Team Bios

BRYAN C. HASSEL is Co-Director of Public Impact. He consults nationally with leading public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations working for dramatic improvements in K–12 education. He is a recognized expert on charter schools, school turnarounds, education entrepreneurship, and teacher and leader policy. His work has appeared in Education Next, Education Week, and numerous other publications; he blogs for Education Next and is a frequent guest blogger on other forums, such as Education Week. Dr. Hassel received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University and his master’s degree in politics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar. He is a senior research affiliate with the Center on Reinventing Public Education, and a nonresident senior fellow with Education Sector. Example projects: Dr. Hassel’s recent work includes co-authoring Seizing Opportunity at the Top: How the U.S. Can Reach Every Child with an Effective Teacher, “The Big U-Turn: How to bring schools from the brink of doom to stellar success” for Education Next and Teachers in the Age of Digital Instruction for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.  He authored the Brookings Institution Press book The Charter School Challenge: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Fulfilling the Promise,co-edited the Brookings volume Learning from School Choice,and co-authoredPicky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child’s School with Confidence. Dr. Hassel has also served as a consultant to leading efforts to create high-quality charter school systems, turn around failing schools, and improve leader and teacher effectiveness. Contact Bryan… EMILY AYSCUE HASSEL is Co-Director of Public Impact. She provides thought leadership and oversight to Public Impact’s work on teacher and leader policy, organizational change, parental choice of schools, and emerging opportunities for dramatic improvement in pre–K to grade 12 education. Ms. Hassel is leading Public Impact’s effort to develop and refine school and staffing models for reaching more students with excellent teachers. Her work has appeared in Education Week, Education Next, and other publications;she blogs for Education Next and is a frequent guest blogger on other forums, such as Education Week. Ms. Hassel was named to the inaugural class of the Aspen Teacher Leader Fellows program, designed to cultivate and support teacher leaders who are working to improve the teaching profession and student outcomes. She was previously a consultant and manager for the Hay Group, a leading human resources consulting firm. Ms. Hassel received her law and master in business administration degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served on the North Carolina Law Review. Example projects: As part of Public Impact’s effort to develop and refine school and staffing models for reaching more students with excellent teachers, Ms. Hassel co-authored 3X for All: Extending the Reach of Education’s Best; Opportunity at the Top; Seizing Opportunity at the Top: How the U.S. Can Reach Every Student with an Excellent Teacher;  Teacher Tenure Reform; Measuring Teacher and Leader Performance; “The Big U-Turn: How to bring schools from the brink of doom to stellar success” for Education Next; Try, Try Again: How to Triple the Number of Fixed Failing Schools; Importing Leaders for School Turnarounds; Going Exponential: Growing the Charter School Sector’s Best; the Public Impact series Competencies for Turnaround Success; School Restructuring Under No Child Left Behind: What Works When?; and Improving Teaching Through Pay for Contribution for the National Governor’s Association. Other work includes Picky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child’s School with Confidence; Choosing the Right Preschool eBook for TheSavvySource.com; and Learning Point Associates’ Professional Development: Learning from the Best, a toolkit for education leaders on designing and implementing effective professional development. Contact Emily…

LUCY STEINER is a consulting manager and the senior vice president of professional learning and leadership with Public Impact. She leads complex projects, manages and develops consultants, and serves on the firmwide management team. Ms. Steiner, whose work often provides a bridge between district leadership, school leadership, and instruction, works with her project teams to deliver research, training, and consulting on a variety of critical education issues, including teacher and leader policy, school restructuring, and charter school policy. Ms. Steiner also provides internal and national leadership on the professional learning and development of teachers, teacher-leaders, principals, and district leaders, in both district and charter school contexts. Read More or Contact Lucy…

SHARON KEBSCHULL BARRETT is a senior editor with Public Impact. She edits the Public Impact and Opportunity Culture blogs, copyedits Public Impact’s reports, and provides research and writing for the firm. Her recent work focuses on extending the reach of excellent teachers, charter schools, and state policy. Read More or Contact Sharon…

LYRIA BOAST is a senior consultant at Public Impact. She is the organization’s analytics team coordinator and serves on the firmwide management team. Ms. Boast leads Public Impact’s work to improve charter school authorizers’ academic performance frameworks and to develop a national database of authorizers and their schools.  She has also contributed to projects on post-Katrina education reform in New Orleans, extending the reach of excellent teachers, and evaluating school turnarounds. Read More or Contact Lyria…

JEANETTE P. CORNIER is a senior policy fellow with Public Impact. She consults nationally on school turnarounds, strategic school design, and leadership development. Read More or Contact Jeanette…

STEPHANIE DEAN is a senior policy fellow and vice president of teaching and learning policy at Public Impact. Her work addresses a variety of education issues, with a focus on identifying and cultivating state policy conditions that help schools extend the reach of excellent teachers. Read More or Contact Stephanie…

DANIELA DOYLE is a senior consultant with Public Impact.  Her work addresses a wide range of education issues, including teacher quality, school finance, turnarounds, and redesigning school models and teachers’ roles to extend the reach of excellent teachers. Read More or Contact Daniela…

SHONAKA L. ELLISON is an associate consultant with Public Impact, assisting schools in implementing an Opportunity Culture and performing state policy analyses to extend the reach of excellent teachers. Read More or Contact Shonaka…

TIM FIELD is a senior consultant with Public Impact.  He consults and leads project teams to provide clients with research-based guidance on a wide range of policy and school management issues, including school turnarounds; charter school quality; and educator effectiveness, evaluation, retention, and compensation.  Mr. Field is leading Public Impact’s work to support state education departments as they implement school turnaround strategies funded by the Race to the Top competition. Read More or Contact Tim…
ELAINE HARGRAVE is a research assistant at Public Impact, where she supports projects by gathering research, assisting in the production of reports and presentations, and overseeing data collection efforts. Read More or Contact Elaine… CHRISTEN HOLLY is an associate consultant with Public Impact, conducting research and quantitative and qualitative analyses. Dr. Holly is working on projects addressing leading indicators of school turnaround success, cost and sustainability of school turnaround efforts, state takeovers of failing schools, and the next generation of policies to encourage charter school excellence. Read More or Contact Christen…

JULI KIM is a consultant with Public Impact. She focuses on policy work related to an Opportunity Culture, as well as other research, strategic planning, project management, and writing. Read More or Contact Juli…

GILLIAN LOCKE is a consultant with Public Impact, conducting research and quantitative and qualitative analyses. Read More or Contact Gillian…

NITA LOSOPONKUL is a senior policy fellow with Public Impact, with a focus on assisting schools in adapting and implementing Opportunity Culture models that extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams. Read More or Contact Nita…

MINDY SCHLEGEL is a senior policy fellow with Public Impact. Her work addresses a wide range of education issues, including school turnaround efforts; teacher leadership; teacher and leader quality; and evaluation and compensation, all with a focus on helping schools extend the reach of excellent teachers. Read More or Contact Mindy…

STACEY SHUMAKE is an associate consultant with Public Impact, focusing on assisting schools and districts in implementing an Opportunity Culture. Read More or Contact Stacey…

ANGIE SPONG is a consultant with Public Impact, working on teacher and leader quality, school turnarounds, charter school quality, and school finance. Read More or Contact Angie…

BEVERLEY TYNDALL is the production and communications coordinator at Public Impact. She helps Public Impact’s co-directors improve operations, and she coordinates several functions, including publications production, our website, and social media. Read More or Contact Beverley... ROB WELDON is an associate consultant with Public Impact, with a focus on assisting schools in implementing an Opportunity Culture. Read More or Contact Rob… BRENDAN YORKE is a research analyst with Public Impact, collecting, analyzing, and communicating school outcome and student achievement data. Read More or Contact Brendan…