Our Team

Who We Are

Founded by current school board members Carrie Douglass and Ethan Ashley, School Board Partners connects emerging, inspired elected community leaders serving on local school boards with the training, support, and mentorship needed to successfully push for high quality school systems.

Leadership Team

Ethan Ashley


“The future of our communities is only as bright as the opportunities we provide for our youth. School Board Partners empower school board members throughout the country with the tools to provide our youth with the very best, which, in turn, creates the brightest future possible for our nation.”

Carrie Douglass


“Kids depend on school board members to make decisions that ensure every student has access to a great school. School Board Partners grew out of a desire to support school board members making tough decisions on behalf of all kids.”

Erica Freeman

VP of Impact

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Christine Strickland

Events Manager

“Christine is excited to create spaces and events that will allow for the nation’s school board leaders to learn how to transform our systems to positively impact our Black and Brown kids.”

Board of Directors

Gregory Hatcher

Board President

“"Gregory believes every child in America deserves access to high quality schools and educational opportunities, preparing them for college and career."”

Marisa B. Pérez-Díaz

Board Member

“Marisa B. Pérez-Díaz, the District 3 State Board of Education member, was elected to the Board of Education in November 2012 and took office on Jan.”

Ed Williams

Board Member

Carl Zaragoza

Board Member

“I ran because I couldn’t sit on the sidelines of my failing district any longer. But as an elected school board member driving change, I felt so alone. Mentorship to connect school members to something bigger, to help check for blind spots and to effectively legislate is much needed. I am excited to help others learn from my path.”

Jonathan Klein

Board Member

“Jonathan Klein is a co-founder of UndauntedK12, working to support America’s public schools to make an equitable transition to zero carbon emissions while preparing our youth to build a sustainable future in a rapidly changing climate.”

Lead Partners

Ben Kleban

Lead Facilitator, Good Governance and Empowered Governance lead author and consultant

Dr. Amanda Aikens

Lead Facilitator, Personal Leadership

Dr. Kelli Peterson

Lead Facilitator, Equitable Policies

Dr. Jessica Swansom

Lead Facilitator, Equitable Budgeting

Dominic Malone

Lead Facilitator, Self Care & Sustainability

Dr. Matt Hill

Superintendent Coach