President and CEO
Paul has been president and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware since 2004. He is a founding member of the Vision Coalition, one of the nation’s longest standing public-private partnerships. The group was designed to transform Delaware’s public schools to world-class status. He also serves on a range of local boards, including the Partnership, Inc. (DSCC), and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Paul is a frequent speaker on the national stage. He is an Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellow in entrepreneurial leadership, and a recipient of numerous national awards from Harvard’s Strategic Data Project, NewSchools Venture Fund (Change Agent of the Year), and the Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network. He is on the board of Grantmakers for Education and co-chairs the Education Funder Strategy Group’s International Working Group. Prior to his current role, he served as a senior manager at New American Schools, consulted with Brookings Institution, RAND, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and The World Bank. Paul has taught K-12 in the U.S., South Africa, and Australia, and co-founded an Outward Bound-based school-within-a-school in New York City. He assisted the secretary of education for two governors in Massachusetts during the wholesale redesign of the state’s policies on standards, choice, and finance during the 1990s. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Delaware, and master’s and doctoral degrees in education administration and planning from Harvard University. He and his wife, Dana, live in Wilmington and have three children that have had great experiences attending Delaware’s public schools.
Senior Program Officer
Jenna is a senior program officer working at the Rodel Foundation. In her role, she supports the organization’s policy research, specifically projects related to college and career access and organizational outreach. She has worked at the University of Delaware on projects focused on education and public libraries. Jenna has also served as a legislative fellow in the Delaware General Assembly. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and public policy from the University of Delaware and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware.
Senior Communications Officer
Matt is senior communications officer at the Rodel Foundation. His responsibilities involve building public awareness and strategic partnerships through various media platforms and initiatives. Prior to joining the team, Matt served as a communications manager at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. With a background in journalism, Matt has appeared in the pages of many local publications over the years, including “Delaware Today,” “Out & About,” and “The News Journal,” among others. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Delaware.
Vice President, Policy and Practice
Madeleine leads the Rodel Foundation’s policy, programmatic, government affairs, and communications initiatives. She is co-chair of the state Early Childhood Council, chair of the School Readiness Teams Advisory Committee, and a Delaware Commissioner for the Education Commission of the States. She serves on board of St. Michael’s School and Nursery, Delaware Historical Society, Delaware State Arts Council, and Wilmington Mayor’s Scholarship Committee. Previously, Madeleine worked at the National Governors Association and The Alford Group. Madeleine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Wake Forest University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Rachel Wiggans Chan
Senior Program Officer
Rachel is a senior program officer at the Rodel Foundation. She works on the Foundation’s policy team supporting initiatives related to personalized learning and innovation. She is the facilitator of the Rodel Teacher Council. Prior to joining Rodel, she worked at Freire Charter School in Philadelphia, PA, where she was the director of research and quality assessment. Rachel received a Bachelor of Science in education and social policy from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.
Kristen is the operations manager at the Rodel Foundation. She is responsible for providing administrative support to the team. Prior to joining the Rodel Foundation, Kristen was the grant officer for Delaware Humanities. Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Jeremy is a policy fellow at the Rodel Foundation of Delaware. He is a Delaware native and recent graduate of the School of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Delaware. While at the University of Delaware, he researched issue areas in prisoner reentry, healthcare, and reform; civil rights and environmental justice; restorative justice; and the effects of urban development on public education. Before joining Rodel, Jeremy interned with Sean Barney’s Congressional campaign, worked with the National Student Leadership Conference, and served as a research intern with the Delaware Center for Justice.
Laurie is a communications associate at the Rodel Foundation. She is responsible for providing event and communications support for Rodel and external partners. Prior to joining the Rodel Foundation, Laurie was a sales and marketing support specialist at Arkieva Supply Chain Software, where she led a re-branding initiative and managed various analyst relationships. Laurie graduated from George Mason University in 2014 with Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a concentration in public relations. She currently a member of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals, Kennett Square Rotaract Club and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
Senior Program Officer
Neil is a senior program officer at the Rodel Foundation. In this role, he supports the organization’s policy initiatives through research, data analysis, and support for various engagement projects. Previously, he served as a legislative fellow in the Delaware General Assembly, conducted research for the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration, and participated in the Delaware Department of Education’s “Future Education Policy Leaders” internship program. Neil graduated in December 2014 from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy and a Master of Public Administration.
Nancy is the director of operations at the Rodel Foundation. In her role, Nancy manages the Foundation operations and human resources, and is responsible for supporting the strategy of the organization including financial and grant management. Prior to joining the Rodel team, Nancy’ worked in higher education administration at the University of Delaware and undergraduate admissions at Villanova University and Saint Joseph’s University. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Delaware.
Shyanne is a policy associate at the Rodel Foundation. She is responsible for supporting the policy team in their projects, events, research, and communications in specific areas including the Rodel Teacher Council, Delaware Education At A Glance, and personalized learning. Shyanne has a background in racial equity, social justice, and environmental research. She is a McNair Scholar alumna and obtained her bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation from University of Delaware. Shyanne is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in sustainable development with a specialization in policy advocacy and analysis from SIT Graduate Institute.
Malia Gilbert Neal
Malia is the development manager at the Rodel Foundation.Malia has worked in nonprofit development for nearly a decade, leading and supporting a variety of fundraising events and stakeholder engagements, including the 2010 Legacy Reception for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Philadelphia Chapter. Malia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from DePaul University, and a Master of Public Administration from University of Delaware.