July 2, 2018
Welcoming our newest team member, Gisele C. Shorter

We’re excited to announce the newest member of the Raikes Foundation team, Gisele C. Shorter. Gisele joins us from Turnaround for Children, and her portfolio will include leading the Building Equitable Learning Environment (BELE) Network and our national K-12 school and system redesign work. Gisele brings a wealth of experience to our team and a deep commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of young people, particularly those furthest from opportunity. 

She will be replacing Lindsay Hill on our education team, who is transitioning into the role of Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the foundation. We’re thrilled to have Gisele bringing her passion and skills to our team and excited that Lindsay will be returning into this new role in January 2019, after her maternity leave. 


Gisele C. Shorter, Education Strategy Program Officer

Gisele C. Shorter joined the Raikes Foundation as a program officer in 2018.

Over the past 15 years, Gisele has lead youth development, education and community-based organizations through programmatic resets, large-scale culture change initiatives and strategic re-engineering. Most recently, she was the Vice President, Policy and Partner Engagement, at Turnaround for Children, where she led efforts to build awareness, credibility and ensure Turnaround achieved broader impact.

Gisele’s career has been underscored by a deep commitment to affecting positive change in the lives of young people and families. She was a founding member of ROADS Charter High Schools’ executive leadership team – second- chance charter high schools designed to serve the most at-risk young people. She has served on the NYC Mayor’s Office Community School Advisory Board; NYC Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner’s Advisory Panel on Education; and the Juvenile Justice Education and Prevention Workgroup. Gisele is co-author of the PEAK Negotiated Acquisition, a contracted program with the NYC Department of Probation that provides meaningful alternatives to incarceration for juvenile offenders.

Dr. Shorter earned her Ed.D. in health education from Columbia University Teachers College. She holds an M.P.A. from Long Island University and a B.A. from Amherst College. She is a 2014 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow at the Aspen Institute and an active member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.