Giovana Espejo joins the Schultz Family Foundation as a 2022 national urban fellow and will begin a residency under the mentorship of Marie Groark, director of Foundation programs, while pursuing a Master of Policy Management degree from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
Prior to her selection as a National Urban Fellows, Giovana was a K-12 Implementation Manager for EVERFI, a leading education technology company that ensures learners of all ages have access to the critical skills they need to live a more just life. In this capacity, Giovana fostered and supported the executive level relationships at three of the country's largest school districts (Broward County School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the Puerto Rico Department of Education) while also managing a network of 1,000+ educators as they implemented EVERFI's curriculum with their students. Through her work across South Florida and Puerto Rico, Giovana brought curriculum and critical skill development around financial literacy, college and career readiness, and social emotional learning to over 50,000+ learners.
Giovana also served as the Senior Program Manager of Student Services and Program Operations at The Opportunity Network, an organization working to address the opportunity gap for students of color from low-income communities in NYC and across the country. In this role, Giovana managed program administration and outcome measurements for their high school program, provided individual and group student support, as well as event planning and facilitation for volunteers. During her time at The Opportunity Network, Giovana was proud of the network of 195 school and community partners she cultivated relationships with and the student-centered programming she developed and facilitated serving 500+ students.
Giovana's passion for closing the opportunity gap for young people is not only professional but personal. As a young person, educators encouraged her inquisitive nature and her pursuits of enrichment opportunities. Her experience navigating spaces of privilege served as her catalyst and rooted a commitment to form spaces that prioritized inclusion and equity through opportunity for young people.
Giovana received a B.A. in Global Studies and minor in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Outside of work, she continues to serve the educational opportunities that enriched her academic and professional journeys. She serves on the Mountain School of Milton Academy's Alumni Committee, is a steering committee member of SEEDS: Access Changes Everything's Career Affinity Group and is a 2020/2021 Miami's Next Leaders Fellow.