EF+Math Program Announces Their Latest Milestone

Fernanda Shin serves as the Senior UX Designer and Researcher for Assessment for Good. She has over 7 years of experience working in both the ed-tech and health-tech industries. Prior to joining AERDF, Fernanda worked as a Lead UX Designer for a product called Beacon, a student suicide prevention tool used by school staff. She also worked at WPS where she was the first UX hire leading end to end UX cycles, advocating UX across all departments, and improving an assessment platform used by practitioners and patients. At McGraw-Hill Education, Fernanda focused on improving UX across products used by school admins, teachers, and students.

Fernanda holds a Master of Arts in Interactive Media at the University of Arts London and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Motion Graphics at the Art Center College of Design.

David serves as the Associate Director of Engineering for Assessment for Good. He has over eight years of experience in education technology software engineering, spanning management, application architecture, and full stack development. He also has over nine years of experience in enterprise software user experience engineering, spanning design, research, and usability testing.

Prior to joining the Assessment For Good team, he was an Engineering Manager at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative where he led a diverse team of software engineers responsible for differentiated learning on the K-12 Summit Learning platform. David also served as the Lead Application Architect for IBM Watson Education Classroom, a cloud-based cognitive application for educators. David brings deep expertise in user-centered product engineering for education.

David holds a master’s degree in Education from Stanford University Graduate School of Education, an MBA from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.

Jennifer Wolfe is the Strategic Communications Consultant for EF+Math. Jennifer is an accomplished, mission-driven leader with over 20 years of experience building and scaling organizations. She is a notable strategic thinker with the ability to innovate and lead in the education space. Jennifer served as the Communications Director for the Learning Innovation Catalyst (LINC) and previously was a partner with The Learning Accelerator (“TLA”), the catalyst to transform American K-12 education through blended and personalized learning on a national scale. She brings expertise in developing strategic partnerships, creating compelling content and communication strategies, executing effective social media campaigns, and overall marketing leadership. She provided strategic consulting services to various ed tech companies and nonprofit organizations in the area of partnerships, communications, and marketing. Jennifer is a graduate of New York University’s School of Law and Washington University in St. Louis.

Darnell is the Director of Operations and Innovation for Assessment for Good. Prior to AERDF, Darnell was a strategic management consultant partnering with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations working on issues of economic mobility and power building in historically marginalized communities. Darnell also served as Senior Director of Strategy and Operations at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where he helped launch and lead the CZI Community Team. Prior to CZI, Darnell served as the Program Manager for the T3 Initiative at Teach Plus in Washington, D.C. and was a founding member of Link Strategic Partners, a community engagement and communication firm. Darnell has both an MPP and BA in Political Science from George Washington University.

Jen is the Senior Manager of Implementation for Assessment for Good. In her current role, Jen supports the program’s strategy and execution for UX/UI testing and implementation, working with a cross-functional team and community partners to learn how to support and improve the learning experience. With more than 15 years of experience in the education and ed tech software spaces, she is dedicated to equitable education. Before joining the AFG team, she served as lead for enterprise partners at Ellevation Education, supporting onboarding, launching implementation, and driving adoption and engagement strategies for some of the nation’s largest and most complex school districts. She uses her deep expertise and experience in both customer success and the educational landscape to build meaningful relationships, and collaborate with schools to improve the learning experience. Jen taught Newcomers and English at a Title I middle school for over seven years. She led compliance and program requirements, and professional development at the school and central office levels as the EL Coordinator for Secondary. Jen graduated from Texas A&M University and earned her M.Ed. from Stephen F. Austin. She lives in east Dallas with her family.

Ramya serves as the Director of Strategy for Assessment for Good. She has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors spanning roles in product development, research, policy, and organizational strategy.

Prior to joining the Assessment For Good team, she was the Managing Director of Product at PowerMyLearning where she rebuilt a culturally responsive K-2 math tool called Family Playlists that leveraged the power of learning by teaching. Ramya also served as the Director of the MAF Lab, an R&D team within the nonprofit Mission Asset Fund (MAF) where she launched digital products to financially empower families. Ramya brings deep expertise in community-centered design that focuses on co-creating products with communities instead of for them.

Ramya holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English Literature from Swarthmore College.

Ira is the Associate Director of Implementation for Assessment for Good based in Oak Park, IL. As a former teacher, he is grateful for the opportunity to work with schools and communities to help them find ways to better serve their students. Prior to joining AFG, he was a Partners Success Director with Ellevation, a company that built software to serve English Learners throughout the country. He also co-led an elementary school as the Director of Operations at North Star Academy in Newark, NJ. He taught for eight years, most recently as a founding teacher at Ocean Hill Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, part of the Uncommon Schools network. He was a 2004 Teach for America Corps Member in the Bronx, and also worked for TFA training and developing new teachers as a curriculum specialist at TFA’s Summer Institute. Ira speaks Haitian Creole and received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor.

Aamer is a Senior Product Manager, Data & Assessment who is responsible for driving the use of data, assessments, and testing to deliver features, processes, and optimizations that help innovate literacy solutions for learners from underserved demographics. His objective is to build the best possible learning experience overall by turning reading assessments into games that kids love and allow us to uncover insights about both the product and learner.

Prior to joining AERDF, Aamer worked in the education technology space at Pearson and 2U Inc., where he specialized in experimentation, experience design, and conversion optimization. Over the past five years, his work  revolved around improving enrollment in online education programs by applying insights derived from qualitative user behavior and iterative A/B testing. 

Aamer  holds an M.S in Information Management from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Political science  from the City University of New York – Baruch College. He is a native New Yorker who currently resides in Seattle, WA.

Natalia Rodriguez is the Associate Director of Product for Reading Reimagined.  Prior to joining the team, Natalia was Senior Product Manager for the Wikimedia Foundation building products for the global Community Wishlist Survey.  Natalia has worked in product and curriculum at Codecademy, built science visualizations at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and has over 8 years of ed-tech experience building with a focus on knowledge and skill equity. Before working in tech. Natalia holds an M.A in Computer Science from Southwestern University and lives in New York City.

Ian Natzmer is a seasoned technical leader with a passion for revolutionizing the EdTech industry. As the Director of Engineering at Reading Reimagined, Ian plays a pivotal role in our mission to eradicate illiteracy among children. With extensive experience in building high-performance teams using Agile methodologies, he drives the development of innovative, impactful educational products that empower children to become confident and skilled readers.

Ian’s expertise spans a wide range of technologies, including Unity, Unreal Engine, web services, and game development. His background in the EdTech sector includes leading the creation of Unity-based game platforms and authoring tools, as well as developing AR and VR solutions for enhanced learning experiences.

Ian holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Communication from Lawrence Technological University. A respected thought leader in the EdTech community, he has shared his insights at various conferences and contributed to publications on immersive learning.

At Reading Reimagined, we are honored to have Ian on our team, guiding the engineering efforts to develop transformative educational solutions that will change the lives of children and build a brighter future through literacy.