Celine Coggins, Chair of the Board
Celine Coggins is Executive Director of Grantmakers for Education. She previously led Teach Plus, a nonprofit with a mission to empower educators. She originally launched Teach Plus as a subsidiary of the Rennie Center and has since overseen its rise to a national network of more than 24,000 teachers. Dr. Coggins is a former teacher and current Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellow. She has a background that includes research, policy and K-12 teaching. She has been a labor-management consultant in Providence, RI as well as Worcester and Springfield, MA and was formerly special assistant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education on teacher quality. She is the author of more than two dozen reports and journal articles and the editor of two books. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
Laurie Brennan, Treasurer
Laurie Brennan currently serves as President of TERC, an educational not-for-profit R&D organization focused on STEM. She has been at TERC since 1994 serving in a variety of positions including CFO and COO. She has a robust commitment to community engagement and equity as reflected in her dedication to ignite students’ passion for STEM and a furtherance of their confidence and abilities. Previously Ms. Brennan was the Budget Director for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Lowell and her M.B.A. from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She currently serves as Co-chairperson of the Central Middlesex Region Citizen Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.
Maura O. Banta
Maura O. Banta served as IBM’s Director of Citizenship Initiatives in Education from 2012 through 2018. She joined IBM in 1973 as a marketing representative and held positions in Sales, Insurance Industry Consulting and Marketing Management before joining the Corporate Citizenship Department. In 2006 Maura was named Eastern Regional Manager for IBM’s corporate philanthropy, government relations and community relations. Ms. Banta is a board member of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Boston Plan for Excellence, and The Carroll School of Management at Boston College. She is a former chair of the board of the Mass Business Alliance for Education. She served for 6 years on the Massachusetts Educational Management and Audit Council under both Governor Swift and Governor Romney. Ms. Banta chaired the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2008-2014 under an appointment by Governor Patrick. In 2014 Governor Patrick appointed her to the Board of Higher Education.
Chad d’Entremont (Ex Officio)
Chad d’Entremont is the Executive Director of the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. He is responsible for shepherding the organization’s mission to improve public education through deep knowledge and evidence of effective policymaking and practice. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and reports on education improvement strategies ranging from early childhood education to early college designs and launched multiple, community-based initiatives to support the implementation of evidence-based practices. In 2012, Dr. d’Entremont helped found the Massachusetts Education Partnership, a coalition of labor and management leaders committed to sustainable school improvement. Success and lessons learned were captured in his book Improving Education Together: A Guide to Labor-Management-Community Collaboration. Dr. d’Entremont has supported over 100 school districts drive improvements through network-based initiatives, including the Excellence in Social-Emotional Learning (exSEL) Network and the Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness. He is the former 8th grade global studies teacher and holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Social Analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Roger Krakoff an early-stage enterprise venture capitalist and founding member of Cloud Capital Partners. For over twenty years he has invested in a wide range of leading technology-enabled solutions focused on improving the productivity and efficiency of businesses. Mr. Krakoff is also a co-founder of IoT Capital Partners. Previously, he served as Venture Partner at Sigma Partners and was a partner with JEGI Capital. He has also worked as a Managing Director in Veronis Suhler Stevenson's Business & Professional Information Group and held senior executive positions in corporate development, marketing, and product management. He began his career at IBM. Mr. Krakoff is a frequent speaker and a writer on the venture capital industry. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University. Mr. Krakoff is a mentor at TechStars Boston and Accelprise. He is on the Board of the Tisch School at Tufts University and the Greenlight Fund Boston and serves as a Trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.
David Morales leads an independent consulting firm, Morales Business Strategies, that advises health care and life science companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Morales is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Steward Health Care System, the nation’s largest privately held hospital company. Mr. Morales was one of the key architects of Massachusetts’ Health Care Reform law (Chapter 58) and served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, the state’s Medicaid rate-setting and health care policy office. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Mr. Morales was Deputy Chief of Staff to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick where he led the Governor’s and the Cabinet’s policy and strategic efforts. He also served as Senior Adviser to Massachusetts Senate President Robert E. Travaglini. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he serves on the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable Board of Directors, the Mass Taxpayers Foundation Board, and the Lynn Classical High School Board of Directors.
Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he recently founded the Education Redesign Lab which focuses on creating 21st century systems of child development and education. He founded the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy in 2002 and served as Executive Director until 2008. Reville is the former Massachusetts Secretary of Education and Board Chair of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As Secretary, Mr. Reville led the Patrick Administration's efforts on education reform matters ranging from the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 and Common Core State Standards to the Commonwealth's highly successful Race to the Top proposal. He has served as a critical figure in state and national education reform over the last few decades. Mr. Reville played a central role in the development of and advocacy for Massachusetts historic "Education Reform Act of 1993." He is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE), chaired the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Massachusetts Reform Review Commission, Massachusetts Commission on Time and Learning, and served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform. He serves on numerous education boards, has published a wide range of articles on educational improvement and edited the book entitled "A Decade of Urban School Reform: Persistence and Progress in the Boston Public Schools." He is a regular education commentator on WGBH's Boston Public Radio. Mr. Reville is a graduate of Colorado College, received a Master's degree from Stanford University, and holds five honorary doctorates.