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Helen Janc Malone
Vice President, Research and Innovation

Director, National EPFP
Secretary of the Board
Institute for Educational Leadership
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Dr. Helen Janc Malone joined IEL in 2013 as the Director of Institutional Advancement and in 2014 also began directing IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. In 2019, she became Vice President for Research and Innovation. Helen is focused on continuing to grow IEL as premier voice on cross-boundary leadership. Her areas of expertise include education policy and leadership, expanded learning, and systems-level change in both national and global contexts. Helen is the series editor of the Information Age Publishing book series “Current Issues on Out-of-School Time." Her recent books include: The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Past, Present, and Future (Information Age Publishing, 2018) and The Future Directions of Educational Change: Social Justice, Professional Capital, and Systems Change (Routledge, 2018). She has co-founded two special interest groups within AERA. She has given distinguished lectures domestically and abroad and has appeared in mass media, including PBS, C-SPAN, Huffington Post, and has run two Education Week blogs.

Helen holds Ed.D. in education policy, leadership, and instructional practice from Harvard University.

Lauren Nunley-Beale

Coordinator, National EPFP
Institute for Educational Leadership
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 Lauren joined IEL September 2019 as the Administrative Program Associate, which supports several programs at IEL including EPFP, FPI, WASSC, YTAC and more.

Before joining IEL, Lauren began her journey in non-profit at The Brookings Institution working as the assistant for the VP of Foreign Policy and also with the Director for the Center for Universal Education. Her daily work consisted of communicating with different Global Ambassadors, managing the Vice President’s financial records and coordinating all meetings domestic and internationally. After her experience at Brookings, Lauren continued on to the National Center for Family Philanthropy, as the Executive Coordinator to the President. Some of her duties included serving as the liaison between the organization and the Board of Directors, as well as managing all Board activities (meetings, retreats, etc.), supporting the President’s fundraising activities and supervising NCFP’s consultancy inquiries.

Lauren received her B.A. in African American Studies – Arts & Literature at California State University of Northridge. She also studied Media and Journalism at CUNY Queens in an exchange program in 2009 – 2010. Lauren is an active writer and blogger, and often works as a freelancer on many creative endeavors outside of IEL.



Emily Samose

Manager, National EPFP
Institute for Educational Leadership


Emily joined the team this fall as a part-time contractor to manage EPFP, focused on content development and constituent engagement. Emily is the founder and principal of ECS Consulting, LLC., which she established in 2017 after more than 20 years of experience leading education programs and partnerships in support of children, youth and families. Her services include developing cross-sector partnerships, designing and conducting research, creating content, facilitating networks and managing projects that cultivate a community’s education ecosystem. Recent clients have included Parents for Public Schools, The George Washington University, and the District of Columbia Public Library, among others. Emily was previously the director of education and learning initiatives for the Urban Libraries Council, (ULC) a membership association of North America's leading public library systems. Prior to ULC, she served as a consultant for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, spent seven years with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and over ten years at the intersection of national service and education in California, developing and executing service-learning programs for universities and afterschool programs. Emily holds a master's degree in education from San Francisco State University.

Since she participated in EPFP in 2012-2013, Emily has stayed involved through alumni events and through the annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award that had been part of WPS. The EPFP experience has had a huge impact on Emily's career, especially in terms of the opportunity to collaborate and learn with cross-sector leaders who are all devoted to increasing equity in education from their diverse positions and perspectives. She is very excited to co-design WPS 2020 and develop content that meets the interests of this year's exceptional cohort of Fellows.


The National Office is supported by the hard work of student interns throughout the year. Read more about what it's like to intern with EPFP!

Intern Reflections:

Sunny Garcia- Spring 2017 Washington Policy Seminar Intern
Joie Kichton- Summer 2017 EPFP Communications Intern
Mary Ayegbusi- Fall 2017 EPFP Policy Events Intern
Rayna Green- Summer 2018 EPFP Communications Intern




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