The Raikes Foundation expects to double its giving in the years ahead as we set our sights on increasingly ambitious goals to empower young people to transform their lives. But dollars alone don’t create the kind of impact that we strive for. For that, we need smart, passionate and talented people. In less than three years, the foundation has more than doubled its team from four to nine, and that trend is continuing in 2015. Indeed, we recently welcomed two new program officers to the foundation and we expect to add three more team members later this year.
This week we welcome Juliet Taylor as a program officer. Juliet will lead the foundation’s Youth Program Quality strategy and other investments in out-of-school time. Juliet comes to us after six years at the Washington State Department of Early Learning where she lead the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant and the state’s efforts to increase the quality of early learning programs for children birth to five. She had a leading role in aligning programs and policies with research-based interventions and building comprehensive professional development systems for the early learning workforce. Her experience building our state’s system for high quality early learning will translate well as she works to build our state’s high quality out-of-school time system.
Another recent addition is Lindsay Hill who joined our team as a program officer on our national education strategy. She will also work with me to co-lead the foundation’s efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion. Lindsay began her career as a 4th grade teacher in Brooklyn through Teach for America and later served as their program director supporting new teachers in three of New York’s five boroughs. Having grown up in Oregon, she returned to the west coast to work for the I Have A Dream Foundation, a youth development organization. In 2011, she became the founding executive director for Teach for America Washington. With her deep experience teaching and supporting teachers, Lindsay brings essential insights to the foundation’s national education strategy, especially as we deepen our work in classrooms and enhance support for teachers to build their students’ learning mindsets and skills.
Next up, we’re interviewing candidates for our new chief of staff position. We’re also currently recruiting for a director to lead our national education strategy. If you’re interested in joining our growing team, keep an eye on our careers page and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.