhD
Robert C. Pianta, PhD
Dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Robert Pianta, PhD, is Dean of the Curry School of Education, Novartis US Foundation Professor.
Arthur J. Rolnick, PhD
Arthur J. Rolnick, PhD
Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Human Capital Research Collaborative; Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Arthur J. Rolnick is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative.
Shirley Sagawa
Shirley Sagawa
President & CEO, Service Year Alliance
Shirley Sagawa is the Service Year Alliance’s President and CEO and founder of the Service.
Judith A. Schickedanz, PhD
Judith A. Schickedanz, PhD
Professor Emerita, School of Education, Boston University
Judith Schickedanz is a professor emerita of education at Boston University. During her tenure there,.
Marlene Zepeda, PhD
Marlene Zepeda
Professor Emeritus of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles
Marlene Zepeda is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Child and Family Studies at.

Local Advisory Boards

Across the country, we rely on the support of local board members who are fierce advocates for Jumpstart, passionate about early education, and who live in the areas where Jumpstart’s program is implemented. Our local boards help us spread the word about the work we’re doing by encouraging local companies to get involved, inviting friends and families to join our mission, and much more.

Northeast Advisory Board

Mark Polebaum, Chair | General Counsel, MFS Investment Management (Retired)
Bill Barke | Chairman, Pearson U.S. Higher Education (Retired)
Ian Blasco | General Partner, Riverside Partners
Eric Greenberg | Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Samuel Karshis | Director of Global Business Development, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Nakia Maddox-Eubanks | Vice President & Relationship Manager, Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management
Hiren V. Mankodi | Partner, Pamplona Capital Management
Adu Opoku-Boahin | Senior Information Security Program Manager, The Boston Consulting Group
Joseph Robbins | Managing Director of Private Equity, Bain Capital
Rebecca Schechter | President & Executive Vice President Liberty Mutual Benefits
Jennifer Waldron | Consultant

Tri-State Advisory Board

Jennifer K. Marrus, Chair | Fundraising and Board Development Consultant
Milena Alberti | Former CFO, Penguin Random House
Lorie Almon | Co-Managing Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sharyar Aziz | Managing Director, UBS
Mark Flannery | Sector Executive, Point72
Kellie Lerner | Partner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Cynthia Mitchell | Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
Kim Mitchell | Vice President, Program Development & Operations, NPower
Mark Pinho | Managing Director, $30 Billion Family Office
Alan Riffkin | Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
Brian Rivel | President, Rivel Research Group
Meridith Sopher | Vice President of Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice & Youth Services at Sheltering Arms
Betty Weintraub | Grant Program Manager, Connecticut Healthy & Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA)
Molly Wythes | Marketing Consultant

Atlanta Advisory Board

Yendelela Neely Anderson, Chair | Assistant Vice President – Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T Services, Inc.
Kimberlynn B. Davis, PhD | Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Michael A. Davis, Jr. | Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers
Rayford Davis | Founder and CEO, ExceptionALLYSM
Nina Schwartz | Founder, Student Leadership Development Program

Northern California Advisory Board

Tamara Dunn, MD, Chair | Physician, Stanford Hospital and Palo Alto Veterans Hospital
Vijay Advani | President & Chief Operating Officer, TIAA Global Asset Management
James L. Callinan | Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Osterweis Capital Management
Rosy Cohen | Managing Director of Principal Investing, Wells Fargo
Gordy Holterman | Managing Member, BrightForge Technology Holdings
Jed Plafker | President & Executive Managing Director, Franklin Templeton Investments International
Thomas Pulley | Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer of Global Real Estate, Fortress
Greg Ryan | Senior Vice President, Capital Group Private Client Services
Witek Sobanski | 
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Southern California Advisory Board

Elizabeth Marcellino, Chair | Writer & Journalist
Brad Barrett | Vice President, Capital Group Companies
Sue Gaon | Vice President of Customized Learning Solutions, Lakeshore Learning Systems
Whit Hayslip | Consultant, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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