Staff

Elizabeth Evans

Elizabeth Evans

Founding CEO, New Voice Strategies

Elizabeth brings 25 years of professional experience in strategic communications, law, and policy to New Voice Strategies. She is a nationally recognized leader who builds unconventional alliances and develops innovative approaches to solving difficult policy problems. She has focused on education policy for the last 12 years.

Elizabeth has assembled nationally recognized innovators in social media, communications, community engagement and strategy to offer the most rigorous, cutting edge and cost-effective community outreach.

Before establishing New Voice Strategies, Elizabeth served as Executive Director of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) for five years. She developed core programs and was the chief architect of the first of a wave of comprehensive charter school law reforms passed in Illinois. Before joining INCS, Elizabeth spent five years at the Illinois Facilities Fund (IFF) where her responsibilities focused on public policy, government relations, communications and advocacy. Elizabeth worked at the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago and was a political organizer working in Washington, D.C., and in Michigan.

She is a lawyer by training who tried cases for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division and was a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Elizabeth is a member of the Gotham Schools Advisory Board, the Christopher House Board, and The Mikvah Challenge Advisory Board. Previously, she was an Ella Baker Fellow of Antioch Northeastern University and a member of the Children’s Defense Fund National Leadership Network. She received her law degree from Northwestern University.

 

 

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Xian Barrett

Vice President of Engagement

Xian has a deep passion for social justice pedagogy to support student activism and working with students of highest need. He believes strongly that only by hearing and acting upon the voices of educators, parents and students can we improve our educational system and world. Prior to joining New Voice Strategies, Xian taught Law, History and Japanese Language and Cultures in the Chicago Public Schools. He has received numerous teaching awards, including being selected as a 2009-2010 U.S. Department of Education Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow.  He is a founding member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators and the former political director of the Chicago Teachers Union. His favorite 13 nouns are ice cream, empathy, Karaoke, Community, manga, football, decarceration, Facebook, Japanese fashion, textured hair, aspiration, anti-aversive racism and nothorses.

Xian was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Champaign, Ill. He completed high school at age 15, and graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 

Kim

Kim Bolton

National Communications Director

Kim brings more than 25 years experience to her role National Communications Director for New Voice Strategies. Most recently, she spent nearly 15 years at the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), a nonprofit public policy advocate in Chicago, first as communications director and then vice president of marketing and engagement. Prior to MPC, Kim developed a range of communications and journalism expertise. Some of her professional positions included senior account executive for MK Communications, special projects coordinator for the Chicago Reader, and director of external affairs for the National Equity Fund. Kim began her career at CNN. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Communications, with a degree in Broadcast Communications.

The mother of three, Kim is involved in a range of community activities. She is first vice president for communications for her youngest daughter’s P.T.O., a catechist at her church, and a member of its Religious Education Board.

 

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Tina Nolan Ed.D.

National Leadership Development Director

Tina has over 18 years experience as an educator working in cultural institutions and higher education. In 1999, she helped to open the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, where she served as director of education. She joined National Louis University (NLU) in 2006, as associate director of partnerships and was later named interim director of partnerships for NLU’s National College of Education. Tina holds a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.

Tina has published several articles, and is a past board member for the Museum Education Roundtable, chair of its Publications Committee, and currently editor-in-chief of a peer-reviewed, professional periodical called the Journal of Museum Education.

 

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Rachel Noonan

Chief Operating Officer

Rachel is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the organization’s finances, operations and technology systems. Her experience and focus is on business models, meeting benchmarks and budgets, and developing operational and policy plans that address today’s challenges and future trends.

Before joining New Voice Strategies, Rachel held the positions of Director of Administration and Director of Operations for the New York Charter Schools Association. Prior to her experience with NYCSA, Rachel held several positions at SUNY (State University of New York): Assistant Manager, SUNYCard, security card for students offering discounts on services and products; Office of Off-Podium Programs (related to SUNYCard management); and System Administrator for point-of-sale units throughout the University at Albany.

Rachel earned her Associates in Science degree from SUNY Empire State College, focusing on business management, administration, building and rebuilding organizations to remain responsive to challenges. Rachel’s musical and volunteer experience (vocalist, pianist) offers a counterpoint to her business management expertise.

 

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Bart Kocha

Opportunity Strategist

Bart is a strategy and organization expert with more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, including more than 10 years as a senior partner with A.T. Kearney, where he was responsible for the Organization & Transformation Global Service practice. Before joining New Voice Strategies, his clients spanned several industries, with a recent focus on financial services and healthcare. In North America, they included 3M, CIBC, Cardinal Health, The Hartford, Prudential, Tyson Foods and Walgreens. He has also served clients in Europe, Asia and Africa. Bart holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, and works with the Walton Family Foundation on school reform within the charter school sector.

 

Lauren

Lauren Glickman

Social Media Strategist

Lauren Glickman has nearly a decade of clean energy and climate change advocacy and campaign experience, and a successful track record for implementing winning social media and online strategies.

In Fall 2013, Lauren joined the faculty at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs as an adjunct professort, teaching undergraduate, graduate and executive education course work related to the practical applications of social media. She is also a Partner with the Truman National Security Project.

Previously, she worked at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) where she was responsible for the re-design, re-launch and management of AWEA’s social media program and online advocacy portal www.PowerofWind.com. Traffic to PowerofWind.com increased 40,000 percent in the first six months after re-launch, and Lauren’s work earned AWEA a spot in the top 10 social media savvy trade associations.

She also developed and implemented best practices for social and online engagement of AWEA industry members and advocates, taking engagement rates from below average to 4 times above industry standards. This growth in online engagement ran in-parallel to a successful list growth campaign that increased online subscribers ten-fold.

Prior to AWEA, Lauren worked on clean energy issues and environmental campaigns across the United States. In 2011 she wrote and achieved passage of the Virginia Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund Act of 2011 that promoted solar energy projects for homeowners and utilities in the state.

Lauren graduated from Tulane University with a dual degree in English and Environmental Policy. When not tweeting or instagramming awkward moments, Lauren enjoys cooking, bluegrass, horseback riding and triathlons. She also teaches horseback riding lessons part-time in Rock Creek Park.

 

Jennifer Reinhardt

Engagement Program Manager

Jennifer Reinhardt comes to New Voice Strategies with more than five years experience with coalition building, civic engagement, and cross-cultural education. Throughout her work, Jennifer shows a fierce dedication to amplifying community voice through data and technology and connecting individuals to decision-making processes. She’s been involved with issues ranging from advocating for an elected school board and online voter registration to producing an international theatre festival and film screenings in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Cairo.

When she is not working for New Voice Strategies, Jennifer is currently pursuing a graduate degree in sustainable urban development at DePaul University and developing a mobile game app called Build It! Bronzeville. She hails from North Carolina and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago.
 
 

Assistants

 

Kenneth Riggall

Production Assistant

Kenneth, Production Assistant for New Voice Strategies brings an eye for detail and a zeal for interaction and communication to his work while maintaining the best possible demeanor and professionalism. Kenneth works with the team in a variety of capacities, providing research, administrative and operational support, as well as other duties whenever required.

Prior to joining New Voice Strategies, Kenneth had worked in engineering and IT fields in Upstate New York for over 15 years, gaining technical and organizational skills with Time Warner cable, Seneca Data Distributors, LLC, as well as contract consultant work with AT&T, and RIM Blackberry.

Recently Kenneth completed what could be called a complete change of venue; moving from Upstate New York, and settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While the new environment is quite different than New York, one can be sure that the change has been full of excitement.

 

Casey Lazor

Communications Assistant

Casey is delighted to be a part of the New Voice Strategies team. Her skills as a communicator coupled with social media savvy bring a fresh and creative perspective to online engagement.

She is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Theatre Arts. Her passion for pedagogical excellence and community involvement are demonstrated through directing youth programs for community theatre, as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, and co-creating a new course, “Business of Theatre,” for the University as a Directed Study. Her artistic talents include performance as well as graphic and web design.

Casey is an ardent activist and has worked with many organizations on a number of campaigns including Healthy Artists, Ellis Island: The Dream of America, and WQED Pittsburgh.

 

Jeremiah Ray

Executive Assistant

Jeremiah was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago. As a teen, he moved to the far South Side, where he studied the arts and Japanese language at Julian High School. He has been active with social justice and human rights campaigns throughout Chicago with many different organizations, including the Japanese Consulate, Osaka-Chicago Sister City program, Chicago Youth Initiating Change, and Jaguars for Justice.

He has envisioned social justice by using his artistic skills to support activist projects by engaging his audience with justice-minded banners, boards and posters. In addition to his work in Chicago, Jeremiah has led youth trips to New Orleans to provide emergency relief. Jeremiah loves wisdom, cooking, studying weaponry , his sensei and his momma.