Susan

Susan Dawson

President & Executive Director

sdawson@e3alliance.org
Bio

Susan Dawson

President & Executive Director, E3 Alliance

BIO

Susan Dawson is a Texas entrepreneur, business and civic leader. She founded and leads E3 Alliance, which has been recognized across the country for its ground-breaking work in systemic change for education. Susan has led multiple successful 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,” Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year,” Dell Medical School Health Hero, 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 earned a BS Cum Laude from Princeton University and an MBA with Highest Honors from UT Austin McCombs School of Business.

CONTACT

sdawson@e3alliance.org

Kayla Brumley

Development Assistant

kbrumley@e3alliance.org
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Kayla Brumley

Development Assistant

BIO

Kayla assists the development and fundraising efforts of E3 Alliance by providing donor database management, stewardship and solicitation support, and administrative support to the Development Team. She earned her master’s degree in Public Service and Administration, with a concentration on Nonprofit Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. In her free time, Kayla enjoys reading, eating, volunteering, and spending time with close friends and family.

CONTACT

kbrumley@e3alliance.org

Jill Camba

Accounting Assistant

jcamba@e3alliance.org
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Jill Camba

Accounting Assistant

BIO

Jill is responsible for Accounts Payable, reconciliation and budget-to-actual reporting. She has over 15 years of experience in a variety of industries including banking and non-profit sectors. During tax season, Jill volunteers her time preparing tax returns for seniors and lower income individuals at Bell County community centers. She enjoys cooking and cheering her middle school son at tennis tournaments. Jill has BS in Accounting and is completing coursework to prepare for the CPA exam.

CONTACT

jcamba@e3alliance.org

Alex Chandler

Director of Communications &
Community Engagement

achandler@e3alliance.org
Bio

Alex Chandler

Director of Communications &
Community Engagement

BIO

Coming soon.

CONTACT

achandler@e3alliance.org

Teri

Teri Clement

Director of School Transformation

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Teri Clement

Director of School Transformation

BIO

After 10 years in the private sector as a corporate trainer, Teri returned to education, determined to make a difference in the lives of students and communities through education. Teri’s passion for educational change led her to a variety of school leadership roles during her 10-year tenure in Texas public schools, and she earned certification as a Principal before joining E3 Alliance as a Project Manager in 2016. Determined to advocate and work for the success of all students, Teri is now a Director of School Transformation at E3, supporting schools and partnering with districts throughout the Central Texas region. Teri earned a Bachelor of Arts 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.

CONTACT

tclement@e3alliance.org

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Cara Clifford

Chief Operations Officer & Systems Manager

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Cara Clifford

Chief Operations Officer & Systems Manager

BIO

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.

CONTACT

cclifford@e3alliance.org

Lori

Lori Davis

Director of Transformation Partnerships

ldavis@e3alliance.org
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Lori Davis

Director of Transformation Partnerships

BIO

Lori Davis has served the Central Texas region as a professional educator for more than 20 years in the roles of Classroom Teacher, Special Education Teacher, District Behavior Specialist, Assistant Principal and Principal. Her relentless dedication to doing the right things for students resulted in a career of achievements, such as District Teacher of the Year, Special Educator of the Year and participation in the Raise Your Hand Texas Harvard Leadership Program. Lori now supports students in districts throughout the region and beyond as the Director of Transformation Partnerships for E3 Alliance. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from the University of Texas-San Antonio and a Master of Arts in Special Education at Texas State University.

CONTACT

ldavis@e3alliance.org

Thymai Dong

Community Solutions Director

tdong@e3alliance.org
Bio

Thymai Dong

Community Solutions Director

BIO

Coming soon.

CONTACT

tdong@e3alliance.org

Emma Garrett

Administrative Director

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Emma Garrett

Administrative Director

BIO

Emma Garrett serves as the Administrative Director for E3 Alliance and Executive Assistant for Susan Dawson. She coordinates E3’s Internship and Work Study program and assists with E3’s Operations, including staff onboarding. Prior to E3 Alliance, Emma practiced law in Central Texas, representing abused and neglected children. Her passion for improving education outcomes for all students led Emma to E3. She 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, Emma enjoys cheering for her kids at their soccer games, reading, being with friends and helping them run for office, and hosting well-attended parties.

CONTACT

egarrett@e3alliance.org

Caitlin Hamrock, PhD

Director of Research

chamrock@e3alliance.org
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Caitlin Hamrock, PhD

Director of Research

BIO

Caitlin Hamrock joined E3 after completing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Caitlin’s previous research focused on postsecondary 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.

CONTACT

chamrock@e3alliance.org

Amy Havard

Director of School Transformation

ahavard@e3alliance.org
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Amy Havard

Director of School Transformation

BIO

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.

CONTACT

ahavard@e3alliance.org

Michelle

Michelle Huff Beck

Communications

mbeck@e3alliance.org
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Michelle Huff Beck

Communications

BIO

Michelle brings more than 25 years to the E3 communications team, supporting education for the last nine years in non-profit fundraising and as a PTA legislative volunteer. Her background involves launching a foundation, serving as executive director, co-owning a marketing and communications firm, and working as director of corporate communications for five independent specialty corporations. Michelle’s experience has spanned a wide range of industries, including corporate aviation, security, chemical, food service, oil and gas and legal seminar services. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University.

CONTACT

mbeck@e3alliance.org

Laura Koenig

Senior Director of Community Solutions

lkoenig@e3alliance.org
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Laura Koenig

Senior Director of Community Solutions

BIO

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.

CONTACT

lkoenig@e3alliance.org

Sarah Koop

Collective Impact
Administrative Assistant

skoop@e3alliance.org
Bio

Sarah Koop

CI
Administrative Assistant

BIO

Sarah serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Collective Impact team. Sarah has over five years of experience working within nonprofits organizations and is passionate about creating change within the community. She has a deep appreciation for organization and takes great pride in supporting her fellow staff. Sarah has earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor's degree in Women's Studies from California State University of Fullerton.

CONTACT

skoop@e3alliance.org

Rodrigo Lopez

Data Analyst

rlopez@e3alliance.org
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Rodrigo Lopez

Data Analyst

BIO

Rodrigo Lopez joined E3 after completing his undergraduate education at The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics with honors and Astronomy with honors. As a first-generation college graduate, he knows firsthand the educational struggles many students face throughout their educational careers. Working under the Director of Research, Rodrigo is helping to effect positive change in the education of students through the analysis of educational data.

CONTACT

rlopez@e3alliance.org

Leticia Maynard

Director of School Transformation

lmaynard@e3alliance.org
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Leticia Maynard

Director of School Transformation

BIO

Lety serves as the services coordination lead and supports campuses in the transformation project. After earning her undergraduate degree, Lety worked in nonprofit organizations for six years, running programs for youth placed by Children’s Courts, family, school, and communities before returning to education. She has over 15 years of experience in education and during that time received Teacher of the Year and Secondary District Teacher of the Year Awards. Lety has worked as a SIM (Strategic Instruction Model) instructional coach and English as a Second Language and Dual Language District instructional coach. She earned 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.

CONTACT

lmaynard@e3alliance.org

Karl Nichols

Vice President of Investor Development

knichols@e3alliance.org
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Karl Nichols

Vice President of Investor Development

BIO

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.

CONTACT

knichols@e3alliance.org

Matt Pope

Chief Transformation Officer

mpope@e3alliance.org
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Matt Pope

Chief Transformation Officer

BIO

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.

CONTACT

mpope@e3alliance.org

Alex Sears

Programmer Analyst

asears@e3alliance.org
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Alex Sears

Programmer Analyst

BIO

Alex Sears obtained his bachelor's degree in Applied Computer Science from Northern Arizona University. Having previous experience with web and mobile-app development, Alex is helping create and support various software systems at E3 Alliance.

CONTACT

asears@e3alliance.org

Joshua Scott

Data Systems Manager

jscott@e3alliance.org
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Joshua Scott

Data Systems & Reports Coordinator

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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.

CONTACT

jscott@e3alliance.org

Lauren Thomas

Collective Impact
Project Coordinator

lthomas@e3alliance.org
Bio

Lauren Thomas

CI
Project Coordinator

BIO

Lauren assists the regional collective impact cradle-to-career efforts by providing project coordination and grant management to E3 Alliance’s Learning Networks which work to build capacity around continuous improvement methodologies with local partners. Lauren started working within education by supporting efforts to increase the local workforce as part of a nationwide initiative funded by the Department of Labor. A requirement of that initiative was the expansion of the efforts into local area high schools to train students in Information Technology, Health Sciences, and Building Trades where Lauren worked for Austin Community College as a High School Programs Coordinator. Previously, she served three years as the Director of Business Development for a small business after earning a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma.

CONTACT

lthomas@e3alliance.org

Isaac Torres, PhD

Director of Postsecondary Success

itorres@e3alliance.org
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Isaac Torres, PhD

Director of Postsecondary Success

BIO

Isaac Torres supports collective impact initiatives that focus on postsecondary success and career alignment in Central Texas. He works closely with the Austin College Access Network and other community-based organizations to scale partnerships with institutions of higher education throughout the state and ensure that all students—particularly low-income students and students of color—receive a high-quality education that leads to a successful career. Isaac joined E3 in 2017 after working on P-16 initiatives at the postsecondary level for more than 10 years. Isaac believes that higher education can provide the resources and support necessary for any student to realize their most ambitious life goals. His professional background is in research, education, and community engagement. Isaac holds Ph.D. and MFA degrees from Texas State University, and BA degrees from the University of Oregon.

CONTACT

itorres@e3alliance.org