Our Executive Leadership team members come from various backgrounds and bring deep experience in education to their work at KIPP Baltimore. One thing they, and all of our team members have in common, is their dedication to KIPP’s mission and to our KIPPSters.
Marsha Reeves, Executive Director
In September 2016, the Board of Directors of KIPP Baltimore, the non-profit organization that operates KIPP Harmony Academy and KIPP Ujima Academy, named Marsha Reeves to the Executive Director role. Previously, Marsha served as the Chief Growth and Operations Officer for KIPP Baltimore. As Executive Director, Marsha provides ultimate guidance and oversight of the organization and its budget. Marsha holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from The George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. Marsha began her career as an associate at Latham & Watkins and served as Associate General Counsel for Technology and e-Commerce Practice group at Fannie Mae. Marsha was then the Vice President and General Counsel for Bill Me Later, and successfully led their sale to PayPal, where she continued to lead the legal team until departing the organization in June 2014.
Samantha PughPrincipal, Ujima Village Academy
Bio coming soon!
Natalia Walter AdamsonPrincipal, Harmony Academy
Natalia is the founding principal of KIPP Harmony Academy since its inception in 2009. Natalia came into her leadership role after completing the Fisher Fellowship with the KIPP Foundation. Prior to KIPP, Natalia most recently served as the Director of Instruction and District Strategy for the Philadelphia institute of Teach For America. Natalia came to Baltimore as a corps member in the Teach For America program, where she taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade over 3 years at Holabird Elementary School. Natalia has also served as a Corps Member Advisor, Curriculum Specialist, and School Director at various Teach For America summer training institutes. Natalia received a BA in Human Services from The George Washington University in 2002 and her teaching certification from Johns Hopkins University in 2004. Natalia most recently completed her Masters of Supervision and Administration from National Louis University in 2009.
Jallon CroskeyChief Academic Officer
With over 20 years of experience in public education, Jallon has worked in elementary through high school grades as a teacher, full-time mentor, leader, and administrator. After working for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher and mentor, Jallon accepted a fellowship with the KIPP Foundation. In partnership with the KIPP, she founded KIPP Harbor Academy, one of the first charter schools in the state of Maryland. After her time at KIPP Harbor Academy, she supported the recruitment and selection of aspiring principals with New Leaders for New Schools in Baltimore. Additionally, Jallon served as the Director of three schools of choice and also served as the primary instructional leader of a college preparatory, public boarding school. Jallon has earned a BA in Sociology and Elementary Education from The College of William and Mary and a graduate degree from The George Washington University in Education Administration.
Kelly ShieldsDirector of Data and Finance
Kelly joined KIPP Baltimore in January, 2014. As the Director of Finance and Administration, Kelly is responsible for budget creation and management; financial planning; and all talent and human resource functions. Kelly holds a Bachelors of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia as well as a Master of Business Administration from its Darden School of Business. Kelly’s experiences prior to KIPP include consulting in the private and public sectors, and fellowships with Education Pioneers the Strategic Data Project.
Megan HallKIPP Through College Director
Megan joined the KIPP Baltimore team in July, 2007. Beginning as a 5th grade teacher and High School Placement Coordinator on the KIPP Through College team, Megan was named the Director of KIPP Through College in 2013. Megan leads the KIPP Through College staff in setting and accomplishing the yearly goals for over 1000 students and alumni served Megan began her work with KIPP as a founding teacher at KIPP Harbor Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 2005. Prior to joining KIPP, Megan spent several years in the classroom as a middle school teacher in both Baltimore and Washington, DC. Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Kathryn MastandreaDirector of Development
Kathryn joined the KIPP Baltimore team in September, 2016. As the Director of Development, Kathryn oversees our fundraising efforts and creates experiences that connect our generous partners with the KIPP Baltimore Team and Family. Prior to joining KIPP Baltimore, Kathryn spent seven years at Teach For America – Baltimore, most recently as Director of Individual Giving.