Lauren Gilbert, Vice President of Program

Lauren Sanchez Gilbert, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer

Lauren has been with BELL since 2011, most recently serving as president and chief strategy officer. She believes all children deserve access to quality learning year-round. Lauren is leading BELL’s charge to expand access to learning time for highest-need students to eliminate the achievement gap. BELL has created a comprehensive solution school districts use to design, deliver and measure evidence-based summer and research-based afterschool learning experiences on a large-scale. Under Lauren’s leadership, BELL is exploring ways to substantiate its effect on parent engagement and educator professional development, and seeking ways to influence the field to establish evidence-based programs in more communities. Today, she is overseeing the creation of a new technology platform that will transform the way BELL-powered programs are delivered, and scaled to reach exponentially more children. Lauren served as a special education teacher in her native New Mexico and as an assistant superintendent in Massachusetts. She attended the highly-selective nonprofit leadership program at Harvard University and was named a Results for America fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Special Education, and her doctorate in Education from Boston College. Lauren is also the proud mother of an active and beautiful 10-year-old daughter, Ayla.

Antonio Battaglia, President and Chief Operating OfficerAntonio Battaglia, President and Chief Operating Officer

Tony joined BELL in 2007 and oversees all finance, human resources, information systems, and legal matters, in addition to overseeing and supporting regional operations. Prior to BELL, Tony devoted 17 years at Arch Wireless, growing the company from a start-up to $1.4B in revenue. He held a number of key positions at Arch, including President of a $450M Division, General Manager, & Corporate Controller. Prior to Arch Wireless Tony was Controller of Stone & Webster Consulting.  Tony holds a B.S. in Business from Boston College. He graduated summa cum laude with an MBA from Ohio University.

Marlene Harrington,Vice President of DevelopmentMarlene Harrington, Chief Development Officer

Marlene Harrington joined BELL in 2012 as the organization's first Chief of Staff. In this capacity, Marlene was responsible for ensuring efficient collaboration between senior team members, supporting Board development, and overseeing projects of strategic significance to the organization, including the launch of BELL's transformative impact partnership with the YMCA. Today, Marlene oversees BELL's national and regional philanthropic efforts while stewarding a portfolio of institutional donors. She brings over a decade of fundraising and development experience to the role, including leadership positions with College Bound Dorchester, City Year Rhode Island and the Highlander Charter School. In these roles, Marlene led all aspects of fund development, public relations and project management toward the execution of strategic fundraising plans. For over five years, she also served as a staff member with Senator Lincoln Chafee, where she collaborated with state, federal and international government and non-governmental organizations to meet the needs of Rhode Island constituents. Marlene is a graduate of The University of Rhode Island.

Damon Johnson, Vice President, Partner Impact

Damon Johnson first joined BELL's team in 2007, and has since served in several different capacities. Damon has served as Program Manager, Director of Program Operations, Regional Director, and Executive Director, prior to being named as Vice President, Partner Impact. In 2013, BELL recognized Damon for his exemplary leadership with the Peterkin Educational Excellence Award, given annually to an exemplary program manager. Damon grew up in Baltimore and attended Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS). Prior to BELL, he served in the U.S. Marines before becoming a teacher. He has worked as a teacher for KIPP Academy (Baltimore) as well as BCPS, where he was promoted to school and district leadership positions. Damon also serves as senior pastor of Manifested Glory Worship Center in Towson Md.

Brenda McLaughlin, Chief Strategy Officer

Brenda joined BELL in 2017 and is responsible for strategy, design, innovation, and organizational impact. For the past 15+ years, she has worked to close the opportunity gap and ensure equitable access to high-quality learning and enrichment for young people. Prior to joining BELL, she founded and led The Learning Agenda, a consultancy dedicated to helping nonprofits, philanthropies, and educators expand their knowledge and capacity. Working with programs, schools and funders across the country, she deepened her expertise in youth learning and development, nonprofit leadership, program design, implementation and evaluation, and system-building. Brenda also served as vice president at the National Summer Learning Association. She wrote or co-authored a variety of publications that showcase her thought leadership on summer learning, and spent time as an instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Out-of- School Time Leadership certificate program. Brenda holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Partheev Shah, Vice President of Strategy and PartnershipsPartheev Shah, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Partheev joined BELL in 2016 to oversee all efforts related to the development and execution of BELL’s technical assistance and licensing model. Before joining BELL, Partheev was at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, where he assisted grantees in developing and executing growth plans, improving program quality, and strengthening organizational capacity. Partheev also spent three years as a management consultant at Huron Consulting Group, advising higher education and healthcare clients on operational and strategic issues. Partheev earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Mark Williams, Chief Impact Officer

Mark joined BELL in 2017 to drive national implementation of the BELL learning model. Since 2014, Mark served as the Founding Vice President, School & District Partnerships at New Classrooms focused on maximizing national impact and sustainability of the personalized learning model through strengthened partner engagement and fidelity of implementation. Mark also worked with Teach for All, where he managed the engagement of Teach For America, and developed strategies to strengthen organizational learning and leadership development. During his 9 years at Teach For America, he focused on teacher leadership development and addressing operational infrastructure needs of the rapidly growing organization as it supported the 7,000+ teachers in achieving academic gains with their students. Mark began his career as a Kindergarten teacher in Newark, NJ.