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.
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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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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Bethany-Israelson

Bethany Israelson

Operations Associate

Bethany's drive to see all students receive the education they deserve has led her to EdAllies, where she provides development, finance, administrative, and communications support.

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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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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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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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Bao-Vue

Bao Vue

Program Associate

As EdAllies’ Program Associate, Bao provides policy, communications, research, organizing, and advocacy support to advance the organization’s work for Minnesota students.

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