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The Spark Team

We are a passionate, innovative and collaborative team focused on celebrating students and promoting possibility.

Michael Kolodner
Amanda Kilibarda Gutierrez

Michael Kolodner
Director of Information Systems

Michael Kolodner spent much of his career designing and managing systems for tracking information. Most recently managing a Salesforce database for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and consulting with a sister organization, Michael has previously designed databases for organizing membership for a co-op swim club to tracking global responses to the 9/11 attacks for the US State Department. Michael earned his BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Amherst College and put that degree to work in the Foreign Service, serving in Sana’a, Yemen and Washington, DC. Michael moved back to his home town of Philadelphia, where he supports the local food movement, and enjoys photography. Michael is a member of Spark's Shared Services Team, based out of Spark’s Philadelphia office.

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Amanda Kilibarda Gutierrez
Manager, Special Projects

An Indiana native, Amanda is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish with minors in Latino Studies and Western European Studies. A founding member of Spark's Chicago region, Amanda joined the team in 2011 as an Americorps VISTA Outreach Coordinator excited to help bring Spark's unique model of individualized learning to Chicago. Prior to joining Spark Amanda volunteered with several organizations committed to improving educational opportunity. Through her work with these programs, Amanda saw firsthand how critical volunteer involvement is in providing learning opportunities for youth in the community, as well as how one-on-one attention empowered students to achieve. Amanda firmly believes that all students should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and never ceases to be amazed by the incredible work of Spark students as they discover new possibilities for the future. After 3 years on the Chicago program team, Amanda joined the Shared Services team in 2014.

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National Board Members

Executive Board
Britton Picciolini, Google for Education Garen Corbett, Board Chair; Director, California Health Benefits Review Program, University of California Valerie Brown, Employment Counsel, Comcast Cable
Board of Directors
Alicia Winckler, CEO, The Golden Apple Foundation Ben Rowe, Board Treasurer; Managing Partner, KHP Capital Partners Britton Picciolini, Google for Education Garen Corbett, Board Chair; Director, California Health Benefits Review Program, University of California Maureen Lang, Gartner Perry Wallack, Co-Founder, Cornerstone OnDemand Valerie Brown, Employment Counsel, Comcast Cable

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