Facilitation Team

GTY is a project of The Philanthropic Collaborative for Education*. Meet our Facilitation Team:

*formerly National Public Education Support Fund

Ayeola Kinlaw

Ayeola Kinlaw is an independent consultant who specializes in philanthropic strategy, organizational improvement, and networked communities. In addition to her work as a facilitator at GTY, she also serves as a Project Director at Columbia University’s Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL). At CPRL, she provides research, organizational strategy and development, and philanthropic advising services to non-profit organizations and foundations. She also serves as the project manager for the Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Ayeola served as a Senior Program Officer at the Wallace Foundation focused on school and district leadership and was the founding director of the 100Kin10 Funders Collaborative where she supported the strategic philanthropy of more than 34 national, regional, and corporate funders. Ayeola has a B.S. from Duke University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Kathleen Traphagen

Kathleen is currently the lead facilitator of Grantmakers for Thriving Youth and several other philanthropic networks. She supports networks of grantmakers in education, social-emotional learning, and youth development/out-of-school time to increase their content expertise, understand and use current research, connect with like-minded grantmakers to launch collaborative initiatives, and increase their effectiveness and impact as grantmakers. Kathleen also authors working papers, strategic communications and other documents. She was formerly the Executive Director of Boston’s 2:00-to-6:00 After-School Initiative, where she led the effort to bring together the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools, the philanthropic and corporate sectors, and cultural and community-based organizations to expand and improve out-of-school time programming. 2:00 to-6:00 sparked the creation of Boston After School & Beyond, which has been recognized as a national model in the field. Kathleen received her BA with Honors from Carnegie Mellon University and her MBA from Northeastern University.

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