Our leadership and administration lead our organizational wide efforts to establish new areas of research and academic exploration, engage the expertise and commitment of partnerships and funding sources and raise public awareness to improve the education and quality of life of children, youth and families.
Laura Justice, PhD
Dr. Justice is an expert in developmental vulnerabilities in language and literacy acquisition in young children. Her work focuses on teacher and parent interventions on children’s learning, including the effective use of storybooks. She also studies classroom quality in early childhood and how quality affects children’s gains within the classroom. She has received the Annie Glenn Leadership Award in Speech-Language Pathology, the Editor’s Award (from American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology), the Early Career Publication Award (from Division of Research, Council for Exceptional Children), the Erskine Fellowship (from University of Canterbury), and the Fulbright Scholar Award. Dr. Justice has served as the co-director of Risk and Prevention in Education Sciences Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program, and as an associate professor at the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. Dr. Justice also received the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (from President G. W. Bush). She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
Kelly Boone, MA
Associate Director of Research
Kelly develops strategic directions for enhancing the work of the CCEC and the SFC in areas related to research and policy; helping to build synergies among research, practice, and policy in the organization; overseeing dissemination activities; and supporting research staff and their activities. She has previous experience in program evaluation aimed at improving levels of school readiness and in leading multiple longitudinal and large-scale cross sectional studies, including
Human Resources Generalist
Jennifer provides HR support to help meet the strategic objectives of the organization and ensure a positive employee experience. This includes talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention, HR analyses, coaching, and consultative and operational support. Jennifer is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and has worked in the field of Human Resources for six years.
Business Manager, Operations
Cameron manages the day-to-day and longer-term operations as well as strategic planning for the SFC and the Crane Center. Her responsibilities include general personnel management and organizational oversight. Cameron has spent the majority of her 13 year career in a fiscal and HR capacity, most recently serving as a Business Manager in the College of Medicine.
Jamie Davies O’Leary, MPA
Associate Director of Policy
Jamie has worked in education policy and advocacy for over a decade. Most recently, Jamie was a Senior Policy Analyst for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where she analyzed policy, led advocacy efforts for a group of high-performing public charter schools, and wrote extensively on education policy. Jamie leads CCEC advocacy efforts with the university, city-based groups, elected officials, and other policy and decision makers.