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 for KnowledgeWorks, and helps support the StrivePartnership data team on special projects. Geoff has worked in the nonprofit and education sectors throughout his career. He has worked to support data utilizations and data infrastruture efforts for StriveTogether and has led similar efforts in 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 Manager, Partner Relations. She provides support to the Executive Director, manages meetings with the newly formed Community Leadership Table and Field Councils and arranges events and convenings/trainings with partners. She also manages the weekly Class in Session radio show and oversees social media, working collaboratively with the KnowledgeWorks communications team. She will also manage emerging tools being established to improve community outreach.

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 Capability Building Director. She serves as the expert on strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement that occur within the ecosystem. She regularly interacts wiht 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. She identifies interventions that will achieve outcomes and works hands-on with stakeholders within the ecosystem to execute their implementation. In this capacity, Angie uses her extensive training in Continuous Improvement and Facilitation to support improvement network endeavors. She also serves as Contimuous Quality Improvement (CQI) coach for StrivePartnership's ImpactU: Improvement Sciene Leadership for Change course; supporting program graduates in their application of CQI principles and practices across the ecosystem.

Angie worked for seven years as the Resource Coordinator at Pleasant Ridge Montessori in Cincinnati Public Schools/YMCA of Greater Cincinnati where she engaged community members, parents, program partners, and multiple stakeholders in developing a premier Community Learning Center and showcased her site to multiple stakeholders.

Marina Hopkins serves as Director of Operations where she will manage the interaction among members of the Field and Operations teams to ensure that StrivePartnership meets the objectives of its interventions, leading to progress on key educational outcomes. The position directly supervises Field Team staff and oversees the organization's core operational functions, including budget and grants management, annual goal-setting, and oversight of contracts. Marina previously was Senior Manager for Middle & High School Learning Success where she served as the expert on strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement for children age 10 to 18 within our urban education ecosystem.

Before joining StrivePartnership in 2014, she was the Community Resource Coordinator for the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, where she worked to manage partnerships between two schools and community organizations.

Angela Walker serves as Manager for Middle and High School Success. She is experienced in strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement for Middle and High school students that occurs within the Greater Cincinnati ecosystem. Angela 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 eight-grade math, high school graduation and other critical education outcomes. Angela identifies interventions that will achieve these outcome by strengthening and expanding effective activities within the ecosystem or addressing weaknesses and gaps within it; takes the lead on designing these interventions in collaboration with StrivePartnership's Operations Team and works hands-on with stakeholders within the ecosystem to execute their implementation.

Angela was previously School Community Coordinator for Cincinnati Public Schools where she worked on education rights for parents and students, particularly for homeless families. She also provided college career planning for unaccompanied youth across nine high schools. She also was a substitute teacher at Woodward Career Technical High School and an Afterschool Site Coordinator/Manager at Woodward for the Urban League of Cincinnati.

Danielle Hoffman serves as Senior Data Analyst, a joint position with Cincinnati Public School Performance and Accountability team and the StrivePartnership Performance and Analystics team. She will work closely with both organizations to conduct high quality analyses that build a common understanding of our shared outcomes as a community. This includes the planning, gathering, analyzing and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data, examining the ways in which collective strategies are having an impact on school and students outcomes.

Danielle has a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Mathematics Education from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University.

Ashlee Young serves as Manager for Community Strategies. In this role she leads in the design and implementation of efforts to identify, mobilize and magnify community-based assets, expertise and authority-including the contributions of residents and small-scale neighborhood efforts-and integrate them into StrivePartnership's broader institutional practices to advance racial equity and social justice.

Prior to joining StrivePartnership, she worked at The Child Poverty Collaborative as a Program Director and as an Evaluation Officer at Interact for Health.

Heather Gerker serves as Manager for Early Learning Success. She serves as the expert on strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement for children prenatal to 9 that occur within the ecosystem, which includes the Greater Cincinnati Region. Heather regularly interats 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 works with the community to identify interventions that will achieve these outcomes by strengthening and expanding effective activities within the ecosystem or addressing weaknesses and gaps within it;  facilitates the design of these interventions and works hands-on with stakeholders within the ecosystem to execute their implementation.

Heather was previously Director of Professional Development and Events at The American Montessori Society where she designed professional development for the global Montessori community. She has worked in the early childhood field for over ten years in many capacities: as a teacher, administrator, teacher educator, and a program director.

 

Jeffrey Gaver serves as Manager for Research and Impact. He supports the team on their data collection and analysis primarily with impact assessment, evaluation and research. He also advises on appropriate data collection tools, models and methodologies, in addition to producing research briefs and assisting in the production of an annual impact report.

Jeffrey is finishing his Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati, where he has also served as a research assistant, a graduate assistant for the Kunz Center for Social Research and a primary investigator for research on a measure that better reflects the effects of gerrymandering on racial voting power at the congressional district level.