Our People

We Are Our People
Expertise defines us, Passion drives us. As the nation’s premier publisher of K-12 news, analysis, and information, Education Week’s reporters, editors, researchers, and management have vast expertise in the field, with in-depth knowledge of school-related issues and data, education policy and practice, and the news industry at large.

Our staff experts are available for media interviews and panel participation on the topics below. To contact our experts, email them individually or contact Lesli Maxwell at lmaxwell@educationweek.org or by calling 301-280-3100.

Our Leaders

  • Michele J. Givens

    President and CEO

    Michele Givens is an experienced and strategically focused publishing executive who has helped lead the nonprofit media organization, best known for publishing Education Week, in a time of profound and often difficult change.

    She joined EPE as general manager in 2001 and formally received the concurrent title of publisher in 2009. In June 2016, the EPE Board of Trustees announced her appointment to succeed her longtime colleague Virginia B. Edwards as the organization’s president and CEO, effective August 1, 2016.

    Previously in her career, Givens was the consumer marketing director for Outside magazine in Santa Fe, N.M.; associate consumer marketing manager at Rodale Press in Emmaus, Pa.; and circulation director at McGraw-Hill in Washington, D.C.

    Givens earned an M.S. in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia, an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico, and a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.

    She serves on the board of directors of the Center for Teaching Quality and is a member of the National Press Club.

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Editorial Staff

Lesli A. Maxwell
Managing Editor
Mark Bomster
Deputy Managing Editor
Stacey Decker
Deputy Managing Editor for Digital
Emma Patti Harris
Deputy Managing Editor, Visual and Immersive Experiences
Daarel Burnette II
Assistant Managing Editor
Kevin Bushweller
Assistant Managing Editor; Director of Editorial/Business Collaboration
Liana Loewus
Assistant Managing Editor
Debra Viadero
Assistant Managing Editor
Elizabeth Rich
Opinion Editor
Sean Cavanagh
Managing Editor, EdWeek Market Brief
Laura Baker
Creative Director
Dominique Bander
Opinion Editorial Assistant
Evie Blad
Staff Writer
Jaclyn Borowski
Visuals Editor
Brian Bradley
Staff Writer, EdWeek Market Brief
Kaylee Domzalski
Video Producer
Emma Kate Fittes
Staff Writer, EdWeek Market Brief
Catherine Gewertz
Senior Contributing Writer
Mary Hendrie
Deputy Opinion Editor
Benjamin Herold
Contributing Writer
Bess Keller
Senior Contributing Editor
Hyon-Young Kim
Senior Digital News Specialist
Alyson Klein
Assistant Editor
Mark Lieberman
Ileana Najarro
Staff Writer
Eesha Pendharkar
Staff Writer
Arianna Prothero
Staff Writer
David Rauf
Contributing Writer, EdWeek Market Brief
Brooke Saias
Video Producer
Lesly Salazar
Digital News Specialist
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Stephen Sawchuk
Associate Editor
Sarah Schwartz
Staff Writer
Francis Sheehan
Sarah D. Sparks
Assistant Editor
Vanessa Solis
Associate Design Director
Denisa R. Superville
Assistant Editor
Gina Tomko
Art Director
Andrew Ujifusa
Assistant Editor
Mark Walsh
Contributing Writer
Madeline Will
Staff Writer
Liz Yap

Join Education Week

We are expert. We are principled. We are welcoming. We are passionate. Interested in joining our team and advancing our mission?

EdWeek Research Center Staff

Holly Kurtz
Sterling C. Lloyd
Assistant Director
Alex Harwin
Research Analyst

Development & External Communications Staff

Christopher B. Swanson
Vice President, Development & External Communications
Rachael Delgado
Director, Audience Engagement & Analytics
Marina Luciano-Carson
Social Media & Audience Engagement Strategist
Hayley Hardison
Social Media Producer
Holly Peele
Director, Education Week Library
Maya Riser-Kositsky
Librarian and Data Specialist
Joshua Kearns
Director, Development

Marketing & Events Staff

Jennifer Mosley
Vice President, Marketing
Jo Arnone
Content Production Director
Stefanie Hemmingson
Director of Audience Development
Melissa Heyeck
Director of Marketing
Robyn Miller-Tarnoff
Project Manager, EdWeek Marketing Solutions
Emma Prillaman
Manager, Event Planning & Logistics
Andrew Bowen
Content Marketing Manager
Megan Ruge
Live & Virtual Events Associate
Esther Andre
Marketing Coordinator
Hannah Davidson
Marketing Intern


Maurice Bakley
Publisher, EdWeek Market Brief
Ben Delaney-Winn
General Manager, Global Sales & Advertising
Karen McKay
Director, Sales, Advertising & Marketing Solutions
Guy Blumberg
Regional Manager, Advertising & Marketing Solutions
Julie Fagan
Regional Manager, Advertising & Marketing Solutions
Josh Ford
Regional Manager, Advertising & Marketing Solutions
Valerie Wettlaufer
Regional Manager, Advertising & Marketing Solutions
Sammy Fries
Account Executive, Advertising & Marketing Solutions

Group Subscriptions Staff

Ryan Lanier
Director of Sales, Enterprise Subscriptions
Tricia Buckley
Regional Manager, Memberships & Subscriptions
Don Lee
Regional Manager, Memberships & Subscriptions
Ben Teincuff
Account Executive, Memberships & Subscriptions

EdWeek TopSchoolJobs Staff

David DePasquale
Director of Sales, TopSchoolJobs
Shirlanda Y. Braxton
Regional Manager, TopSchoolJobs
Tracy Redmond
Regional Manager, TopSchoolJobs


Adam Kowalsky
Advertising Operations Manager
Miguel de Asis
Advertising Production Project Support Specialist
Jon Li
Advertising Operations Specialist
Rob Voigt
Advertising Operations Specialist

Digital Operations Staff

David A. Tashjian
Director, Digital Operations
Mikhael Leonov
Engineer, Digital Operations

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