The Edgility team is made up of experts in the fields of recruitment and talent strategy. Meet the people who will find your organization’s next great senior leader:
Boston Metro Area
Allison Wyatt is passionate about building equitable talent practices in organizations committed to achieving exceptional, scalable results for all students.
Allison’s 15 years of professional experience in talent spans both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Prior to launching Edgility Allison built and scaled a Human Capital consulting practice at a national retained executive search firm. In addition, she has served as a talent executive in a national, rapidly growing education reform organization as the Vice President of Human Capital for Education Pioneers. In this role, Allison was responsible for building the organization’s HR department from the ground up to fuel the growth of the organization’s operating budget and staff by over 500%. Allison began her career at a subsidiary of Time Warner where she led the company’s college recruiting program and provided HR support to the international, sales and marketing, and business development units.
Allison received her master’s degree in Business Administration from The MIT Sloan School of Management and her Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University.
Allison lives in Southern New Hampshire where she volunteers on the Friends of Chesterfield School parent committee. She has three boisterous boys who keep her busy with Lego engineering escapades, skiing, and serving as their most ardent basketball, soccer and baseball fan. She also enjoys long hikes with her golden retriever and silver lab, horseback riding with her Belgian Warmblood, hosting extravagant dinner parties with friends, and is an international travel junkie.
San Francisco Bay Area
Christina is passionate about helping entrepreneurial education organizations find, hire, and support high-quality diverse talent, building organizations that live up to their promise of equity, excellence, and inclusion. Before co-founding Edgility, she was the Founder and Principal of Redwood Circle Consulting (another education sector talent management firm) for five years. Christina was also the Director of Admissions and Strategic Partnerships for New Leaders’ California operation from 2006-2010 where she led the recruitment, selection, and placement of Resident Principals and managed efforts to establish and maintain strategic partnerships for the Bay Area region.
Earlier in her career, Christina was the VP, Programs, and Development for RISE, working to recruit and retain high-quality teachers in schools serving low-income students. She also worked on a 1998 U.S. Senate campaign, served as the Program Officer for the Streisand Foundation, and was a budget policy analyst and researcher for government agencies. Christina received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
Christina lives in Oakland, CA, and is an active volunteer in her community including serving on multiple nonprofit charter school boards and leading pro bono searches for her synagogue community. When she is not cheering for her kids on the sidelines of a soccer or flag football game or in the audience of a theatre performance, Christina loves hiking and running with her dog in the local redwood forest, cooking and eating great food, catching up on the latest political news or consuming one of her many favorite podcasts.
Boston Metro Area
Ila has over 18 years of professional experience with a focus on education and talent acquisition. She cares deeply about providing educational access and opportunity to young people. After completing the CORO Fellowship in Public Affairs, Ila was a program specialist in New York City at The After-School Corporation (TASC). In this capacity, Ila implemented and evaluated over 100 after-school programs across the five boroughs of New York City. Working in partnership with a variety of philanthropic partners, she implemented and managed programs across specialized program areas including dramatic arts and sports and fitness.
Ila continued her career in education space as the Director of the National Network at Citizen Schools. During her time at Citizen Schools, she worked to launch five new state offices. She played a key role in establishing partnerships with school district officials as well as community and philanthropic partners. She was also responsible for hiring, training and advising regional executive staff. While at Citizen Schools, Ila built the foundation for key communication systems and operational policies for the national network.
Ila continued her professional career as a Search Consultant at Commongood Careers for over 6years. In this capacity, Ila led over 40 searches and successfully hired key executive positions for a variety of non-profit organizations across the US in areas including education, healthcare, and philanthropy. In her consultancy roles, Ila was responsible for managing client relationships and conducting organizational needs assessments while also devising and implementing candidate recruitment and hiring strategies.
More recently, Ila served as the Managing Director of the College for Social Innovation (CFSI). As Managing Director, Ila supported key hiring processes and the development of talent development strategies and operational systems for growth. Ila continues to serve at CFSI as a Senior Talent Advisor.
After a brief contracting role with Edgility as a consultant in 2016, Ila is thrilled to rejoin the team as a Recruitment Director, working to support schools and educational organizations across the country to hire, retain and develop exceptional talent. Ila received a Bachelors of Arts from Wesleyan University and in her free time enjoys reading books, playing board games and hanging out with family.
New York Metro Area
Jonathan Howard brings over 15 years of experience in the education sector. He began his career as a Special Education Teacher in Harlem through Teach For America and later spent 10 years leading talent recruitment for Democracy Prep Public Schools where he helped the network expand its impact from one to 22 schools with over 1,000 teachers, leaders, and staff. Jonathan also helped develop and execute Democracy Prep’s growth strategy performing due diligence, engaging key stakeholders, and ultimately ensuring the successful launch of new Democracy Prep schools. Before joining Edgility, Jonathan managed school experience at ed tech startup Selected, an online platform that matches teachers with schools.
Jonathan earned his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, a master’s degree in Teaching from Pace University, and a bachelor’s degree in Management from Arizona State University.
Originally from Phoenix, Jonathan now lives in Mount Vernon, NY. He spends lunchtime getting caught up on the sports news of the day and his free time reading, accumulating splat points at Orange Theory, and hanging out with his family.
Austin Metro Area
Kevin Bryant is in this work to bring talent and solutions to organizations making a difference.
Kevin brings many years of recruitment and outreach experience from his work supporting low-income schools and nonprofits. As the Director of Recruitment for Uncommon Schools, Kevin co-led a team of 21 recruiters that annually hired 700+ teachers, principals, and support staff. In 2016, Kevin was selected as an “Emerging Human Capital Leader” in education: a year-long fellowship headed by Education Pioneers and the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy. Prior to joining Uncommon Schools, Kevin was the Regional Director of Outreach for Parents for Educational Freedom in Raleigh, NC, where he advocated for expanded school options for low-income families.
Kevin holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, concentrating in Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Winston-Salem State University. His free time is spent running trails around Austin, catching up with family back East, or lounging in his hammock listening to podcasts.
New York Metro Area
Ron Rapatalo’s career vision is coaching, connecting and inspiring others to find their best selves through healthier living, increased mindfulness/interconnection and stronger intention/strategy. He believes in the power of intuition and deepening one’s self-awareness and impact on others. He also believes that we must dismantle systems of oppression and racism to recover our fullest humanity.
Ron has been a talent shepherd for 15 years, recruiting and selecting hundreds of candidates to become education and nonprofit leaders. He joined Edgility full-time in September 2018 after consulting with them and other search firms for over 4 years.
Ron is also a coach, giving career advice on how to navigate career transitions and present oneself from networking to interviewing. He also supports others on how to live healthier lives. He believes in the power of connecting with others to support, nurture and develop our talents. He is an active member of the NYU alumni community for over 20 years, currently serving as an Officer Emeritus of the NYU Alumni Association. He is also an active member of the Education Leaders of Color and a 2009 Coro Leadership New York alumnus.
In his spare time, Ron loves spending time with his wife Shanita and his daughter Sofia, whether it’s watching reality TV, enjoying Jeopardy!, or devouring favorite movies/shows on Netflix. He’s also an avid yoga practitioner, meditator and obstacle course racer. A native New Yorker, he’s a rabid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan.
Greater Clarksville Area
Travonnie is passionate about helping the professionals who serve students feel set up for success, so that all children have access to opportunities to learn and excel. Before joining Edgility, she was an HR Business Partner for an ed policy non-profit, focused on ensuring teachers have a voice in the decisions that impact their work. She supported her internal clients with all aspects of the employee life cycle, including recruitment, selection, development, management and evaluation of their team members. She also worked to revamp org-wide people policies to better align to the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness. She prides herself on her ability to balance human relationships and efficient systems in a way that leaves people feeling empowered and motivated for the road ahead.
Earlier in her career, Travonnie worked as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, designing effective instruction and impactful training for students and staff. As a coach, she advocated for her educators and developed teacher leaders through innovative cohort work and out of the box thinking. As an elementary teacher, she taught her kids to love learning, find new paths to solutions and to always dress up for spirit days.
Travonnie holds a Masters in Early Childhood Education Mathematics from Georgia State University and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Howard University. She currently lives in Clarksville, TN, and spends her free time finding new date ideas for her high school sweetheart and husband, Curtis, and playing with their boys, Tyson and Micah. She loves painting with acrylics, video chatting with friends and finding Amazon boxes on her porch.
Jennifer Svendsen, PhD
Boston Metro Area
Jennifer Svendsen is a research and analysis professional with 20+ years of international research and biotech experience. For the past three years, Jen has led research and analysis for compensation studies in the education reform sector.
Prior to joining Edgility, Jennifer lived in London where she worked as a research fellow at the nonprofit Cancer Research UK. In addition to her work at Cancer Research UK, Jennifer has also worked with several early stage start-ups and has acted as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in STEM.
Jennifer loves horseback riding and currently owns a wild mustang that she has been training for the last year. She is also the mother of two beautiful energetic little girls. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a doctorate degree from Harvard University.
San Francisco Bay Area
Serena Moy’s career has encompassed over 20 years of human resources experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Her true passion is working for start-up and mission-driven organizations.
In her first foray in the education non-profit world, she served as the Director of Human Resources at the KIPP Foundation during a period of intense growth, managing the talent acquisition function for Foundation staff in offices located in San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
After leaving KIPP, Serena worked as an independent consultant, specializing in talent management and talent recruitment for various educational non-profit organizations. Serena was excited and honored to join the team at Edgility, continuing the important work of matching great leaders with socially-minded organizations.
Serena has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Education from the University of California, Davis and an MPA from New York University, specializing in nonprofit and public management. In her spare time, Serena enjoys doing all things with her husband and two sons, travelling, spending time at home and catching up with friends.
New York Metro Area
Angelica is deeply passionate about partnering with organizations to develop their biggest asset: their people. She has worked with nonprofit and private sector organizations big and small, locally and globally, to unlock human potential and foster a culture of learning, collaboration, and inclusion. She is recognized for her ability to forge strong relationships built on trust and design learning experiences to motivate others to learn, reflect, and excel. Obsessed with all matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion, she loves to strategize about ways to develop talent and build teams and systems to optimize performance. Angelica believes it will take bold action to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent, and is energized by working with teams and organizations ready to embrace this commitment.
Before joining Edgility, Angelica consulted with organizations in the areas of recruitment and selection and culturally responsive learning experience design. She has also managed inclusion & diversity initiatives at a global professional services firm and served as a regional lead and learning & development officer at an education nonprofit in Malaysia. She began her career in the classroom as an English as a second language teacher.
Having traveled and lived internationally, Angelica feels at home in more than one culture and place. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, but she loves to explore familiar and new corners of the world, including her native Peru. In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga, hiking in Upstate NY, and indulging in dark chocolate treats and controversial fruits like durian and jackfruit.
Pittsburgh Metro Area
Zachary Harr believes in the power of working with mission-driven organizations that are urgent about creating equitable and sustainable talent systems when recruiting for a given role.
Zachary has spent more than six years supporting low-income schools and nonprofits, both as a middle school teacher with Teach For America and through many unique recruitment roles. As an Associate Director of Recruitment at Uncommon Schools, Zachary co-led the sourcing and selection of teachers and school leaders for Uncommon’s 54 schools across six regions. Most recently, Zachary worked as an independent recruitment consultant, executing detailed outreach and selection strategies.
Zachary currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. In his spare time, you can find him desperately rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates and spending time with his family and friends. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and an MPA from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, specializing in Nonprofit Management and Policy.
Denver Metro Area
Clair Clauson is thrilled to work with a team that is so dedicated to incorporating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into every project.
For the past several years, Clair has used her communications and administrative expertise to contribute to Edgility’s search and talent strategy operations for school and non-profit clients. With Edgility’s growth and expansion her duties shifted to internal business operations, human resources, finance, and anything else that requires resourcefulness and a keen eye for detail. She has a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Colorado.
Clair loves practicing Hot Yoga and in her spare time (when not chasing around her spirited toddler) she sings with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Mary Joan Evans
Greater Atlanta Area
Mary Joan sparked her passion for education and equity while still in school. She was on the leadership team of Illinois Enactus, a social-entrepreneurship organization focused on developing project-based solutions for issues in the campus community and abroad. In addition, her experience as an Orientation Leader for the university broadened her perspectives while working with one of the most diverse campus communities in the county. These passions for inclusion, diversity, and learning directed Mary Joan to apply to Teach For America. After graduation with a BS in Economics and Spanish, Mary Joan relocated to the Mississippi Delta to teach middle school Spanish and coach three sports for her two year TFA commitment.
Following her time in the Delta, Mary Joan relocated back to her hometown of Chicago. There she joined an ed-tech firm focused on bringing online resources to underserved schools. Mary Joan worked closely with schools in the southern U.S. and abroad.
Her time in the classroom and equipping classrooms with resources made the jump to Edgility logical. In her role as Special Assistant, she has the opportunity to see how our projects unfold and the impact our clients experience on a daily basis. In her free time she enjoys staying active, a good book, and hang gliding!
Greater Richmond Area
Cheyenne Nicholson is passionate about using data to reveal and communicate hard truths around compensation equity in the workplace.
Cheyenne has been working full-time in the public policy and education sector for over 10 years. She has led workshops and webinars in the education sector and worked as a Case Manager for the Department of Social Services for 5 years.
Cheyenne received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019.
Cheyenne is originally from Philly but she resides in the Greater Richmond Virginia area where she homeschools her son, operates a business in career and educational services, and coaches double dutch. She enjoys going to church, traveling, cooking, and hosting events. She spends her free time studying the stock market, budgeting, and socializing.
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