Thriving Youth Need Racial Equity

Youth Voice, Policy Levers & the Roles and Responsibilities of Philanthropy

Please join GTY in discussion with thought leaders from key institutions advancing powerful work on behalf of equity, justice and thriving youth.

Past Event


June 23, 2020


1-2:15p ET / 10-11:15a PT




Amplify and discuss:

  • Voices and lived experiences of youth as critical touch-points for shaping anti-racist education policy and approaches to social-emotional development
  • Findings and recommendations of new Education Trust research—Voices of Youth and Families: Equity Considerations in Social, Emotional and Academic Development (Nancy Duchesneau, Spencer Fellow for Social, Emotional and Academic Development, and Heather Rieman, Director of P-12 Policy, Ed Trust)
  • Responses and critiques from district and community-based leaders (Chris Chatmon, CEO, Kingmakers of Oakland and Maurice Swinney, Chief Equity Officer, Chicago Public Schools)
  • How philanthropy should act to advance racial equity in education. What changes are needed in philanthropic practice?

Moderated by Gisele Shorter, Program Officer, Education, Raikes Foundation.

Webinar Recording



Chris Chatmon

Chief Executive Officer, Kingmakers of Oakland

Chatmon founded KOO and served as the first Executive Director of the African American Male Achievement (“AAMA”) for the Oakland Unified School District (“OUSD”) and was named as a “Leader to Learn From” by Education Week magazine.

Chatmon was selected as a Campaign for Black Male Achievement “Social Innovation Accelerator” because he is committed to improving life outcomes for all youth and especially African American males.

Chatmon is passionate about uplifting the African American community and has dedicated his career and life work to creating pathways of success within Oakland and beyond. Prior to working with OUSD, Chatmon was the Principal of an alternative high school in San Francisco, and Executive Director of Urban Services at the YMCA in Oakland for over 10 years.

Dr. Maurice Swinney

Chief Equity Officer, Chicago Public Schools

As the district’s first Chief Equity Officer, Maurice is responsible for moving us closer to achieving educational equity, which is a moral imperative for CPS. Prior to this role, Maurice served as the principal of Chicago’s Tilden Community Career Academy, where his focus on college readiness and social-emotional learning was recognized by the University of Chicago’s Consortium on School Research.

Prior to joining CPS, Maurice was a teacher and school leader in Louisiana. In his new role with the district, he will be responsible for examining our policies and programs for inequities and implementing strategies that minimize gaps in resources, staffing, and high-quality academic programming.

Heather Rieman

Director of P-12 Policy, The Education Trust

Heather Rieman has dedicated her career to ensuring that all youth have the supports and services they need to succeed in school and life. Prior to joining Ed Trust, she served as the senior education advisor for the Corporation for National & Community Service, an agency dedicated to improving lives and strengthening communities through service and volunteering.

She also served in the Obama administration as the chief of staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. In those roles, she focused on ensuring equitable resources and opportunities for students, particularly vulnerable youth.

Nancy Duchesneau

Spencer Fellow for Social, Emotional, and Academic Development; The Education Trust

Nancy serves as a Spencer-funded doctoral fellow at The Education Trust. In this role, she works to fill current gaps in research, policy, and advocacy to ensure that social-emotional learning efforts in schools move forward in a beneficial way for all students, but especially for low-income students and students of color.

Prior to joining The Education Trust, Nancy worked in multiple roles, including as a tutor and barista before graduate school, and more recently as a research assistant under education faculty at Michigan State University.

She has also previously worked on projects with researchers at ETS and interned with consultants at the Center for Assessment.



Gisele Shorter

Co-Program Officer, Education; Raikes Foundation

Gisele C. Shorter joined the Raikes Foundation as a program officer in 2018. Over the past 15 years, Gisele has lead youth development, education and community-based organizations through programmatic resets, large-scale culture change initiatives and strategic re-engineering. Most recently, she was the Vice President, Policy and Partner Engagement, at Turnaround for Children, where she led efforts to build awareness, credibility and ensure Turnaround achieved broader impact.