Raolat Abdulai MD, MMSc
Jeffrey Davis, CPA
Gary Evee, Chairman
Cecilia M. Frerotte, CPA
Beth Gamse, Ed.D.
Ernesto Gonzalez Jr.
Lakeala Jones is an Engagement Manager on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team providing support for 47 CSI schools in Philadelphia. In this capacity she supports stakeholder strategic implementation of school improvement plans. Prior to joining Mass Insight, Lakeala worked in education for nineteen years including time as a Chief Transformation Officer, Chief Academic Officer and Administrator where she established trusting relationships to improve the overall performance of schools by implementing cutting edge talent management practices, streamlined data analysis processes, and individualized professional development techniques to accelerate student achievement and build stakeholder capacity. She got her start in education working within underserved Washington, D.C. communities. Lakeala holds a B.S. in finance from Johnson C. Smith University, a M.A.T in education from American University, and a M.A.S in administration from Trinity University. Lakeala is a firm believer that all students can learn, and she has spent her career working diligently to ensure equity for all students.
Francis J. Kelly III
Susan F. Lusi, Ph.D., Ex Officio
Alia McCants, Vice Chair
Paula A. Nassif
John is an accomplished leader in expanding educational and economic opportunity with more than 30 years of experience working with government, nonprofit, and public policy organizations. He is currently Mass Insight’s Managing Director of Policy and Advocacy responsible for Mi’s federal and state advocacy and government relations programs.
Previously John served as the executive vice president to the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) where he led the organization’s groundbreaking Gateway Cities policy initiative, and the New Skills for a New Economy Campaign, MassINC’s workforce development advocacy program. He served as research director to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Education, Arts, and Humanities, and played a key staff role in the passage and implementation of the landmark Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993. John has also worked to support charter school start-ups and regional collaborative economic development strategies. He began his professional career as a teacher in an alternative high school working with out-of-school youth in Chicago and Boston.
Active in community affairs, John serves on the board of directors of the National Parents Union, a national network of parent organizations and grassroots activists working to improve the quality of life for children across the United States and define the education conversation. He also assists with the annual Massachusetts Civic Learning Week and facilitates workshops for students and adults on faith formation and social justice.
John, who lives in Lowell, MA, has three adult children and five grandchildren.