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Meet Our Team

Professional Staff

Nereyda Salinas

Nereyda Salinas, Executive Director

nxsalinas@stanford.edu
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.

Meredith O'Hare, Associate Director

mcohare@stanford.edu
Barnum 137
(650) 723-6268
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Meredith joined the EdCareers team in August 2019. As the Associate Director of EdCareers, Meredith provides coaching and guidance to GSE students and alumni to help them pursue their career journeys. Meredith’s background includes a comprehensive understanding of career education, as well as coaching, learning and development and program management. Prior to joining the GSE team, Meredith worked for a local nonprofit, supporting their mission to close the opportunity gap and ensure all students had access to a quality education. Meredith is passionate about ensuring students have the skills and career resources they needed to be successful. Meredith received her MBA from the University of San Francisco and her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Her love for education and career services started during her junior year of high school when she took her first career assessment, since then, and through a variety of career transitions, she has found her way to Higher Ed and is enjoying supporting GSE students and alumni find their right career fit to improve learning globally.

Heidi Chang, Stanford EdLEADers Program Manager

heidic@stanford.edu
EDUC 119
(650) 725-4491
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Heidi joined the EdCareers team in January 2018. She manages the Stanford EdLEADers professional certificate program, and works collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders within the GSE and GSB  to design, develop and deliver this 100% virtual program for nationwide systems leaders. She brings a rich and diverse set of experiences to her work, having built a career working in education institutions, start-ups and non-profits to conceptualize and execute on the  design and creation of blended, online, or face to face programs and experiences for learners of all ages. Heidi developed her learner centered approaches, design thinking mindsets, and cross functional and collaborative teamwork skills during her time at Stanford GSE’s Learning, Design and Technology program where she earned her MA. Her interests in education grew out of serving as a team leader for City Year Boston after completing her BA in chemistry from Wellesley College.

Leslie Cook, Learning Designer

cooklk@stanford.edu
EDUC 119
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Leslie joined the GSE in January 2018 to help conceptualize and develop the Stanford EdLEADers Professional Certificate Program. In January 2020, Leslie began supporting other work within EdCareers, primarily Professional Learning initiatives and professional learning opportunities offered by the GSE. Leslie’s background includes work on educational programs in university and nonprofit settings, and earning her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Leslie recalls having a love for reading ever since she learned how and attributes her interests in education to the power of engaging books (and other teaching materials).

Emi Kuboyama, Director of Professional Networks

kuboyama@stanford.edu
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Emi joined the EdCareers team in September 2020 after spending ten years with the POLS & MA/MBA Master’s programs where she helped recruit, admit and advise students; helped students navigate internships and capstone projects with industry; and piloted the POLS student study trips to Singapore and Shanghai.  As the Director of Professional Networks she helps cultivate the exchange of ideas and opportunities between our talent, research and industry.  Emi received her JD from Vanderbilt School of Law, her MA in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford GSE, and her BA with distinction, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She began her career as a  civil rights attorney, and has worked in MBA admissions and policy advocacy and research.

Alanna Simao

Alanna Simao, Operations & Outreach Associate

asimao@stanford.edu
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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