Maggie Borman is an instructional specialist at Best Academy where she coaches teachers in math instruction. Formerly she taught a third-grade math teacher at Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop, a Minneapolis-based charter school, for six years. Maggie took one year away from the classroom to pursue a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Outside of the classroom, she’s held a number of different roles in the local education sector. She served on the state Department of Education’s Teacher Evaluation Working Group, which designed the statewide default teacher development and evaluation model. She was a New Leaders Council fellow in 2016 and she currently serves on the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.
Corey Broms is a branding and marketing strategist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A proud graduate of Hopkins Public Schools and University of Michigan, Corey is passionate about supporting public schools, changing education disparities, and increasing teacher diversity. Throughout her career, Corey has partnered with many clients across the U.S. to achieve strategic business objectives.
Mary Frances Clardy
Mary Frances Clardy is a veteran teacher who works as a literacy coach in St Paul Public Schools where she mentors other teachers. A strong change agent, Mary Frances has successful experience working with underperforming schools to improve reading and writing skills in students. Mary Frances also has a strong background in public service outside the classroom through the Minnesota State Board of Teaching and the Civil Rights Commission for the City of Minneapolis. Prior to her long career in education, Mary Frances worked as a Program Manager at Habitat for Humanity.
Sarah Clyne is a strong leader who has led highly successful teams and organizations. As an experienced Executive Director, she has developed skills in finance, human resources, strategic planning and execution, program development and expansion, and fundraising strategies. Her previous work has been in the K-12 school systems, leading teams to ensure strong support for children and families. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Minnesota.
Erin Gavin began her career in the classroom as a teacher and literacy interventionist in Brooklyn Center Public Schools. She is a graduate of Carleton College, completed her master’s degree in education policy at Harvard University, and earned a doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. Erin serves as the McKnight Foundation’s director of program integration and as a program officer on McKnight’s Vibrant & Equitable Communities team. Gavin is an avid St. Paul-ite, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and dogs.
Bernadeia Johnson served as superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools from February 2010 to January 2015 and oversaw academic achievement for 36,000 Minneapolis district public school students and their 7,000 staff members. She led the district through many ups and downs, as she faced urgent pressure from the community to improve educational outcomes—especially for low-income students and students of color—and led the district through the tail end of a recession that resulted in mass layoffs. She also initiated bold solutions to improve education outcomes and close the achievement gap, including ending nonviolent suspensions for young children and an aggressive teacher union negotiation titled “Shift” that focused on changes to staffing, and greater school autonomy and accountability. Dr. Johnson initiated a strategic approach to work closely with high performing charter schools and co-created a unique collaboration with Harvest Prep Network to open Mastery School.
Anne Mahle is the senior vice president of public partnerships at Teach For America, where she leads its government affairs, national community alliances, federal and state funding, and public policy work. From 2004 until 2013, Anne worked for Teach For America’s recruitment team, leading their on-campus efforts across the country beginning in 2007. From 2001 to 2004, Anne served as an associate at Faegre & Benson, LLP. In this role, she litigated cases in federal and state courts and managed major litigation under the Endangered Species Act regarding the down-listing of the grey wolf across the contiguous United States. Anne received her JD from the University of California and has a BA in government from Beloit College. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters.