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Our staff is the heartbeat of our organization. What started as three individuals working around a lone 6-foot table has grown into a thriving, diverse staff of a dozen committed individuals who work each and every day to move Connecticut forward through more equitable education funding and state finance policies. Click on a team member photo below to learn more about our incredible staff.

In many ways, the Advisory Council fills the role of our board of directors. It is not, however, the decision-making body of the organization. Instead, the Advisory Council act as a sounding board for our executive leadership and provides guidance, additional considerations, and recommended next steps for policy proposals our staff has developed or is in the process of developing.

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Lisa Hammersley

Executive Director

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Patrick Gibson

Deputy Executive Director for Data, Policy, & Special Projects

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Michael Morton

Deputy Executive Director for Communications & Operations

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Erika Haynes

Director of Community Engagement

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Morgan Considine

Senior Data Analyst

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Ashley Robles

Data Analyst

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Amber Martin

Data Analyst

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Sasha Davis

Policy Analyst

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C.J. Strand

Government Relations & Policy Associate

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George Sinclair

Communications & Government Relations Associate

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Nisha Gandhi

Communications Associate

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Jen Nakos

Community Engagement Associate

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Darshni Patel

Social Media & Communications Intern

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Andréa Comer, Council Chairperson

Interim Deputy Director, CT Department of Consumer Protection

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Kevin Booker Jr.

City Councilor, City of New London; CEO and Founder, Booker Empowerment, LLC

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Matthew Quinones

CEO, Stamford Public Education Foundation

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Carrie Schindele

Executive Vice President for Programs & Administration, The Peter & Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation

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Zahava Stadler

Special Assistant for State Funding and Policy, The Education Trust

Committed to Staff Diversity

Since its founding, the School and State Finance Project has been committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that respects the unique talents, individual perspectives, and lived experiences of each staff member. We are committed to building and fostering a racially diverse team that reflects our organization’s values, our commitment to equity, and the students and communities we work for every day. We know, however, we can — and must — do more to reflect this commitment.

As our organization changes and grows, we are actively seeking individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work. This includes making a conscious effort to seek job candidates from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities because we believe their life experiences, coupled with their professional expertise, are critical to our mission and the success of our organization. For more information about the steps we’re taking to acknowledge our privilege and improve the racial diversity of our team, contact us at info@schoolstatefinance.org.

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