BES

Meet the Team

Aasimah Navlakhi
Chief Executive Officer
Jasmine Fryer
Chief Strategy Officer
Gina Musumeci
Chief Program Officer
Nicole Shaffer-Thomas
Chief of Staff
Paul Adler
Senior Director of Follow On Support
Aidin Carey
Senior Director of LENS
Nicole Harris-Crest
Senior Director of External Relations & Philanthropy
Krysten Hartman
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
Erline Hertilien
Director of Leadership Development - Governance
Dawn Hicks
Senior Director of the BES Fellowship
Danalyn Hypolite, Ed.D.
Senior Director of Leadership Development
Charlotte Jackson
Senior Director of Talent & Recruitment
Steve Khadam-Hir
Director of Leadership Development
Neyesia Lawrence
Associate Director of Recruitment
Tim LeBlanc
Associate Director of Technology and Operations
Karla Lindgren
Manager of External Relations
Jonta Morris
Senior Director of the BES Fellowship
Lisa Ortiz
Director of Program Operations
Jabari Peddie
Senior Director of LENS
Shakedra Ross
Associate Director of Talent and Recruitment
Sundiata Salaam
Senior Director of Leadership Development
Hunter Schimpff
Senior Director of Finance
Elysa Severinghaus
Senior Director of Special Projects
Allison Smith
Director of Culture & Community
Chaundria Smith, Ed.D.
Senior Director of Leadership Development
Staci Somerville
Director of Recruitment
Martin West
Board Chair
Elise Balboni
Ed Chang
Jonathan Chaparro
Hrag Hamalian
Shenita Johnson
Ebony Lee
Charles Mitchell

The BES Community Advisory Council is a diverse network of education equity advocates with a deep commitment to BES’s mission of identifying and supporting excellent leaders to transform education in their communities. This group of community leaders play a critical role in helping BES to expand its base of supporters and providing BES with essential local context on the needs in their communities so that BES can make strategic decisions to support school leaders and their teams and effectively deliver on our mission. We have regional advisory council chapters in Atlanta, the Bay Area, and Charlotte, as well as a national chapter.

Marcus Brandon
Christopher Clements
Sarah Davis
Shamaiye Haynes
Shara Hegde
Tori Jackson Hines
Michele Neely
Crystal Rountree
Karega Rausch
Caitrin Wright