Our Team

CommunityShare was founded by Josh Schachter in collaboration with a passionate group of educators, entrepreneurs, artists, ecologists, nonprofit organizations, technophiles, graduate students, and community leaders. CommunityShare is a fiscally-sponsored initiative of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning.

  • Josh Schachter
    Josh Schachter Director & Founder

    Josh is an educator, visual storyteller and social ecologist. His passion for real-world learning started in high school when he had the opportunity to undertake turtle research in South Carolina and Alabama with herpetologist Jeff Lovich. This field experience led Josh to pursue a career in ecosystem management. He earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he explored the role of youth-produced media in supporting personal and community transformation. Over the past 20+ years he has collaborated on community-based media projects with youth, teachers, neighborhood groups, and nonprofit organizations in places ranging from New Delhi to Nigeria. He co-founded VOICES Inc., a nonprofit organization that hired low-income youth to work as journalists to tell the stories of their lives and communities in Tucson. Josh co-founded the Finding Voice Program with ELL teacher Julie Kasper in Tucson to support the literacy, multimedia, critical thinking, collaborative, and civic leadership skills of refugee and immigrant students.

  • Jason Hansen CTO & Product Manager

    Jason oversees CommunityShare’s online platform and other tech-related needs. Jason earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, and worked for Raytheon as an aerospace and flight controls engineer. Gradually Jason learned how to program and shifted his focus to simulation and enterprise application development, before leaving Raytheon to work in the startup space. Since then he’s focused on expanding his skills in web-based product development, including programming, design, and user experience. Past hobbies include embedded programming, 3D modeling and game development. Current hobbies focus more on human-centric skills including facilitation, conflict resolution, and coaching.

  • Lisa Richardson, PhD
    Lisa Richardson, PhD Chief Professional Learning Designer

    Lisa designs transformative learning experiences for CommunityShare that support students, teachers, schools, and community partners. She is also an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast. Lisa’s experiences over 20+ years as a high school teacher, K-12 literacy specialist roles, professional development facilitator, and researcher have all focused on identifying and supporting effective methods for developing teachers’ capacities for enacting high quality instruction that meet the needs of diverse students. Lisa received her PhD from the University Arizona, where she researched the literacy practices of high school English language learners. She is passionate about deepening teachers’ understanding of effective instructional practice, the value of community partnerships, culturally responsive pedagogies, and collegial/cognitive coaching.

  • Bethan Reynolds
    Bethan Reynolds Graphic Designer

    Bethan is the graphic designer for CommunityShare and oversees the design work for the various online platforms. Originally from the UK, Bethan moved to Arizona in September 2018 and became involved in the organization via a recommendation by one of our key advisors. Bethan earned a bachelors degree in graphic design from the University of Wales, UK in 2009. Since then she has worked for a variety of companies as a graphic designer, specializing in digital and UX design.

  • Greg Fitzpatrick
    Greg Fitzpatrick Chief Listening Officer

    Greg guides CommunityShare’s user experience (UX) work. He is a UX researcher/writer and content strategist with more than 15 years of experience creating print and digital content for nonprofits, government agencies and global corporations. Greg has worn many hats, including television and radio producer, social media strategist, brand manager, writer, and editor.

  • Michelle Magnuson
    Michelle Magnuson Community Engagement Designer

    Michelle leads CommunityShare’s community engagement strategy and work. She has been a teacher, strategy consultant and Executive Director of Partners in Education in Santa Barbara. She loves efficiency. Her perfect day is guiding leaders to use tools and strategies that keep them focused, under budget, communicating effectively, and able to put maximum energy towards their mission. Her goal is to increase connections, reduce duplicative work, and organize the human and financial capital of our community to address issues that threaten the health and happiness of each of us and our neighbors.

Our Team

CommunityShare was founded by Josh Schachter in collaboration with a passionate group of educators, entrepreneurs, artists, ecologists, nonprofit organizations, technophiles, graduate students, and community leaders. CommunityShare is a fiscally-sponsored initiative of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning.

  • Josh Schachter
    Josh Schachter Director & Founder

    Josh is an educator, visual storyteller and social ecologist. His passion for real-world learning started in high school when he had the opportunity to undertake turtle research in South Carolina and Alabama with herpetologist Jeff Lovich. This field experience led Josh to pursue a career in ecosystem management. He earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he explored the role of youth-produced media in supporting personal and community transformation. Over the past 20+ years he has collaborated on community-based media projects with youth, teachers, neighborhood groups, and nonprofit organizations in places ranging from New Delhi to Nigeria. He co-founded VOICES Inc., a nonprofit organization that hired low-income youth to work as journalists to tell the stories of their lives and communities in Tucson. Josh co-founded the Finding Voice Program with ELL teacher Julie Kasper in Tucson to support the literacy, multimedia, critical thinking, collaborative, and civic leadership skills of refugee and immigrant students.

  • Jason Hansen CTO & Product Manager

    Jason oversees CommunityShare’s online platform and other tech-related needs. Jason earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, and worked for Raytheon as an aerospace and flight controls engineer. Gradually Jason learned how to program and shifted his focus to simulation and enterprise application development, before leaving Raytheon to work in the startup space. Since then he’s focused on expanding his skills in web-based product development, including programming, design, and user experience. Past hobbies include embedded programming, 3D modeling and game development. Current hobbies focus more on human-centric skills including facilitation, conflict resolution, and coaching.

  • Lisa Richardson, PhD
    Lisa Richardson, PhD Chief Professional Learning Designer

    Lisa designs transformative learning experiences for CommunityShare that support students, teachers, schools, and community partners. She is also an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast. Lisa’s experiences over 20+ years as a high school teacher, K-12 literacy specialist roles, professional development facilitator, and researcher have all focused on identifying and supporting effective methods for developing teachers’ capacities for enacting high quality instruction that meet the needs of diverse students. Lisa received her PhD from the University Arizona, where she researched the literacy practices of high school English language learners. She is passionate about deepening teachers’ understanding of effective instructional practice, the value of community partnerships, culturally responsive pedagogies, and collegial/cognitive coaching.

  • Bethan Reynolds
    Bethan Reynolds Graphic Designer

    Bethan is the graphic designer for CommunityShare and oversees the design work for the various online platforms. Originally from the UK, Bethan moved to Arizona in September 2018 and became involved in the organization via a recommendation by one of our key advisors. Bethan earned a bachelors degree in graphic design from the University of Wales, UK in 2009. Since then she has worked for a variety of companies as a graphic designer, specializing in digital and UX design.

  • Greg Fitzpatrick
    Greg Fitzpatrick Chief Listening Officer

    Greg guides CommunityShare’s user experience (UX) work. He is a UX researcher/writer and content strategist with more than 15 years of experience creating print and digital content for nonprofits, government agencies and global corporations. Greg has worn many hats, including television and radio producer, social media strategist, brand manager, writer, and editor.

  • Michelle Magnuson
    Michelle Magnuson Community Engagement Designer

    Michelle leads CommunityShare’s community engagement strategy and work. She has been a teacher, strategy consultant and Executive Director of Partners in Education in Santa Barbara. She loves efficiency. Her perfect day is guiding leaders to use tools and strategies that keep them focused, under budget, communicating effectively, and able to put maximum energy towards their mission. Her goal is to increase connections, reduce duplicative work, and organize the human and financial capital of our community to address issues that threaten the health and happiness of each of us and our neighbors.

Our Key Advisors

  • Rebecca Blakiston
    Rebecca Blakiston

    Rebecca advises CommunityShare on user experience (UX) and helps advocate for user-centered design and content decisions to ensure the CommunityShare platform works for teachers and community partners alike. She is UX strategist and librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries.

  • Monica Brinkerhoff
    Monica Brinkerhoff

    Monica serves as our evaluation consultant, guiding the development of our evaluation strategy and measurement instruments. Monica is the Organization and Employee Development Director for Child-Parent Centers, Inc. and has expertise in program management, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement.

  • Mary Ellen Brown, PhD
    Mary Ellen Brown, PhD

    Mary Ellen is Assistant Professor at Arizona State University who advises CommunityShare on our evaluation strategy.

  • Stephen Gardner
    Stephen Gardner

    Stephen is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for NoRedInk. He has worked in the edtech space for over 25 years and advises CommunityShare in sales and marketing.

  • Jenny Volpe
    Jenny Volpe

    Jenny is CEO of Make Way for Books and advises us on organizational development.

  • Chelsea Waite
    Chelsea Waite

    Chelsea is a K-12 Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute and advises CommunityShare on strategy and business model development.

  • Dorea Kleker, PhD
    Dorea Kleker, PhD

    Dorea Kleker is an educator with more than 20 years of experience working with teachers and students across a wide variety of contexts in both the U.S. and Latin America. She is passionate about using children’s literature to engage students’ inquiries as well as to create new connections between schools, families and communities.

  • Anne LaVigne
    Anne LaVigne Professional Learning Specialist

    Anne supports CommuntyShare in developing professional learning tools and experiences for teachers and the broader community. She is an artist, author, farmer, teacher, traveler, facilitator, instructional designer, and perhaps most importantly, a learner. Anne has taught systems thinking for more than two decades. She works locally, nationally, and globally across educational and non-profit settings to increase understanding of dynamic, interdependent systems in ways that empower, engage, and motivate.

  • DaNel Hogan
    DaNel Hogan

    DaNel is Director of The STEMAZing Project at the Office of the Pima County School Superintendent. She advises CommunityShare on teacher professional development and “all things STEM.” She is passionate about positively impacting STEM education by providing world-class professional development to PreK-12th grade educators. Her work focuses on girls and underrepresented groups in STEM, early childhood STEM education, and energy literacy.

  • Mary Bouley
    Mary Bouley

    Mary is a seasoned educator, trainer, facilitator, and consultant who strives to impact systems through professional development and coaching. She advises CommunityShare on designing professional learning experiences for teachers and others. Mary is a Training Associate for Thinking Collaborative, providing professional development in Cognitive Coaching℠ and Adaptive Schools℠ Seminars. She designs and implements learning experiences for teachers, instructional coaches, mentors and K-12 administrators. Mary’s work has focused in a wide variety of contexts and areas, including arts and technology integration, place-based learning and community partnerships.

Our Teacher Fellows

  • Svea Anderson
    Svea Anderson

    Svea Anderson is a 6th grade Science and Math teacher at Agua Caliente Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, Svea is also the Tanque Verde Unified School District’s STEM Coordinator, a Mentor Teacher for Pima County’s STEMAZing Project, a Lead Ambassador for a collaboration between the Arizona Science Teachers Association and the Arizona Department of Education, and a PolarTREC Educator.

  • Taylor Johnson
    Taylor Johnson

    Taylor Johnson teaches humanities at City High School. She has been teaching English for over 11 years in school districts throughout Tucson.

  • Amber Merchant
    Amber Merchant

    Amber Merchant is a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Hollinger K-8 School.