StrivePartnership Staff

Byron White serves as KnowledgeWorks Vice President and Executive Director for StrivePartnership. Most recently, Byron was Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University with responsibilities for oversight and strategic development for the University's civic engagement, workplace engagement and inclusion and multicultural engagement. Prior to that, he was a Vice Chancellor for Economic Advancement at the Ohio Board of Regents and Vice President for Community Engagement at Xavier University.

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. 

Melissa McCoy serves as Director of Collaborative Continuous Improvement for StrivePartnership, where she is responsible for incorporating continuous improvement methodology into the Partnership's collaborative networks and community-based initiatives, as well as facilitating the development and testing of action plans aligned with Partnership outcomes. Melissa received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, and a J.D. from the NKU Chase College of Law.

Before joining StrivePartnership, she practiced law in the private sector and sought out opportunities to serve the non-profit community in her free time. Ultimately, she decided to make the transition to the non-profit world, and build a career out of impacting the community and its education system on a broader scale. 

Angie Okuda serves as Senior Manager of Early Learning Success for StrivePartnership. Angie helps implement and promote consistent adoption of workflows that articulate transitions of data-related information across StrivePartnership's staff and partners including collaborators, funders, school districts and providers.

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.

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 very passionate about improving education and brings a rich and wide variety of experiences with him. He is very excited about being in Cincinnati again and hopes to make significant contributions within the education sector. He spent a couple of years here after college when he started his career with Procter & Gamble - the City has changed!

Rolando comes to us most recently via Los Angeles and the Philippines, where he worked as a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow for over 20 years. His most recent research and advocacy engagements focused on climate change resilience and disaster and risk reduction management. He obtained his M.A. in Socio-cultural Anthropology and Development Studies from Brown University and his B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. 

Etnyre Osias rejoins StrivePartnership as Senior Manager of Performance Analytics. This past spring, he departed StrivePartnership after five years of outstanding work to become Division Manager for the City of Cincinnati's data analytics function.



Allia Howard serves as the Education Ecosystem Research intern. She will be conducting background research for our strategic interventions and assisting 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 is the Senior Research Fellow for StrivePartnership, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. 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.