Staff

Meet our outstanding National Team!

National Staff

David E. Jackson, Ed.D., National Executive Director [bio]
Lauren Weston, Chief Development Officer [bio]
Rachel Martinez de Canada, Chief People Officer [bio]
Nicole Noga, Chief of Staff [bio]
Meredith Zackey, Director of Middle School Programs [bio]
Phyllis Elick, Director of High School and College Bound Programming [bio]
Katie Woolf, Individual Giving Manager [bio]
Brynna Herbert, Institutional Giving Manager [bio]
Alex Miller, Recruitment Manager [bio]
Hanna Levin, Research Associate [bio]
Bridget Anderson, Alumni Relations Associate [bio]
Annalee LaPreziosa, Communications Associate [bio]
 
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David E. Jackson, Ed.D., National Executive Director

Dr. David E. Jackson is the former head of school for the San Francisco Day School, which is known for its academic rigor and child-centered education. At SFDS Dr. Jackson led the effort to expand the Breakthrough program at SF Day from a two-year program for fifth and sixth graders to an eight-year program serving students from fifth grade through high school graduation and matriculation into college. This expansion will enable low-income public school students who are often the first in their family to go to college to realize their ambitions. This expansion was approved by the SFDS Board of Trustees and has the full support of the SFDS community. Previous to his current position at SFDS, Dr. Jackson has served as head of the Park School of Baltimore and as a public school teacher, school principal, and superintendent of schools.

Lauren Weston, Chief Development Officer

Lauren Weston is a development professional with a breadth of experience in leadership development, educational program design, financial management, board development, marketing and communications. She is a graduate of UC Davis with a bachelor's in international relations and New York University with a master's in fundraising. Lauren has performed in a variety of development roles with notable Bay Area nonprofit institutions, including the Hiller Aviation Museum, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the YMCA. She has also provided project management for Sacramento area political campaigns, including school bonds and county supervisor races. She is on the board of Mousesquad California.

Rachel Martinez de Canada, Chief People Officer

Rachel Martinez brings extensive recruiting, admissions, and outreach experience to Breakthrough Collaborative. Prior to her move to the Bay Area in 2012, she worked as the associate director of admissions at the University of Minnesota Law School where she was responsible for recruitment, administered the school’s scholarship program, and also designed a summer admissions preparation program for underrepresented students. Rachel also worked in undergraduate admissions at Minnesota where she served as the Chicano/Latino outreach coordinator and admissions counselor and has also worked in corporate recruiting. A proud Gopher, Rachel graduated from the University of Minnesota with Distinction with a B.A. in sociology: law, crime and Deviance and Chicano Studies. Outside of the office, Rachel spends her time with her husband and young daughters.

Nicole Noga, Chief of Staff

Nicole Noga joins Breakthrough Collaborative with a background in psychological research and lab management. At The University of Chicago, she assisted in conducting a randomized clinical trial of eating disorder treatments as well as several studies examining the effects of psychoactive drugs. Nicole is excited to be transitioning to the nonprofit world, especially in the field of education, a subject near and dear to her heart. Originally from the Chicago area, she earned her A.B. in psychology from The University of Chicago and was a “Graduate-Student-at-Large” at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Meredith Zackey, Director of Middle School Programs

Meredith Zackey joins Breakthrough Collaborative with nearly ten years of experience in the education field. She brings her experience as program director for Breakthrough Manchester in New Hampshire and her work with Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia as a dean of students, program assistant, and dean of faculty to her new role. Outside of Breakthrough, Meredith served two years as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Greater Philadelphia and supported the Principal Effectiveness Team at DCPS. Meredith is thrilled to be bringing her diverse expertise and history to the Collaborative, and is delighted to be supporting the Breakthrough family of affiliates in the magical and meaningful work taking place nationwide. She holds a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University and currently resides in Philadelphia.

Phyllis Elick, Director of High School and College Bound Programming

Phyllis comes to the national office after nearly seven years of experience at Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia doing high-school programming and college counseling. Phyllis has extensive experience in student service as well as program development. She has been a teacher in an independent school and worked with other college access organizations serving under-resourced schools and students in the Philadelphia area. Phyllis has her MS Ed. in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Smith College.

Katie Woolf, Individual Giving Manager

Katie comes to Breakthrough Collaborative with more than seven years of experience in development. She holds an M.S. in nonprofit management from The New School University and a B.A. in economics and sociology from Washington College. Throughout her career, Katie has specialized in proposal writing, database management, annual appeals, and major gifts.

Brynna Herbert, Institutional Giving Manager

Brynna Herbert first joined Breakthrough in 2007 as a teaching fellow. The experience sparked her interest in pursuing teaching as a career, so she entered the MATCH Teacher Residency program in 2009, where she tutored middle-school students and trained to become an English teacher. Following her year-long residency at MATCH, Brynna taught English full-time for five years in public and charter schools in Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA serving under-resourced students. Brynna holds a B.A. in literature and cultural studies from UC San Diego, as well as a secondary English teaching credential. She has also developed curriculum for Breakthrough at the national level, and serves as an instructional coach at Breakthrough Sacramento.

Alex Miller, Recruitment Manager

Alex Miller comes to Breakthrough Collaborative from Teach For America. There, she began working in finance and operations before moving on to recruit at universities in the Bay Area. She is a proud Sun Devil and graduated summa cum laude with her B.S. in nonprofit leadership and management from Arizona State University. As a first-generation college graduate, Alex is passionate about expanding educational opportunities for all kids. She was recognized by the Clinton Foundation in 2014 for her work on increasing library access in under-resourced communities.

Hanna Levin, Research Associate

Hanna Levin joins Breakthrough from Blue Engine, one of Breakthrough's pipeline partners, where she taught high school geometry in the South Bronx. As a Blue Engine teacher, she worked in a multiple-educator classroom model that relied on daily metric data to orient instructional decisions. This model spurred Hanna's interest in other innovative education organizations. Prior to teaching, Hanna served as a New Sector Alliance Summer Fellow in the Bay Area, and held internships with the U.S. Department of Education and The After-School Corporation (TASC). She holds a B.A. in sociology from Pomona College.

Bridget Anderson, Alumni Relations Associate

Bridget Anderson joins Breakthrough from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. There, she served as the events coordinator, and was responsible for managing local and international conferences and travel. Bridget has also spent significant time in community outreach, fostering and building relationships across the state as a legislative assistant, staffer, and intern for the Indiana Senate and statewide political campaigns. Her volunteer work with Girls Inc. inspired her to return to the nonprofit space to better leverage her passion for public engagement and reduce the gap in access to quality education. Bridget graduated from Indiana University with a degree in political science, and she and her husband are proud Hoosier basketball fans.

Annalee LaPreziosa, Communications Associate

Annalee LaPreziosa comes to Breakthrough with a background in graphic design. Before joining the team full-time, Annalee worked with the Communications department as a freelance designer. She has previously worked with Bay Area design agencies Chromium Branding + Strategy and Af Studio Design. Annalee has also designed graphics for Tiny Atlas Quarterly, a photo­-based travel and lifestyle magazine based in Oakland. A graduate of California College of the Arts, Annalee received her BFA in graphic design with a minor in writing/literature. During her time at CCA, she spent a summer as an intern at 826 Valencia, where she first experienced the rewarding impact of educational work.