Our Team

BRYAN C. HASSEL  is Co-Director of Public Impact. He consults nationally with leading public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations working for dramatic improvements in K–12 education. He is a recognized expert on charter schools, school turnarounds, education entrepreneurship, and teacher and leader policy. His work has appeared in Education NextEducation Week, and numerous other publications; he blogs for Education Next and is a frequent guest blogger on other forums, such as Education Week. Dr. Hassel received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University and his master’s degree in politics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar. He is a senior research affiliate with the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Read More or Contact Bryan…

EMILY AYSCUE HASSEL  is Co-Director of Public Impact. She provides thought leadership and oversight to Public Impact’s work on teacher and leader policy, organizational change, parental choice of schools, and emerging opportunities for dramatic improvement in pre–K to grade 12 education. Ms. Hassel is leading Public Impact’s effort to develop and refine school and staffing models for reaching more students with excellent teachers. Her work has appeared in Education Week, Education Next, and other publications; she blogs for Education Next and is a frequent guest blogger on other forums, such as Education Week. Ms. Hassel was named to the inaugural class of the Aspen Teacher Leader Fellows program, designed to cultivate and support teacher leaders who are working to improve the teaching profession and student outcomes. She was previously a consultant and manager for the Hay Group, a leading human resources consulting firm. Ms. Hassel received her law and master in business administration degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served on the North Carolina Law Review. Read More or Contact Emily…

SHARON KEBSCHULL BARRETT is the senior editor with Public Impact. She edits the Public Impact and Opportunity Culture blogs, copyedits Public Impact’s reports, and provides research and writing for the firm. Her recent work focuses on extending the reach of excellent teachers, charter schools, and state policy. Read More or Contact Sharon…

KELLY BLESSING is a research analyst with Public Impact, where she supports project teams by conducting research, compiling and analyzing school outcome data, and developing methods and models for presenting education data. Additionally, she assists the editorial team. Read More or Contact Kelly…

LYRIA BOAST is a senior consultant at Public Impact. She is the organization’s analytics team coordinator and serves on the firmwide management team. Ms. Boast leads Public Impact’s work to improve charter school authorizers’ academic performance frameworks and to develop a national database of authorizers and their schools.  She has also contributed to projects on post-Katrina education reform in New Orleans, extending the reach of excellent teachers, and evaluating school turnarounds. Read More or Contact Lyria…

JEANETTE P. CORNIER is a senior policy fellow with Public Impact. She consults nationally on school turnarounds, strategic school design, and leadership development. Read More or Contact Jeanette…

STEPHANIE DEAN is a senior policy fellow with Public Impact. Her work addresses a variety of education issues, with a focus on identifying and cultivating state policy conditions that help schools extend the reach of excellent teachers. Read More or Contact Stephanie…

DANIELA DOYLE is a senior consultant with Public Impact.  Her work addresses a wide range of education issues, including teacher quality, school finance, turnarounds, and redesigning school models and teachers’ roles to extend the reach of excellent teachers. Read More or Contact Daniela…

SHONAKA L. ELLISON is an associate consultant with Public Impact, assisting schools in implementing an Opportunity Culture and performing state policy analyses to extend the reach of excellent teachers. Read More or Contact Shonaka…

TIM FIELD is a senior consultant with Public Impact.  He consults and leads project teams to provide clients with research-based guidance on a wide range of policy and school management issues, including school turnarounds; charter school quality; and educator effectiveness, evaluation, retention, and compensation.  Mr. Field is leading Public Impact’s work to support state education departments as they implement school turnaround strategies funded by the Race to the Top competition. Read More or Contact Tim…

ELAINE HARGRAVE is a research assistant at Public Impact, where she supports projects by gathering research, assisting in the production of reports and presentations, and overseeing data collection efforts. Read More or Contact Elaine…

CHRISTEN HOLLY is an associate consultant with Public Impact, conducting research and quantitative and qualitative analyses. Dr. Holly is working on projects addressing leading indicators of school turnaround success, cost and sustainability of school turnaround efforts, state takeovers of failing schools, and the next generation of policies to encourage charter school excellence. Read More or Contact Christen…

JULI KIM is a consultant with Public Impact. She focuses on policy work related to an Opportunity Culture, as well as other research, strategic planning, project management, and writing. Read More or Contact Juli…

GILLIAN LOCKE is a consultant with Public Impact, conducting research and quantitative and qualitative analyses. Read More or Contact Gillian…

NITA LOSOPONKUL is a senior policy fellow with Public Impact, with a focus on assisting schools in adapting and implementing Opportunity Culture models that extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams. Read More or Contact Nita…

MINDY SCHLEGEL is a senior policy fellow with Public Impact. Her work addresses a wide range of education issues, including school turnaround efforts; teacher leadership; teacher and leader quality; and evaluation and compensation, all with a focus on helping schools extend the reach of excellent teachers. Read More or Contact Mindy…

STACEY SHUMAKE is an associate consultant with Public Impact, focusing on assisting schools and districts in implementing an Opportunity Culture. Read More or Contact Stacey…

ANGIE SPONG is a consultant with Public Impact, working on teacher and leader quality, school turnarounds, charter school quality, and school finance. Read More or Contact Angie…

LUCY STEINER is a consulting manager with Public Impact, where she leads complex projects, manages and develops other consultants, and serves on the firmwide management team. She and her project teams deliver research, training, and consulting on a variety of critical education issues, including teacher and leader policy, school restructuring, charter school policy, and teacher professional development. Her work often provides a bridge between district leadership, school leadership, and instruction. Read More or Contact Lucy…

BEVERLEY TYNDALL is the production and communications coordinator at Public Impact. She helps Public Impact’s co-directors improve operations, and she coordinates several functions, including publications production, our website, and social media. Read More or Contact Beverley...

ROB WELDON is an associate consultant with Public Impact, with a focus on assisting schools in implementing an Opportunity Culture. Read More or Contact Rob…

BRENDAN YORKE is a research analyst with Public Impact, collecting, analyzing, and communicating school outcome and student achievement data. Read More or Contact Brendan…

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