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Tracy Epp, Chief Academic Officer


Tracy Epp has spent her career working to ensure that all children, of all socioeconomic backgrounds, have access to great public schools. 

Prior to her current role, Tracy served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at The National Math + Science Initiative where she supported school systems in ensuring student success in STEM. Tracy began her work in education as a middle school teacher on the Texas/Mexico border, where she later founded and led a high-school which annually has sent 100% of its students to college, and consistently earns a spot on US News and World Report’s Best High Schools list. 

Tracy earned her Bachelor’s in History and Political Science from Case Western Reserve University, and holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.

Shadae Harris, Chief Engagement Officer


Dr. Shadae Thomas Harris currently serves as Richmond Public Schools Chief Engagement Officer. In her role
she focuses on building authentic relationships with families and community partners. Dr. Harris has spent her career working towards educational equity for all students, especially communities of color and those who have been underserved.

Dr. Harris has completed her Doctorate of Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
where she has had opportunity to collaborate with Richmond Public Schools (RPS), Virginia’s Department of
Juvenile Justice, and the Virginia Governor's Children’s Cabinet to implement policy and program
improvements for RPS students whose education has been interrupted due to a court charge.

Previously, Dr. Harris served as an elementary school principal, and she began her career as a 4th grade

Dr. Harris earned her Bachelor’s in Education and Child Study from Smith College and holds a Master’s in
Education from Harvard University.

Sandra K. Lee, Chief Talent Officer


Sandra K. Lee has spent her career in the public education and nonprofit sector, working in collaboration with students, families, and educators to create meaningful learning opportunities.

Prior to her current role, Sandra served as the Director of Personnel for Gallup-McKinley County Schools (GMCS) where she focused on talent management, partnership development, and system analysis and design. Previously, Sandra served as a teacher and principal at both GMCS and San Francisco Unified School District. 

Sandra earned a Bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University, and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Eastern New Mexico University. Sandra is a practicing mediator and a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

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Alana Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer


Alana Gonzalez has spent her career working to improve the efficiency of public sector agencies in order to enable greater equity in communities' access to resources. 

Prior to her current role, Alana served as Executive Director of Community Reconstruction and Infrastructure for the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery where she led over 300 recovery and resiliency projects for New York State communities affected by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Lee.

Alana also held various roles, including Chief of Staff to the General Manager, at the New York City Housing Authority which provides safe and affordable housing to more than 400,000 low to moderate income New Yorkers.

Alana earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

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Michelle Hudacsko, Chief of Staff


Michelle Hudacsko has spent her career working with school districts to build and implement systems which promote educational equity. 

Prior to her current role, Michelle led the design and district-wide implementation of DC Public School’s (DCPS) performance assessment and feedback system for all school based staff. Previously, Michelle managed statewide teacher certification programs in Louisiana and DC as a Partner at the educational non-profit, TNTP, and also helped develop and expand nationally implemented literacy programs while working at Reading Is Fundamental. 

While in DCPS she also served for two years as interim Chief of Staff, providing office-wide strategic support.

Michelle began her career as a middle school special education teacher.

She earned both her Bachelor's in Government and Politics and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland.