Leading change requires bringing people together, and building and maintaining a broad and diverse coalition of support through inevitable and unexpected challenges.

In each of the major change efforts I’ve led – transforming the school network at AltSchool, overhauling the human capital systems in Pittsburgh Public Schools, and designing and opening the highest performing public high school in Pittsburgh – one of the most important common threads has been effective collaboration, engagement, and teamwork.

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In each case, hundreds of people have contributed to shaping the vision, making the decisions, communicating the details, and figuring out the best solutions. I’ve learned to manage fast-paced, adaptive and authentic engagements processes – sometimes driving towards a shared vision while facilitating and supporting a community in shaping its own best result.

Through this experience I’ve become skilled at strategy, communications, facilitation, coalition building, public relations, partnership development and management and more.