Meet Our Board of Directors

Patrina Clark, Board ChairPivotal Practices Consulting LLC
Ms. Clark is President and Founder of Pivotal Practices Consulting LLC, a DC based human resources and management consulting firm. Ms. Clark has more than 25 years of experience in effective change management, performance improvement, strategy development, and organizational development. She has held leadership positions at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Federal Election Commission (FEC), Department of Navy, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Ms. Clark is certified as a Human Capital Strategist (HCS) and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is active in several professional organizations, including the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) among others.  Ms. Clark holds a Master of Science in Management (MSM) from the University of Maryland.  She joined the board in 2011.

Terry SalingerVice Chair and Chair of Program CommitteeAmerican Institutes for Research
Dr. Salinger is an Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Previously she served as Managing Director and Chief Scientist for Literacy Research, where for 15 years she has conducted research focusing on interventions for struggling readers from children just starting school to adolescents and adults.  At AIR, she was the senior content advisor on a federally-funded study of explicit instruction for adult ESL students and on the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). Dr. Salinger’s professional experiences prior to joining AIR include serving as the director of research at the International Reading Association; conducting research on classroom-based assessment approaches at Educational Testing Service; and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in reading instruction and theory at the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Cincinnati. She began her career as a New York City public school teacher, during which time she also did clinical intervention work with adult struggling readers. She is a member of the board of directors of DC Voice, the nonprofit that seeks to improve local public schools and for three years was the chair of the National Adolescent Literacy Coalition.  Dr. Salinger received her doctoral degree from New Mexico State University. She joined the Board in 2012.

Thomasenia (Tommie) Duncan, Second Vice Chair, Multidistrict Litigation
Ms. Duncan is the Panel Executive for the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, where she serves as the Panel’s chief executive officer and chief legal officer. Before joining the Panel, Ms. Duncan was General Counsel of the Federal Election Commission. Her career in government service includes serving as General Counsel of the Corporation for National and Community Service as well as Acting Deputy Solicitor and Special Assistant to the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor. She has worked in the nonprofit sector as General Counsel for America’s Promise Alliance. Ms. Duncan also has taught law courses as an Assistant Professor at the District of Columbia School of Law, and as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. She began the practice of law with Covington & Burling LLP, in Washington, DC. Ms. Duncan is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an Associate Editor of the Penn Law Review. She completed her third year of law studies as a visiting scholar at Yale Law School. Ms. Duncan joined the Board of Directors in 2015.

Mark KutnerTreasurer and Chair of Finance CommitteeAmerican Institutes for Research
Dr. Kutner directed the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy that assessed the literacy skills of all Americans and included a special assessment for adults with low levels of English Literacy.  He also directed a series of national projects which developed professional development approaches for literacy instructors. These works have led to significant changes in professional development for adult literacy instructors and were the basis for California’s adult educator professional development system, CALPRO. Dr. Kutner is currently Program Director of AIR’s International Development, Evaluation, and Research Program. He joined the Board in 2014.

Rachel Zinn, Secretary and Chair of Governance, National Skills Coalition
Ms. Zinn directs Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC). This initiative is led by several national partners, including National Skills Coalition. Rachel manages the campaign to advocate for aligned, inclusive, and relevant data systems which inform education and training policies that prepare all Americans for a skilled workforce and support the nation’s economic growth. She joined National Skills Coalition in 2013. Ms. Zinn was previously a Program Analyst in the Education and Labor Branches of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she provided policy analysis on postsecondary education and organized multi-agency efforts to enhance data linkages. Earlier in her career, Ms. Zinn worked for the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education and was a reporter with the Toledo Blade. Ms. Zinn holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Amherst College. She joined the Board in 2016.

Lawrence Meyer, Chair of Development Committee, Self Employed
Mr. Meyer, a former journalist and published author, has been working with companies, foundations, non-profit organizations and associations for the past seven years. As a consultant, he has worked for a variety of organizations, conducting successful public education campaigns most recently for Business Roundtable and the World Wildlife Fund. He wrote the Semiconductor Industry Association’s annual report for several years. Mr. Meyer visited more than 70 newspapers—including the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Oregonian, Seattle Times and Dallas Morning News— in more than 25 states, talking to editorial boards about public policy issues—including the Central America Free Trade Agreement, renewal of H 1B visas for highly skilled foreign employees, increased government investment in basic science research and approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. He has conducted successful public education campaigns for CompeteAmerica, a coalition of 200 companies and associations, including Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Procter & Gamble, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In November 2004 Congress enacted legislation supporting CompeteAmerica’s position. Additionally, he has advocated increased federal support for scientific research on behalf of the Task Force on the Future of American Innovation. Meyer drafted “Better Leaders for America’s Schools: A Manifesto,” a position paper, sponsored by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and The Broad Foundation. Meyer was a reporter and editor for The Washington Post for 32 years. He joined the Board in 2016.

Michael Gross, Academy of Hope Learner

Barbara Jumper, U.S. Department of Transportation
Ms. Jumper is a Senior Financial Management Specialist where she provides financial oversight and technical assistance to grant managers and grant administrators. Prior to that, Ms. Jumper was the Vice President For Real Estate, Facilities Management and Public Safety (2008-2015) and Chief Financial Officer (2007-2008) at the University of the District of Columbia. Ms. Jumper holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from St. Augustine’s University and a Master of Arts Degree from Trinity Washington University. She has participated in the Executive Leadership Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Financial Leadership Institute at the Meyer Foundation, and Leadership Greater Washington. She joined the Board in 2017.

Y.K. Karen Leung, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Ms. Leung is a Neighborhood and Community Investment Specialist with the Choice Neighborhoods program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to that, she worked on the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. In her free time, she provided technical assistances to start-up non-profit and for-profits with Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans and grants through the Emerging Philanthropist of New Orleans. Ms. Leung holds a B.A. in English Writing from LaSalle University, Masters in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley, as well as a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence (CUREx). She joined the Board in 2016.

Beverly Mangum, Academy of Hope Learner

John Zoltner, FHI 360
Mr. Zoltner is a Washington-based senior ICT4D manager who founded the TechLab @ FHI 360, the unit charged with developing technology and innovation strategies to radically improve development practices and outcomes across FHI 360’s portfolio. The scope of his responsibilities include business development; setting organizational ICT4D strategy; designing and managing the ICT components of multi-sectoral development programs; identifying, contracting, managing and evaluating staff and consultants; and cultivating and communicating with key clients and donors supporting the TechLab’s work. FHI 360 is a 4,400-person international development NGO operating in more than 70 countries. Mr. Zoltner is a globally recognized leader in applying information and communication technologies (ICT) to accelerate development. Prior to founding the TechLab, Mr. Zoltner served as Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for DataDyne.org, a Washington, DC-based social enterprise developing mobile technologies for international development, including MagPi – a mobile data collection and analysis application used by more than 3,000 people and organizations in more than 160 countries – and the Mobile Information Platform (MIP), an SMS text messaging platform used in a number of Latin American development projects, including the DatAgro project. Prior to his Santiago-based work, Mr. Zoltner served as Director of Strategy and Development for the Community Technology Centers’ Network , a US national network of telecenters for which he raised more than US $2 million in grant funds.  Mr. Zoltner holds both an MBA and a BA in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy from Georgetown University, where he also taught the Innovations in Information Technology and Communications class for the GU Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership certificate program. He joined the Board in 2016.