Anne Miller is passionate about improving educational opportunities in St. Louis and has been committed to doing so for the last decade. She was a founding school leader at North Side Community School, a high-performing elementary charter school serving students from north St. Louis. Anne founded the school’s Pre-K Program in 2010, and served as Early Childhood Director overseeing 120 pre-k and kindergarten students in nine classrooms. Under Anne’s leadership, 80% of pre-k students started kindergarten on grade level despite entering school one to two years behind their peers nationally. Before returning to St. Louis, her hometown, Anne taught kindergarten in Spain and received a Master's of Public Policy from Brown University. Anne has extensive research and policy experience. Her interest in public policy began during her time at the Early Education for All Campaign, an advocacy organization working for universal pre-k in Massachusetts. She has conducted various in-depth research projects evaluating the education landscapes in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Texas, and Missouri. She has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
Julia Campbell is a business consultant providing strategy, project management and communications services to companies across the US. She recently held senior management and leadership roles at three startups from the ground floor through Series B in Chicago, Silicon Valley & St. Louis. Prior to that she was Director of Scheduling & Advance for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and held roles in the Obama Administration including Senior Advance Lead for President Barack Obama in the White House running logistics, operations and communications on domestic and international visits. Julia started in politics as a member of the National Advance Team for the 2008 Obama campaign, and her entrepreneurial roots stem from co-owning and operating The Moolah Theater in St. Louis. Julia completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado - Boulder.
Kaitlin Gastrock is an education advocate and public affairs professional with over a decade of experience in the education, nonprofit and political spheres. Her areas of expertise include integrated marketing and communications strategy, media relations, crisis communications, policy analysis, and advocacy campaign strategy. Kaitlin began her career in the Office of the Governor of Massachusetts as Deputy Director of Gubernatorial Appointments, appointing leaders in their field to boards and commissions in education and across all issue areas. Next, she expanded her political experience at the national level as the Director of Internal and External Relations for the Romney for President campaign. Most recently, Kaitlin spent eight years on Teach For America's national team and led the national nonprofit's Regional Communications and Public Affairs team. Under her leadership, the team landed thousands of stories in national and local press and dramatically increased the national nonprofit’s digital media presence in all 53 of its regions. Their public affairs responsibilities included policy and research analysis, developing strategy for elected official engagement, and the execution of public funding and policy advocacy campaigns. Kaitlin earned a Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master of Public Policy from Brown University, and Bachelors in Government from Dartmouth College. Based in Boston, she currently serves as a board member for The Elizabeth Peabody House, The Winsor School Corporation, and The State Library of Massachusetts.