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.
Lina Eroh, Communications Officer, has spent her career creating brand, marketing, and communications strategies for companies across private and public sectors. She has led marketing and communication teams at numerous startups, guiding them through fundraising rounds and mergers and acquisitions. She has also played key roles on corporate communication teams for iconic consumer brands, such as eBay. Lina graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Communications and minors in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She also holds an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.
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 Overdeck Family Foundation 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.
Ipek Bakir, Program Analyst, Innovative Schools, has a background in educational economics and has worked in several different areas within the K-12 education space. Most recently, Ipek was a founding member of the nonprofit organization, Technology for Education Consortium, working to bring transparency to edtech procurement and helping school districts with the selection and implementation of edtech products. Prior to this role, Ipek consulted charter schools and educational for-profit and non-profit programs with cost based impact analyses, including, but not limited to, teacher development and after school programs. Her focus on cost analyses is driven by her work at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education (CBCSE), where she was a part of the research team that launched the Cost Tool Kit. She earned her Master’s in Economics and Education from Teachers College Columbia University, and graduated cum laude from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Studies.
Jiun Kimm, Program Analyst, Exceptional Educators, joined Overdeck Family Foundation from Teach For America, where she served as New York’s Director of People & Operations. As Director, Jiun revamped the region’s infrastructure, drove regional strategic planning, and directed staff learning and development. In this role, she also led the region’s diversity and inclusion work and championed national initiatives for the organization’s Asian Pacific Islander American teachers and students. Prior to this role, Jiun coached PreK-12th grade educators and school leaders in leadership development across the Bronx and Queens, specializing in a focus on culturally relevant pedagogy. During her tenure at Teach For America, Jiun piloted teacher fellowships in values-based leadership development and culturally relevant pedagogy, worked to institutionalize staff development in diversity and inclusion, and established partnerships with organizations across the city in advocacy of communities of color. Jiun began her work in education as an educator in Harlem. She earned her Master’s in Education from Hunter College and graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Economics.
Gemma Lenowitz, Program Analyst, Inspired Minds, has a background in education, school leadership, and cognitive development. She joined Overdeck Family Foundation from MESA Charter High School, where she served as a STEM coordinator and 12th grade lead. In this role, she founded and coached a FIRST Robotics program, taught Bioengineering and Computer Science courses through partnerships with Project Lead the Way and TEALS, and implemented education technology and project-based learning. Gemma received an Allen Distinguished Educator award for innovative teaching in bioengineering, and incorporated neuroscience into her classroom through the Brain Insight Teacher Scholar program at Columbia University. Previously, Gemma was a Teach for America corps member and served as a founding science teacher at Invictus Preparatory Charter School. Gemma earned a Master’s in Teaching from Fordham University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Cognitive Science.
Stephanie Sharp, Program Analyst, Early Impact, has worked in several different areas within the K-12 education space. Most recently, Stephanie worked in edtech, helping companies establish partnerships and implementation models with large urban school districts and early learning centers to disseminate content and platform services. Before that, Stephanie taught Pre-K in Baltimore City Public Schools through Teach For America. She earned her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Johns Hopkins University, and graduated cum laude from George Washington University with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Ginna Lance, Team Operations Analyst, joined Overdeck Family Foundation from the Office of Vice President Joe Biden, where she served as the Director of Scheduling and Deputy Director of Operations. In this role, she developed and managed Vice President Biden’s strategic and long-term schedule, including domestic and foreign travel. Prior to working in the Vice President’s Office, Ginna was Administrative Manager to the Chief Experience Officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In 2012, Ginna was the Scheduler for Vice President Joe Biden during the Obama-Biden re-election campaign, where she oversaw the Vice President’s campaign travel and events. She began her career at the Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration. Ginna holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.