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Board of Trustees

Anne Wang / Board Chair
Senior Researcher, Education Development Center
Dr. Anne Wang is committed to positive approaches to the academic and social-emotional development of children and youth. She develops products and provides technical assistance for the IES National Research and Development Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools and the Nellie Mae District Level Systems Change Initiative.  In the 12 years that Dr. Wang has been at the Education Development Center (EDC), she has conducted and overseen evaluation activities for several projects and training and technical assistance centers, bringing her experience in research design, survey development, and statistics to create evaluation tools, develop evaluations, and design technical assistance databases.  She has also created tools and trainings to help schools and programs implement social-emotional learning and positive school discipline strategies, as well as conduct needs and resource assessments, strategic planning, sustainability planning, evaluation planning, and communications and marketing.
Carmen Torres / Associate Chair
Co-Founder of the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership, Center for Artistry and Scholarship
Carmen Torres, Co-Founder of the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership at the Center for Artistry and Scholarship, has served as an urban public school educator and leader for over 40 years. She established the Health Careers Pathway at Brighton High School and the first pharmacy program at Fenway High School, which was a partnership with CVS Pharmacies. She was also founding assistant headmaster and then co-headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Carmen served as Senior Academic Design and Support Specialist for High Schools in the Office of English Language Learners of the Boston Public Schools, has been a Clinical Instructor at Boston University, worked as a consultant with the Educational Resource Center, and has mentored many emerging school leaders. She was also the Director of Student and Family Services at Conservatory Lab Charter School, where she has developed relationships with Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR), Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, and Children’s Hospital Training and Access Program (TAP).
Alexander Pyle / Secretary
Attorney and Shareholder, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA
Alexander Pyle is a shareholder and chair of the Business Transactions Group of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA.  Alexander specializes in the area of corporate transactions, and regularly advises clients regarding business formation, corporate governance, financing, state/public procurement, technology licensing, mergers and acquisitions and securities law. His clients include early-stage, family-owned and venture-backed businesses as well as public companies and major institutions. Alexander also has served as general counsel of Lightbridge, Inc., a publicly traded software and services company. He earned his bachelor of arts from Wesleyan University, a master of fine arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School.
Frank DeVito / Ex Officio Trustee
Co-Founder / Chief Executive Officer, Equity Lab Community Learning

Frank grew up in the Boston-area and is proud of his Honduran and Italian heritage. He is a parent of twin boys attending the public school system in Lynn, MA. For over 25 years, he has served as an advocate for educational equity where he has worked with schools and districts across the country to improve educational opportunities, especially for students and families of color in under-resourced communities. In the Chelsea Public Schools, he co-founded two innovative high schools for at-risk students that utilized project-based curricula and assessments. Frank worked at the Education Development Center (EDC) and served on the team of the National Center for Scaling Effective Schools (NCSU) responsible for supporting the incubation and scaling of innovative practices within schools and districts that were deeply connected to their unique contexts. He also worked on the Nellie Mae District Level Systems Change (DLSC). This project involves shifting the focus of education leaders and teachers to a paradigm and mindset of innovation, learning, research, problem solving, and effective practice adoption to be able to respond to the evolving needs of students.


Nina Cullen-Hamzeh / Trustee
Interim Principal, Lynch Elementary School
Dr. Nina Cullen-Hamzeh was a founding teacher and Head of School at Marblehead Community Charter Public School. As Head of School, she provided the strategic vision and planning for MCCPS. Nina has designed and delivered MCCPS professional development in integrated unit planning, project-based learning, service learning, co-teaching and inclusive practices, and performance assessments for project-based learning units. Previously, she served as a teacher in a bilingual classroom for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the vice-principal at a grade 1 to 8 school in Hollywood, CA. Nina currently serves as an Interim Principal at Lynch Elementary School in Winchester, MA.
Maria-Paz Avery / Trustee
Research Alliance Manager, Education Development Center
Dr. Maria-Paz Avery serves as the Research Alliance Manager for the REL Northeast & Islands at the Education Development Center (EDC). She supports the activities of eight research alliances on topics such as college and career readiness, drop-out prevention, educator effectiveness, rural education, early childhood, English learners, and school improvement. She serves as the Facilitator for the English Language Learners Alliance. For 15 years, she was a manager and technical assistance provider for the New England Comprehensive Assistance Center and the New England Comprehensive Center (NECC). As part of NECC, she focused her work on the development of state guidance for districts on the implementation of formative assessment and on policy issues in the education of English language learners.
Robert McLaughlin / Trustee
Executive Director, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
Dr. Robert McLaughlin is the Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Digital Equity. Previously, he served as the Associate Dean and Chair of Education at New England College. For more than 30 years, Robert McLaughlin has led innovative school reform initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. He brings expertise in educational technology, assistive technology, educational policy, teacher development, and strategies to close digital divides.
Rob Riordan / Trustee
President Emeritus, High Tech High Graduate School of Education

Dr. Rob Riordan is the co-founder of High Tech High and President Emeritus of the HTH Graduate School of Education. As a teacher, trainer, and program developer for over 50 years, he has worked with teams to develop 14 new schools spanning the K-12, as well as the nation’s first graduate school of education situated within a K-12 environment. As a long-time teacher in the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (MA), Rob developed an award-winning writing center and two pioneering school-to-work transition programs. Through the Office of Vocational and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education, he directed the New Urban High School project that led to the development of High Tech High.

Darryl Williams / Trustee
Senior Vice President of Science and Education, Franklin Institute
As The Franklin Institute’s Senior Vice President of Science and Education, Dr. Darryl N. Williams oversees all aspects of the science and educational programming at the heart of the Institute’s efforts to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. He previously served as Dr. Darryl Williams is the Dean of Undergraduate Education, Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement and the Director of the Center for STEM Diversity at Tufts’ School of Engineering. Darryl served as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) where he was charged to support the enhancement of K-16 engineering education. He was the lead program director for the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program, a program which supports projects that engage participants in authentic, contextual experiences that reflect the nature of STEM and ICT careers.