Helen Rosenberg

Helen Rosenberg has assisted a variety of New Haven businesses with meeting various needs over her 30 years employment in the City of New Haven’s Office of Economic Development. A particular focus of her work has been the identification of expansion and relocation business sites and facilitation of environmental remediation of those sites when needed. In the early 1990s she oversaw the establishment of the Mill River Day Care Center, managed by LULAC Head Start, at 355 James Street in the City’s Mill River Municipal Development Project Plan area.

Previous professional experience includes assisting new homeowners acquire and renovate houses in New Haven and surrounding towns through the Regional Housing Rehabilitation Institute from 1979-1980 and working for the city of New Orleans on a neighborhood commercial revitalization project in the late 1970s. From 1981-1989 she owned and operated Book World in New Haven.

Helen graduated in 1974 from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and in 1977 from the University of New Orleans with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. She is a long-time resident of the Westville neighborhood in New Haven and has served on the boards of Westville neighborhood organizations and New Haven Jewish institutions.

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Davia Franklin

Davia Franklyn is the Senior Director of Partnerships for the Bank Street Education Center (BSEC), in her role she supports district-wide initiatives in examining their vision and change management structures to offer intentional professional development to improve instructional practices in early childhood settings. Davia formerly co-led Bank Street College’s Pre-K for All partnership with the NYC Department of Early Childhood.

Franklyn attended Bank Street College as a Dewitt Wallace Scholar, and her career began as a third grade teacher in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Franklyn’s 20-year career has centered on the critical work of building quality learning environments in under-resourced communities and coordinating professional development programs for teachers, community based organization leaders and community college faculty.

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Allyx Schiavone

Allyx has 28 years of experience in early childhood development and elementary education – as a teacher and administrator in CT and NY. She holds dual Masters’ degrees from Bank Street College of Education in Early Child Development and Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s degree from Union College. A third-generation New Haven native and long-time resident of Fair Haven, Allyx maintains ownership in a New Haven real estate development corporation which she managed from 1998-2009.
Allyx has served as Program Coordinator for New Haven-based Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES); Early Childhood Classroom Observer for Southern Connecticut State University; and Budget Coordinator for the New Haven Board of Education facilitating a $2 million grant. Allyx has taught in NYC, New Haven and Greenwich in several elementary schools and pre-school settings, directed summer camps and written and supervised curriculums at elementary, middle and high school levels with an emphasis on literacy, math, science, and multidisciplinary studies.

Allyx is a founder of the New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District (NH ChILD). NH ChILD is a coalition of local and national early childhood proponents that have come together to create a place-based pilot program in New Haven. NH ChILD proposes to revolutionize the early care and education landscape by bringing the community together around a common vision of Ideal Learning with a focus on equity. The goal of NH ChILD is to provide high-quality early care and education experiences for all 15,000 New Haven children ages zero to eight.

She currently serves as an advisory member of the University of New Haven’s Nonprofit Certificate in Leadership, Innovation and Organizational Sustainability and on the Mayoral Appointed New Haven Early Childhood Council. She is a 2019 recipient of the Southern Black Nurses Association Community Service Award and the 2019 Amity Club Distinguished Italian-American Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also Exchange Magazine’s Master Leader award and the recipient of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Marvin Maurer Spotlight Award. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is a former; board member for Connecticut Voices for Children; appointee to the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Reading; and leader of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Community Leadership Program. She is the mother of two fantastic teenaged children and has a lovely black dog named Blue.

Emily Sharrock

In her role as Associate Vice President of Strategy and New Program Design for Bank Street college, Emily collaborates with divisions across the college to spur innovation and create new partnerships that expand Bank Street’s public impact and commitment to equity. Recently new partnerships include early childhood policy and programs, blended in-service professional learning, and alternative pathways to certification. Emily has spent the majority of her career working in urban education management and public school reform, including close to 10 years at the New York City Department of Education. As a Network Leader in New York City, Emily oversaw the leadership, instructional, and operational supports provided to more than 25 schools spanning K-12. She also served in different district-level policy, strategic planning, and management roles overseeing a variety of district reform efforts for the city. Emily has also worked as an instructional coach in early childhood settings. Additionally, Emily served as a school designer supporting curriculum, instruction, and leadership development in NYC Outward Bound Expeditionary Learning schools. Previously, she held different roles in the philanthropy, nonprofit management, and community development sectors. Emily holds an MPA from Columbia University’s School for International & Public Affairs and a BA from Wesleyan University.

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Fahd Vahidy

Fahd Vahidy currently serves as a Philanthropic Advisor to the Graustein Family and manages the family’s charitable giving work and programmatic initiatives including the Community Leadership Program.

Fahd has held management and executive management positions in the nonprofit sector, and as a consultant, he’s advised on startups and turnaround work, talent development and organizational culture, and systems-level advocacy and impact. He is currently on the board of CT Council of Philanthropy and has served on several state-wide organizations in CT over the last 20 years.

Fahd received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Connecticut. When he’s not fly fishing on the Farmington River, you can find him at home in West Hartford with his wife and their two cats, Kubla and Romeo.

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Janna Wagner

Janna Wagner is co-founder and chief learning officer of All Our Kin, Inc., a nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains family child care providers to ensure that children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life. All Our Kin’s network of caregivers has been proven to provide high-quality infant and toddler care to working parents in low and middle-income communities. Janna was born and raised in New Haven and attended the New Haven Public Schools. Janna holds a B.A. in psychology from Yale University and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught in the South Bronx through Teach for America and then founded All Our Kin with Jessica Sager in 1999. In addition to her work at All Our Kin, Janna co-teaches a seminar on “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy” at Yale University.

Active in the New Haven community, Janna is an Associate Fellow of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University and founder of The Group with No Name, a social, civic organization that turns New Haven’s residents into citizens. Janna serves as chair of the board of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, a sixty-six-year old academic enrichment summer program, which brings together Yale and New Haven students on Yale’s campus. She is the former chair of the advisory board for the Community Fund for Women and Girls, a component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Janna was a Grand Prize co-recipient of the Roslyn S. Jaffe Award and received the Yale Jefferson Award. She was a Zero to Three Leadership Fellow and a Public Voices Fellow at Yale. She is a Pahara Aspen Education Fellow, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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