Afterschool Alliance Board of Directors

Commited to afterschool for all

The Afterschool Alliance is a national nonprofit organization created to be the leading voice, resource and advocate for the nation’s afterschool community. The Alliance serves as a unifier of the field and seeks to enhance all afterschool providers, practitioners and advocates by nurturing an educated and engaged public in support of their efforts.

Dr. Terry K. Peterson, Chair
Senior Fellow, Richard Riley Institute at Furman University and College of Charleston
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley has called Terry “the king of afterschool.”  During his decades-long tenure in public service, Terry held senior state- and federal-level positions in which he developed numerous education policies and funding streams, including at the U.S. Department of Education where he helped create the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative.

Lisa Lucheta, Vice Chair
Principal, Torani/R. Torre & Co.
San Francisco, California
As a Principal of Torani, Lisa provides leadership to the private, family-owned company and its more than 125 team members. She leads Torani's philanthropic efforts with a strong focus on afterschool programs and spearheaded Torani's Art for Kids contest (2005-2013), where select bottles of Torani syrups featured artwork submitted by afterschool students. She is a fifth-generation San Franciscan and UC Berkeley graduate.

Barry D. Ford, Esq., Secretary
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Council for A Strong America

Bethesda, Maryland
Barry is a passionate advocate for afterschool's role in improving children's health and fitness, and he brings experience as a government official, lawyer and nonprofit executive to his work on the Afterschool Alliance board. Before joining the Council for A Strong America, Barry directed public affairs and advocacy for the United States Tennis Association. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  

Reinaldo Llano, Treasurer
Founder, Dynamic Social Responsibility
Orlando, Florida
Reinaldo Creative and passionate executive with more than twenty-two years of practice operating at all levels and within all areas of Corporate Social Responsibility. Most recently, spent twelve years creating, managing, and marketing philanthropic programs focused on Education, Afterschool and STEM. Wide-ranging knowledge of the Media/Entertainment and the Broadband and Telecommunications industries. Robust marketing and communications, program design and management, social media audience development and engagement, and finance and operation experience. Reinaldo is a proud graduate of an after school program in New York and says: "Afterschool saved my life and put me on track towards a bright future."

The Honorable David Cicilline
Representing the 1st Congressional District of Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island
U.S. Rep. Cicilline was elected to represent Rhode Island's first congressional district in 2011. He previously served four terms in the state House of Representatives and was mayor of Providence in 2003. During his tenure, David established Providence as a national leader in citywide afterschool programming, community policing and urban renewal.  He formed the Providence After-School Alliance in 2004.

John Danielson
John Danielson is an accomplished nationally and internationally respected executive who believed early in his 25-year career that the private sector, working closely with public entities, had an important role to play in the creation of improved education systems and technologies for all children. Along with former United States Secretary of Education Rod Paige, John co-founded the Chartwell Education Group, LLC, an international education-consulting firm.

The Honorable Karl Dean
Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Nashville, Tennessee
Mayor Dean first held public office as Nashville's public defender and metro law director. He was elected mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County in 2007, and in 2009, he launched the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) in partnership with Metro Nashville Schools. He was reelected in 2011 and remains committed to progress on his priorities of education, public safety and economic development.

Dr. Lucy Friedman
President, The After-School Corporation
New York, New York
Lucy N. Friedman is president of The After-School Corporation (TASC), a New York City-based nonprofit established in 1998 to ensure that all children have access to high quality learning opportunities through increasing and improving school-based after-school, summer and expanded learning initiatives. TASC led the efforts to build New York's citywide afterschool system. Prior to TASC, Lucy founded and directed Victim Services (now Safe Horizon), the nation's leading crime victim assistance and advocacy organization.

Tim Hwang
Founder and CEO of FiscalNote
Tim Hwang is currently the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a Government Relationship Management platform that takes legislation, regulations, court cases, and government documents from 40+ countries around the world and uses AI and NLP to help companies understand how laws impact their businesses and how they can comply. The global company with offices across DC, NYC, Seoul, and the EU has now grown to become the largest privately-held company in the legal analytics space and powers over 1,300 enterprise customers around the world. With Hwang's technology and capital partners from the likes of Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, NEA, Renren and others, FiscalNote hopes to bring transparency and political certainty to countries around the world. FiscalNote is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and Tim is a WEF New Champion.

Gilbert Moreno
Independent Consultant
Houston, Texas
Gilbert previously served as president and CEO of the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), one of the nation's largest Hispanic-serving nonprofits. At AAMA, he raised more than $20 million in revenues and partnered with a variety of local and international organizations. He has served as president of the Association of Charter Educators and on numerous national and Texas-based nonprofit boards. 

Heather Nesle
President, New York Life Foundation
Vice President, New York Life Insurance Company

Heather Nesle is president of the New York Life Foundation, the charitable foundation created by New York Life Insurance Company. In addition to her Foundation duties, she is vice president of New York Life’s Corporate Responsibility Department

Jean Margaret Smith
S.V.P. of Public Affairs & Administration, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group
New York, New York
Jean Margaret Smith is senior vice president for public affairs and administration at Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. She is responsible for managing the networks' strategic relationships with social advocates, policymakers and public opinion leaders, as well as handling the company's overall public affairs agenda. Her initiatives at Nickelodeon include Beyond the Backpack and Worldwide Day of Play.

Herb Sturz
Senior Advisor, Open Society Foundations
New York, New York
Herb is a social innovator with a legacy of social and criminal justice reform.  He has founded many nonprofits in New York City, such as the Vera Institute of Justice and The After-School Corporation. His public service has included positions as New York City Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice and chair of the New York City Planning Commission. Herb has served on the editorial board of the New York Times and is the subject of the book A Kind of Genius: Herb Sturz and Society's Toughest Problems by Sam Roberts (2009).

Stacey Gillis Weber
New York, New York
Stacey brings a wealth of experience in leading educational institutions to her work on the Afterschool Alliance board. She served on the Dean's Alumni Leadership Council at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and on the Board of Trustees of the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York and of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. Stacey led development efforts at the Beginning with Children School in Brooklyn and at public television station WNET after a career on Wall Street underwriting municipal bonds. She earned a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.A. from Harvard University.