Leadership

Leadership Team

People will always be our greatest asset at Jumpstart. With the passion, dedication and experience of our Leadership 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
CEO
Naila Bolus is the Chief Executive Officer of Jumpstart, a national early education organization that.
Karina Kidder
Karina Kidder
Vice President of Program Operations
Karina Kidder, Vice President of Program Operations, joined Jumpstart in 2003 and has over 18.
Jessica Lazzara
Jessica Lazzara
Vice President of Education & Research
Jess joined the staff at Jumpstart in 2000, but her Jumpstart journey began prior to.
Jamella Lee
Jamella Lee
Vice President of People & Culture
Jamella moved to Massachusetts in 2018 to take on the role of Jumpstart’s VP of.
Mark Reilly
Mark Reilly
Vice President of Policy & Government Relations
Mark Reilly joined Jumpstart in 2013 and leads its policy advocacy initiatives as Vice President.
Atalaya Sergi
Atalaya Sergi
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Programming
Atalaya brings 20 years of experience in education and community engagement, working in public school.
Jennifer Templeman
Jennifer Templeman
President & Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer Templeman, President & Chief Operating Officer, joined Jumpstart in 2010 and brought 20 years.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council

Jumpstart is committed to creating an environment that nurtures unique perspectives, facilitates authentic dialogue and honors the identities of its community members to enhance our ability to close the kindergarten readiness gap. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council brings together members from across the network for reflection, learning, and project planning. Learn more about our DEI work here.

  • Beth Bauman, Director, National Program
  • Keuna Cho, Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation
  • Eshe Collins, Director of Affiliate Programming
  • Joery Francois, Volunteer Manager, New York
  • Semaj Garbutt, Site Manager, California State University – Los Angeles
  • Christopher Hernandez, Director of Corporate Programming (Council Co-Lead)
  • Candice Jordan, Director of Development
  • Jamella Lee, VP of People and Culture, (Council Co-Lead and Leadership Team DEI Workgroup member)
  • Jessie Levit-Shore, Senior Development Writer
  • Maria Monarrez, Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Programming
  • Meghan Robinson, Site Manager, University of Washington
  • Brandon Rothschild, Strategy Manager, CT and RI
  • Jennifer Templeman, Chief Operating Officer

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.

Kim L. Mitchell
Kim L. Mitchell, Co-Chair
Vice President, Program Development & Operations, NPower
Kim Mitchell, VP of Program Development and Operations is responsible for leading NPower’s programmatic direction.
Chris Stadler
Chris Stadler, Co-Chair
Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners
Christopher Stadler joined CVC Capital Partners as a Managing Partner in 2007, based in New.
Milena Alberti-Perez
Milena Alberti-Perez
Chief Financial Officer, MediaMath
Milena joined MediaMath from Penguin Random House, where she worked for 16 years in both.
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
Director of Engagement and Partnerships, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
As Director of Engagement and Partnerships at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Delia is a.
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.
Joseph I. Castro, PhD, MPP
Joseph I. Castro, PhD, MPP
President, California State University, Fresno
Joseph I. Castro has served as the eighth president of California State University, Fresno since.
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..
Kimberlynn B. Davis
Kimberlynn B. Davis, PhD
Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Dr. Kimberlynn Davis is a patent attorney at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP, and focuses.
Josh Duhamel
Josh Duhamel
Actor
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.
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
Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, Franklin Resources, Inc.
Greg Johnson is chairman of the board and director of Franklin Resources, Inc., and serves.
Olana Khan
Olana Khan
Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Strategy, Phillips Brooks School
Olana Khan is currently the Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Strategy at Phillips.
Michael H. Levine, PhD
Michael H. Levine, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Learning and Impact | Noggin at Nickelodeon
Michael H. Levine, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President, Learning and Impact, for Noggin, Nickelodeon’s online.
David Lissy
David Lissy
Executive Chairman, 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 Service
Elizabeth Marcellino works as a Los Angeles-based journalist, reporting on a wide range of policy.
Jennifer K. Marrus
Jennifer K. Marrus
Board Member and Advisor
Jennifer Marrus has a wealth of experience in marketing and strategic problem solving in the.
Daryl Mintz
Daryl Mintz
Chief Financial Officer, Sesame Workshop
As Sesame Workshop’s Chief Financial Officer, Daryl Mintz is responsible for ensuring that the Workshop’s.
Mark Pinho
Mark Pinho
Managing Partner, St. Victor Group
Mark Pinho is the managing partner of the St. Victor Group (SVG), a private investment.
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.
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,.

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 forty 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
University Dean, Office of Early Childhood Initiatives and Executive Director, New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at City University of New York
Sherry M. Cleary is the University Dean, Office of Early Childhood Initiatives and Executive Director.
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.
Walter S. Gilliam, PhD
Walter S. Gilliam, PhD
Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology Director, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University Child Study Center
Walter S. Gilliam is the Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and.
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.
Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D
Iheoma U. Iruka, PhD
Research Professor, Department of Public Policy; Fellow, FPG Child Development Institute; Director, Early Childhood Health and Racial Equity Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D., is a Research Professor in the Department of Public Policy and.
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.
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.

New England Advisory Board

Ian Blasco, Co-Chair | Partner, Two Sigma Impact
Mark Polebaum, Co-Chair | General Counsel, MFS Investment Management (Retired)
Jesse DePatsy | Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, The TJX Companies, Inc.
Grier Tumas Dienstag | Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
Eric Greenberg | Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Nakia Maddox-Eubanks | Senior Wealth Manager, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Hiren V. Mankodi | Managing Director, Charlesbank Capital Partners
Joseph Robbins | Managing Director of Private Equity, Bain Capital
Rebecca Schechter | CEO, Optum Behavioral Health

Tri-State Advisory Board

Milena Alberti-Perez, Co-Chair CFO, MediaMath
Mark Pinho, Co-Chair | Managing Director, St. Victor Group
Lorie Almon | Co-Managing Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sharyar Aziz | Managing Director, UBS
April Whatley Bedford | Dean, School of Education, Brooklyn College
Mark Flannery | Sector Executive, Point72
Alice Kim | Managing Partner, DigiConsult
Kellie Lerner |  Partner, Robins, Kaplan LLP
Jennifer K. Marrus Fundraising and Board Development Consultant
Cynthia Mitchell | Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
Kim Mitchell | Vice President, Program Development & Operations, NPower
Kelsey Nason | Partner, Baretz+Brunelle
Alan Riffkin
Brian Rivel | President, Rivel Research Group
Megan Sheetz
Erica Swainson | Corporate Counsel, Salesforce

Atlanta Advisory Board

Kimberlynn B. Davis, PhD, Co-ChairCounsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Aimee Turner, Co-ChairProject Engineer, Croy Engineering, LLC
Yolanda AdreanDistrict 8 Member, Atlanta City Council  (Retired)
Gerard J. Dash  | Global Technology Market / Board & CEO Services, Korn Ferry
Emily Estes | Development Associate, Integral Group
Marsha Francis, PhDProgram Manager, First STEP, Fulton Country School District
Megan MaxwellSenior Associate, Korn Ferry
Arthur MillsChief Operating Officer, New Teacher Center
Nina SchwartzFounder, Student Leadership Development Program
Giovanna SotoAssociate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Na’Tasha Webb-Prather | Equity Compliance Investigator, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia

Northern California Local Advisory Board

Tamara Dunn, MD, Chair | Physician, Stanford Hospital and Palo Alto Veterans Hospital
Ryan Buckham | Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Kevin Colombo | Senior Vice President, Colliers
Gordy Holterman | Managing Member, BrightForge Technology Holdings
Emily Lopez | Community Volunteer
Jed Plafker | President, Franklin Templeton Investments International
Matthew Pielert | Managing Director, Wells Fargo
Thomas W. Pulley | Managing Director, Fortress
Witek Sobanski | Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Jennifer Sorkin | Managing Director, Treasurer and Head of Operations, Fortress Investment Group

Southern California Advisory Board

Elizabeth Marcellino, Chair | Writer & Journalist, City News Service
Neda Bamdad |  Senior Business Intelligence Analyst, Capital Group
Sue Gaon |  Vice President of Customized Learning Solutions, Lakeshore Learning Systems
Larissa Fleming |  Senior Customer Engagement Executive, SAP SuccessFactors
Amanda Groves |  Partner, PLUS Capital
Whit Hayslip |  Consultant, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Elizabeth Nguyen |  SVP, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants
Becca Patton |  Director Early Care and Education, First 5 LA

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