Latoya Gayle, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Latoya shapes the vision and mission of Boston School Finder while focusing on increasing access to education data and educational opportunity among parents, particularly families of color. She develops and maintains strategic partnerships with Boston School Finder’s partner organizations including districts, schools, funders, community organizations, policy makers and influencers, parents, and consultants. Through her work, Latoya advocates for educational policies and programs that will best serve Boston’s families.
Latoya is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Phenomenal Moms, a Boston-based organization that seeks equity by collaborating with schools and districts, community partners and other stakeholders. The organization aims to reduce educational, social and economic opportunity and achievement gaps by increasing engagement in schools and communities among parents and families of color.
Latoya lives with her family in Boston, and has three children who have attended or will attend schools in Boston.
Rana Kannan, Managing Director
As Managing Director, Rana oversees operations at Boston School Finder while also managing the development processes and partnerships for the Boston School Finder website. Rana ensures the Boston School Finder website helps democratize the school choice process as well as provides support to parents, families, and their community partners in finding a great-fit school for their child.
Prior to her role at Boston School Finder, Rana worked as the Senior Manager of Strategic Partnership Programs at Salsify, an eCommerce startup company in Boston. Throughout her career, Rana has worked in organizations across both private and educational sectors, supporting students and families in and around Boston. Rana previously taught and led the Graduate Services team at Roxbury Prep Charter School, has coached school leadership teams, and led the implementation of academic intervention programs at Phoenix Charter Academy Network.
Rana lives with her family in Boston, and has two children who attend or will attend schools in Boston.
Keiko Zoll, Marketing Manager
As Marketing Manager, Keiko develops the marketing and content strategy for Boston School Finder and its communication channels. She works to build awareness about and drive engagement with Boston School Finder content, especially for Boston’s historically underserved families.
Prior to joining Boston School Finder, Keiko has worked in a variety of sectors, including higher education, non profits, startups, and family-centric consumer brands. As a digital marketing and communications professional, her passion is content creation via advocacy-driven storytelling.
Keiko lives with her husband and son on the North Shore and is committed to educational equity for all of Boston’s students and families.
Shellina Semexant, Program Coordinator
As Program Coordinator, Shellina is truly thankful to be in a role where she can share information with families about choosing and registering for the school of their choice. Fluent in Creole, she also supports Boston School Finder by building prospective community partnerships to reach even more families throughout Boston.
As a former Parent Ambassador for the organization, she adds: “Boston School Finder has reshaped how I view school choice.” Her two biggest pieces of advice to families: "visit the school of your choice" and "always ask questions."
Shellina lives in Dorchester with her children, who have attended Boston Public Schools, charter, and parochial schools.
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