As CEO of InClassToday, Emily is responsible for the organization’s vision, strategy and leadership. The daughter of a first grade teacher, Emily is thrilled to marry her passion for improving educational outcomes with her experience in scaling behavioral science based programs. Prior to joining InClassToday Emily co-led Opower’s Home Energy Report business unit. Previously Emily was a consultant at The Bridgespan Group where she advised K-12 and early childhood education clients. Emily holds an MBA and Certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Kara joins the InClassToday team as a Summer Associate after completing her first year in the Haas School of Business’ MBA program. She is passionate about increasing equity, access, and opportunity in education. Kara has a broad range of experience in the education industry, ranging from K-12 nonprofits to higher-ed consulting. Prior to InClassToday and Haas, Kara most recently led operations and process improvement initiates for City Year. Kara holds a BA in Economics from Boston College. In her spare time, Kara enjoys celebrating Taco Tuesdays, running in Berkeley, and working toward her goal of visiting every Philz location in the Bay Area.
Santi Dewa Ayu
Director, Program Delivery and Operations
Santi manages InClassToday’s program delivery and operations, leveraging the power of behavioral insights to build positive change in the world. As former Director of Education for all Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester sites, Santi has over a decade of experience serving youth and communities. She is a first-generation college graduate and holds an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Boston Honors College. She is also a proud alumnus of the Community Fellows Program at the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Her passion is to merge her years of education experience with her love of behavioral science to address issues of inequality.
Silvana Freire Barrios
Silvana is a data analyst who brings a background in education research to the team. She most recently worked as a consultant for the baseline evaluation of a Peruvian Ministry of Education’s teacher training program, and as a reviewer for the Peruvian Society of Educational Research’s (SIEP) thesis award. Previously, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, while she was getting her MA degree in International Education Policy Analysis. In Peru, she has worked as an educational researcher for both the Ministry of Education and the Think Tank GRADE (Group for the Analysis of Development).
Parent Support Specialist
Art joined the parent support team because he is excited about working with communities to help students improve their attendance. He is fluent in Spanish and English. In addition to his work with InClassToday, Art is a firefighter and dedicated father.
Parent Support Team Manager
Manny is responsible for overseeing InClassToday’s team that communicates with the families it serves, answering their questions and connecting them to district and community resources.
Manny works with all of ICT’s school district partners to implement and manage absence-reduction intervention programs. He holds a BA in Criminal Justice, and as a first-generation college graduate, he is passionate about improving opportunities for all students, with a focus on the school-to-prison pipeline. In his spare time, he is a soccer coach for the Lamorinda Soccer Club.
Senior Data Analyst
Jessica leads InClassToday’s data analyst team, developing processes and algorithms underpinning the organization’s data cleaning, analysis, student selection, report generation, and results analysis. She was the dedicated data analyst for SDP in 2017-2018 and will continue in this role in 2018-2019. Prior to her work with InClassToday, Jessica was an analyst at the Boston-based non-profit organization, Partners In Health, where she worked on designing monitoring and evaluation systems for international health projects in Haiti and sub-Saharan Africa. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, southern Africa, and has worked in the Washington, DC, and San Diego public school systems. Jessica holds a Masters Degree in International Economics and International Development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from U.C. San Diego.
Program Manager and Research Adviser
Monica manages a portfolio of school districts and their chronic absenteeism interventions and is part of the R&D advisory group. Formerly, she was a Research Fellow at the Student Social Support R&D Lab at Harvard Kennedy School. She earned her M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently earning a doctoral degree in education at Stanford University. In her spare time she enjoys doing graphic design work and hiking in the redwoods.
Special Projects Manager
As Special Projects Manager, Mark is responsible for InClassToday’s marketing and sales operations, in addition to other projects geared towards improving our internal systems and operations. Prior to joining the InClassToday team, Mark was a special education teacher in New York City, where he taught high school history courses in high needs schools. Mark holds an MS in Special Education from Hunter College and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his free time, Mark enjoys board games and backpacking.
District Partnership and Program Manager
Kidus is responsible for overseeing the management and success of the InClassToday program. Prior to InClassToday Kidus worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he co-managed the Urban Superintendent Program. A first-generation college graduate himself, Kidus champions others following this path through his work on the Posse Foundation’s Advisory Board. Kidus holds an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A from Denison University.
Product Development and UX Lead
Katelyn leads ICT’s product planning, vision and direction and product roadmap execution. Before ICT, Katelyn worked at Stanford Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies mentoring startups and developing entrepreneurial curriculum. Katelyn has been mentoring at-risk youth for the past 15 years, including working in Ukraine as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the field of Youth Development, and currently through BUILD. She holds a M. Eng. in Technical Entrepreneurship and a B.A. in Psychology and Product Design. In her spare time, Katelyn can be found on her bike, in the pool or backpacking.
Manish has been involved in working with schools for over ten years - from being a tutor from America Reads as an undergraduate student to being a Mathematics, Physics, and Robotics teacher at a small high school to now conducting program evaluation for an urban school district. He became interested in applications of behavioral science to education while completing his masters in Education Policy and Management at Harvard University. One of the main reasons why he left the classroom was to help more students than could fit in his classroom and he believes the high return on investment approach to behavioral interventions closely aligns with exactly how districts are looking to serve their students.
Director of District Sales and Partnerships
Chris is responsible for forging strategic partnerships with school districts to help them reduce absenteeism. Prior to InClassToday, Chris’s entire career was focused on consulting and selling innovative solutions to the public sector. He’s worked with several successful start-up organizations in the education and resource sustainability spaces. Most recently at Opower and WaterSmart, Chris utilized applied behavioral science, big data, and targeted communications to produce positive behavioral change and measurable outcomes for his clients. Chris holds a B.S. Marketing from Arizona State University.
As a member of the parent support team, Edgar is passionate about InClassToday’s mission. He enjoys helping people and addressing their questions and concerns, and he looks forward to supporting families in helping their students attend school as much as possible.
Gonzalo Pons holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and is interested in behavioral sciences interventions and field experiments. Before joining InClassToday, Gonzalo worked at the Student Social Support R&D Lab. He also worked as an RA managing field experiments in the Peruvian Ministry of Education, and previously at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). Gonzalo is fluent in Spanish and a native of Lima, Perú.
As a parent support team member, Ana is excited to help combat chronic absenteeism because she believes that the best way to grow is through education. Ana previously worked to support struggling high school students, and found that it was challenging to motivate chronically absent students to attend school. She is a fluent Spanish speaker, and she understands the challenges that parents who do not speak English face in navigating the school system.
In addition to his work with the parent support team, Marco is a student at San Francisco State University, where he is pursuing a degree in history. Marco enjoys playing soccer, going on hikes, and soaking up the sun at the beach. His favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because he gets to hang out with his family and eat some amazing food with them.
As Director of District Sales and Partnerships, Joe Sassone forges strategic partnerships with school districts to help them reduce absenteeism. Joe brings to the InClassToday team over 25 years of education experience, including six years as a middle school teacher in New York, two years as a principal, and seven years as Assistant Superintendent in the Vail Unified School District in Arizona. Most recently, Joe worked for thirteen years at WestEd, including eight years as the Director of Development, School and District Services and district services, overseeing school and district improvement projects in over 22 states.
Program Management Director
Co-founder and Advisor
As a member of InClassToday’s founding team, Johannes built the organization and team to implement S3’s chronic absenteeism reduction program at scale and with fidelity, expanding to over 20 districts nationwide, serving more than 250,000 students and families. Both of his parents are educators, which is a big part of why he is passionate about education and serving students and families. Prior to his work with InClassToday, Johannes was a civil litigator. In his spare time he plays soccer for San Francisco City FC in the USL PDL.
Co-founder and Statistics and Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
As InClassToday’s Statistics and M&E Advisor, Avi provides guidance in developing program evaluation methodologies and treatment effect modeling, to ensure we’re providing the most accurate program impact assessments possible. Avi is a co-author of the Harvard S3 Absence Reports research with SDP and a founding member of InClassToday. He is an assistant professor at the UC Berkeley Goldman School and Department of Statistics working at the intersection of public policy, data science, and applied and theoretical statistics. Prior to his doctoral studies, Feller served as Special Assistant to the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Dr. Feller received a PhD in Statistics from Harvard University, a M.Sc. in Applied Statistics as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in Political Science and Applied Mathematics from Yale University.
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist
Todd is a behavioral scientist who studies how mobilizing and empowering students’ social networks can increase student success. He founded the Student Social Support R&D Lab at Harvard to use data and behavioral science to develop and prove scalable, high ROI interventions that mobilize and empower students’ social support systems to improve achievement. As Chief Science Adviser, Todd leads InClassToday’s research and innovation, leveraging evidence from InClassToday’s RCTs, research from the Harvard S3 Lab, and academic research to improve the effectiveness of our programs. Todd received his Ph.D. jointly from Harvard’s department of Psychology and Harvard Business School.
Data and Analytics Consultant
John is a data and social scientist who has worked in the field of data analysis and analytics since 2009. He has worked on projects that include predictive models, phone survey analyses, market segmentation, regression discontinuity analyses, and randomized field experiments.
He is currently working on his PhD at Yale and was also a senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School (Student Social Support R&D Lab), a lab specializing in large-scale field experiments in the field of education. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Analytics at the Analyst Institute, a company that designed, implemented, and analyzed large-scale field experiments for a variety of major non-profits and political campaigns. He received his BA in Economics from Dartmouth College. He also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Oxford.