People

Steering Committee

Dr. Helenann Civian is the principal of South Boston Catholic Academy. Prior to her leadership at SBCA, Dr. Civian was the principal of Cathedral High School for three years. Her career in education began in Canton as a classroom teacher and Math Director. She continued her work in Boston as an urban leader, focusing on equity and access for all students and families. One of her many roles was thinking about time on learning and opportunities for all students. She has worked deeply with school leaders in both Public and Catholic Schools. Dr. Civian earned a PhD in Educational Leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Master of Education in Planning and Social Policy and a BA in Education and Administration from Bridgewater State University. She also earned a Master of Education in administration from American International College and served as a fellow in algebraic thinking, patterns, and functions at Rutgers University. Helenann currently resides in Canton with her husband Jamey and loves spending time with her family.

Glenda L. Colón has served as the Principal at the Dante Alighieri Montessori School for 4 years. Prior to this work, she served as the Director of Network Academics in Network A of the Boston Public Schools where she supported 15 schools in East Boston, North End, and Charlestown. In her current role, Ms. Colón is charged with providing professional development to educators; serving as a coach in the areas of Literacy, Math, Science and Social Studies; and overseeing and managing all of the operations in her building. Formerly a Boston Public School teacher, she trained and became licensed in both Special Education and ESL. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Salem State University and an M.A. in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University, and completed a Social Psychology module at Oxford Brooks University. Ms. Colón is a passionate urban school educator who shares BPS’ vision of transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative and welcoming schools.

Rob Consalvo (Chief of Staff, Boston Public Schools) is a former Boston City Councilor who represented District 5 (Hyde Park, Readville, Roslindale and Mattapan) for 12 years. During his time on the Boston City Council, Rob chaired the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Ways and Means. After this, Rob became Deputy Director for the City of Boston’s Boston Home Center, which plays a significant role in the execution of the City’s housing policy. He has also served as a Trustee on the City of Boston’s Neighborhood Housing Trust as well as a Trustee on the SEIU 888 Housing Trust. Currently, Rob is the Chief of Staff for the Boston Public Schools. The Boston Public Schools is committed to transforming the lives of all students through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. Rob is the proud father of three Boston Public School students, Amanda, Anthony and Austin, and lives in Hyde Park with his children and wife, Michelle.

Ali Dutson is the Principal of Mission Grammar School in Roxbury. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Emmanuel College and her M.A. in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on Innovation, Technology, and Education. Ali brings a love for learning, social justice, and educational leadership in Boston. She is a proud new mother and enjoys spending time with her family.

Charles Grandson IV, Ed. D., serves as Chief Academic Officer for the Boston Public Schools where he oversees the Academic Support Services for Equity Team. Dr. Grandson began his career in education as a humanities teacher at the West Roxbury Education Complex and went on to serve as principal of a turnaround high school in Springfield, Superintendent of Schools in Malden, Deputy Superintendent of the Poughkeepsie City School District, and Deputy Chief Operating Officer for BPS. Over his career, he has lead numerous initiatives focused on equity, college/ career readiness, closing opportunity gaps, and leadership development. Dr. Grandson holds Ed.D., M.Ed., and B.A. degrees from Boston College. He lives in West Roxbury with his wife, Jahmeelah Bai-Grandson, a high school principal, and their son, Charles Grandson V.

Sharon Liszanckie has served as the Executive Director of Boston Prep since 2012, where she leads integrated middle school, high school, and college support programs designed to drive academic and ethical excellence. Sharon began her career as an educator, teaching middle school math in the Wellesley Public Schools and in CT. Her passion for education reform then led her to leadership positions at Bain & Company and the Bridgespan Group, with a particular focus on youth development and education. She brought the lessons learned in non-profit consulting back to public education when she joined Boston Prep. Sharon holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Dr. Andrew Miller is Director of Academics for the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools. He holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. Prior to his work with the Archdiocese, Andrew served as an instructional coach and mentor for the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College and as an adjunct faculty member in the M.Ed. program at the Boston College Lynch School of Education. In addition, Andrew has conducted research focused on the intersections of teacher education, educational policy/accountability, and the educational reform movement, including a qualitative case study of Match Education's Sposato Graduate School of Education. Andrew started his career as a middle school English teacher in Fort Worth, TX as a member of the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education.

Monica Roberts, Chief Engagement Officer for the Boston Public Schools, has over fifteen years of experience in public education.  In her current role, she oversees family and community engagement, student engagement and leadership development, school and community partnerships, and registration and assignment.  Under her leadership, BPS is making significant policy and operational improvements that will result in improved outcomes and experiences for students, families, communities and schools. Ms. Roberts has served in a number of key positions within the Boston Public Schools since 2001, including Director of School Support and Training; Director of Federal and State Programs, and Assistant Director of  Development. 

Geoff Rose is currently the principal of the Perry K-8 School. Geoff is a thirteen-year veteran of the Boston Public Schools, and prior to the Perry, he held various positions at the Dever-McCormack School including second and fourth grade teacher and Dean of Students. He holds B.A. degrees in Elementary Education and Human Development from Boston College, as well as two M.Ed degrees in Moderate Special Needs and Educational Leadership from Boston College. Geoff completed the BPS Aspiring Principals Program and was also a Lynch Leadership Academy member of Cohort VI. Geoff is currently a Lead Principal for one of the Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for the principals of Networks 5 and 6. Geoff is also currently working on his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Boston College.

Kate ScottKate Scott is the Executive Director of the Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS) where she has worked in various capacities for over 20 years. In her previous position as Assistant Headmaster, Kate oversaw the academic program for NHCS.  She has also served as a 4th grade teacher, 8th grade math teacher, and as Dean of the Middle School. She started her career with Teach for America as a fourth grade teacher in Long Beach, California. Kate holds a BA from Wellesley College and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Kevin T. Taylor is Chief Executive Officer at City on a Hill Charter Public Schools and Vice Chair of Operations of the Boston Charter Alliance. Previously, Kevin was Director of Finance for Achievement First, and also worked in finance at children’s book publisher Scholastic; as high-stakes educational assessments producer at The Princeton Review; and at magazine publisher, PRIMEDIA. A former news reporter, Kevin majored in political science and mathematics at Tuskegee University. He is pastor of the oldest African-American church in New Bedford and is actively involved in the community. Kevin sees education reform as a form of ministry and is working tirelessly to close the achievement gap, increase literacy, and improve education for students of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Shannah Varón joined Boston Collegiate Charter School as Executive Director in July 2011. At BCCS, she leads a team of 100 dedicated staff to ensure that graduates continue to achieve 100% acceptance to 4-year colleges and universities. Prior to joining BCCS, she worked as a strategy consultant with The Parthenon Group, a Boston-based strategic advisory firm. Shannah began her career with Teach For America, through which she served in South Texas as a bilingual special education teacher. She then worked for Teach For America in New York City, where she managed the team responsible for the support and development of teachers. Shannah holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lisa Warshafsky (Principal, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, Lower Mills) has worked in urban education for more than 20 years and has a passion for working with students, teachers, families, and community partners. She is passionate about inner-city education and supporting students in reaching their full potential in the presence of our loving God. Prior to becoming Principal, Lisa was a Guidance Counselor and Director of Guidance for Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy. Lisa earned a MSW and completed coursework towards a Master of Education in School Leadership at Boston College. A graduate of the Lynch Leadership Academy, she received the 2011 Yawkey Award for Teaching Excellence, the Boston Family Engagement Partnership (BFEP) Fellowship, and the 2017 Today's Catholic Teacher-Innovations in Catholic Education (ICE) Award for Total Community Involvement. Lisa previously served on the Boston Compact Equity and Diversity committee where she worked on elevating student voice for all and ensuring all students in the City of Boston receive high quality instruction and opportunities. Lisa is the proud mother of a 12-year-old daughter and loves spending time with her.   

Naia Wilson began her career as an engineer, but in her quest to change women's roles in the technology industry, she discovered her passion for teaching. It has been more than twenty years since she came to the field of education, and she has used that time to gain valuable experiences as a math teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and headmaster. She has spent the last 11 years as the headmaster of New Mission High School. This journey has led to the school’s designation as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School for Improvement and winner of the 2012 EdVestors’ $100k School on the Move Prize.

Kevin Andrews (Special Advisor) was one of the Compact’s founding co-chairs and serves as Senior Advisor to the Boston Charter Alliance. He was founding headmaster of Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS), which opened in 1995 as a full-service school. Kevin is also co-founder of the Project for School Innovation, a pilot of NHCS to transform education by empowering public school educators to share their successes and drive school change. Kevin has been an educator for 40 years, during which time he has taught the gamut from early childhood to the post-graduate level. His leadership roles have included president of the Brookline Educators Association, principal of a Newton K-6 school, and principal of a Brookline K-8 school. Kevin holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Massachusetts and an M.Ed. from Antioch College.

Staff

Rachel Weinstein is the Chief Collaboration Officer for the Boston Compact. Rachel has supported numerous multi-stakeholder efforts focused on improving outcomes for historically underserved populations. In addition to the Compact, her clients have included four public health departments collaborating to share services, numerous philanthropic initiatives, and a cross-sector network focused on strengthening STEM education. Previously, Rachel served as District Director for the state Senate President in Oakland, California. Rachel graduated from Brown University, where she majored in American Civilization with a focus on Urban Education.

Elise Swinford is the Collaboration Coordinator for the Boston Compact. Previously, Elise worked as the Communications Director for an education consultancy specializing in gender and sexuality diversity. Prior to working in the education non-profit field, Elise taught college classes in writing, literature, and gender studies for 10 years. While on staff at UMass Amherst, Elise helped develop several initatives aimed at improving writing skills across the curriculum. Elise graduated from DePauw University with a double major in English and Women's Studies and completed a PhD in English and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017.