TransformEd’s team brings a broad range of complementary perspectives, skills, and experience to our work. We are all passionate about one thing: using what we know to improve outcomes for children.

Sara Bartolino Krachman | Founder and Executive Director

Sara is the Founder & Executive Director at Transforming Education, where she is responsible for setting the organization’s strategy, building internal capacity, fundraising, building new partnerships, and nurturing collaborative relationships with leading researchers and practitioners. Sara has authored more than a dozen publications and toolkits that translate findings from neuroscience, psychology, and related disciplines into actionable guidance and strategies for K-12 educators. She has led TransformEd’s work to support school systems serving over 1M students across 20+ states, and she serves as a national thought leader on the topic of social-emotional development and positive learning environments. Before founding TransformEd, Sara was a Senior Associate in the Parthenon Group’s Education Practice. In that role, she served as a strategic advisor to leading national foundations, large K-12 school districts, and state departments of education on the design and rollout of large-scale education reform efforts. Sara earned an A.B. in Government from Harvard University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University and the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Katie Buckley | Managing Director of Research & Learning

Katie is the Managing Director of Research and Learning at Transforming Education, where she designs, implements, and contributes to research studies in order to communicate what we’re learning to ensure that educators have access to actionable, research-backed guidance on measuring and fostering social-emotional competencies and the learning environments that support them. Katie also designs and oversees efforts to measure TransformEd’s impact on the schools and districts we partner with. Previously, Katie was a Senior Analyst at Abt Associates, a Consultant at the Center for Assessment, a Fellow at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, and a Research Associate at the Northeast and Islands Regional Education Laboratory (REL-NEI) at Education Development Center. Katie holds an Ed.D. in Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education and an Ed.M from Harvard University; an M.P.P in Education, Family, and Social Policy from Georgetown University; and a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College.

DJ Cervantes | Director of Partnerships

DJ Cervantes is the Director of Partnerships at Transforming Education, where he coaches leaders through their schools’ social-emotional learning and culture / climate data, drives the strategic vision of our partnership with the NewSchools Venture Fund (NSVF), and manages survey administration. Previously, DJ was the Director of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach for America Massachusetts and Teach for America Buffalo, a secondary science teacher in Oakland, and a Leader in Residence with Phoenix Charter Academy in Lawrence, MA. DJ holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University.

Richard Fournier | Managing Director of Partnerships

Richard is the Managing Director of Partnerships at Transforming Education, where he provides technical assistance to schools, LEAs, and SEAs across the country to support the implementation, integration, and sustainability of evidenced-based practices focused on the development of students’ social-emotional competencies and the learning environments needed to foster them. Previously, Richard was a Research and Technical Assistance Associate at the Education Development Center, a Project Scholar for the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a high school history teacher, and is currently a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and an adjunct faculty member at Lasell College. Richard is currently a doctoral candidate at Boston University, working to finish his dissertation on principal leadership, and has co-authored several articles and book chapters on school culture and character education. Richard holds an M.Ed. in Policy and Planning from Boston University, a B.A. in American History from University of Maine, and a Massachusetts superintendent license.

Akira Gutierrez | Child and Youth Development Fellow

In her role as the Child and Youth Development Fellow at TransformEd, Akira bridges research and practice to promote developmentally-appropriate and equitable approaches to supporting whole learners in the classroom. Akira is a child development specialist, who has worked in classroom, research, nonprofit, and clinical settings for over 15 years. In her work, she has developed a range of resources and tools to guide educators in leveraging their expertise to support students’ academic and social-emotional development. She has also conducted research with children, youth, families, and educators, and has collaborated with leading field experts to make emerging research more accessible to educators and other stakeholders. Akira is especially passionate about promoting agency, equity, and inclusivity in educational and research programs. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Child Development from Tufts University, and is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Florida International University.

Stephanie Hurley | Director of Partnerships

Stephanie Hurley is the Director of Partnerships at Transforming Education, where she facilitates the integration of social-emotional learning into practice in schools and districts by designing and leading professional learning series, helping educators use data to inform their practice and policies, and working as thought partner with school leaders on SEL strategy, vision, and implementation. Previously, Stephanie was a Content Specialist at Achievement Network, a strategy consultant with the Boston Schools Fund, and a middle school literacy teacher and Humanities Data Leader at the Academy of the Pacific Rim charter public school in Boston. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Secondary Education and English from Boston College and an M.B.A. in Nonprofit Management from Brandeis University.

Johanna Leslie | Research Analyst

Johanna is the Research Analyst at Transforming Education, where she oversees the data management, data analysis and reporting across our partnerships that have an established research and learning agenda focused on improving student SEL outcomes. Previously, she was a Research Associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Education Redesign Lab and the External Affairs and a Research Associate at Inversant. Johanna earned an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Psychology and Education Studies from Wellesley College.

Lindsey Minder | Manager of Partnerships

As a Manager of Partnerships at TransformEd, Lindsey Minder collaborates with school leaders across the country in integrating students’ social-emotional learning into their definition of student success. Most recently Lindsey was the Director of Social Emotional Learning at Codman Academy where she was a founding teacher of the Lower Middle School. Lindsey previously taught at Dorchester Collegiate Academy and The Fayerweather Street School. Lindsey has also worked in the clinical setting as a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, and Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. Lindsey is dual certified in Elementary & Special Education, holds a B.A. in Psychology from Marist College and a Masters Degree in Child & Family Studies from Wheelock College.

Mariangely Solis Cervera | Manager of Partnerships

Mariangely is the Manager of Partnerships at Transforming Education, where she supports school and district partners in creating learning environments that foster the development of the whole child. Previously, she was a Rappaport Fellow at the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, where she researched challenges that immigrant students and families face in Boston Public Schools, via focus groups. Mariangely holds a M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, an M.Ed in Teacher Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and a BA in Sociology and Spanish from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA.

Cori Stott | Chief of Staff / Managing Director of Strategy and Operations

Cori is the Chief of Staff & Managing Director of Strategy and Operations at Transforming Education, where she is responsible for strategic planning and tracking, organizational and project management, and operational oversight. Previously, Cori was Director of Research and Accountability at Brookline Public Schools, Director of Organizational Effectiveness at The Achievement Network, Manager of Strategy at Denver Public Schools, and an educational consultant at Denver’s McREL International. Cori holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College, an Ed.M. in Risk & Resilience from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado.