Our Team

Driving innovation in American education takes a diverse set of people who take the work seriously without taking themselves too seriously. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences in fields like education, community organizing, public health, positive psychology and more. In addition to our full-time employees below, we’re building a vision of an alumni-led organization. If you’re an alumni interested in working with us, check out currently available alumni roles.


Breanna Harvey
Senior Manager of Alumni Leadership

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Breanna (she/her/hers/Breyoncé), manages recruitment and selection for alumni roles at 4.0. She enjoys getting to know all the amazing alums in the 4.0 community and loves helping them navigate opportunities to generate income while sharing their talents and experiences with others in the 4.0 community. Her vision for alumni in leadership is fueled by the growth she has received learning from 4.0 alums. Breanna hails from the beautiful city of Tallahassee, Florida and is a proud alumna of Florida A&M University. Prior to her work with 4.0, she led community relations and marketing for workforce development boards in Florida’s Big Bend area.

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Deanna Ceasar

Manager of Community Development


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Deanna (she/her/hers) has worked with 4.0 since 2017 focusing on 4.0 space management and community. She is now transitioning to focus on regional community development across the nation as a part of the 4.0 Ecosystems Staff team. Previous to 4.0, Deanna worked as a campus minister for six years serving students at Loyola University and Xavier University of Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University A&M in 2010 with an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Business Administration.


Cambria Skvarka

Chief of Staff

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Cambria (she/her/hers) is the Chief of Staff at 4.0 Schools, and focuses her work on supporting the full time team in New Orleans. Cambria joined the 4.0 team in it’s founding year and has played a role in developing and evolving the programs, strategy and culture of the organization over the past eight years. Prior to her work at 4.0 she managed AmeriCorps programs, led large scale volunteer projects with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, and supported leadership development at the University of Virginia. Her other full time job is Mom to her two young children and is always trying to figure out how to squeeze in one more DIY house project into her weekends.

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Marlo Barrera

Manager of Alumni-Led Curriculum

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Marlo (they/them/theirs) began working with 4.0 in Fall 2019 as the Essentials Coordinator. They currently focus on curriculum design and the intentional fostering of an inclusive and supportive community culture across both Essential and Tiny programs. Marlo was born and raised in New Orleans. They are a founding member and the Program Director of the local Reproductive Justice Action Collective (ReJAC) and are a board member of the National Network of Abortion Funds.


Hassan Hassan
Chief Executive Officer

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Originally, from Sudan, Hassan (he/him/his) and his mother immigrated to the United States through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery. He was lucky to meet the age requirement that allowed him to access educational and career opportunities that his three older siblings couldn’t. This experience would later drive his deep commitment to dismantling barriers to social and financial capital. He went on to study electrical engineering and economics at Iowa State University. Prior to taking on the role of CEO, Hassan was 4.0's Chief Operating Officer where he applied his analytical training to streamline 4.0’s systems, growing into the role after working as a Portfolio Manager and Investment Director. Throughout his tenure at 4.0, the organization has grown rapidly to a community of over 1000 diverse leaders who serve over a million students and families across the country. Previously, Hassan worked as a management consultant at PwC and Education Resource Strategies. He is a Pahara NextGen alumnus, Education Pioneer alumnus, and an alumnus of both 4.0 fellowships.


Monique LeBlanc

Manager of Fundraising & Storytelling

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Monique (she/her/hers) is the Manager of Fundraising and Storytelling, and joined the 4.0 team in 2018 as the Strategic Projects Coordinator. Her work currently focuses on securing resources for the organization in addition to managing the storytelling efforts to communicate vision of 4.0 and stories of 4.0 fellows. Monique was born an raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and moved to New Orleans shortly after completing her B.A in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Louisiana State University. Before 4.0, Monique was a junior analyst with the PFM Group and National Resource Network working with state and local governments on finance and operational reform.


Raphael Gang

Director of Ecosystem Development

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Raphael (he/him/his) is the Director of Ecosystem Development for 4.0 Schools. In his role, Raphael leads 4.0’s work to build thriving local and national ecosystems to support 4.0 applicants and alumni. Formerly, an elementary school teacher through Teach For America, he has worked in education research and policy, helped lead the Louisiana Department of Education’s efforts to create new school options for families, and believes passionately that every student deserves the opportunity to be successful. In 2018 he learned what it’s like to be on the receiving side of education with the birth of his son, Oren (who is awesome).


Rachel Van Parys

Manager of Alumni-Led Investments

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Rachel (she/her/hers) is the Manager of Community-Led Investments. In this role, she is working with alumni to redesign 4.0’s selection strategy. She joined 4.0 in 2017 as the Tiny Program Coordinator and later Manager, a role in which she focused on creating world-class virtual and in-person experiences for Tiny fellows across the country. Originally from Maryland, Rachel moved to New Orleans to complete her Masters degree in Public Health, specializing in Health Education & Communication. She is curious about operationalizing the ceding/sharing of power, affinity group work around racial equity and justice, and pretty much everything else in the universe.


Sydney Kastner

Director of Talent Development

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Sydney (she/her/hers), originally from Richmond, VA, is focused on the personal and professional development of the 4.0 community. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 (Go Hoos!). Teach for America then brought her to New Orleans where she taught 5th grade for three years and worked with multiple youth-focused non-profits before joining the team at 4.0. She is currently finishing her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania where she has focused on how to facilitate spaces and experiences to ensure psychological safety and connection. Sydney has a deep appreciation for delicious food, (the feeling after) strenuous workouts, puns, and human connection.


Kirsten Lee Hill


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Kirsten (she/her/hers) is the Researcher-in-Residence at 4.0. In this role, she coaches fellow around developing innovative and right-sized measures of success and is also spearheading the development of 4.0’s Measurement & Evaluation Collaborative, a new initiative to connect fellows to more researchers around the country. Kirsten earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied school turnarounds and led the development of citywide surveys to measure alternative indicators of success in schools. It was Tulane University’s newly minted public service graduation requirement that first drew Kirsten to New Orleans in 2006 and landed her a role as a teaching assistant and “Reading Buddy” at a local recovery school. She is a dedicated dog-mom and obsessed with personal development work (and moon phases).


 Our Board

Matt Candler – (President), Founder of 4.0 Schools

Beth Anderson – Executive Director at The Hill Center

Kenneth Campbell – Executive Director of Southern Louisiana at IDEA Public Schools

James Eustis – Founder of Capdeville Restaurant

Frederick M. Hess – Resident Scholar and Director of Policy Studies at The American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Tom Van Der Ark – Partner at Learn Capital, Founder at Getting Smart

Aaron Walker - Founder of Camelback Ventures

Caroline Hill - Founder of 228 Accelerator