Emily Samose, Senior Associate, analyzes new research and facilitates the delivery of knowledge across our networks and convenings. Her efforts are concentrated on design, management, facilitation, documentation and evaluation to maximize impact for virtual and in-person learning communities and organizations. She has a specific focus on developing networks and building capacity for organizations focused on out-of-school time learning.
Emily brings nearly 20 years of program development and project management experience in the federal government, higher education and non-profit sectors. She previously worked with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for seven years, first as a program officer with Learn and Serve America and then as the strategic advisor for board engagement in the office of the CEO before joining the Research and Evaluation team as a project manager and communications Lead. Prior to her work with CNCS, she gained over ten years of experience at the intersection of national service and education, developing and executing service-learning programs focused on youth development and student leadership at universities and education-focused non-profit organizations in California.
Emily holds a master's degree in education from San Francisco State University and a bachelor's degree in English from Gettysburg College. She is also a recent graduate of the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program.
Jeralyn Cave, associate, works across the firm to provide education-based, systems-building support to our partners, through the collection and management of information, products and tools. These systems provide an infrastructure to advance, promote and effectively change the quality of public education.
Jeralyn joins Collaborative Communications from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) where she served as a Community Outreach Specialist. At OSSE, Jeralyn developed communication strategies for agency initiatives and led outreach efforts to elected officials and key District stakeholders including teachers, parents and out-of-school time providers. As an agency Public Information Officer, Jeralyn additionally coordinated education provider conferences and managed OSSE’s social media platforms.
Jeralyn brings a background in education, stakeholder engagement and project management to Collaborative. She previously worked with Say Yes to Education, Syracuse analyzing the provision of academic and afterschool student support services within the City of Syracuse School District and the effectiveness of Promise Scholarships on high school graduation rates. Jeralyn additionally worked on Capitol Hill monitoring community college legislation and researching student loan forgiveness policies.
Jeralyn holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Erin Leonard, associate, oversees office operations and assists with projects across the firm. Erin plays a key role in media, social media, research and marketing.
Erin has a proven track record of success in event planning, community outreach and website development. Prior to joining Collaborative, Erin managed the website and member communications for a national professional association.
Most of Erin’s experience is in the political sector. She worked extensively on municipal issues in Boston, with a focus on affordable housing, education and equal access to government services. Erin also managed campaign events, outreach programs and volunteer recruiting for multiple political campaigns. She previously worked on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Office of the President.
Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology with honors from Northeastern University in Boston.
Julie Newport, director of media services, brings extensive experience in the non-profit sector to her work in messaging, media and social media. Previously, Julie was director of marketing and development at Primary Source, a Boston-area non-profit that educates K-12 teachers about world cultures and global issues. In that role, she led communications, outreach and fundraising efforts, helping to launch the organization onto the national stage. Julie has a strong interest in global education, educational technology and high-quality professional development for teachers.
Julie holds a bachelor's degree in history with honors from Dartmouth College and a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Boston University. She resides with her husband and son in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Chris Given integrates technology, interactivity and multimedia solutions into work across the firm. Leveraging a background in technology and design, he seeks to enhance Collaborative's product offerings by developing efficiencies, embracing data-driven approaches and increasing information accessibility.
Chris develops, edits and analyzes interactive content for websites, social media and online communities for clients including the Mott Foundation, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in DC, the DC Public Education Finance Reform Commission, Baltimore City Public Schools, the National Education Association Foundation, the Urban Teacher Center and the Department of Defense Education Activity. He conducts site audits, synthesizes web analytics, makes user experience recommendations, manages content migration and provides technical support and adjustment post-launch. He produces webinars, online video and other multimedia. He has expertise in information design and data visualization, and he prototypes and develops solutions to complex presentation challenges. In keeping with Collaborative's focus on knowledge sharing, Chris works to build technical capacity both within Collaborative and for our clients.
Prior to joining Collaborative, Chris worked on political campaigns and on Capitol Hill. He holds a Bachelor's degree in political studies from Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Katherine Ward, director, is an experienced project manager and strategist for government, corporate and non-profit clients. She has a proven track record of leading and managing teams, forging partnerships, developing products and creating growth and sustainability strategies through communications and media engagement, development, targeted resource allocation and strategic analysis.
At Collaborative, Katherine concentrates her efforts with an array of clients on capacity building to drive change in the midst of significant shifts within the education sector. She has written several case studies for the National Education Association Foundation and led the design and development of LearnDC.org, the official Common Core website of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education of the District of Columbia. Previously, Katherine advised senior leadership of public school districts and institutes of higher education across the country. She has extensive experience working with private foundations, corporate funders and government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education.
Katherine received her Culture and Politics degree and a Certificate in Justice and Peace Studies from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service. She lives and works in Southern California where she manages the West Coast presence of the firm.
Bill Glover is the founding principal of Design Partners and has served as Collaborative’s primary designer since 2001. Bill contributes to Collaborative’s products with designs that brand client work with unique identities, while allowing designs to help make products accessible and useful. He produces multifaceted and multimedia products and has worked with Collaborative to produce complex print publications, electronic presentations and ideas for using creative technology solutions. Bill has designed more than 20 publications with Collaborative, and he has produced meeting materials, graphics and signage for several convenings and publication release events as well.
Before starting Design Partners, Bill was vice president of environmental design for Creel Morrell Inc., a national graphic design firm. His responsibilities included design and project management for exhibits, as well as for graphics used in everyday environments. He has also held the position of Senior Designer at DesignLink in Bethesda, Maryland as well as Senior Designer for the Rockbridge Group, a marketing, public relations and communications firm.
His experience includes being a professor of graphic design and three-dimensional design at Marymount University, and as a participating member of Society of Environmental Graphic Designers and American Institute of Graphic Arts. Bill graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in graphic design and photography.