Yutaka Tamura: Yutaka is Excel's Interim Chief Executive Officer. Yutaka returns to Excel after four years as COO of Relay Graduate School of Education. Yutaka was the lead founder and executive director of the original Excel Academy from 2003 until 2008. He left to take on the role of COO at Teacher U in New York City, a new teacher training program launched in 2008 and designed to prepare teachers to lead their predominantly urban students like those enrolled at Excel Academy to demonstrable annual achievement gains. In 2011, Teacher U, renamed Relay Graduate School of Education, became the first independent graduate school of education chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 80 years. Yutaka is a graduate of Amherst College. Email: YTamura@excelacademy.org.
Rebecca Cass: Rebecca is a Senior Advisor for Excel and was responsible for writing the charter applications that were submitted to the Department of Education in November 2010. Prior to serving in this role, Rebecca acted as Excel's Interim Executive Director and as a member of Excel's Board of Trustees. She has extensive experience in charter school policy and management, having served as the Director of Policy and National Activities for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. She has also worked in the Charter School Office of the Massachusetts Department of Education. Rebecca holds a Bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a Master's in Public Administration from Suffolk University. Email: RCass@excelacademy.org.
Katie Dankleff: Katie joined Excel in 2005 and is Excel's Managing Director of Network Operations and is responsible for not only many of the network's operations and the delivery of student support services, but also for any and all tasks that relate to Excel-East Boston's relocation to and renovation of 58 Moore Street in East Boston. Prior to Excel, Katie was a corps member for Teach for America, through which she taught English at a high school in Philadelphia, PA. Katie holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Email: KDankleff@excelacademy.org. Phone: 617-874-4096
Jennifer Boyle: Jennifer is Excel's Managing Director of Strategic Growth & Development and is responsible for executing, with the assistance of Excel's Director of External Relations, the network's growth fund efforts. Prior to joining the Excel team, Jennifer was the Executive Director of the Maranyundo Initiative, an educational non-profit that works in Rwanda. She helped launch the Maranyundo School in Nyamata, Rwanda, a girl's boarding school that currently ranks as the #1 girls school in Rwanda. Jennifer graduated from the University of New Hampshire and holds a Master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Email: JBoyle@excelacademy.org. Phone: 617-874-4097
Rebecca Korb: Rebecca is Excel's Director of Recruitment and is responsible for overseeing the Excel network's staff recruitment efforts. Prior to serving in this role, Rebecca served first as the Director of Development at Excel Academy-East Boston and then as the Director of External Relations on the Excel network team. Before joining Excel in spring 2010, Rebecca worked as a Campaign Manager at the Massachusetts Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She is a graduate of Colby College with a double major in Spanish & Latin American Studies. Email: RKorb@excelacademy.org.