Meet the SOE-LC Team

Meet the Schools of Education Learning Collaborative Team:

Emily Madden, Senior Analyst, emadden@eduventures.com

Emily is a Senior Analyst, with expertise in teacher preparation and education policy. Emily conducts research and analysis to guide Eduventures’ Schools of Education Learning Collaborative (SOE-LC) members in negotiating the shifting landscape for teacher preparation, adopting innovative practices, and streamlining their operations. Her most recent work includes designing an economic impact assessment measuring the contributions schools of education make to their local and regional economies. Emily brings broad, practical experience in K-12 education to the SOE domain, as well as a strong knowledge of current issues of education policy. Prior to joining Eduventures, Emily taught Upper School English for four years  at an independent school in Washington, DC. She earned her B.A. in English from Williams College and her M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Mary Kaye Pepperman, Membership Director, mkpepperman@eduventures.com

Mary Kaye is responsible for growing and enhancing the membership of the Schools of Education Learning Collaborative by introducing new members to the program and providing members with access to resources and services. Prior to joining Eduventures, Mary Kaye owned her own consulting company, Pepperman & Associates, which specialized in recruiting and retention and provided strategic guidance to such companies as Johnson & Johnson and Olympus America. She also worked as a Sales Manager at Boston Scientific and Procter and Gamble, where she was responsible for managing sales teams and results and received multiple awards for her outstanding performance. For the past six years, Mary Kaye has held a PTA leadership position at Creek View Elementary School in Alpharetta, GA, serving as President for the last two. She has also served on Fulton County’s Technology and Hiring committees. Mary Kaye graduated from Florida State University with a degree in political science and communications.

Jeff Rudberg, Account Representative, jrudberg@eduventures.com

As part of the sales team, Jeff is responsible for generating new membership by introducing the Schools of Education Learning Collaborative to colleges and universities across the country. Jeff joins Eduventures after working as an Admissions Counselor at Gettysburg College. In addition to serving as a territorial recruitment manager for five states, he took on roles in communications, event planning, and web content management. As a Senior Admissions Intern, Jeff started his career in higher education interviewing prospective students while earning his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Hamilton College.

Anne Innis, Senior Advisor, ainnis@eduventures.com

Anne builds deep relationships with member institutions and guides them through their Learning Collaborative membership in her role as a Senior Advisor. Anne’s previous role with Eduventures was as a Senior Member Advisor in the Continuing and Professional Education Learning Collaborative where she facilitated strategy sessions, focused member research priorities, and led member roundtables. Prior to Eduventures, Anne conducted research on the risks of climate change to major U.S. corporations at Ceres, a coalition of institutional investors and environmental organizations. Before Ceres, Anne was a Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, where she carried out her doctoral research in partnership with the University of Maryland. Anne has also developed public education programs for the Massachusetts and National Audubon Society. Anne holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in biology from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from Skidmore College.

Cara Strachan, Advisor, cstrachan@eduventures.com

As an advisor to Eduventures’ clients, Cara works with member institutions to identify their priorities and needs in order to connect them to the appropriate resources and expertise at Eduventures. Cara’s experience at Eduventures began in research and primarily focused on using academic and administrative assessment results to strategically inform university-wide planning and budgeting. She also conducted research to support individual client  needs in areas such as operations and market research. Prior to joining Eduventures, Cara worked for SIT Study Abroad Ireland, a semester-abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. In her role as the Program Assistant, Cara collaborated with the Director to administer and deliver the program, co-facilitated excursions to Northern Ireland, and provided guidance and support to the students and homestay families. While an undergraduate student at Wheaton College, Cara was actively involved in the admissions office as a senior admissions intern and tour guide. She also helped raise funds for the college through her involvement with the Annual Fund. Cara graduated magna cum laude from Wheaton College (MA) with a B.A. in psychology and French studies.

Marina Brauch, Senior Advisor, mbrauch@eduventures.com

Marina, a Senior Advisor to Eduventures’ clients, partners with institutions to understand their most pressing needs and challenges in order to advise them and connect them with the appropriate resources and expertise at Eduventures. Previously at Eduventures, Marina served as a Senior Research Analyst covering Eduventures’ Continuing and Professional Education and Online Higher Education Learning Collaboratives, and addressed strategic and tactical questions from individuals members. Prior to joining Eduventures, Marina held administrative positions at Georgetown University and the US-UK Fulbright Commission in London, England. In these roles, she helped deliver international education programs to students and executives. Marina has also worked at the Tuck School of Business, where she planned and implemented Executive Education programs. She graduated cum laude with Omicron Delta Epsilon and Pi Mu Epsilon honors from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in economics and a minor in mathematics. She earned her M.B.A. (specializing in marketing informatics) from Boston College, where she served as a research assistant in the Organizational Studies Department at the Carroll School of Management.

Lauren Nicoll, Advisor, lnicoll@eduventures.com

As a Client Services Advisor, Lauren partners with institutions to understand their most pressing needs and challenges in order to advise them and connect them with the appropriate resources and expertise at Eduventures. Prior to joining client services, Lauren spent five years serving higher education and non-profit clients as a research analyst, first at Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, and the past year in Eduventures’ Continuing and Professional Education Learning Collaborative (CPE-LC) and Online Higher Education Learning Collaborative (OHE-LC). She enjoys working with colleges and universities to help them make informed decisions about new program development, student surveying, and strategy and operations. Her experience and interest in higher education spans boundaries, as Lauren has been involved in student affairs, admissions, and alumni relations as a past leader of student organizations at the graduate and undergraduate levels, co-chair of Drew University’s Orientation Committee, and as a member of the Drew Alumni Recruitment Team. Lauren has also been an instructor at Northeastern University. She graduated magna cum laude from Drew University and completed a master’s and Ph.D. coursework in sociology from Northeastern University.


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