Announcing Nellie Mae Staff Promotions Spring 2023
A big congratulations to Ellen Wang, Julita Bailey-Vasco, Kathiana Amazan, and Marcos Lucio Popovich on their promotions. We are thankful for their continued commitment to the Foundation’s work of advancing racial equity in public education for all New England youth.
Ellen Wang, Senior Program and Equity Officer
Ellen was promoted in 2022 and oversees the Supporting Organizations Led by People of Color grant fund. Ellen also leads the organization’s internal racial equity learning agenda in close collaboration with staff. As part of this work, she leads the Equity Leadership Team, a cross-functional team focused on supporting the Foundation’s racial equity learning and practice through activities including racial equity learning days, book studies, affinity spaces, and racial equity coaching.
Julita Bailey-Vasco, Acting Chief Communications Officer
Julita was promoted to Acting Chief Communications Officer in 2022 where she leads the design and implementation of the Foundation’s communications strategy, inclusive of Reputation Management, Public Relations, and the Foundation’s Speakers Bureau. Julita also partners with colleagues in driving forward the Foundation’s advocacy work.
Kathiana Amazan, Program Associate
Kathiana was promoted in 2022 and partners with colleagues across the Foundation to operationalize systems and practices in an effort to streamline approaches to work. Kathiana supports grant management, as well as the ongoing engagement of the Community Advisory group at the Foundation. Kathiana also manages special projects and is a member of the Rapid Response Team.
Marcos Lucio Popovich, Director of Grantmaking
Marcos was promoted to Director of Grantmaking in 2023. In this position he leads the overall design and implementation of the Foundation’s grant funds, grantmaking processes, and grantee engagement approaches.