We’re a team of motivated and passionate changemakes dedicated to expanding opportunities for all Americans to work, learn, and earn to their full potential. 

BYRON G. AUGUSTE

PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER
@Byron_Auguste

Byron Auguste is President and Co-Founder of Opportunity@Work, a social enterprise based at New America in Washington DC, which aims to re-wire the U.S. labor market in ways that enable more Americans to achieve upward mobility in the job market and workplace.  Byron was inspired by a diverse set of experiences to conceive and co-found Opportunity@Work in 2015. From his large extended family to a diverse range of friends in his "hometowns" of Detroit, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona, he knows so many people who found themselves stuck, unable to contribute their full talents, nor to be rewarded for them.

KARAN CHOPRA

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER
@KarChopra

Karan provides leadership on strategic direction and execution of Opportunity@Work’s priorities and the TechHire initiative. He co-founded Opportunity@Work because he believes that meaningful work is not just a matter of economic wellbeing but of individual dignity. He has seen many others with talents but without opportunities to realize their true potential and believes that in order to have impact at scale we need better systems, not just great initiatives. 

yolanda townsend

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL

Yolanda supports the Opportunity@Work leadership team through strategic planning, management of day-to-day operations,  performance and project management. She oversees and executes financial and operational priorities to further the goals of the Leadership Team. In addition, Yolanda manages the talent and administrative functions for the organization, including budget operations. She ensures effective clarity, communication, coordination and collaboration among Team projects to facilitate alignment and success with strategic objectives across the organization.

Khalilah Harris

CHIEF OF STAFF

Khalilah M. Harris is Chief of Staff with Opportunity at Work, serving as senior advisor to the President and providing strategic management of public engagement efforts advancing the organization's mission of widely expanding opportunity for all Americans to the tech labor market. Khalilah's career has been built on a commitment to ensuring equity in access to opportunity, regardless of zip code or genetic code. As a child of immigrants and first generation college graduate in her family, Khalilah fervently believes dismantling structures of systemic inequity coupled with access to tools necessary to practice self-determination will build a strong economy as a result of strong communities.

Tess posner

MANAGING DIRECTOR, TECHHIRE
@TessPosner
 

PAPIA DEBROY

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT
 

samira khan

SENIOR BUSINESS PROJECT MANAGER

KEYON SMITH

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
@KeyonCSmith

ELEYNI RODRIGUEZ

SENIOR PRODUCT ANALYST
 

jen Hetzel Silbert

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
@JHSilbert

sally smyth

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY FINANCE AND IMPACT
@Sally_k_Smyth

Fletcher Heisler

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
 

ILIANA E. ESTÉVEZ

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

TARI LINDA LAU

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
@TariLindaL

BRIANA MASTERSON

EDUCATION PATHWAYS AND LEARNING LAB MANAGER

Molly Lindsey

MOLLY LINDSAY

SENIOR FELLOW

DAMIAN EWENS

PROJECT DIRECTOR, TECHHIRE RHODE ISLAND LEARNING LAB
@DamianEwens

SU KIM

PROJECT MANAGER
@SuKim

RICH POPLAWSKI

PRODUCT MANAGER

SASHA FELDSTEIN

SENIOR IMPACT AND EVALUATION ANALYST

C. BRADFORD ELLISON

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
 

DOLORES VYFHUIS

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT