Derrell is Executive Director of NYCAN: The New York Campaign for Achievement Now and leads the Corps Knowledge project. He previously served as the executive director at Better Education for Kids, a 501c4 organization supporting bipartisan education reforms in New Jersey.
Kevin Huffman is an independent consultant and former Tennessee commissioner of education, where he was responsible for the academic progress of nearly one million students. During Huffman’s tenure, Tennessee had the largest state gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress -- commonly called “the nation’s report card -- including the largest gains for African American students. Huffman led a radical transformation of state policies and an overhaul of the state education agency, resulting in growth in state test results, ACT scores, and high school graduation rates during his term.
Reshma Singh is an education advocate and independent consultant. Reshma most recently launched and served as the Founding Executive Director of the Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ). At PEJ, she led and oversaw the organization’s first campaign, Wright v. NY, a lawsuit filed by nine families that challenges NY’s teacher tenure, teacher dismissal and layoff policies. Wright v. NY has successfully survived a Motion to Dismiss.
Ned grew up in Salt Lake City and attended college at The American University of Paris, where he majored in comparative literature and creative writing. In France, he became a wine aficionado, particularly of those vintages priced below four euros a bottle. As a 2005 corps member in New York City, he taught English to a fantastic group of eighth graders in the South Bronx, and subsequently joined staff at Teach For America as a manager of teacher leadership development in New York.
Lea is an education advocate and independent consultant in education reform. She most recently led Democrats for Education Reform as their National Deputy Director, then briefly as their Acting Executive Director. Prior to that she served as a State Director for StudentsFirst, lobbying in multiples states on education reform issues including charter school quality and expansions to tenure reform. A radical centrist, Lea is inspired by those with the audacity to test, engage, revise and break boundaries for the greater good.