Over 49 communities are working together through the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network to define quality collective impact. Join this online panel discussion to learn about the proven, rigorous approach these communities are using to build civic infrastructure and hear stories about how cross-sector partnerships on the ground are implementing innovative approaches to support the unique needs of every child.

This webinar will further explore the themes discussed in the article, Defining Quality Collective Impact

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  • Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director, StriveTogether
  • Ben Hecht, President and CEO, Living Cities
  • Dan Ryan, CEO, All Hands Raised
  • Jim Shelton, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • Todd Williams, founding Chairman and Executive Director, The Commit! Partnership

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Jeff Edmondson is managing director of StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. Edmondson most recently served as executive director of the StrivePartnership in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and has also served as the foundation officer for KnowledgeWorks Foundation.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Edmondson served as a program assistant at the 21st Century School Fund where he focused on local and national policy issues related to school facilities. Edmondson also worked as the peaceable schools coordinator at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, the largest public secondary school in Washington, D.C. Edmondson has a bachelor's of science in biology from the University of Richmond and a master's in public policy from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he served as a volunteer and supervisor for three years in Peace Corps Gabon, Central Africa.
Ben Hecht has been the president and CEO of Living Cities since July 2007. Living Cities deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer obsolete public systems and connect low-income people and underinvested places to opportunity. Prior to joining Living Cities, Hecht cofounded One Economy Corporation, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of technology and information to connect low-income people to the economic mainstream through broadband in the home and public-purpose media. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his CPA from the State of Maryland. For 10 years, he taught at Georgetown University Law Center. In 1997, he was awarded Georgetown's prestigious Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award.
Dan Ryan has served as the CEO of All Hands Raised since 2008. As the backbone organization for the All Hands Raised Partnership, Dan leads the organization in synchronizing the Multnomah County's collective actions. Ryan received recognition as one of Portland Monthly Magazine's 50 Most Influential Portlanders, and is an alumnus of the American Leadership Forum in Oregon, class of XXVIII. Ryan serves on the leadership advisory boards of Wells Fargo, the Portland Trail Blazers, Portland State University's Graduate School of Education, the Center for Innovative School Facilities, and the SUN Service System Coordinating Council. Prior to All Hands Raised, Ryan worked in the private, public and non-profit sector, including positions at the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland State University, Metropolitan Group, Virginia Mason Foundation, and New School University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon and did graduate-level work at New School University's Graduate School of Management & Urban Professional.

Jim Shelton is Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. Shelton, who oversees a broad range of management, policy, and program functions, previously lead the department's Office of Innovation and Improvement, managing a portfolio that included competitive programs, such as the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), Promise Neighborhoods, and others focused on teacher and leader quality, school choice, and learning technology. Earlier in his career as program director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Shelton managed portfolios ranging from $2 to $3 billion in non-profit investments targeting increased high school and college graduation rates. Shelton has also been the East Coast lead for NewSchools Venture Fund, and co-founded LearnNow, a school management company that later was acquired by Edison Schools. After four years with McKinsey & Company, he joined Knowledge Universe, Inc., where he launched, acquired, and operated education-related businesses.

Todd Williams is the founding chairman and executive director of The Commit! Partnership and also serves as the Education Policy Advisor to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. Williams is the current board chair for Austin College and also chairs the regional advisory board for Teach for America in Dallas/Ft. Worth. He helped establish the Williams Preparatory School, a K-12 free tuition public charter school operated by Uplift Education. Williams is the former chair of the Citizen Budget Review Commission for Dallas ISD and the former vice-chair of the Board of Trustees for Uplift Education, a public charter school management organization. He is also a founding board member and former chairman of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center at the University of Texas and a former chairman of the Real Estate Council of Dallas. Prior, Williams served as both a partner and as global co-head of Goldman Sachs' real estate private equity investment area. He earned a master's of business administration with distinction from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and graduated with a bachelor's in economics from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in 1982.

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