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.
3Melanie Rivera-Duppins, Vice President of Operations
Melanie has spent her career working to close the achievement gap in low-income communities. She joined Learning Heroes to help us build the operational infrastructure, systems, and processes to take our organization to its next level of growth and impact. Melanie brings a wide-range of programmatic, operational, and HR experience from her work in schools, high-growth nonprofits, and larger not-for-profit organizations. Before joining the team, Melanie led the HR Business Partner team for Universal Service Administrative Company and sat on the Executive Team of DonorsChoose.org as their VP of People Operations. Melanie has her M.S. in Organization Development, a professional certificate from Georgetown University in Change Leadership, and a B.A. in Literature from American University. She is a proud resident of Alexandria, VA with her husband and several shelves of treasured business books.
4Windy Lopez-Aflitto, Vice President 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 two young daughters.
5Terrance Hamm, Manager of Marketing and Partnerships
Terrance helps Learning Heroes amplify its message and insights through media outreach, digital marketing, and partnership initiatives. Before joining Learning Heroes, Terrance secured extensive coverage in elite media outlets and cultivated social media leads to amplify the spread of research findings at Child Trends. To help address the factors that negatively affect school climate and conditions for learning, Terrance managed digital media for the National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments. He also worked on strategic communications planning with District of Columbia Public Schools and on media relations at the American Red Cross National Headquarters. Terrance has a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hampton University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper.
6Liza Rosa, Staff Assistant
Liza brings her passion for student success and family engagement to the Learning Heroes team as the Staff Assistant. Liza came to Learning Heroes from Urban Teachers, where she worked as a resident teacher for 4th and 5th grade students in the District of Columbia. Prior to teaching, Liza worked at the Early Identification Program at George Mason University as an Office Assistant and as the Academic Support and Progress Monitoring Specialist. During her time at the Early Identification Program, Liza worked hands on to support first-generation students and their families through a myriad of experiences and challenges within the college access program. Liza is an alumna of George Mason University and has taken master’s level coursework at Johns Hopkins University.
1Cindi Williams, Co-Founder and 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.