Meet our staff

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Director, Special Projects

Abigail Bell

Deputy Director

Amy Berman

Manager, Administration and Operations

Tess Bonnette

Senior Director

Jack Busbee

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Senior Program Officer, Research

Dian Dong

Senior Program Officer, Research

Hannah Ingersoll

Taylor Johnson
Program Officer, Professional Development

Taylor Johnson

Executive Director

Gregory White

Director, Special Projects

Abigail Bell

Bio coming soon.

Deputy Director

Amy Berman

Amy Berman is the Deputy Director of the National Academy of Education (NAEd), an interdisciplinary membership organization of the nation’s leading education researchers. At the NAEd, Amy works to advance the strategic and research initiatives of the organization. Prior to that she was an education civil rights lawyer as an Enforcement Director at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Acting Section Chief and Principal Deputy at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section. In those positions, she worked to ensure equal access to education through the vigorous enforcement, and policy guidance, of civil rights laws, including in the areas of race, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and language. Previously, she has served as an adjunct professor of School and the Law at The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, as well as an adjunct at The George Washington University School of Law and the American University School of Law. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an Ed.S. in Education Policy from The George Washington University, and a B.S. from Cornell University.

Manager, Administration and Operations

Tess Bonnette

Bio coming soon.

Senior Director

Jack Busbee

Jack is Senior Director at the NAEd, overseeing Professional Development and Membership. Before returning to the Academy, he oversaw establishing and expanding Washington’s paraeducator professional development, alternative routes, and Grow Your Own programs at the Professional Educator Standards Board. Relocating to St. Louis, he managed professional development for teachers and administrators for a local non-profit. Jack earned an MA from the University of Memphis.

Senior Program Officer, Research

Dian Dong

Bio coming soon.

Senior Program Officer, Research

Hannah Ingersoll

Hannah Ingersoll is an interdisciplinary scholar with expertise in educational policy, the sociology of education, and organizational theory. Hannah’s Ph.D. dissertation at Vanderbilt University investigates the national crisis of college financial aid and student debt, comparing the selective merit-based Hope Scholarship model with the more universal free-college model. In addition to her dissertation, Hannah is interested in K-12 education policies and practices. In her previous position at the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Research and Evaluation, she contributed to various research initiatives to improve student outcomes and address diverse needs.

Program Officer, Professional Development

Taylor Johnson

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in International Studies from Frostburg State University. She discovered a passion for the outdoors during her time there, particularly camping in the Appalachian Mountains.

Driven to develop her leadership skills further, Taylor pursued a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership focusing on Developing People and Organizations at Rider University. This degree equipped her with the skills to foster a supportive and empowering environment for young professionals.

Throughout her career, Taylor has demonstrated a deep commitment to student success. She focuses on establishing comprehensive social networks and equipping students with the necessary skills to achieve their academic and personal goals. Taylor is a dedicated professional who will continue to broaden her reach and positively impact young professionals’ lives.

Executive Director

Gregory White

Bio coming soon.

Email: gwhite@naeducation.org

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