Who We Are
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Saras Chung, PhD, MSW
Executive Director, SKIP Designed
Dr. Saras Chung is Executive Director at SKIP Designed in St. Louis, MO, an independent think tank that co-designs system-level strategies with most affected community members and educators to foster educational equity. She also teaches as a faculty affiliate and adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis on topics of policy and services for children and youth using system dynamics. She has been a Thread Chair for Learning and Teaching and Editor-in-Chief of the Conference Highlights for the International System Dynamics Conference. Her writing has been featured in HuffPost and various academic journals. Dr. Chung obtained a PhD and master’s degree in social work from Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Travis T Jones, CPA, CFE
Senior Manager in Accounting and Assurance at BeachFleischman PLLC
As a Senior Manager in Accounting and Assurance, Mr. Jones partners with organizations and conducts financial audits across the country. Locally, he donates his time and talents serving as Treasurer for the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl — Arizona’s premier college football championship game. In addition to board service, his experience as a father of young children and advocate of high-quality early care and education led him to be selected by Child Care Aware of America to serve as Arizona’s Parent Advocate alongside his wife, Amber, from 2017-2019. In this role, he and his wife met annually with congressional leaders at the United States Capitol advocating for laws that support paid leave and child care. Above all his contributions to the community and outward, he is most proud of his role as father to two incredible children and husband to one amazing wife.
Dr. Aaliyah A. Samuel
President and CEO of CASEL and Senior Fellow, Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child.
Dr. Samuel is a bilingual executive leader with expertise from early childhood through higher education. Dr. Samuel previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Local, State and National Engagement at the U.S. Department of Education and former Executive Vice President of Government Affairs & Partnerships at NWEA. She has informed state policy agendas, assisted with developing cross systems approaches to develop policy solutions to support children and families and leading systems-level change. In her role at NWEA, she led a team working on driving a state and federal education agenda. Prior to NWEA, Dr. Samuel was the Director of Education at the National Governors Association (NGA), supporting high-ranking state officials on the development of policies that impacted health, education, and workforce. In every role, she works with diverse constituents, philanthropies, national and international partners.
As a leading voice in education, she has testified before Congress and has been quoted in Bloomberg, Education Week, U.S. News, and the Washington Post on various education topics, and featured on network segments such as Univision, NBC and CNN. Dr. Samuel presents at numerous education conferences and convenings nationally, internationally and is seen as a global leader. She holds an undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University, a Masters from University of South Florida, and a Specialist and Doctorate Degree from NOVA Southeastern.
SVP, Global Head of Capabilities @ Factor
Ed Sohn is the Global Head of Capabilities at Factor Law, the leader in delivering complex legal work at scale. Under his leadership, the Capabilities framework oversees talent management, development, learning, employee experience and capacity for nearly all fee-earning professionals at Factor globally.
Ed is an attorney, legal technologist, product manager and managed services leader, having held a number of roles as an executive with Pangea3, Thomson Reuters and EY. He is a frequent writer and speaker in the area of legal innovation, including as one of the founding authors of the alt.legal column on AboveTheLaw. Ed was named in the Fastcase50 class of 2019 and was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management in 2021. Ed began his career with King & Spalding as a litigation associate after earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania (L’06).