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Our Team

June 2024 staff

Irene Abdou

Office of the President

John Seager

President and CEO

Lee Polansky

Senior Director of Executive Initiatives and Special Projects

Vice Presidents

Pamela Wasserman

Senior Vice President for Education

Brian Dixon

Senior Vice President for Governmental and Political Affairs

Maria Orozco

Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Shauna Scherer, MPA, CFRE

Senior Vice President for Advancement

Marian Starkey

Vice President for Communications

Nicole Martin

Vice President for Marketing


Carol Bliese

Senior Director of Teacher Programs

Lindsey Bailey

Education Network Director

Laura Short

Senior Education Associate

Abby Watkins

Senior Education Program Associate

Cara Borja

Education Program Associate

Barbara Huth

Online Learning Manager

Ava Moore

Education Program Assistant

Bennett Steidinger

Education Program Associate

Sally Watanabe

Student Engagement Fellow

Field & Outreach

Rebecca Harrington

Senior Director of Advocacy and Outreach

Grace Long

Field Coordinator

YoVanna Solomon

Field Assistant


Hannah Evans

Senior Analyst

Olivia Nater

Communications Manager

Membership Engagement

Michelle Ledoux

Director of Membership Services

Carrie Brochu

Membership Services Manager

Vondra Rogers

Senior Membership Services Coordinator

Stephanie Wolfe

Membership Relations Coordinator

Alea Walker

Membership Services Coordinator


Natalie Widel

Director of Digital Marketing

Makenzie Lowe

Marketing Manager


Jennifer Lynaugh

Director of Development

Victoria Wright

Director of Planned Giving

Sarah Ikemoto

Development Manager

Sydnie Stocks

Special Gifts Officer


Deborah Shum

Senior Director of Human Resources

Peter Caggiano

Senior Information Technology Director

Ana Pineda

Office Manager