Rebecca Sibilia Founder / CEO more_vert
Founder / CEO
Rebecca Sibilia launched EdBuild in June of 2014. Prior to starting EdBuild, Rebecca served as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Fiscal Strategy at StudentsFirst. In her fiscal strategy role, she led a team in analyzing per-pupil funding levels and state funding mechanisms that ensure "equity" and "adequacy" considerations. Her team also studied and made recommendations to state and district officials on directed reforms to support more innovative use of resources across the public education spectrum.
Prior to her work at StudentsFirst, she served as the Chief Financial Officer for the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, where she oversaw the investment of more than $1 billion in local, state, and federal student funding and the calculation of per-student funding based on state policy priorities. In prior roles, she created congressionally funded education programs; held state and local education policy roles; and developed venture philanthropy programs to serve low-income students in accessing quality education in appropriate settings.
Rebecca holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Clemson University and an honorary fellowship in American Government from the University of South Carolina.
Sharon Agnello Operations Manager more_vert
Sharon works at EdBuild because she believes that schools should be reflective of children from all incomes and all races.
Sharon grew up in Greensboro, N.C. Although Greensboro was the first city in the south to publicly announce it would abide by the 1954 Brown v Board ruling, it was not until 1971 that its public schools were fully integrated. In her elementary school years, Sharon was bused to a school 7 miles away. She experienced a public school education where busing provided a racially and socioeconomically diverse community. She would not have it any other way.
As Operations Manager, Sharon supports EdBuild in finance, human resources, communication, and technology. She also supports Rebecca Sibilia as Executive Assistant.
Having graduated from N.C. State University in Raleigh, NC with a B.A. in English, Sharon entered the entertainment business and has represented one artist, Jay Farrar, and his band, Son Volt, for over twenty years. She also spent time at a NYC business management firm working as a bookkeeper for celebrities and other high-wealth clients. Most recently, Sharon served as the Director of Communications for a Jersey City Montessori school.
Marc DePoe Developer more_vert
Marc DePoe joined EdBuild because he knows that a quality education is a fundamental right for every student.
Working as EdBuild's Developer, Marc plays a crucial role in developing and maintaining our database architecture, and translating our policy ideas into interactive solutions for our stakeholders. Prior to his work at EdBuild, Marc worked with diverse and well-known clients such as UnitedHealthCare, Vice Media, and The White House, where he oversaw the development and launch of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative site.
Taylor Hawk Policy Analyst more_vert
Taylor joined EdBuild because she firmly believes that states cannot close achievement gaps without investing in equitable school funding systems. As a Policy Analyst, Taylor collects and analyzes policy information related to the work of the state engagement team.
Prior to joining EdBuild, she served as a two-time legislative fellow to the Delaware General Assembly, working with both the Senate Democratic Caucus and House Republican Caucus. Additionally, for four years, Taylor worked at the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA) on projects related to college access and educational equity.
Taylor earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Delaware with a specialization in education policy and management. She also received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware as a triple major in public policy, political science, and English.
Sara Hodges Data & Visualizations Manager more_vert
Data & Visualizations Manager
Sara believes that borders should be constructed thoughtfully to ensure that they strengthen communities.
As the Senior Data & Visualizations Analyst, Sara analyzes large, complex datasets and turns them into compelling stories and visualizations. Prior to EdBuild, she had an environmental mapping consultancy and worked on projects with the United Nations Environment Programme, New York Hall of Science, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and others.
She received a master's degree in Geography from CUNY Hunter College and a bachelors degree in Mathematics from Colorado College.
Yi Li Policy and Communications Associate more_vert
Policy and Communications Associate
Yi understands that addressing socioeconomic and racial disparities begins with giving all students the resources they need to succeed.
Yi contributes to policy research, analysis, and communications at EdBuild. Before joining EdBuild, Yi provided research and writing support for members of the British parliament. She also writes for United States Common Sense, a Bay Area think tank.
Yi holds a master's degree in public policy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and neuroscience from Pomona College.
Drew Maddox Director of State Engagement more_vert
Director of State Engagement
Drew is the Director of State Engagement for EdBuild. Prior to joining the EdBuild team, Drew worked in various policy, accounting, and political roles for the Mississippi Legislature. Most recently, Drew served as the Senate Budget Officer for the Mississippi State Senate. In this role, Drew oversaw the appropriation of almost $20billion, drafted all legislation for the Appropriations Committee, and staffed various task forces and interim committees. Drew’s knowledge of fiscal policy and governmental structures brings a micro level nuance to EdBuild's work.
Austin Ray Co-founder & Chief of Staff more_vert
Co-founder & Chief of Staff
Austin knows that in order to truly fix America's public education system, we must address the systems outside the classroom that affect student achievement.
Austin Ray oversees our business planning, development strategy, and knowledge management efforts. He also provides consultation to the CEO on internal affairs, including human resources, finance, and compliance matters. Prior to this role, Austin worked in concert with Rebecca to draft EdBuild's original business plan, and provided guidance and project management surrounding EdBuild's launch.
Austin has years of experience working in a small public school district, and brings an "in the trenches" empathy to our work at EdBuild. He received his B.S. in applied mathematics from UC Davis.
Matt Richmond Chief Programs Officer more_vert
Chief Programs Officer
Matt Richmond is Chief Program Officer at EdBuild. He is the author of The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach and co-author of Financing the Education of High-Need Students; his work has been featured on NPR: Marketplace, The Huffington Post, RealClear Politics, Education Week, and other media outlets. At EdBuild, Matt manages all program-related activities, including state partnerships related to education-finance reform and national-level research. Prior to EdBuild, Matt worked as an adviser to the Government of Malawi on public-sector reform, through a Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, and was a research analyst at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He received a master’s degree in international development from the University of Pittsburgh and a pair of bachelors in political science and economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Everet Rummel Data Analyst more_vert
Everet believes that public policy should be built upon a strong evidence base—especially in the world of education, where policies can have lasting effects on students’ performance in school, adulthood, and beyond.
As a Data Analyst, Everet manages and analyzes large, complex data sets and assists with the creation of compelling stories and meaningful policy recommendations. Prior to working at EdBuild, Everet was a graduate student and freelance data analyst, assisting a variety of individuals in academia and the private sector with social research. He conducted independent research on the economic history of New York City, as well as the economics of education, poverty, and health. Everet also taught economics at Hunter College and the NYC College of Technology.
Everet received a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Rutgers University, Newark. He is proud to have attended and served some of the most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse universities in the country.
Kailey Spencer Senior Data Analyst more_vert
Senior Data Analyst
Kailey believes in the power of data and analysis as a means to both identify issues preventing public schools from meeting their potential as "the great equalizer" in society, and to identify solutions to address these problems.
As a Senior Data Analyst, Kailey contributes to the data team at EdBuild by managing and analyzing large-scale data sets, and helping to weave findings into a constructive and approachable narrative. Prior to EdBuild, Kailey was a full-time graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, during which time she worked with faculty on several research projects as a graduate assistant and held research internships at Research for Action and the School District of Philadelphia. She completed the Institute of Education Sciences, Predoctoral Training Program, an interdisciplinary training program for doctoral students whose research is in the field of education.
Kailey holds a PhD in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education and a bachelor's degree from City University of New York, Hunter College.
Zahava Stadler Manager of Policy and Research more_vert
Manager of Policy and Research
Zahava believes that child poverty and community economic health are at the root of the largest problems facing American public education, and she is excited to be part of an organization that is refocusing the policy conversation on these fundamental issues.
Zahava contributes to policy research, analysis, and communications at EdBuild. Before joining EdBuild, she worked with the School District of Philadelphia on its strategic planning process, completed an Education Pioneers fellowship at TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project), and conducted graduate research on issues of educational equity, student disadvantage, and school finance. She began her career in education at Innovative Schools, a nonprofit organization in Wilmington, Delaware, working with school districts and charter schools on human capital issues.
Zahava holds master's degrees in public administration and education policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University.