Our Team

Susan Dawson
President and Executive Director


Susan Dawson is a Texas entrepreneur, business and civic leader.  She founded and leads the E3 Alliance (for Education Equals Economics), a regional collaborative to increase economic outcomes by aligning our education systems to fulfill the potential of every student. E3 Alliance has been recognized across the country for its ground-breaking work in systemic change for education. Susan has led multiple technology firms and served as Chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Her many awards include the Leadership Austin Polly Scallorn Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community Trusteeship, Austin Under 40 “Austinite of the Year”, Hero for Children by the State Board of Education, Austin Profiles in Power “Profile Leader”, and the UT McCombs School “Trailblazer Award” for the distinguished woman alumni trailblazer in business and community. In 2011 the Austin Business Journal named Susan one of “Austin’s 30 Most Influential” leaders who have shaped Austin’s economy and culture in the last 30 years.  Susan has a BS Cum Laude from Princeton University and an MBA with Highest Honors from UT Austin McCombs School of Business.

Eric Byrd
Manager, Pathways of Promise


As the Pathways of Promise (PoP) manager, Eric works closely with funders, partner school districts, colleges and universities, E3 staff, and others to implement and report on strategies associated with reaching the target performance objectives related to this initiative. He has over 13 years of experience working with young people with trauma and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining E3, Eric was employed by the SAFE Alliance and ResCare in director positions and led programs geared toward serving disadvantaged youth. Eric earned a M.Ed with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University and a B.S. in Psychology from Texas State University.

Teri Clement
Project Manager of RAISEup Texas

After 10 years in the private sector as a corporate trainer, Teri returned to the public school classroom, determined to make a difference in the lives of students and communities through education. Teri’s passion for educational change led her to a school leadership role at Simon Middle School at Hays CISD, just as they were beginning to implement the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) through the RAISEup Texas project. During the past five years of instructional leadership at Simon, she has earned certification both as a Principal and Content Enhancement Professional Developer from University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. Teri joined RAISEup Texas as a Project Manager in 2016 determined to advocate and work for school transformation. Teri earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts from the University of Houston-Victoria focused on History and Administrative Education.  

Cara Clifford
Chief Operations Officer &  Systems Manager

Cara is responsible for all financial information and office systems and processes and for coordinating project management systems and processes across all initiatives at E3 Alliance.  Cara has over 25 years of experience in finance, information technology and management consulting.   Prior to joining E3, Cara was employed by Whole Foods, Dell Computers, Price Waterhouse in senior management roles and leading teams in developing business systems and processes.  Cara earned an MBA with a concentration in Information Systems from the University of Maryland Robert H Smith School of Business and a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting from Gettysburg College.  She is also a licensed CPA.

Sonia Dominguez
Director of Student Success

Sonia supports regional collaborative work by developing partnerships and building relationships with education leaders dedicated to eliminating achievement and opportunity gaps for students in Central Texas. Sonia brings over 15 years of experience in both K-12 and higher education, having worked as a middle school math teacher, instructional coach, school district administrator, adjunct faculty, and researcher assistant. Prior to joining E3, she was Administrative Supervisor for the Chief Office of Teaching and Learning in the Austin Independent School District where she served as the district captain for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. She also served as the Director of Secondary Education in Seguin ISD, where she led the designation process and opening of an Early College High School. Sonia earned both a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Emma Garrett
Administrative Director

Emma Garrett serves as the Executive Assistant to E3 Alliance. Prior to coming to E3 Alliance, Emma practiced law in Central Texas, representing abused and neglected children.  Emma’s passion for improving education outcomes for all students led to Emma’s new career at E3 Alliance.  Emma received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from Texas Tech Law School.  In her spare time she enjoys cheering for her kids at their soccer games, reading, jogging with friends, and hosting well-attended parties.

Caitlin Hamrock, PhD
Senior Research Associate

Caitlin Hamrock joined E3 after completing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.  Caitlin’s previous research focused on post-secondary education and the transition to the labor market, as well as STEM education, dual credit course completion, teacher preparation programs, and socio-demographic inequality in education.  Caitlin specializes in regression based modeling, non-experimental causal research, and large scale administrative data analysis.  At E3 Alliance, Caitlin leads the research for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the Central Texas Education Profile. Caitlin received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with distinction from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Amy Havard
Project Manager of RAISEup Texas

Amy Havard is the Project Manager of RAISEup Texas, responsible for ensuring project fidelity across multiple schools and supporting campuses participating in the project.  Amy has over 15 years of experience in education and is currently serving as is a certified professional developer in the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) and has conducted multiple training sessions in both Learning Strategies (LS) and Content Enhancement Routines (CER).  In 2010 Amy became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Early Adolescent Mathematics from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).  Previously, Amy worked as a SIM Instructional Coach, Mathematics teacher, and Interventionist within the Austin and Round Rock school districts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Teaching degree from City University of Seattle.

Allison Ivey
Director of Strategic Partnerships


Allison Ivey has over 20 years of experience supporting education and local communities in order to improve the lives of children and families. Her background includes serving as a teacher, non-profit Executive Director, Behavior Specialist, Leadership Coach, professional trainer and Director of the Texas Center for District and School Support. Allison has extensive experience building teams, coordinating diverse stakeholder groups, developing strategic plans and leading an organization to accomplish their mission and vision. She is passionate about kids and ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed.

Laura Koenig
Director of School Readiness


For over 20 years, Laura Koenig has been working with families through direct child care, parent education, provider education, public policy and advocacy in Central Texas. In her early career, Laura worked in child care as an infant teacher. This work with children and families inspired her to pursue a systems change approach in early care and education through public policy. Most recently before joining the staff of E3 Alliance, Laura coordinated the Parents of Newborns project at FamilyConnections, providing education and outreach to over 7,800 new families annually. Prior to that, Laura was part of a community-wide initiative to improve access to quality, affordable child care, the Institute for Child Care Excellence, where she served as the policy and education specialist. Laura earned a BA, Plan II, Cum Laude, from The University of Texas of Austin with a concentration in Psychology. She also holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School at The University of Texas, where she focused on child and family policy.

Lety Maynard
Project Manager of RAISEup Texas

Lety Maynard is the Project Manager of RAISEup Texas. She supports campuses participating in the school transformation project. After graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Lety obtained her teaching certifications in biology, special education, English as a Second Language, bilingual education, and generalist. She has over 15 years of experience in education, working as a science teacher, special education teacher, biology teacher, and English as a Second Language teacher in Eagle Pass, San Antonio, San Marcos, and Hays school districts. During her time teaching at Simon Middle School, a RAISEup Texas school, she was awarded the campus Teacher of the Year Award and, subsequently, the Secondary District Teacher of the Year Award. She has also worked as a SIM (Strategic Instruction Model) instructional coach and English as a Second Language and Dual Language District instructional coach. Lety holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Education in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Karl Nichols
Vice President of Investor Development

Karl Nichols has over 20 years of experience as a management professional with a proven record of leadership in the non-profit sector in the areas of educational and healthcare program management, administrative leadership, organizational partnerships, fund development, and civic engagement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and now Austin, Texas. In Austin, Karl has worked in senior leadership roles with organizations such as:  OneStar Foundation, Skillpoint Alliance, SafePlace, and more recently, the African American Youth Harvest Foundation.  In his previous work, Karl was responsible for leading the strategic fundraising efforts of a local nonprofit and helped grow the operating budget by 54 percent in one year through the expansion of governmental contracts, increases in corporate and philanthropic giving, and launching annual giving and individual/major donor campaigns. Karl holds both a BA and MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.  Karl is happily married to Linda Nichols and resides in Austin, Texas with their three sons who all graduated from Round Rock Independent School District high schools and currently matriculate at Texas universities.

Matt Pope
Chief Transformation Officer

Matt Pope oversees the management and growth of our Transformation Services, providing proven, data-driven services to improve student outcomes across the state of Texas. Matt began his career as a middle school math teacher and an elementary learning facilitator in South Texas. Matt is also formerly the Principal of the award-winning Simon Middle School in Hays County. Under his leadership, Simon MS achieved recognition as a “2014 National School to Watch” by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.  It was also chosen as a “SIM Impact School Award” winner by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and was recognized as 2015 State of Texas “School of Character” by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Matt has been recognized as an Impact Agent by Strive Together, and was honored as a Salud Hero from Salud America! for his work increasing the health and wellness of Hispanic Students. Matt was also highlighted by the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk as a top secondary leader for implementing Response to Intervention, and has been featured in the Triune Magazine and the Association of Middle Level Educators national publication. Matt is an alumni of Leadership Austin’s Essentials Class of 2016 and volunteers as the Regional Director of Raise Your Hand Texas. Matt holds Bachelors of Public Administration from Texas State University and a Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Houston-Victoria.

Joshua Scott
Data Systems & Reports Coordinator


Joshua Scott came to the E3 Alliance after being involved in the Austin Community College District’s Student Success Initiative as President of the college’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. His professional experiences range from developing software for legislative analysis to developing ice cream flavors at Amy’s Ice Creams.

Isaac Torres
Director of High School, College & Career Success


Isaac Torres is the Director of High School, College & Career Success at E3 Alliance. Isaac oversees the collaborative work of the Austin College Access Network and the Student Success Practitioner’s Council by building relationships with Central Texas leaders, change agents and organizations working with and around schools to eliminate achievement gaps. Isaac brings 15 years of experience in education, having worked as a college access mentor, a postsecondary tutor, a grant specialist, a research assistant, and an independent consultant. Isaac has received numerous awards and public recognition for his work, most notably for his conception of The SEEDS Program, a creative linguistic intervention for incarcerated students. Isaac holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences & a Bachelor’s in Spanish from the University of Oregon. He also holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Texas State University, where he is currently completing his doctoral studies in School Improvement.

Amy Wiseman, PhD
Director of Research Studies


Dr. Amy Wiseman brings nearly 20 years of experience with research and data analysis to E3 Alliance where she engages in education research studies and program evaluations addressing the state of education in Central Texas. Before joining the Alliance, Amy was Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience for five years at Allegheny College in Western Pennsylvania, where she taught advanced statistics and conducted research on learning and memory.  The daughter of two elementary educators, Amy earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Cognitive Neuroscience from Harvard University, and earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio.