Deborah Smolover, J.D.

Deborah S. Smolover is a Managing Partner of New Profit and leads New Profit’s policy work, advocating for more innovative, effective, and efficient policy solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems affecting access to opportunity in America. Deb also serves as the Executive Director of America Forward, New Profit’s nonpartisan policy initiative. America Forward’s mission is to unite social
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Jessica Crawford

Jessica has worked at America Forward since 2012. Prior to joining America Forward, Jessica served as Director of Government Relations at a Federal Government affairs firm, where she worked on behalf of clients in the areas of education, workforce development, financial service, healthcare, and transportation. Previously, Jessica served as Legislative Assistant and Staff Liaison to the House Education and the
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Karen Quarles

Karen Quarles is America Forward's Government Affairs Director, where she is responsible for leading our Early Childhood, Early Learning, Higher Education and Appropriations policy and advocacy work, partnering on emerging policy issues (from juvenile justice to child welfare), and contributing to America Forward's 2020 Presidential engagement effort: United to Move America Forward.  Karen has spent more than twenty-five years in
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Chase Sackett

Chase leads America Forward’s evidence-based policy and Pay for Success work, directs its Workforce Development advocacy, and supports policy development and engagement across all of the organization’s issue areas. Chase’s commitment to advancing policies that strengthen equity and expand opportunity, in particular through evidence-based programs and innovation led by proximate leaders, led him to New Profit and America Forward. Chase
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Jonathan Briggs

Jon most recently served as a Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) Fellow and Education Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) where he co-managed a portfolio of discretionary grant awardees in the Office of Program and Grantee Support Services. He previously served as a Legislative Fellow and Acting Legislative Assistant in the Office of Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge,
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Melina Kiper

As an immigrant born in Brazil, Melina experienced firsthand the transformative power of education, and throughout the years, she has done all that she could to use that knowledge to help lift the lives of others. Prior to joining America Forward, Melina served at City Year in a number of leadership roles, including Director of State Engagement and Policy, and
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Nicole Hall

Prior to joining New Profit, Nicole had the opportunity to work in many communities across the country and witnessed system inequities. Nicole was drawn to America Forward because of its commitment to unite social entrepreneurs with policymakers as well as championing effective and evidence-based policy change.  
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Anthony Covell

Prior to joining New Profit and America Forward, Anthony worked as the Outreach Assistant to Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s state team where he primarily assisted the Senator’s team in federal, state, and local COVID-19 response and coordination in Arizona. Prior to joining Sinema’s official office, Anthony also worked as a finance assistant on the Senator’s 2018 campaign. He has also previously
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