We believe parents deserve and need an accurate picture of their child's progress in order to be the learning heroes they aspire to be. To help, we're committed to bringing parents clear and actionable information so they can best advocate for their child's academic and developmental success.
Learning Heroes Team
1Bibb Hubbard, Founder and President
Bibb founded Learning Heroes to help parents most effectively advocate on behalf of their children’s educational success. She brings extensive experience in communications, policy, and advocacy from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. She held leadership positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Widmeyer Communications, and Scholastic. Her public-sector experience includes positions at the White House and the U.S. Labor Department. Bibb sits on the board of the New York City Leadership Academy and is the proud mother of two teenage sons.
2Cornelia Calliste, Coordinator, Special Projects
Inspired by her own upbringing, Cornelia developed a deep passion for charitable work in local communities. For over fifteen years, Cornelia has worked with nonprofits and schools such as Higher Achievement and the Baltimore City Public School System to build opportunities in under-served communities. With a combined interest in education and social change, Cornelia has traveled the country inspiring leaders to aid in the mission towards closing the achievement gap. She earned her M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University and a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from Towson University.
3David Park, Senior Vice President, Strategy and CommunicationsDavid has extensive experience in communications, strategic planning, community engagement, and development. Prior to Learning Heroes, David was Vice President of Mission Advancement at America’s Promise Alliance, where he helped develop and implement the GradNation campaign to increase the national high school graduation rate. David also held senior level positions at several communications firms including Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Porter Novelli International, and taught communications at Georgetown University. David graduated from American University with a BA in communications.
4Dr. Eyal Bergman, Senior Vice President
Eyal leads Learning Heroes’ efforts to support schools, districts, and others that want to build their capacity for deeper and more meaningful partnerships with families. He recently earned his Doctorate of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) from Harvard University, a pursuit that included partnering with Dr. Karen Mapp in co-authoring the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Version 2). Previously, he was the founder of the Family & Community Engagement Office in the Cajon Valley Union School District. Eyal’s work and views are shaped by his professional roots in community organizing and youth mentoring, as well as his personal upbringing in a bilingual Latino immigrant home.
5Kelsey Nelson, Senior Manager, External Relations
A DMV native and an avid proponent of high-quality education for all children, Kelsey joins Learning Heroes with an extensive background in PR, communications and marketing, and creating/facilitating high-powered partnerships. Kelsey’s experience in education includes her work at America’s Promise Alliance and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. She has also worked with National Education Association as well as other education focused nonprofits in the Washington, D.C. area. Kelsey is an award-winning journalist and an adjunct college professor. Kelsey received her MPS from Georgetown University and her B.A. from the University of Maryland.
6Howard Winchester, Communications Manager
Howard has a vested interest and focus in digital and social media development, with a variety of prior experience in communications and public relations. Prior to Learning Heroes, he served as a Senior Communications Associate at NASTAD and uses his out of the box and creative thinking to help inform and engage different audiences. Howard received his B.A. in Public Relations, Media Sales, and Advertising, from Morgan State University and is pursuing his M.S. in Communication Studies at Stevenson University.
7Michelle Chaudoir, Director of Operations
Michelle enjoys supporting the operational capacity of the Learning Heroes team. Previously, Michelle managed operations for several workforce grants at Northern Virginia Community College. Her passion for family engagement stems from 15 years leading a local family literacy partnership with Head Start and K-5 public schools (and as a mother of two). Michelle has an MBA from George Mason University.
8Windy Lopez-Aflitto, Vice President of Content and Partnerships
A former elementary school teacher, Windy brings 20 years of experience in family engagement, education and philanthropy. She came to Learning Heroes from American Express, where she worked on the nonprofit leadership development philanthropic platform. Previously, Windy was with Scholastic for nearly a decade helping to develop family and community engagement initiatives. She has been a guest lecturer at NYU and at University of the South in collaboration with Yale Child Study Center. She is the proud mama of two young daughters.
1Cindi Williams, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor
Cindi is a Principal at HCM Strategists, a leading education and health public policy firm, where she provides communications and advocacy strategy for organizations dedicated to improving student outcomes for low income students. Prior to joining HCM, Cindi worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she directed communications and external affairs for its investments in education, public libraries, and family homelessness, while also serving on the Foundation’s Leadership Team. She previously served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education for Communications and Outreach, and Special Assistant in the White House Office of Public Liaison. She lives in Washington State with her husband and sons.
2Dawn Arteaga, Advisor, Digital Strategy
Dawn Arteaga has more than 15 years’ experience working with organizations and foundations to use digital technology to build strong advocacy and engagement programs. Her prior experience in education programs includes communications strategy for: a city-wide network improving STEAM programming, a public Charter school during a crisis, and a network of professionals focused on ending childhood obesity. Dawn has a master’s degree in communications from Johns Hopkins and a bachelor’s from American University.
3Erica Gray, Advisor, Research and Content
Erica leads the public opinion research and content creation for HCM Strategists’ K-12 portfolio. Her work focuses on communicating education data, including student and school performance, in a way that it is accessible and understandable for parents. She provides technical assistance to states in creating evidence-based materials and guidance for parent engagement and communication. Previously, Erica spent nearly a decade as a special education teacher and continues to draw from that experience. She received her master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University.
4Lynn Olson, Writer and Advisor
Lynn Olson worked in the K-12 program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2008 to 2017, serving as a senior program officer, senior adviser to the director, and deputy director for knowledge management and strategic alliances. Prior to joining the foundation, Olson was an award-winning writer and editor for over two decades at the national newspaper Education Week, and earlier in her career she was a writer, editor, and policy analyst at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Yale University.
5Jocelyn Pickford, Advisor, Special Projects
Jocelyn Pickford is an education policy and communications specialist with an expansive career in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Jocelyn’s passion for her work was seeded during her own public school education and took root during her classroom teaching experience. During her time at the U.S. Department of Education, she led the design and launch of the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship to integrate teachers into the national education policy dialogue. She seeks to engage parents and practitioners in conversations about education policy at every level. Jocelyn earned a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Connecticut and her M.Ed. in secondary education from the George Washington University and is a proud public school parent and active PTO member.
Carmita Semaan is Founder and President of The Surge Institute. Surge is transforming education by training, supporting, connecting, and elevating emerging education leaders of color. Fellows are challenged to walk fully and authentically in their experiences and purpose – to dramatically and sustainably impact systems that serve young people and communities through fresh ideas and innovative perspectives. Though an adopted Chicagoan after 18 years, Carmita was raised in Birmingham, AL. Birmingham’s history has greatly shaped what she feels called to do – to elevate the genius of and shine a light on the brilliance and ingenuity that is too often overlooked and untapped in solving systemic issues. Carmita serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, Marwen, and America’s Promise Alliance and has received numerous awards and recognition for her thought-leadership and professional service, including the Chicago Business Journal’s 2016 Woman of Influence award.
Jaime Uzeta is the CEO of Public Allies, a diverse national service program and network of systems-change leaders working to design a future by and for everyone. His career has centered on empowering young people through media, technology, education, and public service. Jaime held executive roles at the education non-profits, BUILD and GreatSchools, and was portfolio director in IDEO’s education studio. Within the media sector, he built and managed Participant Media’s digital and TV social action teams and played a similar role at MTV. Jaime served in the White House, the Departments of Treasury and Commerce.
3Jane Williams, Board Chair
Jane Williams is devoted to eliminating educational inequity. She just completed a ten-year term as Board Chair of Horizons National, a nonprofit education organization that provides academic/enrichment programs to children from low-income families. This year, Jane has been working with the WW Foundation on the “Civic Spring Project” supporting youth-led community projects addressing Covid needs and issues around the 2020 election. She is the former Host and Executive Producer of Bloomberg EDU, an award-winning national radio program about K-12 education and worked in television and radio news for many years. Jane is a member of the board of New York’s PBS station WNET, where she chairs the Education Committee. Jane and her husband, Brian, live in New York, as do their two grown children.
Tracie Potts is a passionate advocate for equity and family engagement, training parents how to speak up for their child and support learning. She is the Executive Director of the Gettysburg Institute at Gettysburg College, a former NBC reporter and formerly served on the board of the National PTA. Tracie formed partnerships with educators, helped develop a family engagement framework and created a Family Engagement Advisory Team for the nation’s 13th largest school district. She has been honored as a featured Learning Hero, Champion for Children and National PTA Lifetime Achievement winner. Professionally Tracie reports for NBC News and works with her husband, a youth minister, to inspire young people.