About

Vision

The Possible Project uses entrepreneurship as a framework to close the skills and opportunities gap facing young people with untapped potential.

Mission

The Possible Project works to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in our students, developing the social-emotional skills necessary to work collaboratively and solve problems in a high-level career path. We guide students through a dynamic curriculum, including hands-on work experience and individualized career planning, to develop the personal qualities that predict future professional success.

Values

We know that anything is possible. Here are the values we foster in our students and our staff.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Youth creating possibilities
RESPECT – Show care and consideration for yourself and your communities
TEAMWORK – Cooperate and collaborate
RESILIENCE – Display effort and optimism when facing adversity
INTEGRITY – Hold yourself to the highest ethical standards
FUN – Bring joy and passion to whatever you do

History

Lifelong entrepreneurs Mark and Becky Levin founded The Possible Project (TPP) in 2010 to fulfill a dream of creating a place where young people can become entrepreneurs and, in the process, acquire a host of personal and professional skills that will propel them to long-term success in life, education, and their careers.

We opened our first site in Cambridge, Massachusetts and serve students from all three public high schools (Cambridge Rindge & Latin, Community Charter School of Cambridge, and Prospect Hill Academy Charter School). In 2016, we welcomed our first students from Boston’s Madison Park Vocational Technical High School, expanding to a second site in Massachusetts. One day, we plan to bring our program to underserved communities in other states and around the globe.

The Possible Project Team

Becky Levin

Becky Levin

Executive Director
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About Becky Levin

Becky brings three decades of business experience to the role of Executive Director, in addition to a strong background in non-profit philanthropy.  Becky founded Levin and Company, a search consulting firm with five domestic offices and an international affiliate, where she was CEO and then Executive Chairman.  She also serves as an Honorary Board Member for The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and was a Member of the Board of Trustees for Partners In Health through November 2014.  A Co-Founder of The Possible Project, Becky has worked internally with the organization from the onset in various capacities including as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence, General Manager of Cambridge Made Possible, and Chief Business Officer. She was named Executive Director in May 2014. Becky is actively involved as a philanthropist for the healthcare field, children's issues, and the arts.  She is a photographer and loves to travel.

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Dora Boudreau

Dora Boudreau

Chief of Staff
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About Dora Boudreau

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Robert Finnegan

Robert Finnegan

Vice President, Business Alliances
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About Robert Finnegan

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Tamar Gaffin-Cahn

Tamar Gaffin-Cahn

Entrepreneurship Education Associate
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About Tamar Gaffin-Cahn

Tamar comes to The Possible Project with a social enterprise and international development background including a love for youth engagement. Before TPP, Tamar lived in India for one year as the Outreach and Social Media Coordinator for BookBox, a literacy education company. To get to India, she studied social enterprises and impact investing through Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey as part of the Frontier Market Scout (FMS) fellowship. Previous to FMS, Tamar participated in StartingBloc, a transformative innovation, and entrepreneurship professional development program directly after graduating from Binghamton University where she studied International Social Change (yes, she created her own major) with a minor in Africana Studies. Tamar also has years of experience working as a summer camp counselor at Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire creating dynamic and fun programming for teenagers. Outside of TPP, you can find Tamar going on adventures whether it be hiking, traveling, learning about the stars, or getting lost staring at maps. Don't judge, as a life-long vegetarian, Tamar has been found eating a green pepper like an apple.

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Wes Hadley

Wes Hadley

Operations Coordinator
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About Wes Hadley

Wes came to the Possible Project all the way from the great state of Indiana with a background in social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and community delvelopment. He is a strong believer that many of societies most important challenges can be solved when creative, passionate community leaders and innovators come together to leverage business and technology for good. Wes has worked in the past with several social-impact focused startups and nonprofit organizations including an online fundraising company that he co-founded, a curbside composting company, and a data analytics company that is focused on fighting against colony collapse disorder in the beekeeping industry. He has also helped coach several entrepreneurs on their path to starting public benefit corporations or applying to become certified B Corps. As an educator Wes hopes to inspire the next generation of changemakers- whether students choose to become electricians, doctors, or social entrepreneurs- he believes that they all have the ability and the responsibility to create a positive impact in their communities.

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Nancy Jones

Nancy Jones

Vice President, Development and Partnerships
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About Nancy Jones

I am deeply driven by The Possible Project’s commitment to ensure each of our students believe anything is possible – and to help them acquire the skills and mindsets to get achieve those things. My time is spent in the community with thoughtful organizations and people – like you – who care about Greater Boston’s young people. Ask me about how to get involved in our work, the possibilities are many. I am a mom first, raising children – who are now pretty amazing adults – in urban environs I, and they, experienced firsthand what can happen when students do not have the necessary skills, supports and resources to thrive. It is why for more than 20 years I’ve worked on K-12 education reforms; been president of the PTA; and, raised money to help fill some of the gaps. When I am not working to help some of our neediest youth, you can likely find me in the kitchen most often working on a soup or pie.

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Kelsey Katahira

Kelsey Katahira

Entrepreneurship Education Manager
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About Kelsey Katahira

Kelsey brings to The Possible Project an entrepreneurial spirit and love for youth development. Kelsey graduated from Northeastern University with a BA in Human Services and Sociology. While attending university, she worked at several non-profit organizations and youth programs including TPP. She also served as a leader among her peers and received the Americorp Education Award for her dedication to community service. Her passion for helping others and participation in service trips to New Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic reinforced her desire to pursue a career in public service. Kelsey is excited to be back in the Boston area, but dearly misses her Chicago deep dish pizza and Bulls fans.

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Jack Keeley

Jack Keeley

Business & Design Manager
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About Jack Keeley

As Business and Design Manager, Jack leads design projects and business initiatives for TPP's in-house enterprise, Made Possible. Jack’s expertise in the “digi-fab” world largely comes from his time managing danger!awesome - a commercial design studio in Cambridge - where he supervised a diverse and abundant range of client projects, as well as a team of local artists, teachers, and technicians. Before his foray into design in teaching, Jack worked with youth in the mental health field and spent time studying in Massachusetts and England. Perhaps ironically, Jack credits his study of English as an invaluable source for entrepreneurial inspiration and an overall ethos of developing ‘accessibility’ in the realms of business, design, mental health, and education.

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Sandro Lafontant

Sandro Lafontant

Social Enterprise Operations Associate
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About Sandro Lafontant

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Kate Mackie

Kate Mackie

Business & Education Coordinator
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About Kate Mackie

Kate brings over 10 years of experience volunteering and working with a variety of education non-profit organizations in the US, Australia, and Thailand. She is passionate about educational equity and empowering young people to have a greater voice in their communities. As a Business & Education Associate, Kate works within the Enterprise Team and helps run the We Sell Possible business. Kate has a Master’s Degree in Education Policy & Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. She previously worked a corporate lawyer in her home town of Melbourne, Australia. Outside of TPP, Kate loves to travel the world, visit her family in Australia, and cook Italian food.

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Yannick Monteiro

Yannick Monteiro

Business and Design Associate
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About Yannick Monteiro

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Pete November

Pete November

Chief Operating Officer
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About Pete November

Pete brings extensive experience in non-profit leadership, especially strategic planning, and has helped organizations navigate periods of significant change and expansion. Prior to joining The Possible Project, Pete worked as a consultant to support operations and key initiatives across multiple clients. Previously, Pete served as Chief Strategy Officer at iMentor, COO at the Center for Time and Learning, and as Regional Vice President at City Year.

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Amy O'Doherty

Amy O'Doherty

Director of Grants
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About Amy O'Doherty

Amy brings over 24 years of fundraising experience to her role as Director of Grants. Prior to joining TPP, she worked for several non-profit social service agencies in Boston including Rosie’s Place and Jane Doe, Inc., served on several boards in support of women in politics, and worked on numerous political campaigns and policy initiatives. She was Director of Development for over six years for Hearth, an organization dedicated to ending elder homelessness. Most recently, Amy was a Senior Advancement Officer at the Museum of Science for nine years where she was part of a team that raised over $288 million for the Museum’s first comprehensive capital campaign. Amy has a Master’s Degree in Communications from Emerson College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Salve Regina University. Having lived in the Boston community for over two decades, Amy is committed to supporting her community by connecting youth to opportunities that will help them develop their skills and find a meaningful career path. A world traveler, Amy enjoys learning about other cultures and traditions and collecting nursery rhyme books from around the world. Outside of work, you can find her traveling, of course, as well as knitting, reading, and searching for treasures at antique fairs and ephemera shows.

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Tatiana Olaru

Tatiana Olaru

Entrepreneurship Education Associate
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About Tatiana Olaru

Tatiana has always considered education and diversity as fundamental factors in achieving social development. Before TPP she worked closely with federal agencies, community development corporations and policy groups in order to develop effective strategies for youth in urban communities. While living in Fresno, California Tatiana partnered with FIRM, an organization that serves the needs of over 6,500 refugees through holistic youth outreach and enrichment programs, elder citizenship and advocacy. She has also collaborated with the Parent-Child Home Program in order to serve families with small children challenged by poverty, low-levels of education and has taught prenatal and child development curriculum at Hampshire County Healthy Families, a home-based program that supports first-time, teen parents. Tatiana is a former Upward Bound Scholar and has a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College. She speaks Greek and Romanian, enjoys playing tennis and collecting vintage children's books.

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Jonathan Palumbo

Jonathan Palumbo

Director of Communications
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About Jonathan Palumbo

Jonathan has two decades of experience working in a variety of roles in public education. He was previously responsible for advancing City Year Boston's partnerships with elected and public officials, community leaders, and the press. Before joining City Year Boston, Jonathan was Communications Director at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education where he worked closely with the Governor and Secretary of Education to advance policy and reform initiatives across primary, secondary, and higher education. Earlier in his career, Jonathan worked in the Superintendent’s office at the Boston Public Schools on strategic communications and public affairs and led media relations for the Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Education. Jonathan serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Advisors at EPIC, is an active member of the Friends of Lovin’ Spoonfuls, and volunteers regularly at Community Servings. He holds a B.A. in Communications from Franklin Pierce University.

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Ricky Richardson

Ricky Richardson

Entrepreneurship Education Associate
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About Ricky Richardson

Learning is a journey: it takes you to new places and introduces you to new ways of thinking. Ricky took a new step in his own journey when he flew from Memphis, TN to study mathematics and music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (He could often be found in rehearsal rooms or on stage singing with his friends.) After spending many summers working with middle and high school students, Ricky became a high school math and science at the Community Charter School of Cambridge. All of his work as a student, teacher, and advisor have developed a deep interest in community, mentorship, music, learning, and storytelling. Ricky values helping people to discover paths towards their best lives. His journey is made with a smile, a song, and a lot of laughter.

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Noel Sanders

Noel Sanders

Administrative Assistant
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About Noel Sanders

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David Selles

David Selles

Makerspace Education Manager
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About David Selles

David has always been passionate about making and creating with digital tools and loves using creative technologies as a vehicle to kindle students’ curiosity, self-expression, and motivation in STEAM education. After graduating from Bennington College where he studied mathematics, education, and digital art, David worked at the Flagship Computer Clubhouse at the Museum of Science - Boston, a drop-in digital media studio and community space for youth from underserved communities, and later as a Senior Technician and Education Lead at Danger!Awesome, a commercial makerspace in Cambridge’s Central Square. David never grew out of his love of taking things apart as a child, although these days he’s better at putting things back together again.

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Soyini Vicente

Soyini Vicente

Bookkeeper
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About Soyini Vicente

Soyini is an experienced Full Charge Bookkeeper and Certified Office Manager with over 22 years of experience in operations, administration, and accounting. She is a member of the National Bookkeeper's Association; and is currently enrolled in an accounting program towards becoming a Certified Bookkeeper. Soyini has worked with several nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston. She has served as a direct support, gate keeper and right-hand for C Level Executives, Senior Management, Small Business Owners, and CPAs since the start of her career in 1996. Soyini enjoys everything relating to cosmetology and is graduate of Blaine Hair & Beauty School. When she is not working you can find her at home watching re-runs of Frasier or Law & Order.

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Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor

Vice President, Evaluation and Learning
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About Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy began his career as a youth mentor and has spent his entire professional experience committed to improving opportunity across a wide range of public policy from youth development to housing to education, and beyond. He shares our deeply held belief in all students and I am looking forward to him joining our team. Jeremy brings with him more than a decade of experience in research and a nationally-recognized expertise in Social and Emotional Learning, improvement science, assessment, and system-wide implementation. He most recently worked as the Director of Assessment and Continuous Improvement at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) where he oversaw efforts of continuous improvement and technical assistance to 17 partner districts across the country serving more than two million students. Over the course of his career, his research has earned funding across 10 different projects, he's presented at more than two dozen conferences and symposia, and he has been published more than a dozen times. Jeremy will lead our efforts to build on the strong foundation of the Evaluation and Learning department and join many of our ongoing conversations about program development and expansion.

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Sam Dubin

Sam Dubin

Development Associate
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About Sam Dubin

As Development Associate, Sam brings to TPP a deep interest in people and a passion for working with communities to build thoughtful, strategically-driven fundraising systems to drive lasting and meaningful change. He manages the TPP donor database and the Annual Fund, and leads all efforts to ensure The Possible Project is communicating in a powerful way with our network of supporters and champions. A California native, Sam brings years of experience working in development and communications in various small-shop nonprofits since graduating from Emerson College. Outside of his work at TPP, you can find Sam outside reading a book or playing frisbee, or at a show standing too close to the speakers. He enjoys cooking, a good joke, and always has time to meet your dog.

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Natanja Craig Oquendo

Natanja Craig Oquendo

Vice President, Community Partnerships
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About Natanja Craig Oquendo

Natanja Craig Oquendo brings her passion for authentic community engagement, as well as her commitment to helping young people explore all the possibilities this world has to offer as Vice President for Community Partnerships. Natanja has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit and philanthropic leadership and believes that bringing the right people together delivers a “return on community” through engagement and social responsibility.  She loves to be embedded in neighborhoods, seeking out unlikely leaders and unsung heroes who are driving positive change in their communities. Prior to joining The Possible Project, Natanja held positions with The Boston Foundation, Fidelity Investments, The Partnership, Inc., and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. Natanja currently serves on the advisory board of My Life My Choice, More than Words, and Learning to Give Foundation.

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Yasenia Dudley

Yasenia Dudley

Director of Education
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About Yasenia Dudley

Yasenia is an Afro-Latina, born and raised in Boston, MA. She brings many years of experience working in education and youth development across the region to the position. As Director of Education, Yasenia is leading day-to-day operations of our programs, ensuring that students have a high quality experience across our sites. She is focusing on staff leadership, collaborating with the team on our curriculum and instructional practices, and building on our partnerships with local and statewide leaders in education. Yasenia is working toward a Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Urban Leadership from the Johns Hopkins School of Education and has earned a Masters of Arts in Counseling and Health Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Among her many roles in education, she most recently served as the Vice Principal of City on a Hill Public Charter School in Roxbury. Previously, she was Dean of Students at the Brooke Charter School in East Boston and has served in many roles working with youth at the Washington Irving Middle School, Department of Children and Families, the Behavior Development Group, Big Sisters, and the Boys and Girls Club in Boston. In her free time, Yasenia likes to spend time with her family and friends, work out, and relax with her chocolate Lab Kaleeci and Shorkie Caspian. She loves to try new foods and is always on the search for hidden gems where she can experience new flavors. Based on her experience and her leadership, Yasenia was honored as a member of the Boston Latino 30 Under 30 List and was selected as an Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellow.

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Nana Younge

Nana Younge

Entrepreneurship Education Associate
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About Nana Younge

Nana’s journey in the entrepreneurship world started at an early age. Between the ages of 14 and 16, she started and led a total of 3 ventures in her community while serving as a student youth leader at 8 different nonprofit organizations. Nana went on to earn a bachelors in entrepreneurship with a concentration in innovation from the University of Massachusetts Lowell while running a nonprofit organization she founded in 2015 called Get Girls Going. As an immigrant and a first-generation black woman, Nana brings all of her life experiences and passion for youth to The Possible Project. Nana hopes to use entrepreneurship as a tool to empower youth to create, lead, and make change like she did at their age. She knows that exposure to entrepreneurship and education changed her life and can do the same for the students she will serve here at TPP.

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Kathleen Jarman

Kathleen Jarman

Research and Analytics Associate
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About Kathleen Jarman

Kathleen comes to The Possible Project with a passion for fostering educational equity and a commitment to empowering young people to be change agents in their communities. Kathleen served as a school-based college and career adviser with the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps. During her time with the Advising Corps, Kathleen witnessed firsthand the transformative power access to meaningful educational opportunities can have on both students and their communities. Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College and a master’s of education in Education Policy & Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys exploring New England, spending time with family, and curling up with a cup of coffee and a good book.

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Tesh Pimentel

Tesh Pimentel

Executive Assistant
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About Tesh Pimentel

Tesh was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Boston at a very young age. She attended the Boston Public School system, which started her journey in sociology and exposed her to the importance of being a woman of color in educational spaces. She was awarded the James Baldwin Scholarship, which allowed her to attend Hampshire College on a full-ride and learn race, sexuality, gender, and prison studies. Before arriving at The Possible Project, Tesh had worked in education for over 7 years. Her previous job at City on a Hill was as both an Office Manager and leadership team administrator. After working at the Dudley Square location for 4 school years, she knew she wanted to continue working in education, but at an administration level. When Tesh is not working, you can find her reading a book, watching sappy romantic comedies, watching hockey or football, and spending quality time with her little sister.

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Marie Michl

Marie Michl

Entrepreneurship Education Associate
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About Marie Michl

Marie comes to The Possible Project with a passion for helping students discover their power as lifelong learners and creative entrepreneurs, inspiring them to build strong and bright futures for themselves and their families. Marie first realized the power of education working as a democracy coach for the nonprofit Generation Citizen. During her time at Generation Citizen Marie helped students achieve change on issues like raising the State budget for youth job programs and reducing smoking among high school students by lowering the legal age to buy tobacco in Boston. Marie brings an extensive knowledge of what it takes to run a business through her work with small business owners in JP as a part of the Small Business Services team at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. Marie grew up in Minnesota, which imparted a strong love of the outdoors. She runs outside all year long, bikes through the winter snow, and eats ice cream even when it is below freezing.

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Ana Kilani

Ana Kilani

Social Enterprise Specialist
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About Ana Kilani

Ana loves life. She also loves design, education, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Ana believes in empowering women and children in DOING things. At 16, she started selling her unwanted clothes out of a "boutique" in her parents living room. In more ways than one, she outgrew her operation. Since then, she's earned two degrees and traveled around North America & Europe exploring entrepreneurship and innovation, from working in Silicon Valley, to founding her own company, to volunteering in Lebanon. Ana says her most valuable skill is the ability to try, fail, learn, and try again.

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Sammy Redd

Sammy Redd

Senior Director of Post-Secondary Pathways
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About Sammy Redd

Sammy is new to Boston, coming to TPP from Virginia where he built and directed a regional college access program that served low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation-college students. During his two decades as an educator, Sammy has helped thousands of students develop pathways leading to success in college and career. A recognized leader in education and community development, he has served as board chair for several nonprofit organizations, including the Virginia College Access Network, the Virginia ACT State Council, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Sammy graduated from Yale University with a BA in Art History. He earned a MS in Community and College Counseling from Longwood University and has completed the Duke University Certificate in Non-Profit Management. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Vanderbilt University. Sammy enjoys traveling, art, and spending time with family and friends. He is excited to call himself a Bostonian and looks forward to experiencing the culture and beauty of New England.

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Meg Riordan, Ph.D.

Meg Riordan, Ph.D.

Chief Learning Officer
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About Meg Riordan, Ph.D.

Positively impacting the lives of students and teachers has been central to Meg's career in education, which spans more than 25 years. Prior to joining us, she was the Director of External Research at EL Education, where she spearheaded several key projects, including a five-year Investing in Innovation randomized controlled trial to study the impact of curriculum and coaching on students' achievement and teachers' practice. She also served as the Regional Director at NYC Outward Bound Schools, supporting a network of 11 EL Education middle and high schools. She guided leaders in their strategic planning, facilitated professional learning, and provided instructional leadership to EL Education coaches. Meg's publications include Going to Scale with New School Designs: Reinventing High School (Teachers College Press, 2009) as well as numerous journal articles in the Journal of Experiential Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Equity and Excellence in Education, among others; and blog posts (The Huffington Post, Quiet Revolution, and Edutopia). Meg’s research centers on teacher professional learning and students' learning experiences, deeper learning and equity, scaling up educational models, continuous improvement, and experiential education. Meg earned her B.A. in Education from Marquette University, her M.A. in Writing from DePaul University, and her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from New York University. Meg taught middle and high school English in Milwaukee and Chicago and English as a Second Language at DePaul University and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan. She was in the inaugural cohort of the Deeper Learning Equity Fellows and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania's Project-Based Learning Teacher Certificate Program. In her free time, Meg runs ultra-marathons and studies circus arts (trapeze and aerial fabric).

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Orin Gutlerner

Orin Gutlerner

Chief People Officer
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About Orin Gutlerner

Orin has spent over two decades trying to make sure that young people have what they need to be successful in school and beyond. He started his career in the classroom in rural North Carolina through one of the early cohorts of Teach for America, and then became obsessed with the question of how to prepare game-changing teachers for schools that serve low-income communities. That interest led to positions at the Massachusetts Department of Education, where he focused on creating alternative pathways into the teaching profession, and Harvard University, where he directed the Undergraduate Teacher Education program. He then had an opportunity to help launch his own teacher prep program as the founding director of the Match Teacher Residency and Sposato Graduate School of Education, which was one of the first grad schools in the country to grow out of a K-12 school. Most recently, Orin served as Match's Chief Academic Officer as well as the Shah Family Foundation's Director of Education. Along the way, he coached high school basketball for 10 years and is easily distracted by anyone who wants to stop by and talk hoops. Orin lives in Dorchester and is the proud parent of two kids growing up in the Boston Public Schools.

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Board of Directors

Glenn Batchelder

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About Glenn Batchelder

Glenn Batchelder was most recently co-founder and CEO of Civitas Therapeutics, a pulmonary delivery company with a lead program for treating Parkinson’s disease that was acquired by Acorda Therapeutics. Prior to Civitas, he was the founding CEO of BIND Therapeutics (BIND), a leading nanotherapeutics company. Prior to BIND, Mr. Batchelder was the initial CEO of Acceleron Pharma (XLRN) an oncology and supportive care biotherapeutics company. Prior to Acceleron, Mr. Batchelder was Senior Vice President of Operations at Millennium Pharmaceuticals where he played an integral leadership role in the launch of VELCADE® and was responsible for the commercial supply chain and technical operations for INTEGRILIN®. Mr. Batchelder received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 1984 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.

Cynthia Harmon

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About Cynthia Harmon

Cynthia A. Harmon is currently the Chief Operating Officer of NorthStar Asset Management, Inc., a socially responsible investment management firm. She joined NorthStar in September 2018 after completing twenty-three years of service to The Park School in Brookline, where she held a variety of positions, including the Head of School: From engagement in strategic planning to curriculum and program development to faculty recruitment, evaluation, and professional development. Cynthia demonstrated vision, skilled leadership, and worked tirelessly to increase the school’s diverse populations. She has presented at the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference and served on numerous academic committees as well as on the boards of Thompson Island Outward Bound Educational Center and Boston Center for Community and Justice. As an educator and administrator, Cynthia has been required to balance both big-picture thinking and attention to detail, and she sees those skills as essential elements to running a successful, mission-driven institution. Her new role at NorthStar allows her to bring a fresh perspective to the systems and processes that support the company's Client Services, Investment, and Operations Teams.

Cynthia eagerly supports organizations whose missions are dedicated to social justice, education, and youth leadership. In 2010, she began her exciting Possible Project journey as one of the founding members on the Board of Directors. In addition to her ongoing work with TPP, she serves on the Board of Trustees at the Cambridge School of Weston and on the Board of Visitors at Fenway Health.  A native of Philadelphia, Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music degree in classical voice.

Mark Levin

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About Mark Levin

Mark is a biotechnology industry visionary with more than 36 years of industry experience, 25 years of which he spent building and operating leading biotech companies, including Millennium Pharmaceuticals. In 2007, Mark co-founded Third Rock Ventures, a life sciences venture firm, which focuses on the formation, development, and business strategy of its portfolio companies, as well as actively identifying and evaluating new investments. He is Co-Founder of The Possible Project.

Dr. Makeeba McCreary

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About Dr. Makeeba McCreary

Makeeba McCreary joined the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in January 2019 as the first Chief of Learning and Community Engagement. Her portfolio in this role encompasses public programs, learning programs, Interpretation and inclusion overseeing more than 60 full and part time employees, and another 300 active volunteers. Prior to joining the Museum, she was most recently Chief of Staff and then Managing Director and Senior Advisor of External Affairs at Boston Public Schools where she worked with the Mayor, School Committee, Superintendent, and district leadership to engage members of the Boston community and expand their efforts to garner positive attention for the many accomplishments of Boston students, teachers, and alumni. Previously she worked with global brands such as Nike Inc., Jordan Brand, National Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Darden Inc. Makeeba’s early career was spent in direct service delivery with opportunity youth. In addition to her youth-facing work, she has designed, programmed, and driven policy for supported team-problem solving with urban public school teachers. The goal of these efforts was to to reduce the disproportionate special education designation of black and latino children – particularly boys. McCreary's current portfolio touches the early childhood to college pipeline and along the way emphasizes the inclusion of students with special needs, experiencing housing instability and those most marginalized by the opportunity and achievement gaps. McCreary earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an EdD. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jay Moody

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About Jay Moody

Jay led the innovation programs of publicly traded companies for many years, and is now working to bring innovation and entrepreneurship skills to Boston-area youth. In 2000, after a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT in the Research Lab of Electronics, he helped launch a web-based startup called Vistaprint, which grew to 3,000 employees and $2B market capitalization within 10 years. At Vistaprint, Jay led the New Products Group, and then conceived and directed Vistaprint's Innovation Program. In 2011, Jay joined Intuit (maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks, etc.) as Innovation Leader, where he directed a program to help employees launch new lines of business for the company. Jay is now applying innovation strategies developed in corporate environments to solve problems outside of the corporate world. He has taught innovation and entrepreneurship to middle and high school students in various programs around Boston (Citizen Schools, The Possible Project, Youth CITIES, Wayland High School) and is particularly interested in bringing entrepreneurial skills to underserved youth. Jay holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, a master's in Japanese Language Pedagogy, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science. He lives with his wife and three basketball-loving boys in Wayland, MA.

Maria Z. Mossaides, Esq.

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About Maria Z. Mossaides, Esq.

Maria is currently the Director of the Office of the Child Advocate.  She previously served in many prestigious positions for the state, including Executive Director of Cambridge Family and Children's Service, General Counsel and Acting Commissioner of the Office for Children and Deputy General Counsel to the Department of Social Services. For nine years Maria worked for the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, first as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Justice and then as the Administrative Assistant to the Justices, the first woman appointed to the position. Maria graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, received her law degree from SUNY at Buffalo, and a MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She currently teaches a course in Law and Ethics for Non-Profits at Suffolk University. Maria is active in numerous civic and business organizations and was honored by Massachusetts Law Weekly at their 3rd annual "Top Women of Law" event.

Laurence Reid, Ph.D.

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About Laurence Reid, Ph.D.

Laurence is the CEO at Warp Drive Bio LLC. Prior to that he worked as the Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. Before his position at Alnylam, Laurence was the Chief Business Officer at Ensemble Discovery, where he led the company's strategic planning, product strategy, and corporate development efforts. During 2004-2005, Laurence worked as a founder of two startup companies in the fields of stem cell therapeutics and inflammation. Laurence previously spent ten years at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in a range of general management and business development positions. From 2001-2003, Laurence served as General Manager of Millennium UK with responsibility for Millennium's European operations and as spokesperson to the European investor and media communities. Previously (1998-2001), he had been the Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning for the company's predictive medicine efforts.

Dr. Michelle Sanchez

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About Dr. Michelle Sanchez

Dr. Sanchez earned her B.A., M.Ed. and Ed.D. at Boston College. While at Boston College, she was in the Donovan Scholars Program for teachers committed to urban education. In 2010, she completed her doctorate at Boston College in Educational Administration with a focus on strengthening the family and school partnership. She began her career as a founding Math and Science teacher at Epiphany School in 1998 when the school first opened, and served as the vice principal and director of the school’s summer program before taking on the role of principal in 2002. Currently, she is working with Epiphany to find ways to make a greater impact on the community at large and has opening the Early Learning Center. This center begins working with mothers and fathers prenatally and will serve children in our state of the art child care center. The center serves high need families and children until the age of 5 and will continue to support the students and families throughout their schooling as is done in the middle school. Epiphany is an independent, tuition free, school for children of economically disadvantaged families from Boston. In her role as principal she has partnered with numerous community and educational agencies to assist families, graduates and staff. One of her proudest accomplishments has been building a partnership with Boston College that enables Epiphany teaching fellows committed to a future in urban education to earn their Masters’ Degree while serving full-time at the school. This partnership has helped to create a diverse pipeline of urban educators who are spreading their influence all over the country! Outside of Epiphany, Michelle served as an adjunct professor at Boston College, and for the Urban Catholic Teacher Corp. She is a board member at Fessenden School, Bridge Boston, ABCD, a current member of The Partnership’s Next Generation Executive Program and serves on the Boston College, AHANA Alumni Council. In addition, she has served as a District 4 Community Cabinet Member and on the School That Can Leadership and Advisory Council. She partnered with a team of educators and community leaders to write the successful charter for the Bridge Boston Charter School, a school based on the Epiphany model that serves Pre-K to 8th graders. Dr. Sanchez is married and lives with her husband, Lino Sanchez, and two sons.

Steven Singer

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About Steven Singer

Steven Singer has more than three decades of experience as a corporate attorney who has represented clients in a wide range of transactions. He has advised numerous public and private companies in the life sciences industry, focusing on joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate and securities law, public offerings and venture capital transactions. Mr. Singer is consistently recognized in the areas of corporate and life sciences for successfully handling complex deals and collaborations in the technology transactions and licensing sector. Practice Mr. Singer has focused his practice in the life sciences industry for nearly three decades. He has served as counsel for public and private companies in the life sciences sector, including biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies. His practice focuses on joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate and securities laws, public offerings and venture capital transactions. Mr. Singer has worked with the following public company clients, among others: Achillion, Agios, Aveo, Catabasis, Cerulean, Curis, Editas, Infinity, Karyopharm and Syros. Representative private company clients include Ataxion, Constellation, Cydan, Denali, Fulcrum, Visterra and X-Chem. Mr. Singer has also worked with pharmaceutical companies, including Becton Dickinson, Bristol Myers Squibb, Novartis and Wyeth. Mr. Singer has also worked with New York-based medical and academic institutions in the establishment and operation of an independent, nonprofit genome sequencing center and the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute.

Robert Tepper, M.D.

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About Robert Tepper, M.D.

Robert “Bob” Tepper is a distinguished scientist with over 25 years of experience building and operating leading R&D operations. Bob co-founded Third Rock Ventures in 2007 and focuses on the formation, development and scientific strategy of TRV portfolio companies as well as actively identifying and evaluating new investments. Prior to joining Third Rock Ventures, Bob was President of R&D at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and was vital in its expansion from a drug discovery company to a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company. Prior to Millennium, Bob co-founded Cell Genesys/Abgenix. Bob holds an AB in Biochemistry from Princeton University and his MD degree from Harvard Medical School.  Bob serves as an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and is an advisory board member of several leading health care institutions including the Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School.  Bob is a Board Member of Cerulean Pharmaceuticals and is on the Board of Overseers at Tufts University. He also serves on the Council of the National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

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