Coordinating Partners

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Rebecca Goldberg, Laura Jahromi, Priscilla Little, Katherine Plog Martinez, Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom

The Forum for Youth Investment is committed to changing the odds that all children and youth are ready for college, work, and life. The Forum connects leaders to ideas, services, and networks that can help them make more intentional decisions that are good for young people, even in the face of limited resources. The Forum helps leaders who are trying to improve & align policies, plan & partner for impact, and/or strengthen programs & adult practice.

Hal Smith, Horatio Blackman, Wendy Castillo, Adenike Huggins

Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League has 90 affiliates serving 300 communities, in 37 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.

Deb Moroney, David Osher, Jill Young

American Institutes for Research is one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. AIR’s overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life.


As a collaborative effort, influential organizations across the youth-serving sectors are working together to imagine and build a better future. Those working with us in significant ways include:

AASA, School Superintendents Association – Kayla Jackson, Bryan Joffe

Afterschool Alliance – Dan Gilbert, Jennifer Rinehart

American Institutes for Research – Sarah Caverly, Juliette Berg, Michelle Boyd, Jessy Newman, Jamie Singer, Jessie Kerr-Vanderslice, Femi Vance

America’s Promise Alliance – Monika Kincheloe

Aspen Institute Education & Society Program – Ross Wiener, Danielle Gonzales

Attendance Works – Hedy Chang

BellXcel & the Sperling Center for Research and Innovation – Damon Johnson

Boys and Girls Clubs of America – Meg Pitman

California Afterschool Network – Jeff Davis

California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division – Michael Funk

Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership – Jose Muñoz

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning – Robert Jagers

EducationCounsel – Bethany Little, Scott Palmer

Education Reimagined – Kelly Young

Education Trust – Nancy Duchesneau

Every Hour Counts – Jessica Donner

First Quarter Strategies – Stephanie Krauss

Forum for Youth Investment
Thaddeus Ferber (Policy)
Caitlin Johnson (SparkAction)
Kim Robinson (Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality)
Mary Ellen Wiggins (Children’s Cabinet Network)

Smarter Learning Group- Ron Fairchild

Grantmakers for Education – Kathleen Traphagen

Harmony at National University – Nick Yoder

Independent Consultant – Dale Blyth

Independent Consultant – Rebecca Goldberg

Learning Heroes – David Park

Learning Policy Institute – Jennifer DePaoli, Laura Hernandez

National 4-H Council – Mary Arnold

National AfterSchool Association – Heidi Ham

National League of Cities – Audrey Hutchinson, Bela Shah

National Urban League – Wendy Castillo

Rochester Public Schools – Kent Pekel

Thompson Island Outward Bound – Arthur Pearson

Turnaround for Children – Brigid Ahern, Pamela Cantor

University of Chicago Consortium on School Research – Camille Farrington

University of Pittsburgh School of Education – Tom Akiva

YMCA of the USA – Elena Rocha

Changing the odds for young people has never been more important