Who is the Compact?

The Boston Compact is led by 12 educators—4 from each school sector– and a designee from the Mayor’s Office. This Steering Committee determines the direction and drives the Compact’s work.

Steering Committee

Kate Brandley

Kate Brandley is the Principal of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy – Neponset Campus.  She has worked in Catholic education for 21 years as a teacher, guidance counselor, Admissions Director, and Assistant Principal. Kate has degrees from Holy Cross, Providence College, and UMass Dartmouth. She completed the Lynch Leadership Program and is participating in the Emmaus Leadership program at Boston College. Kate loves kids, education, sports (especially the Red Sox), cooking and eating, and friends and family.

Jon Clark is the Network Co-Director of Brooke Charter Schools. He founded the original Brooke Roslindale middle school in 2002, and he served as school principal until 2011. Before coming to Brooke, Jon was a founding teacher at South Boston Harbor Academy (now Boston Collegiate Charter School) where he also served as math department chair for four years. Jon has also taught junior high school math Belle Chasse, Louisiana and worked as a researcher for a professor of International Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Clark was a 1992 Teach for America corps member.

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.


Karla EstradaDr. Karla Estrada is the Deputy Superintendent of Student Support Services for Boston Public Schools, which includes special education, English language learners, and social emotional learning & wellness. She has spent 20 years in education as a special educator and administrator committed to creating educational opportunities for all students. Karla attained her doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and holds multiple credentials in instruction and administration. She is committed to creating educational opportunities and access for all children and supporting students, families, community members, and educators toward this common goal.

Dr. Makeeba McCreary serves as Chief of Staff for Boston Public Schools. Makeeba has spent 20 years in educational policy, 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 Language Arts teacher in Fort Worth, TX as a member of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education.

MonicaRoberts

Monica Roberts, Assistant Superintendent of Engagement 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.  She has also improved trust and two-way community between BPS and its stakeholders. 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. In addition to her work with BPS, Monica served as the first Executive Director of Peace First Boston from 2008 to 2010; Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, Communications and Partnerships for the Randolph Public Schools from 2010 to 2013; and Principal Consultant for Roberts & Charlemagne Consulting Agency. Ms. Roberts is a proud graduate of the Boston Public Schools and a lifelong Boston resident.

Shannah VarónShannah 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 the 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.

Dr. Oscar Santos is Head of School at Cathedral High School, Boston. Dr. Santos has experience working across the sectors, first as a classroom teacher at English High School, and later as Headmaster of Boston International High School. Prior to Cathedral, he served as the Superintendent of Schools for Randolph (MA) Public Schools. He was honored as Boston Teacher of the Year in 2002 and was awarded the Governors’ Award for Latino Extraordinary Leadership in 2011.

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, an 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 Taylor

Kevin T. Taylor is Chief Operating Officer at KIPP Massachusetts, the state’s largest charter organization, and is vice chair of operations of the Boston Charter Alliance. Prior to joining KIPP:MA, Kevin was Director of Finance for Achievement First, where he was responsible for budgeting and forecasting for AF’s New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island schools and the network office. Kevin previously worked in corporate and divisional finance at children’s book publisher, Scholastic; high-stakes educational assessments producer, The Princeton Review; and enthusiast 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. Indeed, Kevin sees education reform as a form of ministry and the civil rights movement of the 21st century and is working tirelessly  to close the achievement gap, increase literacy, and impact education for students of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Naia Wilson

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.

Special Advisor

Kevin Andrews

Kevin Andrews was one of the Boston Compact’s founding co-chairs and recently assumed responsibilities as the Senior Advisor of the Boston Alliance of Charter Schools. He was the founding headmaster of the Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS), which opened in 1995 as a full-service school. Kevin is also the 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 almost 40 years, during which time he has taught everything from early childhood to the post-graduate level. His leadership roles have included president of the Brookline Educators Association, principal of a K-6 school in Newton, and principal of a K-8 school in Brookline. 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.