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The Spark Team

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

Isabel Beck-Roe
Sophie Finn
McKenzie McFee
Akua Maat

Isabel Beck-Roe
Partnership Coordinator

Isabel Beck-Roe is working for Spark as a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow, having been drawn to Spark for its dedication to empowerment and exploration.  She recently graduated from Macalester College where she studied Geography, Music, and French, and where she also had the opportunity to learn about nonprofit fundraising through her work with the school and other local organizations. Youth programming has also emerged as a priority for Isabel from her work with after-school programs and summer camps.

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Sophie Finn
Program Fellow

Sophie Finn joins our team as a recent graduate of Arcadia University’s master’s program for Educational Leadership. Prior to working with Spark, she approached education from several different perspectives. In South Korea, Sophie taught English to elementary school children. Returning to the U.S. to gain her master’s degree, Sophie worked at an immigration law firm where she witnessed the legal and economic impacts of restrictive immigration laws on families, students, and children. After graduation, she worked in behavioral health to better understand how trauma-informed care can influence a student’s educational experience. Sophie believes education, provided through an equitable and culturally-aware lens, can be a powerful tool for change in our society. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, spending time with loved ones, and listening to live music.

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McKenzie McFee
Volunteer Manager

McKenzie’s passion for positive youth development and education lead her to Spark. She is a Delaware native and holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology from New York University. During her time in New York City, McKenzie volunteered with many New York City public schools working with students ranging from Pre-School to High School. McKenzie is excited to bring her past experience into her role as a Spark Fellow and continue to make a positive impact. 

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Akua Maat
Program Manager

Akua Maat recently graduated from Wake Forest University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Latin and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. After college, she wanted to contribute to the fight for education equity and moved to Philadelphia to complete a year of service with City Year Philadelphia. In her role as a tutor and mentor in a 9th grade English class she developed a greater passion for working with students and supporting youth development beyond the classroom. Akua brings this passion and her experience working within Philadelphia public schools to her role as a Program Fellow with Spark.

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Philadelphia Board Members

Executive Board
Christopher Rosenbleeth, Chair, Real Estate and Partner, Real Estate and Finance, Stradley Ronon Jeffrey Ryan, Senior Vice President of Professional Operations and Business Development, Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Eastern Regional Medical Center Jessica Mulholland, Chief Financial Officer, Exude Inc. Melissa Govette, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, M&T Bank Paul Melchiorre, Chief Revenue Officer, Anaplan Valerie Brown, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP
Advisory Board
Abraham El, Chair Emeritus: Staff Engineer, Pennoni Associates Alison Rikson, Board Chair: Senior Manager, Audit & Assurance Learning, Deloitte & Touche LLP Atul Deshmukh, Senior Manager, Solution Delivery, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Bunny Tucker, Intern Architect, DIGSAU Gianna Tripodi-Bhise, Board Vice Chair, Director, Foundation & Corporate Relations, WHYY Jamye LambornDesigner, Gensler Kai Lee, Associate - Customer Solutions, KPMG Robert Nieves, Operations Manager, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Sara Ridenour, Associate Principal, Ballinger Teresa Lopez, Content Strategy Lead, SEER Interactive
Board of Directors
Valerie Brown, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP

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