About the Leadership Team
Bryanna (she/her + commonly referred to as Bry) is a native of Washington, DC and was raised in Decatur, GA. She was a 2016 Metro Atlanta Teach For America alumna and attended the REALITY Revolve journey in 2018. Prior to TFA, Bryanna received her Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts Administration from Georgia State University. Bryanna worked as a Recruitment Associate at Historically Black Colleges and Universities for Teach For America. She has transitioned back to school to obtain her MBA at Washington University in St Louis.
After attending the REALITY Revolve journey, she found any and every way to stay involved with the community including planning the 2018 trip reunion alongside Mike Greene and Joe Gallagher, attending two catalysts, and being the logistics lead for the 2019 Harry Potter Catalyst. After 1 year as the Revolve Community Operations Coordinator, Bry is incredibly excited to transition into the role of the Revolve Community Director and to work alongside Bridget, Dena, Nicole, Derrick, and the wonderful Advisory Board.
In her free time, you can find Bryanna traveling, spending time with family and friends, teaching Ballet, and trying new restaurants in St Louis. She is looking forward to working with the Leadership team and leading with the Community always as priority.
Stay in touch! Contact Bryanna: bryanna(at)revolvecommunity.org
Bridget (she/her) attended the REALITY Revolve journey in 2019 and is a member of the leadership team co-planning Kehillah 2020. Her experience as a 2012 Teach For America Corps Member in Bridgeport, Connecticut has enabled her to understand how policies, societal narratives, community support, and leadership can influence the outcomes of youth. She believes that systems change effort that centers equity is needed to transform the education system so that all students, regardless of their background, can achieve success.
In her current role as the Senior Manager for Education Initiatives at The Social Impact Exchange, a national membership association focused on spreading collaborative initiatives to achieve systemic change, she helps curate inclusive convenings that center equity, enhance trust between participants, and increase knowledge sharing between members. Previously she served as the Senior Data Associate at Educators for Excellence where she provided strategic insights to drive advocacy campaigns and worked to ensure that teachers have a leading voice in the policies that impact their students and profession.
Bridget earned her Master’s degree in Secondary Education at Johns Hopkins University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Social Justice through Quantitative Literacy from Lafayette College. Bridget serves on the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights Young Leader board and is an active criminal justice advocate.
Stay in touch! Contact Bridget: bridget(at)revolvecommunity.org
Derrick Johnson (he/him/his) is an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-ableist, anti-xenophobic educator, entrepreneur, and venture philanthropist. Over the past four years, he has supported the launch of more than 75 innovative public schools and coached more than 100 entrepreneurs launching ventures across early childhood and K-12 education.
Currently, Derrick serves as the founder of Edustory, a non-profit that amplifies Black, Latino, and Native American education entrepreneurs, their stories, innovations, and collective social impact. He also serves as a Pahara-NextGen Fellow. Previously, Derrick led investments in new innovative public schools at CityBridge Education and NewSchools Venture Fund, local and national venture philanthropies that provide capital, coaching, and connections to passionate and capable educators and entrepreneurs. Earlier in his career, he was a founding teacher and school leader at Success Academy Charter Schools, the highest performing charter network in New York, and an analyst at Goldman Sachs, an investment banking, securities, and investment management firm.
A first-generation college graduate, he earned a master’s degree in education from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morehouse College, where he was a Gates Millennium Scholar and an Oprah Winfrey Scholar. Derrick serves on the boards of Diverse Charter Schools Coalition and multiple public charter schools. Additionally, he serves on the Investment Committee of the Detroit Children’s Fund, an education funder in his hometown.
Stay in touch! Contact Derrick: derrick(at)revolvecommunity.org
Joey (he/him) is a native of Barrington, IL outside of Chicago, and current resident of Cambridge, MA. Joey is a 2014 Teach For America alumni and attended REALITY Leadership in 2015.
After 2 years as the Revolve Community Operations Coordinator, Joey is incredibly excited to transition into the role of Community Program Manager and to work alongside Bridget, Bry, Courtney, Lo, and Nicole. Since joining the Revolve Community, Joey has loved maintaining relationships with others from REALITY ’15 as well as meeting new folks.Prior to moving to Milwaukee for TFA, Joey attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison and studied Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, and Dance. Joey has also received his Master’s in Urban Special Education from Cardinal Stritch University and his MBA in Educational Leadership from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2017.
Outside of coaching a Catalyst facilitator pair, contributing to the community’s strategic direction, and leading logistics and operations for the Revolve Community, Joey serves as he Special Education Director at Match Charter Public High School. He has been working in education for more than 5 years, including non-profit, classroom, and school leadership experience. Joey also currently works as an adjunct instructor & clinical supervisor for Cardinal Stritch University & Alverno College.
In his free time, Joey can be found traveling, cooking with his wife, Maggie, playing with his kitten – Yoda, practicing yoga, or running. He looks forward to getting to know more Revolve community members and reconnecting with others as well!
Stay in touch! Contact Joey: joseph(at)revolvecommunity.org
Dena (she/her/hers) is a proud Black, queer, Jewish, first-generation American woman, an educator, consultant, writer, organizer, and civil rights attorney. After graduating from Colgate University with a double major in Women’s Studies and Political Science, Dena moved to Baltimore, MD, to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) through Teach for America.
After teaching herself out of a job (literally!), Dena went to law school, first at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law then at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 2017 with a certificate in Health Law. During law school, Dena wore multiple hats (#JamaicanHustle): she worked at Lambda Legal and the Southern Poverty Law Center, ran various student organizations, and taught young people in her community. After law school, Dena clerked for an appellate judge for two years. She then joined the Public Justice Center as its 2019-2020 Francis D. Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow, where she worked on civil rights impact litigation. Currently, Dena is a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where she works on employment discrimination.
By night, Dena is an avid writer whose work has been featured in Lilith Magazine, Feministing, and a sociology anthology. Dena is also a DEI consultant for Dimensions Educational Consulting and her own consulting organization, Radical Roots, which she co-founded with her consulting partner, fellow Revolver Courtney Parker West, in 2016. Dena is passionate about institutional and intersectional antiracist organizing for and with Jews of Color and People of Color around identity, power, decolonization, and collective liberation. Most recently, Dena was part of the Jewish Women of Color Resilience Circle Fellowship. At Revolve, Dena co-led two Catalysts (Catalyst: Race, Racism, and Tikkun Olam and Catalyst: Decolonization) with Courtney Parker West, served on the Advisory Board, and spearheaded Revolve’s DEI Committee.
Dena lives in Baltimore, MD, with her partner, their two dogs (Stanley and Moose), and a cat (Purrcy). She loves lifting heavy things, hiking, anything related to Afro-futurism, reading speculative fiction, centering pleasure and joy in her body, and watching cartoons and kids’ movies.
Stay in touch! Contact Dena: dena(at)revolvecommunity.org
Nicole (she/her), is Revolve’s Outreach Coordinator, and she manages Revolve’s Facebook page, website, and monthly newsletter. She has previously served as Catalyst Program Manager (2019) and co-facilitated two Catalysts for the community (Catalyst: Sex and Catalyst: Spark).
Nicole has spent much of her career working on rural health initiatives in South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation, where she first moved in 2011 to teach middle school science through Teach for America. Nicole has a Master of Public Health from Yale School of Public Health and is passionate about expanding healthcare access to underserved populations, particularly in areas of sexual and reproductive health. She has also taught as an adjunct professor in the education department at the tribal college.
In her free time, Nicole drums for the illustrious Little White River Band, knits lots of lopsided hats, and runs.
Stay in touch! Contact Nicole: nicole(at)revolvecommunity.org
About the Advisory Board
The Advisory Board serve as trusted advisors and partners to the Leadership Team in managing the strategy and operations of the community. In addition to consulting with the Leadership Team, the advisory council also provides direct execution on our fundraising, governance, and partnerships. Advisory Board members serve two-year terms
2021 Advisory Board
- Michael Aronson: VP and Chief of Staff, Program and Learning at Teach For America; REALITY trip facilitator 2015
- Idan Avidani: Manager, Neta Elkayam; founding REALITY trip guide
- Rebecca Cohen: Director of Chapter Services, BBYO; REALITY participant
- Kristin Macapagal: Director of School and Systems Leadership, Teach For America; Revolve Director 2018; REALITY trip facilitator 2018; Catalyst Facilitator 2017; REALITY 2012 participant
- Shayna Mora: Director of Internal Affairs, Teach For America Hawai‘i; REALITY trip facilitator 2015 & 2019; REALITY 2013 participant; Revolve Transition Team member
- Lauren Slater Siegmund: Director of Strategy and Operations at SRE Network; Catalyst Facilitator 2016-2017; Revolve Program Manager 2018; Revolve Director 2019-2020; REALITY 2013 participant