Ethan Gray, Founder and CEO
Ethan leads the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust. Before his role as CEE-Trust's Founder and CEO, Ethan served as Vice President of The Mind Trust where he helped develop the "Opportunity Schools" plan for transforming the Indianapolis Public Schools. He previously worked as the Policy Director at Be the Change, Inc., in Cambridge, Mass., where he helped craft a policy agenda to expand national and community service opportunities that strongly influenced the introduction of the Edward M. Kennedy "Serve America Act."
Ethan is an honors graduate of Harvard College and holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in education policy and management. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Strive Prep network of charter schools, and serves on the National Advisory Boards of Families for Excellent Schools, EdFuel, and Innovative Schools in Wilmington, Delaware. Ethan is an accomplished cellist and serves on the board of trustees for the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra.
Ethan is based in Denver, CO (Mountain Standard Time).
Carrie Douglass, Chief Strategy Officer
Carrie leads CEE-Trust's internal operations, spearheads our personalized learning work, and provides senior consulting and programming leadership. Carrie most recently served as the Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Rogers Family Foundation in Oakland, a CEE-Trust member, where she developed one of the nation's leading blended learning pilots. Prior to joining Rogers, Carrie was the Director of Human Resources and Talent Strategy at Aspire Public Schools during a period of growth from 16 to 34 high performing schools. Carrie has also worked as Special Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of Boston Public Schools, and is a former 5th grade teacher, high school science teacher, and school administrator. She is a former Broad Resident and Education Pioneers Fellow.
Carrie has a Bachelors in Education from the University of Portland Oregon and a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University. Carrie has served on numerous boards throughout her career, including Education Pioneers, the Oakland Schools Foundation and the Big Sur International Marathon.
Carrie is based in Bend, OR (Pacific Standard Time).
Butch Trusty, Vice President, Network Impact
Butch focuses on developing and delivering core offerings to support and enhance CEE-Trust members' work. Butch most recently served as the Education Program Director at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago. Prior to joining Joyce, Butch was a manager with The Bridgespan Group, where he advised school districts, philanthropic entities and policy and advocacy organizations on strategies to accelerate their impact. Butch was also an Education Pioneers fellow with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and has held positions with the Alliance for Excellent Education and EdisonLearning.
Butch has a Bachelors in Public Policy from Brown University and has both a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University. Butch is currently a founding Board member of the Great Lakes Academy Charter School in Chicago and sits on the Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.
Butch is based in Chicago, IL (Central Standard Time).
Shahonda Bossier, VP, Advocacy & Engagement
Sharhonda focuses on helping CEE-Trust members develop the skills and capacity to much more meaningfully and effectively engage with stakeholders in the communities in which they work.
Prior to joining the CEE-Trust team, Sharhonda co-founded Families for Excellent Schools where she developed FES’ training program and overall parent engagement strategy. Sharhonda started her career in education as a public school teacher and also brings years of legislative and electoral campaign experience in both volunteer and leadership capacities to her work at CEE-Trust.
Sharhonda is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Christine DeLeon, Senior Director, Personalized Learning
Christine currently serves as Senior Director of Personalized Learning at CEE-Trust, supporting the exploration, planning, and implementation of personalized learning within cities across the US. She previously served as Director of Blended Learning at Denver Public Schools, ensuring transformative school models could scale across the district. In 2010, Christine founded and directed the Analyst Fellowship with Education Pioneers, a program that recruits, selects, and prepares young professionals to provide analytic and project management expertise to education non-profits, school districts, and charter networks across the country. Christine also served as assistant director and program analyst focused on leadership development and principal preparation at The Broad Foundation, worked with the Tennessee Achievement School District on community engagement, and provided strategic support to Detroit Public Schools. She also served as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and worked with urban youth in both the U.S. and abroad.
She earned her doctorate in education leadership at Harvard University, where she promoted education entrepreneurship as a Harvard Innovation Lab Fellow, and received her bachelor of business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is also part of the inaugural cohort of the Pahara Next Gen Network.
Christine is based in Denver, CO (Mountain Standard Time).
Christine Schneider, Communications Director
Christine creates and executes strategic communications efforts on behalf of CEE-Trust and our members. Her work is rooted in years of experience managing internal and external communications for governmental, for profit and non-profit organizations.
Before joining CEE-Trust, Christine spent four years at Larson Communications, the only strategic communications firm that specializes in helping organizations improve and create great schools. In that time, Christine worked with funders, school districts, advocacy organizations, teacher training programs, technology platforms and even harbormasters to help them use communications, marketing and public relations to drive organizational goals. Her work has resulted in positive news coverage in The New York Times
, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Education Week
Christine also had the privilege of working alongside the most prominent communications professionals in the country at both Johnson & Johnson and in the communications office of then-Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker.
Christine holds a Bachelors in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University and a Masters in Communication from Rutgers University. Christine is a member of the Board of Directors of the UNO Network of Charter Schools.
Christine is based in Chicago, IL (Central Standard Time).
Kevin Leslie, Operations and Knowledge Manager
Kevin supports Carrie in operations and is currently developing a knowledge management portal for CEE-Trust and its members. Before joining CEE-Trust, Kevin worked as an Information Services Librarian at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and as Student Activities Director at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA. Kevin also worked as a Reference Librarian at Dominican University of CA, and as a Research Associate at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Kevin graduated with a Bachelors in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.
Kevin is based in Memphis, TN (Central Standard Time).
Madelyn Albright, Executive and Events Assistant
Madelyn is responsible for organizing all CEE-Trust events and handles scheduling for the team. She was born and raised in Tennessee, but switched scenery two years ago from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the foothills of the Rockies. Madelyn graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee in Spanish and international studies. She has worked as a teacher and instructor for numerous non-profit and education organizations including AmeriCorps, Playworks, Girls Inc. and Malley Drive Elementary. In her free time she enjoys all of the many outdoor activities Colorado has to offer as well as painting, drawing, and reading as many National Geographic magazines as possible.
Madelyn is based in Denver, CO (Mountain Standard Time)
CEE-Trust Mailing Address:
PO Box 9640
Bend, OR 97708