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.
Jessica Boston Davis
Dr. Jessica Boston Davis currently serves as the Director for Equity and Excellence for the Somerville Public Schools in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University, where she teaches Culturally Responsive Teaching with the Lesley University and Somerville Public Schools partnership. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Spelman College, Dr. Davis obtained her Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and M.S. in Teaching from Hunter College. Dr. Davis graduated from the Doctor of Education Leadership (EdLD) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2019, where she also served as the president of the Black Student Union. She received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for her work as a teaching fellow at Harvard College and the Torch Bearer Award for Excellence in Leadership within the Black community at Harvard. Dr. Davis was the founding principal of Life Academy, a turnaround school in Newark, New Jersey. While Dr. Davis served as principal, Life Academy was recognized as a “proof-point for an effective restart” and profiled by the Wall Street Journal for the academic growth made by students. Prior to her principalship, Dr. Davis taught in Newark, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York.
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.
Dr. Pam Eddinger has been the president of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), the largest of the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts, since 2013. Prior to this, Dr. Eddinger served as the president of Moorpark College in Southern California from 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Barnard College and her master’s and doctorate in Japanese Literature from Columbia University. Dr. Eddinger has been active and engaged in the Community College movement for over 25 years, serving in senior posts in academics and student affairs, communications and policy, and executive leadership. In addition, Dr. Eddinger is a member of a number of other boards and commissions, including the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), GBH Boston, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Boston Foundation (TBF), the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board, the Boston Private Industry Council, Achieving the Dream (ATD), and the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU). In 2016, Dr. Eddinger was honored by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change.
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.
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.