Meet the Foundation Team
Foundation staff and Program Officers for Overdeck Family Foundation support the private philanthropy of John and Laura Overdeck. These initiatives include, but are not limited to, grantmaking for Overdeck Family Foundation and operational support for Bedtime Math.
Anu Malipatil, Director, Education, has over 10 years of experience in K-12 education. Most recently, she was a Regents Research Fund Fellow, leading the implementation of New York State’s Race to the Top initiative in math, social studies, and science. Prior to that, she was responsible for building a K-12 science program for Achievement First, a network of public charter schools in New York and Connecticut. At Teach For America in New York City, Anu led the math and science team as Managing Director and significantly improved student achievement results in the region. She began her work in education through Teach for America as a middle school math and science teacher at PS/MS 95 in the Bronx and later as a middle school science teacher at KIPP: STAR in Harlem. She earned her Master’s in Teaching from Pace University and graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics (pre-medical studies focus). Currently, she serves as the foundation’s Vice President.
Brian Carter, Program Officer, Inspired Minds, has a background which spans scientific research to classroom teaching and education policy. Most recently, Brian was an Executive Director with CCS, a fundraising and strategic management consulting firm, where he worked with schools and nonprofit organizations to help them secure the resources they need to carry out their important missions. Prior to that, Brian was a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked to increase collaboration and information sharing between scientists in the United States and their counterparts in the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia. In 2008-2009, Brian was an American Chemical Society (ACS) Congressional Fellow and worked on education policy first for then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and then on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Brian started his career teaching science first at César Chávez Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C. and then at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. Brian earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry with distinction from Columbia University and graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of Georgia with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics.
Sarah Johnson, Program Officer, Exceptional Educators, joined OFF from the New York City Department of Education (DOE), where she was the senior adviser to the Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning. In her role, she consulted on strategy for a 600-person division and managed teams that created and implemented the Vision for School Improvement, a strategy and set of resources to accelerate student learning in all NYC schools, and coordinated teacher development and evaluation policy. Before her work at the DOE, she was a high school science teacher in Oakland, CA, where she established the school’s first Environmental Science Curriculum, co-innovated an online modifiable textbook initiative, and founded a social justice student leadership program. She has a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A.T. from American University, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Emory University.
Britt Neuhaus, Program Officer, Innovative Schools, has experience in several areas of K-12 education. Most recently, Britt was the Director of Special Projects in the Office of Innovation at the New York City Department of Education, supporting the implementation of new school models and eLearning initiatives in schools across the city. Before that, she built strategic partnerships for Citizen Schools and implemented a financial literacy program for Junior Achievement. Britt began her career in education as an elementary teacher in NYC public schools through Teach For America. She earned her Master’s in Teaching from Pace University and graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Latin American Studies.
Carly Roberts, Program Officer, Early Impact, has worked in education and early childhood throughout her career. Most recently, she worked as a consultant for three urban school districts—including the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Education—and coached Head Start teachers as part of Getting Ready for School, a new early childhood intervention. She began her work in education as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Horton’s Kids, providing comprehensive, wraparound services for children and families in an under-resourced neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Her philanthropy experience includes consultancies with the Robin Hood Foundation and the Newark Trust for Education. Carly earned her Master’s of Public Administration and Master’s of Public Health from Columbia University and graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University with a B.A. in Psychology.
Allie Steel, Research Associate, has a quantitative educational background and an interest in K-12 education. While earning her M.S. in Statistics from Virginia Tech, Allie worked as an associate collaborator in the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis where she provided statistical support for researchers across the campus. Allie graduated summa cum laude with honors from Wake Forest University with a B.S. degree in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education.
Erin Stein, Research Associate, comes from a varied education background including classroom teaching, curriculum development, nonprofit programming, and school partnerships. Most recently, she was Director of Global Programs and Curriculum for Bespoke Education, where she co-authored the company’s textbooks, established teaching training modules, developed over 25 school programs in the US and abroad, and collaborated on enhancements of data collection and user experience for the company’s internal and external websites. At Concern Worldwide, Erin helped expand the Global Concerns Classroom program by co-designing year-long curriculum and associated teacher training on issues facing the developing world. She began her education career as a math TA at Michigan State University, then went on to teach math at Phillips Academy Andover, English in the French school system, and math and French at Princeton Day School. Erin holds an M.A. in French Cultural Studies in a Global Context from Columbia University with a focus on education’s role in supporting Moroccan migrants in France, as well as a B.A. with high honors in Mathematics and a B.A. with high honors in French Literature, Language, & Culture from Michigan State University.
James Marion assists the foundation staff with grants management, branding, and special projects. A returned Peace Corps volunteer (Rural Health – Paraguay), James also worked for four years in the Development & Communications department at Volunteers of America – Greater New York, a social services organization, before coming to Overdeck Family Foundation and Two Sigma Investments. James graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in Political Science and History (High Honors). Currently, he also serves as the foundation’s Secretary.
Tanya Sheehan currently serves as the foundation’s Treasurer.