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.

Josh Crosson

Executive Director

As executive director, Josh sets the direction for the organization’s work to ensure that all Minnesota students, especially those most underserved, have access to a great education.

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Daniel Hodges

Development Manager

Daniel manages fundraising for EdAllies, working to advance individual and foundation giving.

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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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Matt Shaver

Policy Director

As policy director, Matt coordinates EdAllies’ advocacy efforts, serving as a point person for policymakers, partners, and the community.

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Adrienne Vitt

Strategic Communications Director

Adrienne works to uplift student and parent voices, ultimately fostering more candid conversations about education in Minnesota.

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EdFellows

Reggie Evans

Reggie is changing the narrative about student hunger in schools by elevating parent, educator, and student voices; increasing access to information; and doing community education.

Reggie Evans is a Hunger-Free Schools Advocacy Fellow. He is working to change the narrative about student hunger in schools by elevating parent, educator, and student voices; increasing access to information; and doing community education.

Reggie is a father, small business owner, and youth worker. After graduating from the University of St. Thomas in 2010, he spent some time at the City of Saint Paul working to increase the participation of small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses in city construction projects. Reggie’s role focused on connecting people to the right resources and individuals to help propel them to a better place. After his time with Saint Paul, he served as a youth worker in North Minneapolis, worked for an education advocacy organization, and oversaw communications for Hennepin County before starting his own business.

Throughout his career and life, Reggie understood the importance of supporting, advocating for, and caring for young people. He currently works with youth at two churches on the Eastside of Saint Paul.

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Ruth Davis

Ruth is changing the narrative about student hunger in schools by elevating parent, educator, and student voices; increasing access to information; and doing community education.

Ruth Davis is a Hunger-Free Schools Advocacy Fellow. She is working to change the narrative about student hunger in schools by elevating parent, educator, and student voices; increasing access to information; and doing community education.

Ruth was born and raised in Chicago, in a low-income community, by a single mother. She understands the challenges surrounding food and the importance of education in combination with free school meals—providing our children with healthy free meals in school helps them focus on their education and the learning process.

Ruth is the mom of two (her most important job), a business owner, and deeply invested in supporting historically marginalized people and underrepresented communities. Currently, She works as an Equal Opportunity Consultant II for Metropolitan Council. In addition, she is an investigator for internal/external complaints of protected class discrimination and harassment, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and Title VII. And Ruth is a board member and Diversity Equity Inclusion Chair for Residents of Color Collective Minnesota.

For the past five, Ruth has collaborated with organizations on diversity, equity, and inclusion projects—including serving as a Racial Justice Facilitator with SEIU International Union's BOLD Center, Education Equity Parent Fellow with Voices for Racial Justice, in a volunteer capacity with Girl Scouts of River Valley, and as a member of the finance subcommittee with the District Equity Council for the Mounds View School District. Previously, she served as Lead Member Action Center Internal Organizer with SEIU Healthcare of Minnesota.

Ruth holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Conflict Resolution from North Central College; a master's in Human Resource Management and Business Administration with a focus in General Management; and a certificate of entrepreneurship from Keller Graduate School of Management. And she is working on her degree in Early Childhood Education from Central State University.

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