GTY is a project of the National Public Education Support Fund. Meet our Facilitation Team:
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.
Emma Langsner joined the National Public Education Support Fund in August 2019. Prior to joining NPESF, Emma worked at Isaacson, Miller, a premier executive search firm specializing in recruiting exceptional leaders to mission-driven organizations. While at IM, Emma acted as a liaison to clients, candidates, and search teams and coordinated logistical and administrative needs throughout the search process. Emma earned her BSSW from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she interned as a case manager for newly resettled refugees, and her MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in 2017, during which she completed her fieldwork with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office.
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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