Generation Next – Our Team
Michelle J. Walker, Executive Director
Generation Next is excited to announce that Michelle Walker, CEO of Saint Paul Public Schools, will be our new Executive Director. Walker is a national leader who has extensive cross-sector experience in education strategy and policy including positions in Washington, DC, New York and Saint Paul. She has held leadership positions in Saint Paul Public Schools for the last nine years. For the past three years, Walker has been an active member of the Generation Next Leadership Council, paving the way for many collaborative projects between Saint Paul Public Schools and Generation Next. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Jonathan May, Managing Director and Director of Data and Research
Jonathan ensures that the Generation Next staff, committees and Networks use data effectively to implement the key goals of the organization. This role also calls on him to manage the strategic direction of all of Generation Next’s data initiatives including leveraging and aligning community data partnerships and leading internal analytical projects. Jonathan came to Generation Next as an experienced teacher, researcher and data analyst. During his time in the classroom, Jonathan worked with diverse students in both the United States and Puerto Rico. He also has contributed to research and data analytics projects involving the Council for Economic Education and the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP).
Jonathan has dual bachelor degrees in Education and Economics from Hartwick College (NY) and a Master of Science in Applied Economics from St. Cloud State University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victor Cedeño, Director of Networks and Education Policy
Victor serves as the primary staff for identifying education policy innovations locally and across the country, and ensures these innovations are core parts of Generation Next strategies. He is also tasked with ensuring that Generation Next networks are supported, aligned, and working strategically to find and identify the most effective solutions to meet the coalition’s five key goals to close the achievement gap. Victor arrived at Generation Next after serving as City of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s main Policy Aide on Education and Youth Policy.
Victor has dual degrees in Political Science and Psychology from Drake University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He brings experience in economics, strategic planning and local policy as well as analytic and data analysis skills. He is passionate about providing opportunities to disadvantaged students and has experience working with High School students as both a debate coach and a college admission counselor. He has also planned multiple conferences to help college students prepare for, apply to, and finance graduate school. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Jeremiah Ellis, Director of Outreach & Partnerships
As the Director of Partnerships & Outreach, Jeremiah is the newest member of the Generation Next team. He is a key player in the collaborative team’s focus on addressing high profile complex education challenges. He reinforces the grassroot connections necessary to addressing disparities experienced by students. He works closely with the Executive Director to develop and implement a plan to engage the community on the coalition’s goals.
Jeremiah has focused his career on serving the public good in the Saint Paul-Minneapolis communities. He has worked as the Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools. During that time he represented Minnesota’s second largest school district on the board of the Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative, the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership and the Association of Metropolitan School Districts. He has also worked for the Office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum and local non-profit organizations.
Jeremiah earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He and his wife live in Saint Paul with their toddling son. Jeremiah has served in several community leadership roles including currently representing Ward 1 on the Saint Paul Sales Tax Revitalization Board. Cycling and gardening are a couple of his favorite pastimes. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christy Coaty, Project Manager
Christy was brought on board in December of 2012 to launch Generation Next. She has more than 20 years of experience in corporate and philanthropic sectors, including Minnesota Philanthropy Partners where she served as assistant to the chief of staff, managing monthly all-staff meetings, board of director reports and as philanthropic services assistant to the vice president of philanthropic services as well as providing support and planning assistance to the executive director of GiveMN.
Christy’s passion for educational, economic and racial equity was strongly ignited while serving on the Racial Equity Committee at MN Partners and solidified while taking a “train-the-trainer” workshop on racial equity utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment tool. Christy and her husband live west of Minneapolis and can usually be found reading, baking, grilling, and ALWAYS adoring their “fur-kids.” She can be reached at email@example.com.