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. 

Marina Hopkins serves as Director of Operations for StrivePartnership where she will manage teh 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.

Rolando Fernando serves as Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation for StrivePartnership where he will be a member of teh Performance and Analytics team. He will report to the Director of Performance and Analytics and provide support and capability building for the growing demand around student data analytics, statistical research and evaluation, leading indicator development, support of partner programs and intervention, as well as organizational support for field teams. For a year, Rolando was an Education Pioneers Analyst fellow with our Performance Analytics team. Prior to joining StrivePartnership, he was a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow for 20 years in the Philippines.

Etnyre Osias serves as Director for Performance Analytics where he will oversee a growing, dynamic data analytics function that is expanding its personnel and technological capacity to be more responsive and relevant to partners in teh urban education ecosystem. Etnyre has held teh position of Senior Manager for Performance Analytics since returning to StrivePartnership in October after a brief stint as a division manager with the City of Cincinnati. He previously had served two years at StrivePartnership as an Education Pioneer fellow and Data Manager. He will continue to manage a function that actively gathers and analyzes data within the ecosystem, creatively shares it broadly with a diverse group of stakeholders, and assists partners in utlizing data to make informed decisions.

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.