Holly is the Division Director of Advancement and Partnerships, where she leads partnership efforts between SSEC and its donors and funders. Holly believes firmly that it will take a diverse coalition of stakeholders to achieve educational equity, and she strives to create and foster meaningful partnerships to make a transformational impact on student learning.
Holly has over a decade of experience fundraising in support of educational equity and excellence. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Holly led Institutional Giving for Teach For America – Bay Area, where she raised $6M annually from Silicon Valley funders. She has raised multi-year, 6 and 7 figure grants in support of teacher recruitment, preparation, support, and retention by building authentic relationships, connecting supporters to a compelling vision, and using data to drive improvement. In addition to her experience at TFA, Holly co-founded Alpha Public Schools, a network of college prep, blended learning public charter schools, serving at-risk students in East San José, CA. At Alpha, Holly built and managed all non-academic functions of the organization – including raising $1M from public and private institutions and individuals in support of the school launch. Alpha’s flagship school is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Next Generation Learning Challenges Grantee, and has been recognized as a Top School for Low-Income Latinx & Black Students in the Bay Area by Innovate Public Schools. Holly holds a BA in American Studies from UCLA, and Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Leadership from Stanford University.