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Allyson Biegeleisen, Vice President of Client Services
Allyson is a member of the founding team at Commongood Careers. As Vice President, Allyson oversees all client engagements and manages the search team. During her tenure, she has led over 120 searches, at all levels of the organization chart, with clients such as Breakthrough Collaborative, DonorsChoose.org, New Profit, iMentor, and the Center for Effective Philanthropy. Drawing upon her expertise in organizational structure and development, Allyson managed multiple engagements with KIPP’s growing network of charter schools, leading searches for KIPP Foundation, KIPP NYC, KIPP Massachusetts, KIPP Delta, KIPP Metro Atlanta, KIPP Dallas, and KIPP Tulsa. Allyson’s earlier work experience includes roles at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and Families First, a nonprofit organization that provides parenting education workshops and trainings. Allyson holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont and an MBA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Suffolk University. She recently served as a National Board Member for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), the nation’s largest network of emerging nonprofit talent.
Evan Carper, Recruitment Manager
With past experience in youth development and education programs, Evan brings a strong customer service orientation and mission-connection to his role at Commongood Careers. Previously, Evan served as an admissions manager at City Year Boston where he oversaw the selection of 265 corps members from a pool of over one-thousand applicants, provided training in AmeriCorps interview protocols and hiring processes, and was selected by the national organization to help develop nation-wide customer service initiatives for all 23 US-based sites. His earlier work experience includes serving on the account team at TeenLife, an information resource for middle school and high school enrichment programs, and as a fundraiser at Denison University. He holds a B.A. in Corporate Systems from Boston College and is a City Year corps member alum.
Presceia Cooper, Search Consultant
Presceia has played a variety of roles at Commongood Careers and currently serves as a Search Consultant. Previously, she was a member of the recruitment team, where she led diversity recruitment efforts with affinity groups and fellowship programs such as the National Urban League and Associated Grant Makers. Presceia also created candidate pipelines through social media channels which resulted in growing our networks on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to many thousands of members. In addition to her experience at Commongood Careers, Presceia earned a Certificate in Culinary Arts from Boston University and has worked as a professional chef and restaurant manager. Leveraging this training, Presceia created a cooking and nutrition program to teach elementary school students healthy cooking techniques, as well as volunteers with Future Chefs, a nonprofit organization that prepares urban teens for work in the restaurant industry. Presceia holds a BA in Communications from Boston College.
Ramon De Jesus, Search Consultant
Possessing a firm belief in the power of education as a tool for social mobility, Ramon brings seven years of experience serving first-generation and low income students in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. Through his previous roles at Steps to Success, the KIPP NYC College Prep High School, and Columbia University, Ramon has developed an appreciation for how individuals fit into organizational cultures. He brings his knowledge of youth and family programs, passion for assessment, and belief in the non-profit community to his work as a Search Consultant. Originally from the Bronx, NY, Ramon is a Posse Foundation alumni, holding a B.A. from Brandeis University and also a graduate of the Boston College Lynch School of Education, from which he holds an M.A. in Higher Education.
Kevin Flynn, Vice President of Recruitment and Candidate Services
In his current role as Vice President of Recruitment and Candidate Services, Kevin builds talent pipelines and supports the recruitment needs of all of our search engagements. In this capacity, Kevin has dramatically increased the utilization and diversification of Commongood Careers’ networks, resulting in significantly more hires from our networks and higher rates of diversity hiring. Having served as a search consultant, career advisor, and director of recruiting, Kevin brings a deep understanding of recruiting and hiring both from the organizational and candidate perspective. He has presented on the topic of human capital in the nonprofit sector at universities including MIT, Harvard, Yale and Boston University, and at the national conferences of KIPP Schools, Independent Sector and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. Kevin joined Commongood Careers in 2006 as a Search Consultant and in that capacity, he has led over 100 searches, including multiple engagements with College Summit, Public Allies, BUILD, and Playworks. After graduating from Boston College, Kevin began his career working with high-risk and gang-involved youth in cities throughout the country. He is a founding board member of the Boston Chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and in 2011 was selected as an Independent Sector American Express NGen Fellow.
Kirstin Griffiths, Search Consultant
As a Search Consultant on the client services team, Kirstin supports all aspects of our search engagements, including building strong candidate pools, screening and assessing candidates, and preparing reports. She brings exceptional organizational and analytical skills to this role. Previously, she served as Program Coordinator at Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts-Boston, where she launched new initiatives for tutor and student engagement, developed an education and career advising strategy, and supported over 250 tutor/student pairs. Kirstin is an active volunteer in the community, as a literacy tutor and a member of a tutor advisory group at Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts-Boston. Kirstin holds a BA in English from Skidmore College, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Periclean Honor Society.
Chrissy Holt, Senior Director, Search Services
Chrissy brings a strong background in nonprofit management to her role at Commongood Careers. Previously, Chrissy served as the Director of Finance and Administration at Generations Incorporated, a community-based program that pairs youth with older adult volunteers. Originally joining the team as a Search Consultant and currently serving as Director, Chrissy draws upon her deep search management experience in order to provide leadership and coaching to the entire search team. Additionally, she continues to support the search needs of a range of clients, including CHYCANYS, Upwardly Global, ALSAC/St. Jude, and Generation Citizen. Outside of work, Chrissy serves as Board President of Zumix, an organization that empowers youth through music. She is an adoptive parent through the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. A first generation college graduate, Chrissy holds a BA in Management and Human Resources from Abilene Christian University and an MBA from Suffolk University.
Jessica Mah, Associate Search Consultant
As an Associate Search Consultant, Jessica collaborates with senior organizational leaders on search engagements by building strong candidate pools, screening and assessing candidates, preparing internal and external analytical reports and supporting various special projects. Prior to joining Commongood Careers, Jessica served as the New Site Development Manager at City Year, a national organization committed to youth development and increasing our country’s graduation rate. In this role she supported the sustainable launch of 5 sites by managing diverse grant development that secured over $9 million. With a passion for national service and community engagement, she previously served two years as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston and continues to volunteer within her community. Originally from California, Jessica earned a dual B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior and Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine where she graduated Cum Laude.
Kasey Nupp, Director of Business Operations
Kasey plays a dynamic role at Commongood Careers, managing business operations including finance and technology as well as projects related to business development and marketing. Kasey is a key player in all of our events and led the execution of “Uncommon Conversations,” a convening of over 200 nonprofit leaders hosted by Commongood Careers. With a strong background in systems development, Kasey is responsible for the design and maintenance of a number of our internal systems, including our SalesForce database and our applicant tracking system. Prior to joining Commongood Careers, Kasey taught English in Spain and held an internship with Organization for New Equality. Kasey holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Merrimack College.
Lindsey Pittas, Search Consultant
Lindsey started her career as a Teach For America corps member, where she taught high school English at Gateway Institute of Technology. She then joined the recruitment team at Teach For America, where she doubled the amount of accepted applicants on her assigned campus, as well as led the design and implementation of regional and national prospect cultivation events. In her most recent role as Director of Talent at KIPP Philadelphia, Lindsey completed a record number of hires across five campuses while greatly increasing the diversity of applicants. She brings significant experience in recruitment and selection, candidate cultivation, and hiring for educational nonprofits to her role at Commongood Careers. She earned her BA in Professional Writing from Purdue University and a MA of Education from the University of Missouri.
Cynthia Rodriguez, Recruitment Manager
Cynthia’s passion for non-profits stems back to her undergrad years when she was involved with various social justice and identity groups on campus. During her summers she interned with youth development organizations such as Crossroads for Kids and Thompson Island Outward Bound. As a Posse Scholar, Cynthia understood the need for the access of quality education for all students and moved to Washington, D.C. where she was the founding Upper School Social Studies teacher at KIPP DC: Heights Academy. Wanting to expand her reach in nonprofit work, Cynthia came to Commongood Careers where she is now a part of the Recruitment Team. Cynthia holds a B.A. in Sociology from Hamilton College and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from American University.
Cassie Scarano, CEO and Co-Founder
Cassie provides strategic vision and daily management for the entire organization. As CEO and Co-Founder, Cassie led the development of our search model and continues to ensure the quality of our service delivery today. With deep experience in nonprofit management and hiring, Cassie has personally managed over 80 searches for clients such as Jumpstart, Nonprofit Finance Fund, New Profit, Year Up, and Peer Health Exchange. Cassie has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has served as the Dean of Admissions at The Steppingstone Foundation, where she increased the efficiency and effectiveness of the student admissions process. Her earlier experience includes serving as the Director of Operations at The New Teacher Project’s Massachusetts Institute for New Teachers (MINT), and Director of Summerbridge Cambridge, where she led the organization during expansion to a new site which allowed the organization to serve 40% more students. Cassie is a former Board member of Breakthrough Cambridge, where she served as co-chair of the governance committee and member of the expansion committee, and an alum of LeadBoston. She holds a BA in Sociology from Northwestern University, an MA in Education from Boston University and an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Boston University.
Ila Shah, Search Consultant
With deep knowledge of the education and youth development sectors, Ila has been a member of the client services team since 2010. She has led a variety of search engagements with organizations such as Breakthrough Greater Boston, After-School All-Stars, EdVestors, and Acelero Learning. Prior to joining Commongood Careers, she played a key role in the growth and expansion of Citizen Schools, launching offices in five new regions and engaging thousands of students and volunteers in the organization’s work nationwide. In this capacity, she hired, trained, and supported regional executive directors and other staff, as well as provided support for ongoing training and professional development. Earlier experiences include serving in a program role at the After-School Corporation and completing a Coro fellowship. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Amanda Sonis Glynn, Career Advisor
Amanda is a part-time Lecturer at Tufts University, where she teaches Sociology of Law and a course on philanthropy. Most recently, Amanda was the Director of the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) at Harvard College, where she oversaw multiple public interest fellowship and internship programs and advised students and alumni on pursuing careers in the non-profit sector. She also directed the Public Service Network, supporting hundreds of students engaging in volunteerism. Prior to her work at Harvard, Amanda was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center, providing legal services to pediatric patient families. Amanda serves on the boards of The Volunteer Family and Temple Shir Tikva, where she is the Co-Chair of Social Action. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School.
Kris Starr-Witort, Senior Director
Kris has devoted her career to helping fast growing non-profit and mission-driven organizations find and develop the talent they need to have measurable impact. As Senior Director based in the Bay Area, Kris leads and supports searches, business development, and recruitment on the West Coast. Prior to Commongood, Kris has over 13 years of progressive non-profit management experience. Most recently at Teach for America, she helped orchestrate a complex regional restructure, where during her tenure, they achieved statistically significant progress around metrics related to staff development and culture. Prior to TFA, she led national alumni leadership initiatives for Education Pioneers, where she focused on growing the capacity of organizations and school districts across the country through placing professionals in high impact roles and providing targeted leadership development and career coaching. Prior to this, and immediately upon completing graduate school, she launched and led a local high school’s first comprehensive after-school program serving over 150 kids a day. Kris’ career began as a direct service provider and trainer with peer-to-peer support and education programs for HIV positive men and women and low-income high school youth. She holds an MSW with an emphasis in management and planning from U.C. Berkeley and a BA in Communications from the University of Minnesota.
Rita Tran, Associate Director, Recruitment Strategy
Rita brings five years in recruitment and boundless energy to her role at Commongood Careers. She previously served as the U.S. Recruiting and University Relations Manager for Teach For China, where she recruited and selected over 70 fellows annually, as well as helped lead the expansion of the program to the Bay Area and Texas. Rita’s prior work experience includes roles at the Posse Foundation, Accepted College Preparatory Program, and the admissions department of Hamilton College’s China study abroad program. She currently serves on the Posse National Alumni Advisory Council and Posse Boston Advisory Board, and she is also a member of Hamilton College’s Multicultural Alumni Relations Committee. Rita holds a BA from Hamilton College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.
Loc Truong, Senior Career Advisor
Loc Truong has more than 15 years of experience working in a variety of educational settings, including K-12 public schools, nonprofit, and higher education. Loc is currently the Assistant Director of the Harvard Foundation at Harvard University working to promote diversity and race relations at Harvard. In his previous position as Assistant Director of Employer Relations at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Loc worked to connect employers with Harvard students. He also worked closely with graduate students and alumni, guiding them in their job searches. He has been a career advisor for over seven years, including three years with Commongood Careers. He is currently on the Board of Directors for a community development corporation called Viet-AID. Hailing from California, Loc received his M.S. degree in school counseling at University of La Verne and his B.S. degree in biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.