Christopher Edley, Jr. is the Chair of Partners for, now a project of the Opportunity Institute where Christopher is co-founder and co-president. He co-chaired the congressionally chartered National Commission on Education Equity and Excellence (2011-13), appointed by Secretary Arne Duncan. Christopher is the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law, after serving as dean from 2004 through 2013. Before Berkeley, he was a law professor at Harvard for 23 years, where Professor Gary Orfield and he co-founded the Harvard Civil Rights Project. He served in White House policy and budget positions under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Christopher has also held senior positions in five presidential campaigns, including senior policy adviser for Barack Obama (2008) and policy director for Michael Dukakis (1988). He is a member of: the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; the National Academy of Public Administration; the Council on Foreign Relations; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s National Programs Advisory Panel; and the Advisory Board of the Hamilton Project, the Brookings Institution. He is a National Associate of the National Research Council, National Academies of Science, for which he currently chairs the committee on NAEP performance levels.
Molly Mauer is the Director of Partners for project. Molly has led the day-to-day work of Partners for since inception in 2013. Her supervisory and operational responsibilities include strategic program management, partnership development and stewardship, communications, fundraising and grants management.
Prior to these roles Molly worked for the US Department of Education under Arne Duncan where she staffed the Equity and Excellence Commission from July 2011 through the report’s release and served as a special advisor to the Assistant Secretary in the Office for Civil Rights, managing the recent transformation of the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), and other equity-focused initiatives. Molly was also previously the assistant director of data and policy at the Education Trust—West in Oakland, California. Molly holds a B.A. in Education Psychology from Mills College and a M.S. in Education from NYU.
Guy Johnson is Senior Program Director with Partners for. Guy came to Partners for from the U.S. Department of Education, where he spent four years in the Department’s Office for Civil Rights, working to enforce civil rights laws at the state level, in school districts, and in individual schools. Previously, Guy served as the Staff Director for the Equity and Excellence Commission, was a Senior Policy Advisor on education and workforce issues in the Domestic Policy Council of the White House, and served an attorney for low-income tenants and undocumented immigrants at Casa de Maryland.
Hayin Kim is a Program Director for Partners for. Her role focuses on facilitating partnerships within the Teaching, Leading and Learning, and Mitigating the Effects of Poverty Clusters. She has been a practitioner, educational researcher and evaluator, with a focus on community-based programs and partnerships that support healthy development of youth and their communities. Previously, Hayin has worked with San Francisco and Emery Unified School Districts, the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University, the Children's Aid Society, and the National Coalition for Community Schools. She received her B.A. from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, Graduate School of Education.
Kedda Williams is a Program Director for Partners for, focusing on the national network. In this role, Kedda manages and facilitates an ongoing process to ensure successful network strategy implementation of the Partners for model in the following areas: School Finance and Efficiency, Early Childhood Education, and Governance and Accountability. Previously, Kedda was a senior policy advisor for EducationCounsel LLC. Prior to her work with Education Counsel, she worked for the New Jersey Department of Education as Director of Strategic Communications and Partnerships, and as a consultant to Newark Public Schools in the areas of new school start-up and alternative education. Kedda received her B.S. in Communication Studies from New York University, her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Andrew Amore is the Program Director for the Partners for state networks. His work focuses on building an interconnected network of state and locally based organizations that can readily share information and resources, while breaking down silos and streamlining efforts, to provide the infrastructure for a movement that impacts the five issue areas of the Partners for project. Before working with Partners for, Andrew was the Associate Director for Campaigns on the Education Policy team at Center for American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, he received a presidential appointment in 2009 to serve at the US Department of Education. While at the Department, Andrew directed communications and outreach efforts as a Special Assistant in the Office for Civil Rights and then later joined the Office of the Secretary as a liaison to both national teachers unions. In 2008, he worked as a field organizer in Colorado on then-Sen. Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change. Andrew taught high school social studies in New York City for five years before joining the presidential campaign. He received a B.A. in secondary education from The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, and an M.A. in political science from Columbia University in New York City.
Sophie Green serves as Program Manager for Partners for, supporting the Partners for network’s communications needs, consultant connections, and the coordination of the project’s many Partners. Sophie began with Partners for in 2013 as a project of the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley. Prior to working with the project, Sophie was a high school arts teacher in Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ, working with over-age and expelled students in the alternative setting. Sophie earned her B.A. at Dartmouth College, and earned her teaching certificate at the University of Pennsylvania while working with Teach for America in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Maria Echaveste is a Senior Fellow with Partners for, focusing on English Learners and serving our five Clusters in developing Partnerships and Issue Hubs.
Maria, a senior fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies, has built a distinguished career working as a public policy consultant, lecturer, a senior White House official, long-time community leader, and corporate attorney. Her current work focuses on immigration, civic engagement, labor rights and education. She is also a Visiting Scholar with the Berkeley Food Institute, a multi-disciplinary center at UC Berkeley, focused on transforming our nation’s food system.
Prior to cofounding the strategic and policy consulting group NVG, LLC, in 2002, she served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for President Clinton from 1998 to 2001. In that position she focused on issues relating to immigration, civil rights, education, finance, Mexico and Latin America. She also previously served as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the US Department of Labor from 1993 to 1997.
Currently, Maria serves on the board of directors of the California Healthcare Foundation, the New World Foundation and Mi Familia Vota. In 2009, then-Secretary Hillary Clinton appointed her as a special representative to Bolivia. She subsequently joined the board of the US-Mexico Foundation to help develop its Mexican-American Leadership Initiative in 2010. Maria received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Stanford University in 1976, and received a Juris Doctor from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980.