Dr. David M. Steiner
David Steiner is Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University. He previously served as Commissioner of Education for New York State, as the Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean at the Hunter College School of Education, and as Director of Education at the National Endowment for the Arts. As Commissioner of Education for the State of New York, he took a lead role in the State’s successful $700 million Race to the Top application to support the redesign of state standards, assessments, and teacher certification requirements. His successful insistence on including major funding for curricula led to the launch of EngageNY, the nation’s most consulted on-line curricula source. Dr. Steiner’s work at Hunter College, achieved national recognition for innovation in video analysis, clinically-rich teacher preparation (with New Visions for Public Schools), and partnership with charter school networks (that incubated the future Relay Graduate School of Education). Most recently, Dr. Steiner directed the CUNY Institute for Education Policy at Roosevelt House in NY, a home that will continue to be used for public events by the new Johns Hopkins Institute. Dr. Steiner consults regularly with the federal government, state education leaders, educational reform organizations, and universities. He has addressed audiences on both side of the Atlantic, and authored books, book chapters, and more than fifty articles. He holds degrees from Balliol College, Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) and Harvard University (Ph.D.). Contact David at email@example.com
Dr. Ashley Rogers Berner
Ashley Berner is Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Assistant Professor of Education. She served previously as the Deputy Director of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy, and was Co-Director, with James Davison Hunter, of the Education Project at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia. Her teaching experience took place in a Jewish pre-school, an Episcopal secondary school, and an open university in Louisiana. Dr. Berner has published articles and book chapters on the relationship between educational structure and state funding in democratic nations, religious education and citizenship formation, and teacher preparation in different national contexts. Palgrave MacMillan released Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School (2017). She consults regularly on projects that examine the academic and civic outcomes of different school sectors. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University Law School. She holds degrees from Davidson College (Honors A.B.) and from Oxford University (M.Litt. and D.Phil. in Modern History). Contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Passarella, Research Analyst
Al comes to the Institute from The Annie E Casey Foundation, where he worked with the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group. Al has previously served as Director of Data Analysis for Baltimore’s Promise and as Research Director for Advocates for Children and Youth. Prior to coming to Maryland, Al worked as Senior Research Associate at Education Law Center in Newark, NJ; specializing in equitable education funding for low-income school districts. Al is a graduate of William Paterson University (B.A. in Political Science) and the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University- Newark (M.P.A. in Public Administration). Contact Al at email@example.com
Dr. Seth Gershenson, Technical Advisor
Seth Gershenson is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Masters in Public Policy (MPP) program in the School of Public Affairs at American University, and a faculty affiliate of American University’s School of Education. Dr. Gershenson’s work applies economic approaches to practical, policy-driven questions in public education with a focus on teacher behavior. He is currently a Research Fellow at The Institute of Labor (IZA). He holds a Ph.D. with a primary focus on education policy and an M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University, and a B.S. in Economics from Drexel University.
Stacey Hardin, Communications Manager
Stacey Hardin serves as Communications Manager for the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. In this role, she is responsible for messaging to outside audiences. Prior to working at the Institute, Stacey held marketing positions with Kraft, Novartis, and Communities in Schools of Atlanta. Stacey earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Gettysburg College and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University. Contact Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Siegel-Stechler, Program Manager
Kelly oversees programs and events for the Institute. Previously, she has worked for the United Nations Foundation’s Global Classrooms program, the Debate in the Neighborhood program at the Interfaith Center of New York, and Camp Rising Sun at the Louis August Jonas Foundation. She is also Co-Founder and Managing Director at Foundations for Leadership. Kelly holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Politics, both from New York University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Education at Johns Hopkins University. Contact Kelly at email@example.com
Laura Templeton, Administrative Manager
A native of Baltimore, Laura has been a part of the Hopkins community for more than five years. She organizes and supports the Institute’s operations. The mother of two girls educated in area public schools and the product of the same system herself, Laura has been a longtime supporter of public education. She attended the University of Colorado, Towson University, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele Mengel, Executive Administrator
Michele serves as Executive Administrator to the team. Michele recently moved to Baltimore from Pittsburgh, where she served as Marketing Manager for the concert promotion company Opus One Productions. She earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh after transferring from Pace University in Manhattan. While studying in New York, she worked as an intern for the education resource start-up Noodle.com. Contact Michele at email@example.com
Kristina McNamara, Budget Specialist
Kristina joined the Institute for Education Policy in June 2016. As Budget Specialist, she helps to manage the institutes finances and overall budget. Kristina attended the University of Baltimore for studies in business. She is the mother of two boys and resides in Hanover, PA. Contact Kristina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Braxton C. Street, Teacher Liaison
Braxton is an elementary school teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools who participates in numerous initiatives that advance equity, including spearheading policy conversations for teachers at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. A Baltimore native, Braxton graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly) and earned a B.A. in Economics from Moorehouse College. He holds an M.Sc. in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education.
Dmitri Mehlhorn, Senior Fellow
Dmitri Mehlhorn is a partner at Vidinovo. He served previously as President of Bloomberg BNA Legal, a division of Bloomberg LP; Managing Director of the Gerson Lehrman Group; and a manager at McKinsey & Company. He co-founded the Hope Street Group, StudentsFirst, and the Great New England Public School Alliance, and recently served as Senior Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garvetti. Dmitri is a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute and holds degrees in law, policy, and politics from Yale, Harvard, and Stanford.
Laura Weeldreyer, Senior Fellow
Laura works nationally on a variety of education reform projects with school systems, state departments of education, and non-profit organizations, as a senior consultant for a public sector management consulting firm. She is also a member of the Maryland State Board of Education. Laura went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her B.A. and she holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. Laura is the author of several books for children.
Alanna Bjorklund, Research Fellow
Alanna is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Johns Hopkins whose dissertation examines teacher evaluations. She has been a classroom teacher and a member of NYCDOE’s Office of Teacher Effectiveness. She holds an M.A. in economics from Johns Hopkins, a M.Ed from City College of New York, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Washington/Seattle.
Carey Borkoski, Research Fellow
Carey Borkoski is Assistant Professor of Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Education and also holds an appointment at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she previously served as Assistant Lecturer and Director of the Master in Public Policy Program. Dr. Borkoski has published numerous articles on the labor market returns to education and wage differentials between non-profit and profit employment. She holds degrees from Wake Forest University (B.A., Economics), UNC-Greensboro (M.A., Applied Economics), and UM-Baltimore County (Ph.D., Public Policy), and received her Ed.D. from Johns Hopkins in 2016.