StrivePartnership Staff

Byron White serves as KnowledgeWorks Vice President and Executive Director for StrivePartnership. He is responsible for leading both the staff and the Executive Committee of this unique, educational partnership that aims to be the nation's best example of "collective impact" focused on sustainably improving outcomes for all children, cradle to career. Responsibilities include vision-setting, annual and multi-annual strategic planning, effective budgeting, fundraising, excellence in talent management and excellence in partner engagement. In addition, he is responsible for the reputation of the partnership, locally and nationally, including its ability to achieve and maintain the status of a StriveTogether defined "Proof Point" community.

Byron was previously vice president for university engagement and chief diversity officer at Cleveland State University, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing strategies that advanced civic engagement, workplace engagement and inclusion and multicultural engagement on behalf of faculty, students and administrators.

Geoff Zimmerman serves as Senior Director, Impact & Improvement, leading data strategy for StrivePartnership, and data and research efforts across KnowledgeWorks. Geoff has worked in the nonprofit and education sectors throughout his career. He has worked to support data utilizations and data infrastructure efforts across the StriveTogether network and has previously held positions at University of Cincinnati and United Way of Greater St. Louis. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Sherri Boone serves as the Executive Assistant/Coordinator for StrivePartnership. In this role, she provides support to the Executive Director and administrative support for the entire team. This includes calendar management, setting-up complex meetings, coordinating travel arrangements, completing monthly expense reports, updating the StivePartnership website and social media outlets and assisting with various team projects.

Before joining StrivePartnership, she worked in various roles within the Real Estate industry, including Client Services Assistant and Property Management where she was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the properties, tenant relations, contract negotiations, accounts payable and receivable, monthly and quarterly re-projections and yearly budgets for each property. She has an Associate of Applied Business degree in Real Estate Technology from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. 


Angie Okuda serves as Senior Manager of Early Learning Success for StrivePartnership. She serves as the expert on strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement for children age 0 to 12 that occur within the ecosystem, which includes Cincinnati, and the cities of Covington and Newport, Kentucky. She regularly interacts with a broad, diverse group of education practitioners, system and community leaders, parents and students to determine how effectively institutions and communities are functioning to achieve goals related to kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading and other critical education outcomes. She identifies interventions that will achieve these outcomes and works hands-on with stakeholders within the ecosystem to execute their implementation. In this capcity, Angies uses her extensive training in Continuous Improvement to support improvement network endeavors for Cincinnati Public Schools. She serves as quality improvement coach for StrivePartnership's ImpactU Continuous Improvement course and supports program graduates in their application of CI principles and practices across the ecosystem.

Angie worked for seven years as the Resource Coordinator at Pleasant Ridge Montessori in Cincinnati Public Schools where she engaged community members, parents, program partners, and multiple stakeholders in developing a premier Community Learning Center and showcased her site to the U.S. Department of Education, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, National Conference for State Legislatures, and Council of Chief State School Officers. The National Center for Summer Learning featured the work of Pleasant Ridge in its 2010 policy agenda and the school was recognized numerous times nationally. Angie taught English in Japan and received her Bachelor's of Science in Communications and Business from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. 

Marina Hopkins serves as Senior Manager, Middle & High School Learning Success for StrivePartnership. She serves as the expert on strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement for children age 10 to 18 that occurs within the ecosystem, which includes Cincinnati and the cities of Covington and Newport, Kentucky. In her role, she delivers or administers educational practices related to learning among students in middle school and high school, including Continuous Improvement practices; builds trusting and cooperative relations with leaders of school districts and educational institutions, teachers and other educational instructors and students, family and community representatives; and works collaboratively with other StrivePartnership staff members to develop and share responsbility for team projects.

Before joining StrivePartnership, she worked as the Community Resource Coordinator with the Urban League. She spent two years at Burton Elementary and the last six years at Woodward Career & Technical High School. In this role, she was responsible for connecting the school and community, managing all the partnerships within the school, and identifying additional resources for students. She is a 2012 graduate of the National Urban League Emerging Leaders Program. 

Rolando Fernando serves as Education Pioneers Performance Analytics Fellow. He is passionate about improving education and leads StrivePartnership's data governance and operations efforts, including the collection, analysis and presentation of data related to key outcomes. He works closely with internal staff, partners, school leadership, community members and other stakeholders toward improving cradle-to-career outcomes.

Rolando comes to StrivePartnership most recently via Los Angeles and the Philippines, where he worked as a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow for more than 20 years. He has taught courses in political philosophy, globalization theory and development and quantitative/qualitative research methods. His most recent research and advocacy activities focused on climate change resilience, indigenous peoples' rights and disaster and risk reduction management.

Etnyre Osias serves as Senior Manager for Performance Analytics. He manages and directs an evolving and dynamic data function at StrivePartnership that actively gathers and analyzes data within the ecosystem, which includes Cincinnati, and the cities of Covington and Newport, Kentucky; creatively shares it broadly with a diverse group of stakeholders; and assists the organization's partners in utilizing data to make informed decisions. He develops visualization tools that help diverse audiences understand the data, provides technical support selectively to individuals and organizations, collaborates with StrivePartnership colleagues to design and implement initatives, and overses and evolving data operation at StrivePartnership.

Etnyre has worked in numerous financial management and analytics positions for most of his career in both the private and government sectors. His most recent role was at the City of Cincinnati's office of Performance Analytics and he was previously held senior financial analyst and accounting management positions at Citibank, Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He has a finance degree from Pace University Lubin Business School and is a Certified Treasury Professional.



Allia Howard serves as the Education Ecosystem Research intern. She conducts background research for our strategic interventions and assists with communications tasks. A native of Flint, Michigan, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kalamazoo College in spring of 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. As an undergrad, she studied abroad at the American University in Rome and spent a semester at The Philadelphia Center. She has applied to attend law school next year.


Gloria Yeomans-Maldonado serves as Senior Research Fellow for StrivePartnership. In this shared role with Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), she works with the CPS Performance and Accountability team and StrivePartnership to plan and conduct research that builds shared understanding of the school and student outcomes we are achieving as a community. Prior to this position, Gloria was a graduate research associate at Ohio State University where she focused primarily on the study and application of statistical methodologies to early childhood research.

Gloria earned her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from The University of Arizona and her M.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University. She is expected to complete her Ph.D. in Quantitative Methodology, Evaluation, and Measurement from Ohio State University in December 2017. 

Jamond Foree serves as Senior Manager for Community Strategies. He is proud to lead the design and implementation efforts to identify, mobilize and magnify community-based assets, expertise and authority -- including the contributions of residents, students, and grassroots neighborhood efforts -- and to integrate them into StrivePartnership's broader institutional practices to advance innovation, racial equity and social justice. The position also assists with managing general communications strategies and tasks.

Before joining StrivePartnership, Jamond served as Program Director for YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and Technical Advisor for the YMCA of the USA. During his 10-year tensure at the Y, he held a range of responsibilities, including curriculum development, staff training, managing relationships with volunteers and partners, providing leadership on diversity and inclusion efforts, fundraising and grant writing.