Meet our small (but mighty!) team.
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, EdFeul, and Innovative Schools in Wilmington, Delaware. Ethan is an accomplished cellist and is the president of the board of trustees for the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra.
Ethan is based in Denver, CO (Mountain Standard Time).
Carrie Douglass, Vice President, Strategy and Operations
Carrie spearheads CEE-Trust's blended learning work, ensures strategy alignment across programs, and leads the organization's internal operations. Carrie most recently served as the Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Rogers Family Foundation in Oakland, a CEE-Trust member. Prior to joining Rogers, Carrie was the Director of Human Resources and Talent Strategy at Aspire Public 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 assistant principal. 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).
Kye Hawkins, Network and Program Manager
Kye develops programs and manages communications strategies and member engagement for CEE-Trust. Before joining The Mind Trust, Kye worked as Assistant Director of Admission for her alma mater, DePauw University, recruiting primarily in the Chicago territory. This position taught her that too many students don't have access to challenging and rewarding educational opportunities in K-12 and beyond. She joined CEE-Trust to help address that challenge.
Kye graduated Magna Cum Laude from DePauw and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, where her research focused on college access for underrepresented students. In 2011, she completed an Education Pioneers graduate fellowship in Chicago, working to improve attendance rates at Chicago Public Schools. A huge mentoring advocate, she's volunteered through Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Posse Foundation in Chicago, and the One-to-One program in Urbana-Champaign.
Kye is based in Indianapolis, IN (Eastern Standard Time).
Kevin Leslie, Executive Assistant
Kevin manages scheduling for CEE-Trust and provides project support to the team. 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).