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Meet Our Team

Professional Staff

Nereyda Salinas

Nereyda Salinas, Executive Director
EDUC 111
(650) 721-9342
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Nereyda founded the EdCareers team in 2012. She is an innovative, education entrepreneur who enjoys building organizations and units that help individuals realize their full potential, especially those committed to high-quality, accessible learning. As Executive Director of EdCareers, Nereyda leads the team's strategic thinking in the areas of career education and professional development. She works collaboratively with colleagues on and off campus to help GSE students, alumni and affiliated educators have thriving and impactful education careers. Prior to EdCareers, Nereyda directed the POLS and MA/MBA programs, worked in MBA admissions, and participated in K-12 social enterprises.  She received her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and her BA from Stanford with Honors in Education. Nereyda enjoys building bridges across organizations, industries and sectors and traces this love back to when she was a four-year old translator on cross country U.S. trips for her Spanish-speaking grandparents.

Jennifer Mason

Jennifer Mason, Associate Director
Barnum 137
(650) 723-6268
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Jennifer joined the EdCareers team in March 2017. She oversees the GSE Internship Program, Student Affairs Fellows Program, and works collaboratively on alumni data analysis and delivering a suite of cohesive student programming. She has over 18 years of higher education administration experience at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Barbara. Jennifer has an MA in Education-Higher Education Administration from San Jose State University and a BA in Law & Society with a Minor in Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara. During her senior year at UC Santa Barbara, Jennifer was lucky enough to sail around the world and visit 10 countries in 100 days with the Semester at Sea program.

Lara Schmidt

Lara Schmidt, Assistant Director of Professional Development
Barnum 138
(650) 497-4228
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Lara joined the team in July 2017 after finishing her MA in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies (POLS) here at the GSE. Lara helps spearhead the newly launched professional development initiative at the School.  She brings a wealth of experience to her role, including a track record of working in schools and districts, experience in building new programs from the concept stage to successful execution, and a deep and strategic understanding of PreK-12 policy at all levels. Lara’s interest in education began when she facilitated a writing program in a women’s maximum security prison as an undergraduate student at Drake University.

Alanna Simao

Alanna Simao, Administrative & Outreach Associate
Barnum 138
(650) 723-2832
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Alanna joined the EdCareers team in October 2018. She provides administrative support for EdCareers programs and events and coordinates outreach to employers and students. Alanna graduated from Stanford in 2017 with a B.A. in Classics and a minor in Art History. After participating in internships at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts as an undergraduate, Alanna knew that she wanted to pursue a career in Education. She worked briefly as a High School tutor before joining the GSE. Alanna has always loved learning and attributes this to elementary school field trips to her local museum.

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