LEAP Team

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Phyllis Lockett is a serial social entrepreneur who has led transformative efforts in the education, government and civic arenas. She is currently the founder and CEO of LEAP Innovations, an organization headquartered in Chicago that connects innovation and education to transform how students learn. LEAP works directly with educators and innovators across the country to pilot, research and scale personalized learning technologies and innovative practices across classrooms and outside learning environments.

Before starting LEAP, Phyllis was a driving force behind Chicago’s charter movement. As founding president and CEO of New Schools for Chicago, she helped raise more than $70 million to support opening 80 new public schools. Her work more than tripled the number of charter schools and drove Chicago’s first magnet school replication. She previously served as executive director of the Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA), a pro bono consulting firm for government agencies, helping to shape the Chicago Transit Authority’s $2.8 billion capital improvement program and the Chicago Housing Authority’s 10-year, $1.5 billion Plan for Transformation. She also held marketing, sales and business development roles with Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Kraft Foods and General Mills.

Currently, Phyllis is a board member of ASCD and CME Group, as well as an independent director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. She is also a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute. Phyllis and LEAP have been recognized through several awards, including the Chicago Innovation Awards 2016 Social Innovation Award, and the ASU+GSV 2018 Innovator of Color Award. She earned a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

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Amy Allen
Director, Network Management and Operations

Amy comes to LEAP with 15 years of teaching experience both in Chicago Public Schools and the Archdiocese; including, three years as a K-12 instructional coach. At LEAP, Amy works with the professional learning team to create and facilitate personalized learning development for teachers.

Ida Asner
Product Manager

Ida’s background in the education sector includes teaching, consulting, product management and leadership. Ida focuses on effectively delivering and improving the products and innovations to advance LEAP’s vision for the future of learning.

Emily Bader
VP - Marketing Communications

With more than 20 years of marketing agency leadership, Emily has elevated the relevance and talkability of many of the world’s top brands through storytelling. At LEAP, she shapes and advances the stories of our work, through strategy, content and stakeholder engagement.

John Boumgarden
Senior Manager, Education Policy

John spent ten years as an educator working with a variety of public, charter, and independent schools throughout the east coast. At LEAP, John works with district leaders and external partners to identify and problem solve institutional gaps, at a systems wide aperture, to increase and scale personalized learning practices.

Connie Cielenski
Manager, Personalized Learning Coach

Connie is a former educator, mentor teacher and Instructional Coach, whose experience driving collaborative improvement as well as curating and facilitating professional development has transformed teaching and learning experiences for educators and their students.
At LEAP, Connie continues to build trusting relationships with working teams, using her experience with personalized learning to strengthen the outcomes for students, teachers, and administrators.

Courtney Crary
Executive Assistant

Courtney's professional experience spans the Shedd Aquarium, Guaranteed Rate, and Chicago's theater community. At LEAP, she curates a fantastic culture by supporting internal administrative functioning and events.

Annie Dillon
Senior Manager, Program Design and Implementation

As a former teacher and instructional coach, Annie has benefited from LEAP at the school level, witnessing its positive impact first hand. At LEAP, she now supports the professional learning design and facilitation.

Monica Griffin
Manager, Personalized Learning Coach

Monica brings 20 years of experience driving collaborative improvement, facilitating professional development and impacting educational reform by serving as a K-12 educator, Learning Specialist, Framework for Teaching Specialist, Instructional Change Agent, Teacher Mentor, Case Manager and Program Coordinator. At LEAP, Monica supports the mission of developing a reimagined learning experience for students, educators and administrators as a Personalized Learning Coach.

Jordan Gutterman
Senior Data Analyst

Jordan has a rich background serving as an organizer of political campaigns. At LEAP, he works on research and data collection efforts to help schools and partners identify how best to support students and teachers in the transformation to personalized learning.

Dr. Jilliam Joe
VP - Learning Insights

Jilliam has dedicated her career as an educational researcher to measuring effective teaching practices. At LEAP, she provides research and evaluation leadership for LEAP's programs and leads LEAP’s personalized-learning educator competency framework development.

Quincy Jones
Senior Manager, Learning Design

Quincy brings a broad range of experience as a teacher in elementary, middle, and high school; a school leader at the high school level; a designer and facilitator of professional development; and a creator of school redesign programs, tools, and experiences. At LEAP, Quincy uses his passion and deep experience with personalized learning to advance the outcomes for students, teachers, and administrators.

Silvia Kosovich
Manager, Administration and Operations

Silvia has over 20 years of experience in senior executive administrative and office management roles, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations at LEAP. As a founding member of LEAP, she is dedicated to creating opportunity for every student.

Jannette Moya
Manager, Personalized Learning Coach

Jannette is a former educator committed to improving the educational experiences for all learners by creating a partnership with parents, students, teachers and community members. At LEAP, Jannette works closely with educators to ensure all students have the tools they need to reach their full potential.

Brielle Siskin
Senior Manager, Strategy and Implementation

Brielle has worked in the non-profit education space for the past eight years, providing coaching and consultation services to school leaders around social-emotional learning and restorative practices. At LEAP, Brielle leads project management efforts across teams and oversees LEAP's edtech partnerships and strategy.