Meet the Team

We are Business leaders, strategists, and Event Managers but most of all we are passionate about education. 

We believe Superintendents are defenders of our children’s right to a high-quality public education, leading their teams toward effective, sustainable solutions to age-old problems. They must be at the center of discussions around when, where, and how innovation will affect teaching and learning.

Our Team 


Doug Roberts

Doug Roberts

Founder & CEO

Doug has worked with leading ed-tech entrepreneurs and district administrators for almost 20 years, developing partnerships that improve outcomes for students and help nascent organizations get their "sea legs."

Sara Croll

Sara Croll

Vice President

Sara Croll has more than 15 years of experience in K-12 education.She has served as a classroom teacher, mentor, and instructional coach in diverse Title 1 schools throughout Florida.

Tiffany Law

Tiffany Law

Vice President of Sales

Tiffany has had a long and successful career in hospitality and event management, cutting her teeth in the restaurant business as a general manager specializing in launching restaurants from the ground up.

Justin M. Jennings

Justin M. Jennings

Chief Membership Officer

Justin has gathered many years of experience throughout his career in education. He has served as CEO & and superintendent of Youngstown City School District, teacher and administrator in Grand Rapids Public Schools, and President of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principal to name a few.

Karen McKeon

Karen Mckeon

Chief Financial Officer
Dwight D. Jones

Dwight D. Jones


Dwight Jones currently serves as president of Education Practice and Policy Partners. He also served as Denver Public Schools’ interim superintendent and senior deputy superintendent, of equity and engagement.

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Nate Lichte

Director of Marketing & PR

Nate has more than 10 years of experience in education and has served in a variety of roles spanning K-12, post-secondary, adult and juvenile justice, and corrections education.

Jasmine Cox

Jasmine Cox

Project Manager

Jasmine Graham-Cox has served as an educator for over 10 years beginning her career as a Kindergarten Teacher and serving in her last capacity as a Middle School Principal. Jasmine has also served as an Exceptional Children Director. Jasmine has spent her career writing founding charter school application startups across the country and enjoys serving on local school boards.

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Melissa Crawl

Member Success Manager

Melissa Crawl has 10 years of experience in the K-12 education system. She served as a classroom teacher in Title 1 schools in Michigan, Florida, and Tennessee.

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Mariann Cabrera

Events Manager

Mariann is a seasoned event planner with experience in the hotel and restaurant industry. Throughout the years she has gained the knowledge to execute well planned events.

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Brittany Graham

Events Specialist

With six years of experience in event planning and a passion for creating memorable experiences, Brittany is ready to make a difference. She's also pursuing her MBA in Project Management and is a proud mom to Sonic the Hedgehog's biggest fan.

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Christina Meixsell

Communications Specialist

With over twenty years of experience as an English and ENL teacher in the public school system, Christina is an active supporter of fair and equitable education for all. She has also worked in the fields of Marketing, Public Relations and Communications, connecting her best practices to professional teamwork, coaching, training, research, and writing.

Jake Fuller

Jake Fuller

Marketing Coordinator

Jake brings with him 7 years of marketing and public relations experience. Throughout his career, he has utilized his versatile writing skills to fill a variety of roles.

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Herman Gomez

Inside Sales Coordinator

With a career spanning several industries, Herman strives to forge positive, inspired communities, represent both the Latinx and the LGBTQ+ community with humility and pride, and create an environment of love, equity, and acceptance wherever he goes. Before IEI, he has also worked in theatres, nonprofits, and after school programs.


IEI: Lead Team


Dr. Shawn Joseph

Dr. Shawn Joseph

Director of IEI:Lead

Howard University Assistant Professor Dr. Shawn Joseph Joins the Institute of Education Innovation as Director of IEI:Lead.


Dr. Sarena Shivers


Having spent three decades as an educator, Sarena has served children and families as a teacher, principal, program director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.

Traci Davis

Traci Davis


Traci Davis has a distinguished career as an educator; she has worked in a variety of schools ranging from at-promise to affluent, high-achieving to in need of improvement, and has helped transform learning environments in elementary, middle, and high schools.





Matt Cole

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Dr. Paul Shaw


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Dr. Mark Bedell


Anne Arundel County Public Schools


Dr. Mark Benigni


Meriden Public Schools


Dr. PJ Caposey


Meridian Community Unit School District


Dr. Susan Enfield


Washoe County School District


Hank Grishman


Jericho School District


Dwight Jones

Emeritus Superintendent

State Commissioner of Education

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Dr. Alex Marrero


Denver Public School


Paula Reed

President & CEO

BizEducation Consulting, Inc

Gretchen Thompson

Gretchen Thompson

Vice President of Business Development


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Dr. Luvelle Brown


Ithaca City School District

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Dr. Alena Zachery-Ross


Ypsilanti Public Schools


John Welch


Puget Sound Educational Service District