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Board of Directors

Leadership Center Board of Directors.

Emma Bloomberg, Chair


Emma Bloomberg is the Chief of Staff at the Robin Hood Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty in the five boroughs of New York City. In this role, she oversees governance and communication, and supports the President and C.O.O. in the development and execution of strategic initiatives and projects including Robin Hood’s efforts in public policy and advocacy, Relief and the Veterans Initiative.

Katherine Brittain Bradley

CityBridge Foundation

Katherine Brittain Bradley is the president of CityBridge Foundation, a nonprofit enterprise located in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Bradley co-founded CityBridge in 1994 with her husband, entrepreneur and magazine publisher David G. Bradley. The Foundation works to build a citywide system of high-performing schools in Washington, D.C. CityBridge finds, incubates, and invests in the most promising practices in public education, looking to assemble, in the District, the critical mass of transformative schools—traditional public and charter—needed for the success of all children. To ensure the lasting success of this work, CityBridge offers a suite of engagement opportunities for local leaders in business, philanthropy, and the community. The goal is to equip these potential “stewards for education” with the knowledge and support they need to be advocates for continued, sustained progress in D.C. schools. All of this work involves conscious collaboration with these "stewards," local leaders, and other stakeholders. CityBridge’s signature projects include the:

  • Early Years Education Initiative (2006-2011)
  • Breakthrough Schools (launched in 2010)
  • Education Innovation Fellowship (launched in 2013)

Mrs. Bradley serves as a board member for the KIPP Foundation, Princeton University, and STAND for Children and chairs the Washington regional board for Teach For America. In the winter of 2010-2011, Mrs. Bradley co-chaired Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s education transition team. She graduated in 1986 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and she and her husband have three sons.

Phil Handy

President and CEO, Strategic Industries

Phil Handy is the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Industries, a portfolio of 18 companies in diversified service and manufacturing businesses. All of the companies have been significantly restructured and taken to a global presence and enhanced profitability. Phil is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, an Advisor to the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Until January, 2007, he served for six years as Chairman of the Florida State Board of Education, a seven person board appointed by Governor Jeb Bush, which has constitutional responsibility for Florida’s public educational system (over 4 million students).

Eliza Leighton

Independent Consultant

Eliza Leighton is the co-founder of Stand for Children. In 2001, after five years of leadership with Stand, Eliza left Stand to attend Yale Law School. Upon graduation, she went to work for a legal services organization for Latino immigrants in Prince George's County, Maryland. Eliza now serves as an independent consultant.

Lisette Nieves

Partner, Lingo Ventures

Lisette Nieves is an experienced social entrepreneur and public sector leader. She is currently a Partner at Lingo Ventures, her private business, where she provides consulting services to the nonprofit and public sector on growth, talent recruitment/retention, and change management. Prior to Lingo Ventures, Lisette Nieves served for two years as the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. While being a professor, she led the launch of a pilot workforce and community college partnership in Miami and Philadelphia. Ms. Nieves also served as the founding Executive Director of the workforce and education program - Year Up NY, where in the span of five years she grew the organization from a $250,000 seed grant to a $6 million operation with 40 staff serving over 250 young adults. Ms. Nieves government experience includes serving as the Chief of Staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for the City of New York and federally working at the Corporation for National Service launching and administering the AmeriCorps program. Board affiliations include: Fund for the City of New York, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School Advisory Council, Stand for Children and a White House appointment as a commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Ms. Nieves holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College and a M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She is both a Truman Scholar and a Rhodes Scholar.

Don Washburn

Private Equity Investor

Don Washburn is a private equity investor who has held executive positions at Northwest Airlines, Inc.; the Marriott Corp.; Booz, Allen & Hamilton; and The Quaker Oats Company. In addition to his involvement in Stand for Children, Don is a member of the Board of Directors of several companies and non-profits, including the Portland Citizens' Commission on Homelessness, the Portland Citizens' Crime Commission, Northwestern University Law School, LaSalle Hotel Properties, Key Technology, Inc., and Amedisys, Inc.

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