• Policy.

  • Advocacy.

  • Communications.

  • Engagement.

why we do the work

We believe the key to upward mobility in America is a great education. But today, more than sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, access to a quality education is still determined by a student’s race, income, and zip code.

Despite these persistent challenges, there are bright spots all across the country. There are innovative public schools run by dedicated and visionary leaders that are preparing thousands of students for college and a successful life. There are parent-led organizations fighting for opportunity in their communities.

These leaders give us hope. But they face so many barriers that can keep their work from succeeding. Whether it’s an entrenched political opposition or the devastating impact of apathy from those in power, creating bold educational change can feel like rolling a boulder uphill.

That’s why we exist - to help local leaders who are fighting to change the status quo in our education system. And by doing so, we will move towards a nation where every child has access to a great public school.

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our approach

We believe educational change should be driven by local leaders who know the needs of their communities. But sometimes local leaders need support, and that’s where we come in.

We are a group of non-profit leaders and political strategists with a proven track record of winning victories on behalf of families and communities. We work with our partners - including school leaders, parents, and advocacy organizations - to run winning campaigns that help kids gain access to great schools.

Our team develops a unique advocacy strategy for each campaign, including coalition building, online and offline organizing, event management, communications, creative, research, and digital. Then, we work together with our partners to put that plan into action.

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support we provide

Strategy & Campaign Management

We develop a winning campaign strategy, and then help manage that campaign to reach our shared goals.

Organizing

We help our partners organize crucial constituencies in support of their goals - including parents, teachers, and civic leaders.

Communications

We develop the right message for each campaign, and then communicate the message through earned, owned, and paid media.

Digital

We build a robust digital advocacy and content program for each campaign, to share our message with key audiences and engage supporters in action.

Creative Content

We use video, graphics, and photography to tell our partners’ stories in a compelling, emotional way.

Event Planning

Whether it’s a 10,000 person rally, a day of action in a local state house, or a press conference, we plan and manage the logistics of each event to make sure supporters have a great experience and the event helps move the campaign forward.

Research

We shape the policy and political debate by developing original research in support of our partners' goals.

Who We Are

Sean Andersen

Founding Partner

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Reshma Singh

Founding Partner

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Sara Bobak

Site Manager

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Julie Crampton

General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer

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Alex Gomez Garcia

Creative Director

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Will Herberich

Managing Director of Communications and Digital

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Alexandra Hernandez

Program Director

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Nathan Jensen

Director of Research and Policy

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Kelly Orme

Site Manager

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Jason Provost

Managing Director of Tactics

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Sean Andersen

Founding Partner

Sean is a Founding Partner of P.A.C.E Education Strategies. Sean manages advocacy and electoral campaigns across states and supports various internal functions, including fundraising and new partnerships.

Prior to co-founding P.A.C.E, Sean served as the Chief Program Officer at Families for Excellent Schools (FES). Before joining FES, Sean was the Chief of Staff for Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), where he advised on campaign strategy in fourteen states. In this role, Sean also executed national and state initiatives, standardized best practices, and strengthened the communication infrastructure between states and the national organization. Sean also spent more than two years working as the Deputy Field Director at Education Reform Now (ERN), where he spearheaded long-term community support campaigns focused on bringing school choice to new neighborhoods, student recruitment campaigns, and short-term turnout campaigns for elections, rallies, and hearings.

Sean is from LaGrangeville, NY and graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a B.A. in Political Science. Sean has lived abroad in Morocco and Mexico. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two young kids.

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Reshma Singh

Founding Partner

Reshma is a Founding Partner of P.A.C.E Education Strategies and oversees various advocacy campaigns and the organization’s internal operations, fundraising, and new partnerships. Before co-founding P.A.C.E, Reshma held leadership positions at Families for Excellent Schools, Partnership for Educational Justice, Achievement First, and Teach For America. She holds an M.P.A. from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and a B.A. in Urban Studies and Political Science from Rutgers College. She is also an alumna of The Broad Residency in Urban Education.

Reshma sits on the Board of Directors of Achievement First Rhode Island and the community advisory board of the Sikh Coalition. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and, in her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

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Sara Bobak

Site Manager

Sara is a Site Manager at P.A.C.E Education Strategies, where she project manages advocacy campaigns, coalitions, and digital media. Before working at P.A.C.E, Sara worked in education advocacy at Families for Excellent Schools.

Sara began her career as a Teach For America Corps Member in Providence, RI. She taught middle school special education and was a literacy coach in the Providence Public School District. She continued her teaching career in NYC at New Heights Academy Charter School. She holds an M.A. from Brown University in Urban Education Policy and a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, and Policy Studies.

Sara is from Webster (where life is worth living), NY and comes from a family of educators. She currently lives in Manhattan with her husband. In her free time, Sara loves to travel, read young adult fiction, and work out at Crossfit.

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Julie Crampton

General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer

Julie is P.A.C.E's General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer. Julie manages the legal and compliance aspects of our work and engagements. She also manages P.A.C.E's day-to-day operations. Before joining P.A.C.E., she served as in-house and outside counsel to a range of nonprofit organizations and individuals, including as an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she began her legal career. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she taught middle school Reading and Language Arts in New Orleans' Recovery School District when the district first opened following Hurricane Katrina.

Julie holds a law degree from Duke University and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Roswell, GA, Julie now lives in Brooklyn with her dog, twin babies, and husband (in no particular order).

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Alex Gomez Garcia

Creative Director

As P.A.C.E Education Strategies’ Creative Director, Alex helps our partners tell their stories through compelling visual media.

Originally from Sonora, Mexico, Alex’s creative endeavors started at a young age, when he had the opportunity to develop his first short documentary at the age of 17. Later in life and for more than nine years, he helped direct, edit, and produce documentaries for Roadtrip Nation, a PBS docuseries now in its sixteenth season. Throughout his tenure, Alex had the opportunity to oversee teams of creatives, including graphic designers, copywriters, and filmmakers, to help shape inspirational stories of those that have defined their own roads in life. His projects, including the films Why Not Us?, Beyond the Dream, and Beating the Odds, have received numerous accolades and been distributed via reputable channels, including international distribution via Netflix.

In his free time, Alex enjoys running, playing ice hockey, and advocating for victims of domestic abuse.

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Will Herberich

Managing Director of Communications and Digital

Will is the Managing Director of Communications and Digital at P.A.C.E, and oversees all communications, media, digital, creative, and research work. Will has years of experience leading media campaigns in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Connecticut. Before working in education, Will worked on political campaigns in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and co-founded a nonprofit dedicated to developing young leaders committed to alleviating global poverty.

Will is from Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations. He is a diehard Boston sports fan.

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Alexandra Hernandez

Program Director

Alexandra is a Program Director at P.A.C.E Education Strategies, where she project manages advocacy campaigns in Connecticut. She also supports the organization’s fundraising and digital media strategies.

Alex worked for Families for Excellent Schools for almost two years as a Program Director. Prior to working in advocacy, Alex worked for two Miami-based funders, the Key Biscayne Community Foundation and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust, as a Program Officer for their collective-impact partnership. Through this work, Alexandra’s passion for expanding educational opportunities to low-income communities of color was solidified.

Alex is a Miami-native and first-generation Cuban-American. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Art from Emory University in 2013 and her M.S. in Education, Community and Social Change at the University of Miami in 2015. She currently lives in New York City and in her spare time enjoys painting, live music, visiting art galleries and museums, hiking, yoga, cooking, and travel.

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Nathan Jensen

Director of Research and Policy

Nathan is P.A.C.E.’s Director of Research and Policy. In this role, Nathan develops the research arguments that serve as the bedrock of effective advocacy campaigns. Whether it's writing a white paper, creating a policy briefing, or assisting in rapid-response, Nathan tailors content to meet our partners' needs. Prior to joining P.A.C.E.’s founding team, Nathan led a national research and policy team at Families for Excellent Schools. A veteran strategic communications professional, Nathan began his career in New York City as a Senior Research Associate at Marathon Strategies, where he conducted opposition research, facilitated crisis management, and executed data-intensive analysis for a wide range of clients.

Nathan completed law school at Washington and Lee University and passed the New York State Bar Exam in 2013. Nathan also attended W&L as an undergraduate, obtaining his B.A. in Classics in 2010. He lives in New York City.

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Kelly Orme

Site Manager

Kelly is a Site Manager at P.A.C.E Education Strategies, where she project manages advocacy campaigns and supports fundraising and digital media.

Having grown up in both New York and Vermont, Kelly returned to New York City in 2012 as a NYC Teaching Fellow. She spent four challenging, rewarding, and formative years teaching special education, history & government and managing special education programs at a public high school in the Bronx. Following her teaching experience, Kelly spent two years in Learning & Development and Growth Strategy at Families for Excellent Schools.

Kelly currently lives in Vermont where she enjoys running, skiing, hiking and finding the perfect blueberry muffin to complement her coffee.

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Jason Provost

Managing Director of Tactics

Jason is the Managing Director of Tactics of P.A.C.E Education Strategies. Jason works with P.A.C.E.'s partners to build programming for community organizing and leadership development, and to plan tactics ranging from large mobilizations to small meetings with local elected officials that achieve strategic goals. Prior to working at P.A.C.E, Jason spent eight years in multiple roles at Families for Excellent Schools (FES). Before joining FES, Jason worked as an educator in Richmond, CA.

Jason is from Manteca, CA and holds a B.A. in Political Science and History at the University of California, Berkeley. Jason currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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