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:
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 the Woodrow Wilson School at 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
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 and for the Keene Family YMCA. 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.
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.
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.
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.
L. Autumn Colon
New York Metro Area
Autumn Colon, a marketing and operations professional who grew up in New York City, is excited to support Edgility in its unique mission to match exceptional talent with innovative organizations in the education & non profit sector.
Autumn is passionate about working with organizations that have committed to creating a space for diverse leadership. Previously Autumn worked in operations and marketing for a Luxury Real Estate Company and a top performing Charter network in Brooklyn, NY. She also owns and operates a women’s wellness brand and blog which highlights holistic health, nutrition, and healing, mental health awareness, self-care, and love for the modern woman. Autumn earned her Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University in Public Relations.
Her role encompasses marketing and strategic planning, recruiting operations, systems management, internal and external communication, and outreach. Autumn enjoys baking newly developed recipes, running 5k’s, and helping women live out their true passion by discovering who they are beyond the title of “mom.”
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.
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.
D.C. Metro Area
Olivia Smarr is an experienced educator and advocate for social justice and equity, with a deep passion for working on education reform and community organizing. In her role at Edgility, Olivia brings a unique lens to identifying robust pools of prospective candidates for our searches. She understands the importance of having culturally competent school leaders committed to excellence, and her approach to education and social justice incorporates an emphasis on the holistic wellbeing of communities.
Olivia believes that all students deserve to be in educational environments that provide them with an excellent academic experience, and also support their communities, encourage them to embrace their identities, and foster their personal growth and development.
In addition to her several years of experience working as an educator, Olivia has an extensive background in community organizing, public policy research, and arts education. Before joining Edgility Consulting, Olivia served as the Director of Operations and School Programs for Transcend Academy where she coordinated SAT preparation programs for local schools. Prior to this, Olivia was a Program Associate at New America, a public policy think tank, where she co-led an innovative research program analyzing how policy institutions engage with the communities in which they are located. Olivia has also led various economic and reproductive justice campaigns as a community organizer.
Olivia received her Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology & Society from Stanford University in 2014. In addition to being a dedicated educator and recruiter, Olivia is a trained dancer, specializing in dance traditions of the African diaspora.. As someone with a background in both the arts and STEM fields, Olivia loves exploring the connections that exist between the arts and the sciences, and believes that creativity is a core component of learning.
New York City Metro
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.
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