Meet the Foundation Team

Meet the Foundation Team

 

Overdeck Family Foundation’s team brings together a diverse group of individuals who share a passion for improving the future of American education. We are teachers, parents, policy makers, academics, and data scientists who are driven by the desire to find and scale evidence-based and innovative ideas that will improve children’s lives for generations to come.

Anu Malipatil, Vice President, Education, is the Foundation’s founding team member, bringing with her over 15 years of K-12 education experience. Anu’s responsibilities include working with the Trustees to set the Foundation’s goals and priorities and overseeing the team’s program, impact and learning, communications, and people/operations workstreams. Prior to joining Overdeck Family Foundation, she was a Regents Research Fund Fellow at the New York State Education Department, where she led and managed the $70M statewide curriculum effort, resulting in the most widely used math curriculum in the U.S. Previously, 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. Anu is a New York Regional Board Member for Teach For America, a Steering Committee Member for the Education Funder Strategy Group, and a Founding Board Member for Coney Island Preparatory Charter School. She holds a Master’s in Teaching from Pace University and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Emory; she is also a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program at Columbia Business School. Anu enjoys spending weekends in her local community of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, exploring the world, doing yoga, and spending time with close friends and family.

Ginna Lance, Team Operations Analyst, leads operations for the organization, focused on hiring, finance, governance, and strategic planning. She previously worked in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden, where she served as the Director of Scheduling and Deputy Director of Operations where 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 and 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. Ginna enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and rooting for the Washington Capitals.

Lina Eroh, Communications Officer, leads both internal and external communications efforts at the organization, working closely with grantees and the Foundation team. Previously, Lina led marketing and communication teams at numerous startups, guiding them through fundraising rounds, growth and scaling challenges, 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. Lina is an avid traveler, with 35 countries under her belt. Nowadays, she’s more likely to spend weekends with her young daughter, husband, and giant schnauzer.

Allie Steel, Data and Learning Analyst, leads the Foundation’s data management and visualization efforts. She also supports the team on assessing impact, setting and monitoring progress towards goals, and using data and evidence to learn and improve. Prior to joining the Foundation, Allie earned an M.S. in Statistics from Virginia Tech. While at Virginia Tech, Allie worked as an associate collaborator in the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis where she provided statistical advice and assistance to student and faculty researchers across the campus. She graduated summa cum laude with honors from Wake Forest University with a B.S. degree in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education. Allie visits her home state of West Virginia as often as she can, and she enjoys trying out new recipes for the Foundation’s monthly Data + Desserts meetings.

Wendy Castillo, Research and Learning Analyst, recently earned her Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. As a Harvard Strategic Data Project (SDP) Fellow, she leads the Foundation’s efforts to build an evidence-based research agenda and evaluate the impact of research grants. Wendy’s past research has included rigorous, multi-method program evaluations of K-12 curriculum interventions as well of occupational training programs for high school graduates. Before her graduate work, Wendy taught elementary school in both Miami-Dade Public Schools and abroad as a Fulbright Scholar. In addition to a Ph.D., Wendy holds an M.S.Ed. in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami and a A.B. in International Relations from Brown University. She also lectures at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. In her free time, Wendy enjoys wine tasting, dancing, and eating exotic meats.

Carly Roberts, Program Officer, leads the Early Impact portfolio, which aims to create strong foundations for early learning by supporting families of young children. Carly has worked in education and early childhood throughout her career, working as a consultant for school districts and coaching Head Start teachers prior to joining the Foundation in 2014. Her philanthropy experience includes consultancies with Robin Hood Foundation and the Newark Trust for Education. Carly also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Horton’s Kids, providing comprehensive services for children and families in an under-resourced neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Carly earned a 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. She enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, eating her way around NYC, and dancing, and now does all of those things with her husband and infant son.

Stephanie Sharp, Program Analyst, is responsible for supporting and sourcing grantee organizations for the Early Impact portfolio. Stephanie brings with her experience in scaling edtech companies – both platform and content – via partnerships and implementation models. Prior to that, Stephanie taught Pre-K in Baltimore City Public Schools through Teach For America. She earned her M.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. Outside of work, Stephanie supports the School of American Ballet, an institution of which she is an alumna, and enjoys speaking Swedish with her husband over kanelbullar.

Jiun Kimm, Program Analyst, sources and supports organizations and researchers that work to empower educators for the Exceptional Educators portfolio. Jiun is a trained social justice facilitator and has seven years of experience in education and teacher preparation, with a focus on teacher diversity. Previously, she served as the Director of People & Operations at Teach For America – New York, where she drove strategic planning, led staff learning and development, and founded regional diversity initiatives. Prior to this role, Jiun coached educators in leadership development and piloted work in culturally relevant pedagogy for school partners throughout the Bronx and Queens. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member in Harlem and received her M.S. in Education from Hunter College and B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University. Jiun serves as the Programming Chair on the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York Associate Board and enjoys food tours and discovering Spotify’s latest songs on RapCaviar.

Britt Neuhaus, Program Officer, leads the Innovative Schools portfolio, supporting school models that provide children an engaging and challenging education that meets both academic and socioemotional needs. Previously Britt managed and grew volunteer partnerships for Citizen Schools. Most recently, she spent three years at the NYC DOE iZone’s, serving as an implementation coach for schools adopting innovative models, and later launching a blended learning teacher training program. She began her career in New York City public schools as a bilingual elementary teacher through Teach For America. Britt holds a Master’s in Teaching from Pace University and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Latin American studies from Middlebury College. She spent five years of her life living in South America, and tries to visit a new country every year. She also keeps a list of karaoke songs at the ready in case you need a suggestion.

Ipek Bakir, Program Analyst, sources and supports organizations for the Innovative Schools portfolio, collecting and analyzing data from grantees and researchers to determine high-impact investment areas. Previously, Ipek was a founding member of the nonprofit organization Technology for Education Consortium, where she worked to bring transparency to edtech procurement and helped school districts with the selection and implementation of edtech products. Her time at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education (CBCSE) at Columbia University also informs her work on cost analyses for all the Foundation’s grantees. Ipek 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. Ipek is a native of Turkey and enjoys making clay pottery, hiking across boroughs, and attending the NYC Century Bike Tour.

Brian Carter, Program Officer, leads the Inspired Minds portfolio, which works to increase the quantity and quality of out-of-school STEM learning experiences for all students. Previously, Brian was an Executive Director with CCS, a fundraising and strategic management consulting firm. Prior to that, Brian worked at the U.S. Department of State to increase international cooperation among scientists. In 2008-2009, Brian worked on education policy for then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Brian started his career teaching science in D.C. and New York City. He 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. Brian is on the advisory board for Bard High School Early College, and enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring Brooklyn with his dog, Leon.

Gemma Lenowitz, Program Analyst, sources and supports organizations for the Inspired Minds portfolio, collecting and analyzing data from grantees and researchers to determine high-impact investing areas. Previously, she served as a STEM coordinator and 12th grade lead at MESA Charter High School, where she founded and coached a robotics team, taught Bioengineering and Computer Science, and implemented edtech and project-based learning. In 2016, 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. As a 2013 Teach for America corps member, she earned an MAT from Fordham University after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. Gemma serves on the Young Professionals Board of Breakthrough New York and likes live music and the great outdoors.

Eric Miley, Program Officer, leads the Data for Action portfolio, which aims to increase the usability and connectivity of cross-sector data in order to accelerate insights that improve research, practice and policy. Eric joined the Overdeck Family Foundation from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he worked on research, data and technology innovation, program and project development, and strategic management consulting. While at Casey, Eric led highly visible innovation projects with partners from Silicon Valley, large federal agencies, and the Obama White House. Eric began his career with New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services, working in the juvenile justice system. He earned a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from the University at Albany, an MBA from the University of Baltimore, and M.S in Information Technology Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Eric enjoys cooking, traveling, playing golf, and watching NY sports teams – especially the Knicks and Giants.

James Marion, Secretary, assists the foundation staff with grants management 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).

Tanya Sheehan serves as the foundation’s Treasurer.