Edith Presley is the President of Stamford Cradle to Career. She has over 20 years’ experience in public education and nonprofit, with expertise in school culture, specialized instruction, and educational equity. Edith has learned to navigate Stamford’s education system as a student, teacher, and now as a parent of two SPS students. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University and later attended Mercy College and Sacred Heart University for her Master’s degree and Administrative Certification. Edith believes through data-driven decision making, building sustainable relationships, and being deliberately aligned with school, nonprofit, faith-based, and local government organizations; Stamford families will actualize an improved quality of life. She is very excited to be a part of such an amazing team and is committed to the continued growth of Stamford Cradle to Career.
Lauren Scopaz Daunais
Lauren Scopaz Daunais is the Vice President for Strategy and Operations for Stamford Cradle to Career. She has over 20 years of experience spanning the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, including 12 years at the Harlem Children’s Zone, with an emphasis on strategy, project management, and leadership. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. Lauren believes all children deserve the opportunities and support they need to achieve their potential, and that high quality, equitable education and wrap around supports are the way to economic mobility. She also believes that systemic racism is the root cause for much of the inequity that exists. Lauren is proud to be a Stamford resident, public school parent, and part of the collaborative, fun, equity-focused team at Stamford Cradle to Career.
Yolande Ford is the Director of Equity Initiatives for Stamford Cradle to Career. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (licensed in Connecticut and Texas). She has over 18 years of experience working with the community and diverse populations, particularly disenfranchised and underserved groups. She has a Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A & M University, Master’s of Divinity from Baylor University’s George Truett Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Baylor University. Yolande realizes that life is challenging and at times overwhelming, especially for society’s most vulnerable. Therefore, she works diligently and passionately to mitigate the trauma and subsequent damage that so many children and families experience.
Katie Murphy is the Data Manager for Stamford Cradle to Career. She has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector working for both domestic and international organizations. Her work has focused on helping community organizations strengthen their data collection abilities while empowering them to make actionable decisions based on their data. She has a MS in Measurement and Evaluation from American University and a BA in English from Fordham University. Katie is passionate about the collaborative nature of Cradle to Career’s work and is motivated by inspiring communities to use their existing resources to create meaningful change.
Tashiiyana Shuler-Drakes is the Community Engagement Manager for Stamford Cradle to Career. She has four years of experience working at nonprofits and six years of experience working in education as an advocate, tutor, and mentor. She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College and is currently working on a Master’s of Applied Psychology at Post University. Tashi is passionate about equity, education, and advocacy. She has been committed to Stamford Cradle to Career for the past three years because of their constant effort toward ensuring that every child has access to the tools required for their educational success.
Akosua Agyei is the College and Career Readiness Manager for Stamford Cradle to Career. She has experience in higher education administration and in K-12 schools, with a focus on access to postsecondary education for marginalized students, building culturally responsive structures of support, and educational equity. She has an M. Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.S in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut. Akosua is passionate about the work of Cradle to Career because she believes in the power of social justice and educational equity to uproot systems of inequities within education and our society, and envision spaces that holistically center the identities and experiences of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. She values authentic community engagement and working intentionally alongside communities to support, uplift, and advocate for the youth and members of the community.
Danielle’s career in community organization and education began in high school where she volunteered with Big Brother Big Sister for three years. This inspired her to further her career in childhood education. Danielle attended Norwalk Community College in 2010 and graduated Cum Laude with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. While she was there, she volunteered for the Norwalk Community College Women’s Center. She then continued her education at Eastern Connecticut State University where she studied LGBTQ and Sexuality Relations and Women’s History and Feminism before earning her bachelor’s degree in Sociology Magna Cum Laude. Danielle then started to work for The Rowan Center in October 2019 as a Community Educator presenting to numerous classes about preventing sexual violence in our communities, as well as assisting with community outreach through social media. Danielle currently works as a Community Coordinator with Stamford Cradle to Career.
To effectively measure and identify effective practices while aligning resources, we have designed and developed a detailed Action Plan process. The process and the related template were created in close partnership with Stamford Public Schools and the Superintendent’s team. This process is consistently followed by all CANs. Each CAN is at a different stage of action plan completion, depending on the complexity of its objectives and the available data.
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