Urban Teachers

We are a mission-driven team dedicated to providing students in urban communities with highly effective teachers. More than half of us are former educators, lending our classroom and school experiences to build upon our theory of change. Although we come from different backgrounds, we are all committed to equity, inclusivity and ensuring every student receives a great education. Our mission is what binds us together as colleagues and helps guide every decision.


Peter Shulman
Chief Executive Officer

Frank Bonanno
Chief Finance Officer

Vanessa Coe
Director of Marketing

Jacqueline Greer
Executive Director, DC

Charelle James
Executive Director, Baltimore

Prathima Kathiresan
Director of Selection & Admissions

Kirsten Mackler
Executive Director of Performance & Evaluation

Emily Nolen
Executive Director, Dallas / Fort Worth

Annette O’Boyce
Chief Academic Officer

Simone Pollard
Executive Director, Recruitment

Donna Price
Executive Administrator

Christian Smith

Kerry Whitacre Swarr
Chief Growth Officer

Elinor Tappe
Chief Development Officer

Dar Veverka
Director of Information Systems & Technology

Roxanne White
Executive Director of Curriculum & Professional Development

Board of Directors

Vince Talbert (Chair)
CMO/Co-Founder, Bill Me Later

Sekou Biddle
Vice President of Advocacy, UNCF

Terri Freeman
President, National Civil Rights Museum

Gary N. Geisel

Dianne Houghton
Senior Advisor, Library of Congress

James Pickman
Chair, Pickman Realty Corp

Peter Shulman
Chief Executive Officer, Urban Teachers

Shayne Spalten
Director, Education, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Dr. David Steiner
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

Adrienne Williams
Curriculum Manager, Center City Public Charter Schools