Director, Data and Evaluation
Emily Barr joined EdVestors in 2013 and currently serves as Director of Data and Evaluation. She leads the organization’s efforts in data analysis, program evaluation, and research across multiple program areas and strategic initiatives, including the annual School on the Move Prize, Zeroing in on Math, Career Pathways, and other emerging areas of work. Prior to EdVestors, Emily spent one year as a corps member at Match Charter Public High School. Emily graduated from Bowdoin College in 2012 with a BA in History and Gender and Women’s Studies.
Director, Grants and Development Operations
Justine Beaton joined EdVestors in fall 2016 as Director of Grants and Development Operations, where she manages the grant writing process and operations of the development team. Justine worked previously for the Youth Development Institute, a New York City based capacity-building organization where she held multiple positions. As Development and Operations Manager, she directed public and private fundraising, developed and managed organization and program budgets, and streamlined operational processes. Justine graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Sociology and received a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
Senior Vice President, External Relations
Anuradha Desai joined the leadership team of EdVestors in August 2013 as Senior Vice President for External Relations. A seasoned nonprofit executive, prior to joining EdVestors, Anuradha most recently worked at the anti-poverty fund, Boston Rising, as the Senior Partner for External Affairs. Previously, she served as the first Executive Director of International Center for Conciliation for three years, helping to scale its international programs and to build its capacity to work with divided communities around the world through conciliation. Anuradha’s past nonprofit experiences include her work with TIFA, a human rights foundation in Indonesia; eight years as the Executive Director of Organizational Development at Citizen Schools, a national program with a focus on after-school education; three years as the Director of Special Projects at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University; and 10 years at Oxfam America in various leadership roles. Over the years Anuradha has served on the board of regional and international organizations, including Oxfam America, Grassroots International and Massachusetts Service Alliance.
Anuradha received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and was awarded the prestigious Presidential Scholarship. She also has a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies and Architecture from the Royal Academy of Denmark, where she was awarded the DANIDA fellowship. Anuradha lives in the city of Boston.
Coordinator, Internship and Program
Jeremy Gooden joined EdVestors in Spring of 2020 as Internship and Program Coordinator. Jeremy supports the worksite experiences of Boston’s Bloomberg Arts Internship participants and implements all program elements including visits to cultural institutions, college visits, and other post-secondary readiness activities. Previously, Jeremy worked with Boston Center for Independent Living as their Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator, providing job skills training, post-secondary readiness workshops, and internship opportunities for young people with physical, neurological, intellectual, and mental disabilities. He also served as Boch Center’s Associate Education Programs Manager and supported the organization’s mission to deliver free arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to Boston youth. As a Boston born artist and former BPS student, Jeremy is thrilled to work with EdVestors in making arts and educational opportunities accessible to all Boston youth.
Vice President, Programs, Strategy & Impact
Heather Johnson joined EdVestors in April 2021 and currently serves as Vice President, Programs, Strategy & Impact. She oversees three program areas and provides strategic direction, leadership, and thought partnership related to EdVestors’ influence and impact. Heather comes to EdVestors from JFF, a national nonprofit that drives change in the American workforce and education systems to ensure access to economic advancement for all. While at JFF, she was focused on building, aligning, and executing organizational strategy and also worked on the Pathways to Prosperity team. Previously, Heather served as the director of the Teacher Education Program at the College of the Holy Cross and as a mathematics specialist at the Rhode Island Department of Education. Across roles and contexts, her work and perspective are significantly shaped by her experiences as a middle grades mathematics teacher in school communities that are deeply committed to student voice, community empowerment, and racial justice.
Data and Evaluation Fellow
Kate Keller joined EdVestors as an Education Pioneers fellow in September of 2021. She supports various data projects across multiple program areas. She is an Eastern North Carolina Teach for America alum and taught math at Match High School in Boston. Kate earned her B.A. in Psychology from Bucknell University and an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She hopes to use data to drive progress in Boston Public Schools during her time at EdVestors.
Coordinator, Development & Events
Julie Lam joined EdVestors in Fall 2019 as Development and Events Coordinator, where she supports the development team in gift processing, database management, research, and communications. She also works collaboratively to plan, coordinate, and implement EdVestors’ major annual events. Previously, she interned at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in the Public Affairs and Civic Engagement department, where she supported in educating communities to promote against discrimination. Julie graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in Communication and minor in Mathematics. Her passion for equity in education grew as a recipient of the Posse Scholarship for Denison, and is excited to work towards supporting the empowerment of students in education.
Manager, Communications and Programs
Derek Lin joined EdVestors in September 2017 and now serves as Manager of Communications and Programs. He manages organization-wide external communications along with programmatic support in BPS Arts Expansion and Career Pathways. He previously interned at Build Commonwealth where he worked to scale proven financial innovations promoting financial health. He also previously interned at uAspire supporting efforts to reduce financial barriers towards post-secondary education. Derek graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Sociology and minor in Media + Screen Studies. He is a Chicago Public School graduate and is passionate about urban educational empowerment.
Director, Finance and Operations
Francisco Marriott joined the EdVestors team in March 2021 as Director of Finance and Operations. He is a senior executive and entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience in financial planning & analysis, corporate finance, consulting, and management. Prior to joining EdVestors he has most recently been the CEO of infico, a start-up financial consulting firm specializing in cash recovery. Previously, Francisco was head of finance and operations and co-founder of PlaceMe, a co-living start-up based in Boston. Francisco’s past corporate experience includes work in mergers & acquisitions at CVS Health, valuation of illiquid securities at Wellington Management, and intangible assets and business valuation at EY.
Throughout his career, Francisco has been involved in diversity and inclusion efforts within the corporations for which he has worked as well as at non-for-profit organizations in the Boston area. He was member of the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) Boston Executive Board, and Vice President of Student Affairs of the ALPFA Boston Chapter, and he is a board member of Roxbury Prep Uncommon Schools, a Boston-based charter school. Francisco holds an MBA in Finance from Brandeis University, an MA in Economics from Boston University, and a BS in Economics and Business from ESPOL in his native Ecuador. Francisco lives in Needham with his wife and two kids, and their dog Chewbacca.
Oren McClain joined EdVestors in August 2021 as Director, Mathematics. He leads the Zeroing in on Math (ZioM) team, whose work aims to ensure that all students in Boston receive a meaningful math education that is engaging, affirming, and relevant, and prepares them for postsecondary opportunities. He drives the overall strategy and implementation of our work related to mathematics in partnership with the ZioM team, BPS leaders, and other key stakeholders.
Oren comes to EdVestors from The University of Texas, where he managed and supported state-, regional-, and system-level work for the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) and led a center-wide equity strategy. Over the course of his career, he has taught elementary, middle, and high school mathematics, led instructional improvements for secondary mathematics teachers, taught pre-service and in-service mathematics content and methods courses, and conducted research on the experiences and outcomes of Black students in mathematics education. His passion for improving the mathematics experiences and outcomes of students historically marginalized in mathematics is a constant throughout his career.
Oren earned a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Virginia, as well as a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University, where he was a National Science Foundation GK-12 Engineering Teaching Fellow.