Our Leadership Team

BEVERLY LEON, FOUNDER AND CEO

Beverly graduated from Columbia Business School with a focus on social entrepreneurship. She received her BA in History from Columbia University and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford with a focus on Education and Labor Market Policy. Beverly began her professional career as an equity capital markets analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York City and later decided to pursue professional soccer in Europe. Beverly has over 10 years of experience as a youth educator and coach, serving as a program coordinator for Level the Field NYC and a Teaching Fellow for Columbia University’s ‘Freedom and Citizenship’ Civics Education Program, two nonprofits working to provide equitable access to higher education for students from underserved communities – her idea for Local grew out of her time teaching.

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CAITLIN GALLAGHER - DIRECTOR OF MEASUREMENT & EVALUATION, CURRICULUM

Caitlin uses her expertise to develop our measurement & evaluation program and support our curricular development. She has classroom experience teaching middle school math with Teach For America in Hartford, CT, and worked for a start-up nonprofit, The Connecticut RISE Network. In her two roles as Program Coordinator and Innovation & Learning Facilitator with RISE, Caitlin helped facilitate the implementation of new processes for the collection and analysis of academic, behavior, and attendance data to help drive new at-risk youth intervention strategies.

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PERCEE GOINGS, LEAD ENGINEER

Percee is Local’s lead developer and chief social technologist. He earned his BA in Computer Science from Columbia University. He started his first company, Wallbyte LLC, at the age of 15 to develop web applications for small businesses and charter schools. His expertise in web design and data architecture led his to spearhead application development for both private and public institutions including Columbia University and Naval Surface Warfare Center. His technical knowledge extends to multiple languages and platforms: C, Java, Python, Javascript, PHP, HTML, CSS, Django, Laravel, Reactjs. He currently lives in New York City but frequents his hometown in Washington, D.C. where he takes every opportunity to spend time with his family.

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JOHN MUELLER - DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS

John manages our school and district partnerships, helping us build a sustainable school growth & revenue strategy. He has teaching experience from an extended 2-year Teach for America commitment and continues to serve a public “Priority School” for recent immigrants. He has designed and refined specialized curricula for students at Bronx Bridges H.S., including individualized instruction for English Language Learners & Students with Learning Disabilities.

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