People

Steering Committee

Rob Consalvo (Chief of Staff, Boston Public Schools) is a former Boston City Councilor who represented District 5 for 12 years on the City Council. District 5 encompasses the neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Readville, Roslindale and Mattapan. During his time on the Boston City Council, Rob chaired the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Ways and Means. After serving on the Boston City Council, 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.

 

Kristen Daley, Director of Special Projects & Initiatives, Academic & Student Support for Equity Team, Boston Public Schools.

Raymond Dewar is Principal of Cristo Rey High School Boston. Ray has been in education since he started teaching and coaching at Cathedral High School. From Cathedral, Ray went to teach in Ecuador at Academia Cotopaxi. While in Ecuador, he met his wife Martha. From there, they traveled to Manila, the Philippines to teach at the International School of Manila. Ray returned to Massachusetts to become a school administrator. Cristo Rey is the fourth school where Ray has served as principal. Ray lives in Worcester with Martha and their two children, Clara and Raymond.

 

Rahn Dorsey serves as the Chief of Education for the City of Boston and is a member of Mayor Martin Walsh’s cabinet. As Chief of Education, Rahn is charged with setting a strategic agenda for the city that will improve the quality of instruction and student support across the education pipeline and better integrate school-, community-, and work-based learning opportunities. Prior to joining the Mayor’s cabinet, he served as Evaluation Director and an Education Program Officer at the Barr Foundation. A native of Detroit, Rahn graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.

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.

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. Makeeba McCreary serves as Managing Director & Sr. Advisor of External Affairs for Boston Public Schools. Makeeba has spent 20 years in educational policy, and has designed and managed philanthropic investment for global brands. Her early career was spent in direct service delivery with opportunity youth. In addition to her direct student work, she has designed, programmed, and supported team-problem solving with urban public school teachers in order to reduce the disproportionate special education designation of Black and Latino children, particularly boys. Makeeba received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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. 

Geoffrey Rose, Principal, Perry K-8 School.

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 training. She helped develop numerous initiatives in collaboration with college administrators to improve underserved student populations' access to academic resources while on staff at the UMass Graduate School. 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. A classroom teacher for ten years, Elise is excited to pivot to the education non-profit field.