Carrie McPherson Douglass
Carrie brings a unique combination of skills and experience to this new initiative. Carrie began her teaching career with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a volunteer teacher in a school serving one of the largest housing projects on the East Coast. She then helped transform an existing Boston high school into a Cristo Rey model as a teacher leader and was the ED of an early childhood learning center. These years focused on students who have been traditionally underserved cemented her commitment to ensure that every child, regardless of background or zip code, has the opportunity to attend a public school that will prepare them for college or a career.
After completing her MBA, Carrie joined the Broad Residency in Urban Education and led the HR and talent departments at Aspire Public Schools for five years, during a period of growth from 16 to 34 schools. While at Aspire, Carrie led the development of innovative strategies for teacher and leader recruiting, evaluation, compensation and career development. She then served as the Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Rogers Family Foundation in Oakland where she developed one of the nation’s leading personalized learning pilots and managed $5 million in annual giving towards a high-quality seats plan.
Carrie has been a Managing Partner at Education Cities for the past five years, splitting her time between leading internal organizational strategy, operations and finance and external leadership of areas including convening design, innovative schools and data and accountability.
In May 2017, Carrie was elected to the School Board for Bend-La Pine Schools in Oregon - a district with nearly 20,000 students, putting it in the top 2% largest districts in the country. Bend-La Pine Schools spans three cities, from the thriving urban core of Bend to the economically depressed rural community of La Pine. Bend-La Pine Schools is growing at the rate of one elementary school per year and is grappling with changing demographics and demands from the community. As Vice Chair, Carrie is currently providing leadership in the areas of school design, innovation, budgeting transparency, and Board planning and process.
Carrie is also the co-founder and co-owner of an industry-leading running race management company based in Bend, Oregon called Cascade Relays. Carrie graduated with a BA in education from the University of Portland and holds an MBA from Boston University. In addition to School Board, Carrie currently sits on the boards of EdFuel, Cascade Relays Foundation, and TEDxBend.
Kevin Leslie provides finance and operations support to Education Cities and its two new initiatives: Community Engagement Partners and School Board Partners. Before joining Education Cities, Kevin worked as an Information Services Librarian at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and as Student Activities Director at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA. Kevin also worked as a Reference Librarian at Dominican University of CA, and as a Research Associate at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Kevin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and earned a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University.
Kevin currently live in Memphis, TN with his wife and two children.