Team

Our team members have diverse backgrounds in teaching, government, research, communications, and policy, but we all have one thing in common: We know that every Minnesota student can excel in a rigorous and engaging school, and we’re ready to work to make this happen.
daniel sellers

Daniel Sellers

Executive Director

As EdAllies’ founding executive director, Daniel sets the direction for the organization’s work to ensure that every young Minnesotan has access to an excellent education.

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andrea roethke

Andrea Roethke

Managing Director of Strategy and Operations

Andrea builds EdAllies’ capacity and impact by developing internal systems, managing a high-functioning team, and advancing educator and community engagement programs.

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josh crosson

Josh Crosson

Senior Policy Director

As EdAllies' Senior Policy Director, Josh advocates to ensure that all Minnesota students, especially those most underserved, have access to a great education.

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Brandie Burris-Gallagher

Brandie Burris-Gallagher

Policy Director

Brandie works in partnership with educators, parents, and advocates to advance policies that will help Minnesota families choose the best educational models for their children.

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ariana kiener

Ariana Kiener

Strategic Communications Director

Ari works to spark a new dialogue about education policy in Minnesota, overseeing EdAllies’ publications, blog, media relations, social media, email marketing, and more.

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jody withers

Jody Withers

Research Director

As the lead researcher and a key policy strategist for EdAllies, Jody brings more than 12 years of legislative experience in both Texas and his home state of Minnesota.

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