We are a community of educators, employers, and advocates working together to provide equitable experiences through integrated partnerships between students, teachers, and local businesses.

Meet Our Team

Every student should graduate with the tools to pursue their career goals and successfully navigate the rapidly evolving and increasingly complex economic landscape. We are activating a community to ensure that students are able to develop essential skills and understand their professional possibilities. The RWL Team supports districts, schools, and educators in creating opportunities for students to unlock their potential and empowers employers to improve career trajectories.

  1. Bill Nicely

    Educator In Residence

  2. Anna Hennes

    Program Leader

  3. Salvador Ocampo

    Program Leader

  4. Angee Simmons

    Communications & Engagement Program Leader

  5. Dan Tesfay

    Data Strategist

  6. Donna McDaniel

    Educator in Residence

  7. Todd White

    Support Team

CEO Champions Group

As part of the regional Real World Learning initiative our community partner, KC Rising, has recruited a small group of CEOs to help support and champion RWL efforts.

Visit AlignEd's website
Visit The Civic Council of Kansas City's website
Visit KC Chamber's website
Visit Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's website


Employers play a central role in RWL by providing experiences that allow students to discover their passion and understand their professional trajectory. There are over 600 employers involved in this work.