Working in a social enterprise, serving in the Teach For America corps, recruiting in the private sector – this is just a sampling of the backgrounds and interests our team brings to the table. Many of us have worked in mission-driven organizations, so we know firsthand the type of talent and infrastructure required to make them thrive. Through our experiences, we bring multiple networks that we leverage to source new candidates and make connections.
Alana brings a professional background in both executive search and public service. Prior to joining On-Ramps, Alana served as a search coordinator at Sandler Search, where she worked on a broad range of senior development and external relations searches on behalf of local, national, and international non-profit organizations. Prior to her role at Sandler Search, Alana held an internship in the New York City Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling, where she partnered with New York City public schools to evaluate and recognize best practices and outstanding accomplishments in sustainability education.
Alana graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Sociology. A native Brooklynite, Alana now lives in Manhattan with her husband and French bulldog. When she’s not in the office, you can find her exploring the City’s farmers markets, playing tennis, or curled up with her needlepoint or a good book.
Before joining On-Ramps, Josh worked a Program Manager at Breakthrough New York, an education non-profit in New York City. In that role, he facilitated after school and summer enrichment programming for high-achieving middle school students at BTNY's Bronx program location. He also provided academic advising services to students and families in the program.
Josh obtained his B.A. in International Relations from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Josh moved to New York after graduating to pursue work in the social sector. Outside of work, he enjoys playing pick-up soccer and visiting museums.
Before joining On-Ramps, Heather worked at Capital One, where she managed and carried out qualitative research, content strategy, and information architecture initiatives for employee and customer experiences. In between her roles at Capital One, she joined Bonfire, a custom apparel crowdfunding platform, as Director of Marketing where she led her team through a companywide rebrand to release a new website, product marketing campaigns, and customer messaging solutions during a technology overhaul. Heather spent her early career working in creative production as a copywriter and then as a digital campaign manager.
Heather is a graduate of Clemson University and resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband. In her spare time, you can find her working on her craft business, preparing their house for its centennial celebration, or enjoying the company of good friends and community.
Prior to her work at TNTP, Michele spent six years in school leadership coaching hundreds of novice and veteran teachers improve their practice and increase their students’ academic achievement in traditional and charter school systems. She directed initiatives in literacy, Response to Intervention (RTI), Black History Month curricula and program, family engagement, and Special Education reform.
Her work experience rests on a foundation of 9 years as a classroom teacher where she earned National Board Teacher Certification and was voted Teacher of the Year twice.
She holds a B.A. in French Literature from Knox College and a M.Ed in Reading from the University of Texas – Pan American. She lives in Richmond, VA with her wife, Tracy, and daughter, Camilla.
Prior to joining the firm, Isabella worked for several years in the food social impact space, most recently as the Local Initiative Manager for national food company, Blount Fine Foods, strengthening the company's impact on the local community. Before this work, she was the Director of Food Initiatives at Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence, RI, creating the state's first food business accelerator. Isabella also coordinated RI Food Day, planning and executing events around food justice and policy.
Isabella graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology. In 2016, Isabella participated as a New Leaders Council Institute Fellow. Originally from Massachusetts, Isabella now happily resides in Brooklyn. When not working, you can find Isabella soaking in the view from the Brooklyn Bridge Park piers, dining with friends, bouncing between yoga and dance classes, and building projects to help others gain better access to mental healthcare.
Suzette graduated with a dual B.A. in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. She is passionate about fighting environmental racism in her neighboorhood, the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ. In her free time, you can find her in a virtual salsa class or roller skating in her local rink.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Scarlyn started her career as a Consultant at Ernst & Young. Specifically, Scarlyn worked on client engagements in the Financial Services sector, where she provided support on the organization and implementation of various projects. Scarlyn also assisted EY’s Campus Recruiting team by participating in the interview and onboarding process for summer interns.
Scarlyn graduated form Bentley University and holds a B.S. in Management, with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. She is a native New Yorker from The Bronx, who enjoys writing, outdoor activities, holistic wellness and traveling.
Emily graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in English and Theatre and has an M.A. in English from the University of Chicago. An award-winning playwright, Emily recently completed her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa's Playwright's Workshop. Although she grew up in Virginia, Emily is now happy to call New York home.
Prior to On-Ramps, Kevin spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year Boston. During his service year, he taught Math, English Language Arts and Social-Emotional Learning in an elementary school. With his peers at City Year, Kevin launched an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affinity Group: a space for AAPI employees to build community and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the organization.
Kevin graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Anthropology. At Brown, he supported several programs run by the Swearer Center for Public Service and practiced Taekwondo with the University’s Taekwondo club. Originally from Sacramento, California, Kevin is happy to call New York City his new home. In his spare time, he can be found watching cooking videos, playing board games, or traveling.
Before joining On-Ramps, Imani worked in e-commerce at Jet.com, where she managed multiple accounts and was responsible for driving revenue growth and creating the optimal online customer experience. Prior to Jet, Imani was an African-American Studies major at Yale University, finding the right balance across a rigorous course load, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work.
A born and bred New Yorker, Imani is a proud resident of Brooklyn, NY. In her free time, you can find her curating music playlists, searching for her next online fitness class, and creating space for others to bring their whole selves in conversation.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dillard University and a Master’s in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. He serves as an Executive Board Member for Side by Side, a non-profit dedicated to providing safe spaces and services to LGBTQ youth of Richmond. Lee also serves as a board member to Diversity Richmond, a non-profit that advocates for the equity of LGBTQIA+ individuals. He is a proud member of Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity Incorporated, a fraternal organization for transmen, and serves as the organization’s national treasurer.
Lee strives to create opportunities to enrich the lives of marginalized and underrepresented identities. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family and visiting his hometown of New Orleans.
She holds a B.A. in Communication from Brooklyn College and currently resides in Richmond, VA with her husband and pup. When not working, she enjoys songwriting and performing, and attending live concerts.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Alice worked on staff at Teach For America where she helped launch TFA’s initiative to recruit outside talent to staff and oversaw broader talent strategy work for regional teams. Alice started her career in education working for the Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia where she served as the Executive Director of two charter schools.
Alice is a graduate of the University of Georgia and resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband, son, daughter, and adorable rescue pup, Winnie. Outside of work you can find Alice enjoying fresh air and nature with Winnie and the fam, finding her zen via yoga and The Class, and indulging in her guilty pleasures on Bravo TV (wine and cheese board optional, but strongly preferred).
Prior to On-Ramps, Sarah was an Engagement Manager at Katzenbach Partners, LLC, where she led projects focused on human capital issues and where her work was profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Prior to working at Katzenbach, Sarah was Director of Organization Development at Skinklinic, a start-up skin care company, where she designed and led the recruiting, training, and performance management programs for nurses, doctors, and a retail team. Having helped build an organization from the ground up, Sarah understands the importance of not only attracting but also retaining great people.
Sarah is a graduate of Brown University where she received a B.A. in History. Originally from Arizona, but now very much a New Yorker, Sarah resides in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and dog Pepper.
Emani attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where his concentration focused on Social & Cultural Analysis, Trauma and Urbanism. Born in New York City and raised in Miami, Emani now resides in Brooklyn. Outside of work Emani enjoys watching movies and 90’s/2000’s tv shows, working on creative projects and being the cool uncle to his niece.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Les worked for several years in a variety of project management, instructional design, and client support capacities for academic technology services in higher education. Her other work experience includes teaching English as a Foreign Language classes for kindergarten through middle school students in South Korea. She has also done long-term, disaster relief volunteer work in Mississippi, Iowa, and Indonesia.
Les has an MA in individualized studies from Goddard College, an MA in learning sciences from Northwestern University, and a BS in biology from Mary Baldwin University. Originally from the Chicago metropolitan area, she now lives in Henrico, VA. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and creating artwork, spending time with family, and being in nature.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Nakia was Vice President, People & Culture at Girls Who Code. In this role, she was responsible for establishing its people and culture philosophy by revamping recruitment strategies, developing initiatives to support both inclusion and diversity, and providing in-house leadership coaching.
Before joining Girls Who Code, Nakia worked at KIPP NYC as its Managing Director, People. By working closely with senior leaders and becoming the internal Human Resources consultant for the thirteen school and program leaders and regional directors, she transformed the Human Resources function from one managing only transactional interactions to one focused on strategic partnerships and led their diveristy, equity and inclusion initiative.
Prior to joining KIPP NYC, Nakia was the Director of Operations and Human Resources for the Manhattan Borough President's Office – Scott M. Stringer. Under her leadership, the operational and human resources functions of the two borough president's office locations and the twelve (12) Manhattan Community board offices were streamlined and strategically enhanced.
Nakia holds an M.P.A. from CUNY Baruch College, Marxe School of Public, and International Affairs, an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a B.S. in Organizational Management from Nyack College. Nakia sits on the Board of Directors of STEM From Dance, a nonprofit organization focused on preparing Black and Latina girls for STEM education and careers through dance, holds the Lead Coach role with Represented Foundation supporting their V.E.R. Social impact Incubator fellows, and continues to provide executive coaching and organizational development consultancy to nonprofit and for-profit leaders and organizaitons. Originally from Harlem, NY, Nakia lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband and two sons.
Sarah spent the first ten years of her career focused on K-12 education. At Carnegie Corporation of New York, she helped implement the Corporation's grantmaking strategy related to talent management in urban education. She previously worked for the CUNY Early College Initiative, which provides students who are historically underrepresented in higher education with a rigorous college-prep curriculum and early access to college-credit courses. In her early career, Sarah worked as a Data Analyst at the New York City Department of Education and as a Research Assistant at Jobs for the Future.
Sarah holds a B.A. in Education Studies from Brown University and an M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and daughter.
Before co-founding On-Ramps, Michelle worked in finance at Time, Inc., where she was responsible for both revenue growth initiatives and strategic cost containment. Prior to that, she worked at Deutsche Bank as an equity research associate. Michelle spent her early career working in elementary education, first as a teaching assistant and then as a classroom teacher.
Michelle holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and an M.Ed. from Columbia University, Teachers College. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles. Originally from Long Island, Michelle is now a proud resident of Brooklyn, NY. In her spare time, you can find her admiring her cat and dog, riding her bicycle, or working as a volunteer political organizer.
Before joining the firm, Omar spent six years at Relay Graduate School of Education. He served as the Director of Talent Acquisition, where he led his team to recruit over 100 full- and part-time staff and faculty across the country every year. While in that capacity, Omar’s team helped Relay go from 30% of staff and faculty identifying as people of color to over 50% within three years.
Prior to Relay, Omar served as Director of Teacher Policy for Democrats for Education Reform. He started his career in the classroom, teaching 9th and 11th grade English at Williamsburg Charter High School and 5th grade English Language Arts at Community Partnership Charter School.
Omar earned a B.A. in English Secondary Education at The College of Saint Rose and an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Omar now lives in Ossining, NY with his wife, daughters, and wheaten terrier. He is active in local politics, serving as an Ossining Village Trustee.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Robert served as the Director of Young People For, a youth leadership development program housed in People For the American Way Foundation. There Robert built programs and raised funds designed to support historically marginalized college students beging long-term careers in the Social Sector.
Robert started his career at The White House Project where he supported the development of a civic engagement program aimed at increasing women’s political participation. There, Robert helped recruit, hire, and support staff for the opening of four regional offices that have trained over 10,000 women to run for office.
Robert holds a B.A. in Philosophy and French from the University of Richmond. A lifelong New Yorker, Robert lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his family. When he's not in the office, you can find him practicing yoga, spinning, or testing a new recipe.
Previously, Cindy was the New York Executive Director at LIFT, a national nonprofit that works to break the cycle of poverty for families. In this role, she was responsible for strategy, fundraising and program development for the NYC site. She played a key role in helping the organization evolve its mission to focus on families with young kids, built and grew the local board and oversaw a relocation of the NYC office to the South Bronx.
Prior to joining LIFT, Cindy spent nearly 6 years at CFY (now called PowerMyLearning) with the last two years as the Executive Director of the New York City office. She oversaw significant expansion of CFY's programmatic work partnering with the NYC Department of Education in 100 public middle and high schools and hiring and managing over 40 full-time and 100 part-time staff.
In her early career, Cindy held various roles with a service learning organization in Washington D.C., Chicago and New York City. She also worked in a fundraising capacity with the Seattle and NYC AIDS Walks.
Cindy holds a M.A. in Community Development from North Park University, is a Coro Leadership-NY alum and served as an interim School Board Member in Richmond, VA where she resides with her husband and two daughters.
Prior to moving to Richmond, Michael worked with GrowNYC, where he managed the Wholesale Greenmarket in Hunts Point, Bronx, and served as daily market manager for a number of neighborhood Greenmarkets throughout the city. While in school, he worked at the New York City Department of City Planning where he conducted research and assisted in the City’s preparation for the 2010 U.S. Census.
Michael graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Urban Studies and earned his Master’s in Urban Planning from Hunter College in New York City. When not working, you can find him exploring Richmond by bike with his wife and daughter or planning their next trip.
She is also an animator and comic artist. Her work has recently been featured at Comic Arts Brooklyn, Portland Film Festival, and the Women In Comedy Festival - where her short film was awarded "Industry Choice Winner."
Katrina is originally from New Hampshire and goes back every fall to buy maple syrup.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Diana spent four years in education management working for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). Most recently, Diana worked as the Director of Strategic Projects for the Office of School Quality. Her responsibilities included managing data analytics and reporting as well as policy communications to internal and external stakeholders. During her time at the NYCDOE, Diana also worked as a data specialist for the Office of Assessment and data analyst for the Pre-K for All team.
Before joining the NYCDOE, Diana started her career at New York University as a project manager for several research studies that focused on child learning and development in urban settings. As the project manager, Diana's main responsibilities included the planning and execution of the studies, hiring and training of data collectors, representing the research lab at conferences, and holding presentations for potential research partners.
Diana holds an M.P.A in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. in Psychology from New York University. Born and raised in Queens, Diana now resides in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, son, and rescue pup. In her spare time, Diana can be found spinning on her bike to nowhere, hanging with her family, and watching more Bravo TV than she'd like to admit.
Before joining On-Ramps, Mary spent 17 years as a Travel Consultant working with corporate and leisure clients across the country, where she would plan and organize every aspect of travel.
Mary and her family reside near Raleigh, NC. When she's not in her home office, you can find her spending time with family and friends, working on DIY projects, exploring new recipes in the kitchen, or curled up with the latest James Patterson or Nicholas Spark's book.
Before joining the On-Ramps team, Sivan worked in campus recruitment with Teach For America, where he oversaw marketing and outreach strategy for a portfolio of colleges and universities across the northeast. He came to TFA after managing school operations within the Success Academy Charter Schools network in NYC. Prior to his time in the education sector, Sivan worked as a case manager at Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle, where he advocated for both short and long-term solutions for clients who faced systemic barriers to securing housing.
Sivan obtained a B.A. in English from Grinnell College. After exploring the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, he is happy to be back in New York and living close to friends and family. When not working, he enjoys volunteering with youth mentorship programs, perusing shelves at his local bookstore, or riding his bike around the city.
Prior to On-Ramps, she worked for an immigration law firm managing complex visa processes and working with global mobility teams to acquire international talent. She began her career with City Year, an AmeriCorps program, first as a corps member working directly in schools leading after-school programming, and then in a project management role where she trained over 50 first-year corps members to increase their students' attendance and promote positive behavior through the implementation of events.
Kristen graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 with a dual B.A. in English and Communication.
In her spare time, you can find her working on her Olympic lifts or being pulled around Hoboken, NJ by her adopted dog, Bug (short for cuddle bug, of course).
Laura holds a master's in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Mennonite University. After graduate school, she was part of an interdisciplinary research team studying faith-based organizations. This research involved conducting ethnography on two evangelical organizations in the DC area.
Laura has lived abroad in Ghana and Guatemala, and taught English in Honduras. A Nutella enthusiast, she lives in Richmond, Va and you can find her at a bookstore, museum, coffee shop or simply outside people-watching.
In his spare time, Saad volunteers on the boards of Act to Change and Teach for America New York Collective, advocating for students and educators of color.
Deonté holds a B.A. in Business Management from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Upon graduating undergrad, Deonté moved back to Newark, NJ, where he was born and raised, following a passion for mission-driven work and a deep love for his city. Outside of the office, Deonté is a singer/songwriter and music blogger and will often be found in the studio creating music, consuming the broad context of music from music’s past to music’s present, or singing at his home church. "Where there's music, there he'll be also."
Before joining On-Ramps, Madeline was a Teach for America corps member in New York City. She taught at several charter school networks before helping to found a District Public Elementary School in Brooklyn, where she developed the school's arts program and ran the arts department.
Madeline graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Theater and earned her M.S.Ed. from Hunter's RELAY Graduate School of Education. Madeline is passionate about seeing theater that expands and deepens her understanding of the world and others, singing show tunes, ordering far too many treats at any bakery she comes across and playing pretend with her young daughter.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the State University of New York College at Cortland. After graduating from college, Jennifer worked in operations and distribution for several large corporations, including Joseph H. Herman Shoe Corporation, H. H. Brown, and Candie's Footwear in New York. In 1997, she took a position with a Japanese import/export company headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and made the move from New York. Prior to joining On-
Ramps, she took a hiatus from the corporate world to raise her two children, son, Jack, who is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and daughter, Aidan, who is a high school junior.
Though originally from White Plains, New York, Jennifer currently resides outside of Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, children and 3 dogs.
Elle resides in Virginia and in her free time enjoys reading contemporary mystery novels.
Jess is finishing her PhD in Public Policy with a concentration in Criminal Justice at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at VCU. Her research focuses on school safety and threat assessment. Jess also holds an M.S in Criminal Justice from VCU and a B.A. in Political Science from N.C. State University.
When not working, Jess enjoys exploring new eats in Richmond, Virginia and binge-watching shows with her two pups and cat at her side.
Tracy lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her wife, two children, puppy, kitten, and fish.
Before joining On-Ramps, Andrew worked as a Recruitment Manager for Teach For America where he oversaw strategy, relationship-building, and support for candidates from colleges and universities across the Northeast. During his time on Teach For America’s recruitment team, he served as a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Council Member and co-led the LGBTQ+ affinity group. Prior to Teach For America, Andrew had also worked as a middle school teacher with a focus in students with disabilities in Brooklyn.
Andrew holds an M.Ed. from Brooklyn College and a B.A. from the University of Florida where he studied Political Science, Language, and Gender Studies. Originally from South Florida, Andrew now resides in New Jersey. In his spare time, you can find him listening to audiobooks, working on his music, or working out at the gym.
Talei graduated in 2018 from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, with a major in English and a minor in Architecture. Originally from the Fiji Islands, Talei spent the second half of her childhood on Long Island, NY where she currently resides with her son, Tobias and her older sister, Ilisabeta. Prior to living on Long Island, she also lived with her family in Israel and Nepal, both places she absolutely loved. In her free time, Talei loves to draw and paint, catch up on a good book, and spend quality time with her son.
Prior to co-founding On-Ramps, Harry worked for eight years at one of the nation's largest alternative asset recruiting firms, Glocap, where he was a Partner and Managing Director. As its first employee, Harry built and ran the company's Accounting and Operations division, and personally placed COOs and CFOs into many of the world's largest alternative investment funds and their portfolio companies.
Harry earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in Paleobiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from York, Pennsylvania, he now resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife, daughter and son. Before moving to New York, Harry traveled for sixteen months throughout Africa and the Middle East, eight months of which were spent atop a 1970s off-road motorcycle that he semi-successfully rode from Cape Town to Tel Aviv! Upon his return to the States, Harry co-founded and remains a Director of the Kalai Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that raises money for education in Africa. These days, outside of work, he can usually be found on the soccer fields cheering on his kids, in the kitchen cooking (and cleaning) for family and friends, or wandering around the streets and parks of New York in search of the perfect photo opp with his dog.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Will worked in education, beginning as a Teach For America corps member in Philadelphia, and then working as a college access, transition, and success counselor.
Will graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Sociology and received his M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. Originally from Portland, OR, Will now resides in Brooklyn where he enjoys eating pizza on his roof and searching for the best hot wings.