Meet the School Systems Leaders Fellowship Team

Christopher N. Maher  Chris is the Executive Director of SSLF. He has served in the public education sector for more than two decades with a focus on improving opportunities for students in urban districts.  Prior to joining SSLF, Maher served for four years as Superintendent in Providence, where he focused on expanding rigorous programming for students, restructuring the district to reallocate more staff and resources to schools, and addressing issues of equity.  Maher also served the President of Mass Insight Education, a non-profit organization that works nationally on school improvement and district transformation. In that role, he worked closely with Superintendents, School Boards, and their teams to improve academic outcomes by creating better conditions for success in the lowest-performing schools and neighborhoods within districts.  Maher has worked in a number of different roles in his career in education, as a teacher, principal, district administrator, public school advocate, and in other leadership capacities. He has worked with local school districts and state agencies throughout the country to identify sustainable and scalable solutions to improve outcomes for all students.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University and a Graduate Certificate in Supervision and Administration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio. Maher has participated in the Broad Academy, Harvard University's Public Education Leadership Program, Harvard University's By All Means Initiative, the College Board's National Superintendent's Advisory Committee, and other educational leadership roles.   Email Chris

Christopher N. Maher

Chris is the Executive Director of SSLF. He has served in the public education sector for more than two decades with a focus on improving opportunities for students in urban districts.

Prior to joining SSLF, Maher served for four years as Superintendent in Providence, where he focused on expanding rigorous programming for students, restructuring the district to reallocate more staff and resources to schools, and addressing issues of equity.

Maher also served the President of Mass Insight Education, a non-profit organization that works nationally on school improvement and district transformation. In that role, he worked closely with Superintendents, School Boards, and their teams to improve academic outcomes by creating better conditions for success in the lowest-performing schools and neighborhoods within districts.

Maher has worked in a number of different roles in his career in education, as a teacher, principal, district administrator, public school advocate, and in other leadership capacities. He has worked with local school districts and state agencies throughout the country to identify sustainable and scalable solutions to improve outcomes for all students.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University and a Graduate Certificate in Supervision and Administration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio. Maher has participated in the Broad Academy, Harvard University's Public Education Leadership Program, Harvard University's By All Means Initiative, the College Board's National Superintendent's Advisory Committee, and other educational leadership roles.

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Beau Gallegos  Beau currently serves as the Senior Managing Director of the School Systems Leaders Fellowship. Beau leads all recruitment and placement partner efforts for the Fellowship.  Prior to transitioning the Fellowship to Cambiar Education in January 2017, Beau had been on staff at Teach For America since the fall of 2010 working on the National Alumni Affairs Education Leadership team. Beau supported talent matching efforts for over 150 annual requests for open cabinet-level and superintendent roles nationally.  Prior to joining TFA, Beau worked with TNTP in Chicago, IL in partnership with Academy for Urban School Leadership helping to staff turnaround schools. He has also lead a team of job developers supporting youth, adults, and seniors in job readiness training and placement on the South and West sides of Chicago while working at Easter Seals. Beau spent a year working with Upward Bound in New Orleans as a researcher and teacher supporting high school students to be college ready.  Beau has a Masters in Leadership and Policy Studies from DePaul University and B.A. in Psychology from Tulane University. Beau was named a DePaul Public Service Fellow and Chaddick Scholar for outstanding academic and community achievement. He lives in New Orleans, LA.   Email Beau

Beau Gallegos

Beau currently serves as the Senior Managing Director of the School Systems Leaders Fellowship. Beau leads all recruitment and placement partner efforts for the Fellowship.

Prior to transitioning the Fellowship to Cambiar Education in January 2017, Beau had been on staff at Teach For America since the fall of 2010 working on the National Alumni Affairs Education Leadership team. Beau supported talent matching efforts for over 150 annual requests for open cabinet-level and superintendent roles nationally.

Prior to joining TFA, Beau worked with TNTP in Chicago, IL in partnership with Academy for Urban School Leadership helping to staff turnaround schools. He has also lead a team of job developers supporting youth, adults, and seniors in job readiness training and placement on the South and West sides of Chicago while working at Easter Seals. Beau spent a year working with Upward Bound in New Orleans as a researcher and teacher supporting high school students to be college ready.

Beau has a Masters in Leadership and Policy Studies from DePaul University and B.A. in Psychology from Tulane University. Beau was named a DePaul Public Service Fellow and Chaddick Scholar for outstanding academic and community achievement. He lives in New Orleans, LA.

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Ami Magunia  Ami is responsible for leading the development, management, and execution of content and programming for the School Systems Leaders Fellowship.  Prior to this role, she worked as a senior consulting partner leading strategic planning, district and school level turnaround as part of Mass Insight Education. She began her career in education as a Teach for America Corps member in Baltimore. After teaching elementary students for four years, Ami then worked for The New Teacher Project to manage the district’s alternative teaching program. She later joined the Baltimore City Public Schools leadership team serving as both the Special Assistant to the Chief Human Capital Officer and Manager of School-Based Recruitment and Staffing.  Ami received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in Business Administration and later received a M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in New Orleans.   Email Ami

Ami Magunia

Ami is responsible for leading the development, management, and execution of content and programming for the School Systems Leaders Fellowship.

Prior to this role, she worked as a senior consulting partner leading strategic planning, district and school level turnaround as part of Mass Insight Education. She began her career in education as a Teach for America Corps member in Baltimore. After teaching elementary students for four years, Ami then worked for The New Teacher Project to manage the district’s alternative teaching program. She later joined the Baltimore City Public Schools leadership team serving as both the Special Assistant to the Chief Human Capital Officer and Manager of School-Based Recruitment and Staffing.

Ami received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in Business Administration and later received a M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in New Orleans.

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Mariel Butan  Mariel is the Program Manager of the School Systems Leaders Fellowship. She supports the Fellowship’s logistics and communications and leads the efforts for survey design and data analysis.  Prior to joining the SSLF team, Mariel served as Director of Communications and Operations for A Reason To Smile (ARTS), a nonprofit that brings dental care and hygiene education to areas of the world without access to dental professionals. Her commitment to ARTS continues in a volunteer capacity, coordinating outreach and multiple international service trips each year.  Mariel is also a published author and has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and education specialist. Her background in higher education is focused on community engagement, student advising, and scholarships, including roles with the Embassy of Kuwait, Florida International University, and the University of Miami.  Mariel earned Bachelor's degrees in Motion Pictures and Psychology as well as her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Miami, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She lives in Big Sky, Montana.   Email Mariel

Mariel Butan

Mariel is the Program Manager of the School Systems Leaders Fellowship. She supports the Fellowship’s logistics and communications and leads the efforts for survey design and data analysis.

Prior to joining the SSLF team, Mariel served as Director of Communications and Operations for A Reason To Smile (ARTS), a nonprofit that brings dental care and hygiene education to areas of the world without access to dental professionals. Her commitment to ARTS continues in a volunteer capacity, coordinating outreach and multiple international service trips each year.

Mariel is also a published author and has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and education specialist. Her background in higher education is focused on community engagement, student advising, and scholarships, including roles with the Embassy of Kuwait, Florida International University, and the University of Miami.

Mariel earned Bachelor's degrees in Motion Pictures and Psychology as well as her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Miami, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She lives in Big Sky, Montana.

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