National Staff

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.

emily cheng

Data Analyst
Institute for Educational Leadership


Emily (Li) Cheng joined IEL in 2019 as a senior program associate - data analyst, focusing on organizational metrics, large public data sets related to equity, and evaluation. She earned her Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Western Michigan University and her master’s degree in public administration from Binghamton University. She is also a member of Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society. Her research interests include educational performance evaluation, social equity, and comparative public policy and administration. While in school, she led a project to analyze the gap between academic training and job requirements for FAA Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance; managed a state-funded college mentoring program that was launched for academically and economically disadvantaged students; and prepared an annual accreditation data report for NASPAA, a global accreditor of master’s degree programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public and nonprofit management. Her skills in statistical analysis, database management, and program evaluation contribute to her success in these endeavors. Her doctoral dissertation focused on transformative learning and curriculum internationalization of public service programs. She is enthusiastic about promoting excellence, diversity, and inclusion in postsecondary education.


gaby manriquez

Program Associate
Institute for Educational Leadership

Gaby Manriquez joined IEL in July 2019. As a program associate, she supports EPFP as well as the Right Turn Career-Focused Youth Transition Initiative and the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program.

Prior to joining IEL, Gaby volunteered at the YWCA in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the YWCA, Gaby served as a court advocate providing support services to victims of domestic violence during their victim’s protective order hearings. Her time at the YWCA solidified her passion for nonprofit work. She is committed to connecting marginalized communities with resources to help them succeed. Gaby also has a strong passion for social justice and for supporting the various identities people carry.

Gaby is a first-generation Mexican American. In her free time she enjoys shopping, watching cute dog videos online, and snacking on popcorn.

Gaby graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May 2019 with a B.A. in International Studies. Additionally, she is fluent in both English and Spanish.



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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