About

We have a passion for America’s public schools – a hunger to make each one of them excellent for every student. This passion is what drives our work. We believe that equal opportunity defines what is exceptional about America, and public schools are the best idea this country has had for giving every child an equal opportunity to succeed.

At the heart of learning is the bond between teacher and student. That bond helps trigger a student’s hunger to learn and allows teachers to guide each student’s individual path.

Strengthening the teacher-student bond is the focus of our College Ready strategy. With our partners, we are working to ensure all teachers have the goals, tools, and skills they need to form that bond and to help students thrive. Teachers are the experts on teaching, and they know the most about what works best in the classroom. We are working to make sure tools, curriculum, and supports are designed using their insights.

Our Team

Vicki Phillips

Vicki Phillips

Director of Education, US Programs
Vicki Phillips oversees work to ensure U.S. high school students graduate ready for success in college; and to improve access to college.
Sara Allan

Sara Allan

Deputy Director, US Programs
Sara leads the foundation’s research to evaluate promising models in education and focuses on improving the availability and effective use of data to help school systems improve results for students.

Mary Alice Heuschel

Deputy Director, US Programs
Mary Alice leads the operational and strategic planning, budgeting, investment, portfolio, evaluation and data management, and the implementation of foundation-wide business strategies and initiatives.
Rae Ann Knopf

Rae Ann Knopf

Deputy Director, Policy, Advocacy, and Communications, US Programs
Rae Ann leads the team that works to build knowledge among state and national partners about effective strategies and systems that support great teaching and more personalized learning environments for students.
Lynn Olson

Lynn Olson

Deputy Director, US Programs
Lynn is responsible for strategic relationship management with cross-cutting College Ready partners and provides strategic communications support to the director.
Irvin Scott

Irvin Scott

Deputy Director, US Programs
Irvin oversees work to ensure U.S. high school students graduate ready for success in college, career, and life.
Dr. Tom Stritikus

Tom Stritikus

Deputy Director, US Programs
Tom oversees initiatives of personalized learning, assessment for student learning, and teacher preparation.
Don Shalvey

Don Shalvey

Deputy Director, US Programs
Don oversees the foundation’s efforts to advance college ready rates in states, school districts, and networks of high performing charter schools.
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Carina Wong

Deputy Director, US Programs
Carina leads our strategy to engage teachers and their networks in digital and face-to-face experiences designed to improve practice, explore teacher leadership and encourage innovation at scale within the teaching community.