BES

Meet the Team

Aasimah Navlakhi
Aasimah Navlakhi
Chief Executive Officer
Teresa Neff-Webster
Teresa Neff-Webster
Chief Operating Officer
Nicole Shaffer-Thomas
Nicole Shaffer-Thomas
Chief Communications Officer
Sue Walsh
Sue Walsh
Chief Academic Officer

Aasimah Navlakhi is the Chief Executive Officer of BES, where she previously served as Communications Director and then Chief of Staff. During her time with BES, Aasimah has seen the organization scale considerably, growing its operating budget by 125%, expanding its flagship Fellowship from 12 to 18 school-founders per year, and building out five additional leadership development programs that reach more than 250 leaders annually. Before joining BES, Aasimah led marketing and communications at BNED LoudCloud in Dallas, TX. She began her career as a speech and performance teacher in her hometown of Bangalore, India, where she trained students in the art and science of effective communication. Inspired by the adults in her life who underscored the value of education, hard work, and being open to diverse perspectives, Aasimah earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics, and International Studies from Warwick University in Coventry, England, and a Master’s in Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in New York. In 2017, she was selected as an Education Pioneers fellow. Having experienced firsthand the life-changing power of great schools, Aasimah is committed to ensuring that all students receive an excellent education and have equal opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.

anavlakhi@bes.org

Paul Adler
Senior Director of Follow On Support
Shirley Appleman
Director of Leadership Development
Ryane Burke
Director of Leadership Development
Aidin Carey
Director of Leadership Development
Nichole Curtis Cox
Director of Fellowship Recruitment
Jill Dunchick
Senior Director of LENS
Jasmine Fryer
Senior Director of Strategic Growth
Elise Hadley
Director of Data Analytics
Krysten Hartman
Director of Development
Erika Haskins
Director of Leadership Development
Stephanie Hellested
Manager of Programs
Erline Hertilien
Director of Leadership Development - Governance
Charlotte Jackson
Director of Talent
Amanda Keller
Associate Director of Fellowship Recruitment
Tim LeBlanc
Manager of IT and Operations
Ashley Miranda
Manager of Talent and Recruitment
Jarvis Nash
Manager of Fellowship Recruitment
Stephanie Patton
Senior Director of the BES Fellowship
Krista Pendergast
Director of Programs
Allison Smith
Manager of Operations
Luke Van de Walle
Senior Director of Anchoring Excellence
Erin Walsh-Hagan
Director of Leadership Development

As Senior Director of Follow On Support, Paul Adler provides continued high-impact, mission-driven Follow-on Support to BES leaders and BES schools in their planning year and first two years of operation, and works with BES Fellows during their training year. Paul served for six years as the founding Principal of Achievement First Brooklyn High School. He led the first three graduating classes to college readiness, with all students being accepted to four-year colleges, and he led the school to be ranked in the top third of 29 schools in the Achievement First network for academic performance. Previous to Paul’s work as Principal with Achievement First, he was a Teach For America Corps member, teaching seventh grade math in Compton, California. Paul received an Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics Education from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University.

padler@bes.org

Martin West
Martin West
Board Chair
Kenneth Campbell
Kenneth Campbell
Rebecca Cass
Rebecca Cass
Ed Chang
Ed Chang
Hrag Hamalian
Hrag Hamalian
Doug Lemov
Doug Lemov
Margaret Lin
Margaret Lin
Charles Mitchell
Charles Mitchell

Marty West is the Henry Bloomberg Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also Deputy Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and Executive Editor of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research on education policy. Marty’s current research projects include a study on the effects of charter school attendance on cognitive and non-cognitive skills. In 2014-15, Marty worked as Senior Education Policy Advisor to the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. He previously taught at Brown University and was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he is now a nonresident senior fellow.

Linda Brown
Linda Brown
Founder

Linda Brown is the Founder of BES. From the organization’s inception in 1993, Linda’s advocacy and tireless work has been critical to the initial and sustained success of more than 100 BES schools across the country, including multiple charter schools that have earned national recognition due to outstanding student achievement results. Her vision has profoundly improved the lives of tens of thousands of children by providing access to high-performing, college-preparatory schools. Linda was inducted into the Public Charter Schools Hall of Fame in recognition of her work as a seminal education reform pioneer. Before founding BES, Linda was Associate Head of School at an independent school in Massachusetts. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston University.