rajeev bajaj
Partner & ceo

Rajeev began his career in education over a decade ago as an elementary school teacher at PS 161 in Harlem. After his time in the classroom, he transitioned to key leadership roles at the New York City Department of Education, including Managing Director in the Office of Accountability. Most recently, Rajeev served as President of Sangari Global Education, an education services provider that delivers inquiry-based science educational materials to over 500,000 students worldwide. Prior to his work in education, Rajeev began his career in technology first at Microsoft and later as part of the core team that launched Jamcracker, a web services provider based in Silicon Valley. Rajeev graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering/Management Sciences and has a Master’s degree in Education from Hunter College. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship through the Fulbright Memorial Fund-Japan and is a 2012 graduate of the Broad Foundation’s Fellowship for Education Leaders.


Erin mcgoldrick brewster
partner & Coo

Erin specializes in data innovation. Erin has worked with a variety of clients including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the College Board, and dozens of state and district school systems.  She was the Chief of Data and Accountability for the District of Columbia Public Schools under Chancellor Michelle Rhee. She also held data-focused positions at the California Charter Schools Association, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Los Angeles Educational Partnership. Erin earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in Public Policy at U.C.L.A.  Erin is passionate about the work she does at Kitamba because she believes that a good education is the single most important opportunity a child can be given and that no child should be deprived of that opportunity.


jay bakhru
director of strategy and senior project manager

Jay specializes in the intersection of public policy, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the education sector. Prior to joining Kitamba he worked in a variety of senior-level strategy and marketing roles at Educational Testing Service, Citigroup, and Deloitte Consulting. Jay started his career as an English teacher in Osaka, Japan. Jay has a BA from Brown University, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Education Policy from Teachers College at Columbia University.  He lives in Princeton, N.J. with his wife and two sons. Jay is passionate about the work he does at Kitamba and grateful to have the opportunity help improve academic and life outcomes for learners worldwide.


Mark Viehman
director of new ventures and senior project manager

Mark specializes in education finance, data analysis, and strategic advising for education initiatives. Before joining Kitamba, Mark was the Director of Financial Strategy at the Newark Public Schools, where he led school-based and central office budgeting for the district and helped negotiate and implement its performance-based teachers contract. Previous employers include MDRC, Columbia University, and NERA Economic Consulting. He is based in Washington, DC and holds a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a master's degree from Columbia University. Working at Kitamba allows Mark to pursue his passion for developing innovative solutions to our education system's pressing challenges.


Collin Moore
chief of staff and senior project manager

Collin specializes in policy design, implementation, change management, and execution of large-scale initiatives for cities, districts, and states. Collin's background is in law, policy, and education. Collin has worked closely with leaders in state and local education agencies. Collin graduated from NYU Law School and currently lives in Brooklyn. He is committed to transforming the public education delivery system to provide exciting, enriching, and innovative options for all students.


Rupa Mohan
project manager

Rupa specializes in project management and content development. Throughout her career, Rupa has managed and developed educational in-person and online trainings and curriculum to improve student learning and outcomes in over 30 school districts, trained over 5,000 teachers and developed and implemented programs impacting over 200,000 students around the world. Rupa graduated from Babson College with a Bachelors of Science in Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing and lives in New York City. Rupa is passionate about the work she does at Kitamba as her work aligns to her personal mission to bring innovative learning opportunities to all children. 


Corina Slackman
operations manager

Corina manages operations and back office support for Kitamba.  Corina’s background is in higher education administration, development, and marketing communications. Prior to joining Kitamba, Corina held management positions at Montclair State University, New York University, and Scholastic, Inc. Corina earned an undergraduate degree from American University and a master’s degree from New York University. Corina resides in Glen Ridge, NJ and is passionate about access to quality education for all children. 


Samantha Strauss
project manager

Samantha supports Kitamba’s clients through project management, analysis and market research. Samantha began her career at J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank, where her work included developing wealth management strategies for foundations and endowments. She has worked on education projects related to finance, technology and evaluation for KIPP Austin Public Schools and for the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia Law School. Samantha resides in New York City and holds a B.B.A. from The University of Texas and a M.B.A from Columbia Business School. Samantha feels connected to her work at Kitamba because she believes that education can be a solution to most problems faced by modern society.


Nimisha Ganesh
business analyst

Nimisha is a Business Analyst at Kitamba. Prior to joining Kitamba, Nimisha worked as a Project Manager/Business Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York. Nimisha graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Political Science from Yale University and currently resides in Manhattan. Nimisha believes strongly in the power of education to empower those in greatest need and is passionate about working at Kitamba to have a real, enduring impact on access to high quality education for the students that need it the most. 


Lauren Hoepper
business analyst

Lauren provides support in policy research, data analysis and tool development, project management, and strategic planning. Lauren worked previously as a Match Corps Fellow in a charter middle school in Boston, where she led small-group literacy tutorials and helped design a template for fellows to analyze student data to improve their instruction. She also has experience working for the NewDEAL, a national network of rising state and local elected leaders, and served on the founding board of a nonprofit that supports wounded veterans. Lauren received a dual B.A. in Psychology and English from Georgetown University and currently lives in Washington, D.C. Lauren has always been passionate about education reform, with a strong interest in using data and innovation in schools to improve educational outcomes for all students. She is excited to work at Kitamba where she gets to support various clients through data analysis and strategic problem solving in order to make a lasting impact for more kids.


STACY PARRADO
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Stacy specializes in financial management and analysis.  She spent the early part of her career working in the public accounting sector, before moving into higher education, starting out as an Investment Accountant at Rider University and then ultimately becoming the Assistant Dean for Administration for their College of Business.  In addition to her roles at Rider, Stacy also taught as an Adjunct Professor for the University focusing on introductory business and service learning courses.  Most recently, she spent a little over two years as a Fund Accounting Manager for The VMS Group, where her focus was managing the accounting and reporting needs for numerous Venture Capital Funds.  She resides in Hamilton, NJ with her husband. Stacy is excited to be supporting Kitamba and the great work the team does to expand and improve educational opportunities for children every day.  


Holly Lauridsen
Business analyst 

Holly is a Business Analyst at Kitamba providing research, data analysis and project management support. Prior to Kitamba, Holly worked in science communications and outreach with Schmidt Ocean Institute, working to create connections between oceanographic research, conservation, and education. Holly completed her PhD in biomedical engineering at Yale after finishing her undergraduate degree at Brown University. As an engineer, Holly strove to engage younger students and the public in cutting-edge research and is highly invested in promoting life-long learning and continued curiosity in how the world works and can be improved. Holly is excited to combine her passions for education and outreach with her technical and problem-solving experience at Kitamba. 

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MARIANNE WILSON
data analyst

Marianne provides support in data analysis and reporting, as well as policy research.  Marianne received a B.A. from Wake Forest University in Sociology and American Ethnic Studies, as well as an M.Phil. and M.A. in Sociology from Yale University.  At Yale, Marianne focused on inequality and social stratification, and researched the long-term effects of paternal incarceration on intergenerational health and education outcomes.  Marianne currently lives in Philadelphia, and is excited to be working with Kitamba and applying her research background to support clients focusing on creating lasting positive impact for students and families.