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Elizabeth Evans

Founder + CEO

A former lawyer, Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience in management, strategy, campaign design, coalition building, data-driven policy design, strategic communications, law, and policy. Previously, Elizabeth was Executive Director of the Illinois charter school association for five years, where she established core programs and was the chief architect of the nation’s first comprehensive state charter school law reforms in 2009.


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Paul Toner


A former teacher, lawyer and president of the Cambridge Education Association, Paul recently concluded 8 years as Vice President and President of the 113,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association, where he put educators at the center of efforts to shape education policy as the state developed its Race to the Top application, educator evaluation, new assessments, and rolled out its Common Core standards. He also helped create the Massachusetts Education Partnership, an innovative labor management community relations organization focused on improving student achievement.


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Adam Morgan

Editorial Director

Adam is an author, editor, and lecturer in Chicago. He spearheaded the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s first policy initiative by writing, editing, and developing over 100 new policies in nonprofit management. He has taught English, Literature, and First-Year Writing at Montreat College and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.



Kimberly Hughes

Engagement Manager

Kim has more than 13 years in the nonprofit and legislative arena, where she worked to elevate the vision and voices of one of the largest healthcare organizations in the country. She’s passionate about working with volunteers and her peers on volunteer outreach, mobilization, and issue development to create positive and necessary change.



Jamie O’Leary

Chief of Staff

Jamie comes to the VIVA Project with more than five years experience in classroom teaching. Her passion is changing the focus in education toward 21st century skills such as developing interpersonal relationships, critical thinking, and effective use of technology.


caseyCasey Lazor

Digital Media Manager

Casey is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. 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. 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.