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Joshua Schoop: Research Fellow & Adjunct Professor
Joshua Schoop is a Social Innovation Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University. Working in international development for the past eight years, he has conducted research on youth development, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and urban United States. Joshua recently completed his PhD at the Payson Center for International Development. His research explored socially innovative ecosystems to cultivate capabilities in youth, where he conducted a case study of Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans. Joshua is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Samoa.
Michael Stimpfel: Financial Manager
Michael Stimpfel is the Director of Finance & Accounting at KIPP Colorado. Prior to joining KIPP Colorado, Michael lived in New Orleans for eight years and worked with a myriad of charter schools and education focused non-profits in Louisiana and New York. Michael is a graduate of Tulane University and a graduate of the Education Pioneers Fellowship Program.
Ashley Aleman: K-12 Industry Liaison
Ashley is committed to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and prosperity for all Greater New Orleans youth. As a former vocational technology high school student and first-generation college student, Ashley understands the multiple ways Career Technical Education can support post-secondary success. Through her work, she strives to dispel the college or career myth by championing CTE preparation as a pathway for all students to succeed in school and life. Ashley is especially skilled at designing school-based programs and engaging a variety of stakeholders in raising student achievement. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Scott Pointer: Construction Manager
Scott Pointer has spent most of the past decade working to rebuild the Greater New Orleans Area through his work with Habitat for Humanity, most recently serving as the NOLA affiliate's Director of Construction. Scott's construction expertise extends beyond the build site and into the classroom where he currently teaches the National Construction Curriculum for Engineering and Research (NCCER) courses at Delgado Community College. Scott knows how to build community through the shared work of building houses and is excited to bring his expertise to combining the two through uCC's apprenticeship program.
Marquest Meeks: Lawyer
Marquest is a native Louisianan, who fell in love with New Orleans while studying at Tulane. He also has a longstanding love for youth advocacy, and as a federal prosecutor, he has seen firsthand the challenges many kids from New Orleans face as they try to live up to their full potential. For those reasons, since Marquest moved back to New Orleans in September 2014, he has dedicated his volunteer efforts to organizations focused on instilling in New Orleans youth a strengthened sense of community, leadership skills, and the importance of fair and effective communication. Marquest believes that kids who attain these skills will be fully equipped to join him in striving to make New Orleans a better place every day.