We’re committed and passionate about elevating parent voice and action so that all children can have a chance at reaching their hopes and dreams.
Learning Heroes Team
- 1Bibb Hubbard, Founder and President
Bibb has dedicated her career to helping ensure all students are prepared for life after high school. She founded Learning Heroes to help parents play an active role in their children’s educational success. Bibb brings extensive experience in communications, policy, and advocacy from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to her role as Founder & President of Learning Heroes. Before Learning Heroes, Bibb 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 served on the Board of City Year New York and is an active board member with the New York City Leadership Academy and the Boys & Girls Club of Alexandria, VA. She graduated from Dickinson College and is the proud mother of two teenage sons.
- 2David Park, Executive Vice President of Communications and Strategy
David 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, where he helped develop and implement the GradNation campaign to increase the high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020. David managed the GradNation communications strategy and helped drive implementation nationally. David also held senior level positions at several communications firms including Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Porter Novelli International, and taught communications courses at Georgetown University. A proud public school alumnus, David is committed to helping public school students and families thrive. David graduated from American University with a BA in communications.
- 3Cece Hallisey, Vice President of Operations and Strategic Initiatives
Cece came to Learning Heroes as co-founder of Raise the Bar, the parent initiative of America Achieves. An early team member of the nonprofit start-up, Cece helped America Achieves establish the first cohort of the Teacher and Principal Fellowship, advised Race to the Top states and districts, and set the vision, strategy, and operational structure for the new organization. Cece brings private sector experience from more than a decade at Humana, Inc. in communications, marketing, and consumer engagement, as well as organization design and human resources. Previously she worked for the City of New York and on Capitol Hill. She graduated from Princeton University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is the proud mother of three school-age daughters.
- 4Windy Lopez-Aflitto, Director of Content and Partnerships
Windy brings 20 years of experience in family engagement, education and philanthropy. Windy came to Learning Heroes from American Express, where she helped with the expansion of the company’s largest philanthropic platform focused on nonprofit leadership development. Previously, Windy was with Scholastic for nearly a decade and was instrumental in the research and development of the company’s first comprehensive family and community engagement initiative. Windy taught elementary school for several years and started her career in public relations, focusing on education campaigns. Windy has been a guest lecturer at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and at University of the South in collaboration with Yale Child Study Center. She graduated from Rutgers University and has a young daughter.
- 5Nicholas Anway, Manager of Digital Media
Nick uses a diverse experience with private sector and nonprofit work in digital communications to create and curate digital media tools to support parents’ critical role in their child’s education. Nick came to Learning Heroes from Raise the Bar, where he managed digital communications and strategy and worked with parents from 20 states to test and develop educational content for parents. Before joining Raise the Bar, Nick worked on media teams at GMMB and the United Nations Foundation. An alumnus of public schools and the University of Pittsburgh, Nick is committed to improving education outcomes for all students and parents.
- 1Cindi Williams, Strategic 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.
- 2Erica Felker, Research and Content Advisor
At HCM Strategists Erica has spent the last two years deeply engaged in comprehensive research to understand parent mindsets as it relates to their expectations for schools, assessments and student achievement. Erica works directly with states and districts to use this knowledge to help improve their communication to and engagement of parents. Prior to joining HCM, Erica spent nearly a decade as a special needs educator and continues to draw from that experience to support her work with Learning Heroes. She received her Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University.
- 3Liz Ross, Policy Advisor
Liz brings extensive experience in state education policy, development, and community engagement to her work at HCM Strategists. Throughout her career, she’s worked with state policymakers, business and community leaders to provide technical assistance and communications support on the adoption and implementation of college and career ready standards and aligned assessments. She also served on a committee to develop recommendations for state board members to revamp educator preparation, recruitment, retention and compensation policies. In addition to her focus on standards, assessments and accountability, Liz has participated in two major initiatives to transform general and special education preparation policies to ensure candidates were prepared to teach to college and career ready expectations upon licensure. She graduated from James Madison University and is a proud skating and ice hockey coach for kids with disabilities.
- 4Shanteal Lake, Advisor
Shanteal Lake is a social justice advocate who views equity in education as one of the civil rights issues of her time. She joined HCM Strategists after working with the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce and completing her master’s degree in Political Communication from American University. Shanteal earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Spelman College where she also served as Student Government President, participated in various awareness campaigns and presented award-winning research on the links between government spending on education and the school-to-prison pipeline. Shanteal is a native of Augusta, GA and enjoys reading and watching documentary films.