Vice President of Impact and External Relations
- Vice President of Impact and External Relations
Adah Pittman-DeLancey is the Vice President of Impact and External Relations. Her career in marketing and communications reflects a passion for respecting and celebrating cultural intersections through political advocacy, public education, and storytelling. Recognized nationally for her commitment to equity, she was named an Emerging Black LGBTQ leader by the National Black Justice Coalition in partnership with the White House Office of Public Engagement, and also earned an Environmental Leader’s Project of the Year Award on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of America in partnership with Samsung. Prior to joining redefnED atlanta, she worked with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition developing advocacy campaigns for equitable infrastructure. She also served as the Director of Marketing Academic Success at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, leading the marketing strategy for there education programs and portfolio of STEAM corporate and foundation partnerships. Pittman-Delancey holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Florida State University.
Vice President of Operations and Investments
- Vice President of Operations and Investments
Angira Sceusi is the Vice President of Operations and Investments at redefinED atlanta. Previously, she worked as a high school math and computer science teacher in the Houston Independent School District where she earned a United States Congressional Recognition for her work in STEM teaching. She also served as Director of Finance and Director of Talent Initiatives at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston. Sceusi began her career as a financial analyst and spent 10 years working in energy finance. She co-led Royal Bank of Canada’s U.S. oil and gas origination business before entering the education profession. Sceusi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in information systems management from Carnegie Mellon University. She also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems.
Program and Operations Associate
- Program and Operations Associate
Dariun Maxwell is the Program and Operations Associate at redefinED atlanta. Previously, he worked as an estimator for DH Pace Company. He began his career as a middle school special education teacher in Williamson County Schools (Tennessee). Maxwell also worked as a special education teacher in Marietta City Schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education.
- Executive Director
Ed Chang is redefinED atlanta’s Founding Executive Director. For over 18 years, Ed has worked as a tireless champion for high-quality public schools. Chang began his career as a physical therapist before entering the education profession as a 7th-grade science teacher. He spent five years teaching at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Southeast Atlanta before going on to found KIPP STRIVE Academy in 2009. Following this, Ed focused on coaching and strategy for school leaders and districts across the country. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Chang holds a master’s degree in secondary science from Mercer University and a Certificate for Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.
Vice President of Development
- Vice President of Development
Mary-Kate Starkel, CFRE is the Vice President of Development at redefinED atlanta. A seasoned nonprofit professional, Starkel has spent 15+ years working on behalf of educational and youth-serving organizations in program management and resource development roles, including positions that required the management of federal, state, and local contracts. Prior to joining redefinED atlanta, Starkel was Associate Director with Horizons Atlanta, a six-week summer learning program serving over 1000 Atlanta area students. Starkel is an Atlanta native and graduated from Georgia State University with both her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management. She earned her Certified Fund Raising Professional credentials in 2019.
Board of Directors
Vice President of Community Impact, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
- Vice President of Community Impact, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
As vice president, community impact for Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, Ayana Gabriel leads and drives achievement of the Foundation’s equity goals and impact across the Atlanta metro region. She seeks to inspire philanthropy that will increase the region’s equity as well as the economic and social mobility of its residents. Ayana joins the Foundation following seven years at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, where she led education initiatives for children from birth through high school. She also oversaw Blank’s work around social justice, including NFL and Atlanta Falcons initiatives, as well as management of a fund focused on support of veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. She co-led the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for the businesses and Foundation. Her background includes managing diversity and education strategy for Teach for America, teaching science within the Atlanta Public Schools system and an earlier career as a chemical engineer. Ayana also has extensive experience in community leadership in her Westside Atlanta neighborhood. Ayana graduated from Spelman College and the Georgia Institute of Technology with dual bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering.
Managing Director, BrightHouse-A BCG Company
- Managing Director, BrightHouse-A BCG Company
Chip Gross is a managing director of BrightHouse, a Boston Consulting Group company. Chip has extensive experience in leading the development of innovation initiatives along with helping leading companies unearth and maximize their corporate purpose and strategic “why.” He has worked in the field of innovation since the early days of digital and has a deep knowledge base developed through both agency and corporate leadership roles. He has worked in the automotive and transportation, media and publishing, retail, ecommerce, advertising, and telecommunications industries; and worked with industry leaders on corporate purpose, digital strategy, customer experience, and new product design.Immediately prior to joining BrightHouse, Chip worked at Hearst Communications for Car & Driver Magazine, as Director, Digital Product Portfolio. His past experience also includes establishing and leading the Atlanta design studio for global agency AKQA, Client Partner at Razorfish, and innovation roles at UPS and IBM.
Curley M. Dossman, Jr.
President, Georgia-Pacific Foundation
Curley M. Dossman, Jr.
- President, Georgia-Pacific Foundation
- Director, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Curley M. Dossman, Jr. is president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and vice president of community affairs at Georgia-Pacific. He oversees the company’s community-based programs nationwide and the foundation’s philanthropic giving. Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific in 1994, he was state vice president, government affairs for AT&T. He is active in many organizations including past board chair of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals, board member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and member of the Community and Government Affairs Advisory Council for Atlanta Committee for Progress. Dossman holds a law degree from Washington University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College.
Dena Kimball, Chair
Executive Director, Kendeda Fund
Dena Kimball, Chair
- Executive Director, Kendeda Fund
- Trustee, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Dena Kimball serves as the redefinED atlanta board chair. She is executive director of The Kendeda Fund and has been a leader in convening local foundations around education reform issues for the past three years. Before joining The Kendeda Fund in 2014, Kimball served as vice president of network support for Teach for All and the vice president of alumni affairs and deputy vice president of admissions for Teach for America. Kimball holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University.
Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia State President for Bank of America (Retired)
- Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia State President for Bank of America (Retired)
Geri Thomas was Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia State President for Bank of America, where her impact on diversity and inclusion policies drew national recognition. She founded GPT Consultants to partner with leading organizations to provide strategic vision and thought leadership in global human resources, diversity and inclusion, and staffing. She received the 2016 Ruby Award from the Center for Talent Innovation for her work in diversity. In 2014, she received the Firestarter Award from Re:Gender. She serves on the boards of the Georgia State Foundation, Georgia Tech and Executive Leadership Council. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science from the College of Public and Urban Affairs at Georgia State University.
Vice President, Goldman Sachs
- Vice President, Goldman Sachs
- Chair, New Schools for New Orleans
- Board Member, Teach for America – Metro Atlanta
- Member, Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission
Hunter Pierson is a vice president at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he manages the assets of foundations, endowments and families across the Southeast. He previously served as executive director for Teach for America – Northern California. He began his career as a Teach for America corps member, teaching sixth grade. He is currently a board member at Teach for America – Atlanta and board chair of New Schools for New Orleans. He previously served on Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission in Georgia. Pierson holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Harvard University.
Partner, The City Fund
- Partner, The City Fund
Kevin Huffman is a partner with The City Fund, where he supports the efforts of local leaders in cities across the country working to create great public schools for all children. Huffman is the former Tennessee commissioner of education, where he managed the state department of education in its effort to advance the academic progress of nearly one million students. During Huffman’s tenure, Tennessee had the largest state gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress – commonly called “the nation’s report card – including the largest gains for African American students. Huffman led a transformation of state policies and an overhaul of the state education agency, resulting in growth in state test results, ACT scores, and high school graduation rates during his term.
Kim E. Anderson
K.E. Anderson Consulting
Kim E. Anderson
- K.E. Anderson Consulting
- CEO, Families First (Retired)
Kim Eileen Anderson has spent her career leading dialogue, advancing change and convening partners who are committed to empowering marginalized people. She was CEO of Families First, senior director for BoardWalk Consulting and executive director of AID Atlanta. A former attorney for Alston & Bird, Anderson was general counsel of Grady Health System, vice president and assistant general counsel for Magellan Health Systems and senior legal counsel for the Atlanta Housing Authority. Anderson serves on the boards of KIPP Metro Atlanta, Partners for Home and the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children. Anderson holds a law degree from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology from Oberlin College.
Director of Resource Deployment, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
- Director of Resource Deployment, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Lita Ugarte Pardi is the Vice President, Community at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, where she leads the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen the region’s nonprofits. In this position, she oversees the Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking efforts and college scholarship program. In her time at the Foundation, Lita has focused on education and youth development grantmaking and led various partnerships to support metro Atlanta’s residents. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2003, Lita worked at The Impact! Group, a housing agency in Gwinnett County, and at the Latin American Association, a social services nonprofit serving Atlanta’s Latino community. Lita is an alumna of the Council on Foundation’s Career Pathways Class of 2013 and Leadership Atlanta’s LEAD Atlanta Class of 2007. Lita was also a 2004 Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow. Originally from Peru, Lita moved to the U.S. to complete high school and received her undergraduate degree from Berry College.
Independent Philanthropy Consultant
- Independent Philanthropy Consultant
- Founding Leadership Team, The Ron Clark Academy
Staci Lynch is an independent philanthropy consultant. Prior to her current role, she managed a robust portfolio of donor-advised funds for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Before joining the Foundation, Lynch worked for Fulton County Schools and The Ron Clark Academy. She serves on the advisory board of the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning at the Westminster Schools and the advisory board of the Atlanta Speech School. She is a German Marshall Memorial Fellow and a graduate of LEAD Atlanta. Lynch holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.