Staff

Sherri Boone

Manager, Partner Relations

Sherri Boone serves as Manager, Partner Relations. In this role, she provides support to the Executive Director, project management oversight of SP interventions, manages meetings with SP's Executive Committee, Partner Alliance and Field Councils, arranges events, convenings and trainings with partners, schedules appearances on the weekly Class in Session radio show and oversees social media, working collaboratively with the KnowledgeWorks communications team. She will manage emerging tools being established to improve community outreach.

Before joining StrivePartnership, she worked in various roles within the Real Estate industry, including Client Services Assistant and Property Management where she was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the properties, tenant relations, contract negotiations, accounts payable and receivable, monthly and quarterly re-projections and yearly budgets for each property. She has an Associate of Applied Business degree in Real Estate Technology from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Jeffrey Gaver

Manager, Research and Impact

Jeffrey Gaver serves as Manager, Research and Impact for StrivePartnership. He supports the team on their data collection and analysis primarily with impact assessment, evaluation and research. He also advises on appropriate data collection tools, models and methodologies, in addition to producing research briefs and assisting in the production of an annual impact report.

Jeffrey is finishing his Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati, where he has also served as a research assistant, a graduate assistant for the Kunz Center for Social Research and a primary investigator for research on a measure that better reflects the eects of gerrymandering on racial voting power at the congressional district level.

Heather Gerker

Manager for Early Learning Success

Heather Gerker serves as Manager for Early Learning Success. This position serves as the expert on strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement for children prenatal to 9 that occur within the ecosystem, which includes the Greater Cincinnati Region. The position regularly interacts with a broad, diverse group of education practitioners, system and community leaders, parents and students to determine how eectively institutions and communities are functioning to achieve goals related to kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading and other critical education outcomes. The Manager identifies interventions that will achieve these outcomes by strengthening and expanding eective activities within the ecosystem or addressing weaknesses and gaps within it; takes the lead on designing these interventions in collaboration with StrivePartnership's Operations Team; and works hands-on with stakeholders within the ecosystem to execute their implementation.

Heather was previously Director of Professional Development and Events at The American Montessori Society where she designed professional development for the global Montessori community. She has worked in the early childhood field for over ten years in many capacities: as a teacher, administrator, teacher educator, and a program director.

Danielle Hoffman

Senior Data Analyst

Danielle Hoffman serves as Senior Data Analyst, a joint position with Cincinnati Public School Performance and Accountability team and the StrivePartnership Performance and Analytics team. She will work closely with both organizations to conduct high quality analyses that build a common understanding of our shared outcomes as a community. This includes the planning, gathering, analyzing and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data, examining the ways in which collective strategies are having an impact on school and students outcomes.

Danielle has a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Mathematics Education from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University.

Marina Hopkins

Director of Operations

Marina Hopkins serves as Director of Operations where she manages the interaction among members of the Field and Operations teams to ensure that StrivePartnership meets the objectives of its interventions, leading to progress on key educational outcomes. The position directly supervises Field Team sta and oversees the organization's core operational functions, including budget and grants management, annual goal-setting, and oversight of contracts. Marina previously was Senior Manager for Middle & High School Learning Success where she served as the expert on strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement for children age 10 to 18 within our urban education ecosystem.

Before joining StrivePartnership in 2014, she was the Community Resource Coordinator for the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, where she worked to manage partnerships between two schools and community organizations.

Angie Okuda

Director, Capability Building

Angie Okuda serves as Director, Capability Building. She serves as the expert on strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement for children age 0 to 12 that occur within the ecosystem, which includes Cincinnati, and the cities of Covington and Newport, Kentucky. She regularly interacts with a broad, diverse group of education practitioners, system and community leaders, parents and students to determine how effectively institutions and communities are functioning to achieve goals related to kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading and other critical education outcomes. She identifies interventions that will achieve these outcomes and works hands-on with stakeholders within the ecosystem to execute their implementation. In this capacity, Angies uses her extensive training in Continuous Improvement to support improvement network endeavors for Cincinnati Public Schools. She serves as quality improvement coach for StrivePartnership's ImpactU Continuous Improvement course and supports program graduates in their application of CI principles and practices across the ecosystem.

Angie worked for seven years as the Resource Coordinator at Pleasant Ridge Montessori in Cincinnati Public Schools where she engaged community members, parents, program partners, and multiple stakeholders in developing a premier Community Learning Center and showcased her site to the U.S. Department of Education, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, National Conference for State Legislatures, and Council of Chief State School Ocers.

Angela Walker

Manager for Middle and High School Success

Angela Walker serves as Manager for Middle and High School Success. This position serves as the expert on strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement for children age 10 to 18 that occurs within the ecosystem, which includes the Greater Cincinnati Region. The position regularly interacts with a broad, diverse group of education practitioners, system and community leaders, parents and students to determine how effectively institutions and communities are functioning to achieve goals related to eight-grade math, high school graduation and other critical education outcomes. The Manager identifies interventions that will achieve these outcomes by strengthening and expanding eective activities within the ecosystem or addressing weaknesses and gaps within it; takes the lead on designing these interventions in collaboration with StrivePartnership's Operations Team; and works hands-on with stakeholders within the ecosystem to execute their implementation.

Angela was previously School Community Coordinator for Cincinnati Public Schools where she worked on education rights for parents and students, particularly for homeless families. She also provided college career planning for unaccompanied youth across nine high schools. She also was a substitute teacher at Woodward Career Technical High School and an Afterschool Site Coordinator/Manager at Woodward for the Urban League of Cincinnati.

Byron White

Executive Director

Byron White serves as KnowledgeWorks Vice President and Executive Director for StrivePartnership. He is responsible for leading both the sta and the Executive Committee of this unique, educational partnership that aims to be the nation's best example of "collective impact" focused on sustainably improving outcomes for all children, cradle to career. Responsibilities include vision-setting, annual and multi-annual strategic planning, effective budgeting, fundraising, excellence in talent management and excellence in partner engagement. In addition, he is responsible for the reputation of the partnership, locally and nationally, including its ability to achieve and maintain the status of a StriveTogether defined "Proof Point" community.

Byron was previously vice president for university engagement and chief diversity officer at Cleveland State University, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing strategies that advanced civic engagement, workplace engagement and inclusion and multicultural engagement on behalf of faculty, students and administrators.

Geoff Zimmerman

Senior Director, Impact and Improvement

Geoff Zimmerman serves as Senior Director, Impact & Improvement, leading data strategy for StrivePartnership, and data and research efforts across KnowledgeWorks. Geoff has worked in the nonprofit and education sectors throughout his career. He has worked to support data utilizations and data infrastructure eorts across the StriveTogether network and has previously held positions at University of Cincinnati and United Way of Greater St. Louis.

He has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

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