Our consultants bring to bear a combined 50 years of experience as strategists in the social emotional learning, non-profit, for-profit, and philanthropic spaces in service of improving the lives of children and families.
Nova Biro is a consultant to mission-driven education technology companies, institutions, and nonprofit organizations focused on developing, promoting and supporting social emotional learning (SEL). She is passionate about the intersection between SEL, equity and technology solutions to help advance, amplify, and scale impact. Nova’s consulting work includes strategic business plans, partnerships, product development, marketing and financial analysis for EdTech companies and nonprofits providing and integrating SEL solutions. In addition, she has co-founded a national network that empowers local advocates to influence and support their communities to implement high-quality SEL and a national council of providers for SEL programs and assessments.
Previously while serving as co-director at Open Circle, Nova led the development and launch of an online professional learning platform and co-authored the 2015 edition of the Open Circle Curriculum. Earlier in her career, Nova led product management teams at technology companies and directed strategic analyses for Fortune 500 companies.
Nova earned an M.B.A. and Certificate in Public Management from Stanford Business School as well as a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and B.S. in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also completed SEED Seminar, a program exploring social change for educational equity, and LeadBoston, a mid-career leadership program focused on equity and social responsibility. Nova is a board member of SEL4MA and World of Wellesley.
Pamela McVeagh-Lally is a philanthropic and non-profit consultant, dedicated to helping all children thrive through building the field of social and emotional learning (SEL) and advancing the effectiveness and impact of SEL-focused organizations. Her clients include school districts, state departments of education, grantmaking foundations, multinational education non-profits and start up social and emotional learning organizations.
Pamela began her career in Philanthropy at NoVo Foundation in New York City, where she became the first manager of the Social and Emotional Learning Initiative. Over her six year tenure, working closely with Robert Sherman, she gained experience designing and managing large-scale education initiatives involving multiple stakeholders including large public school districts, managing a portfolio of 40 grantees, co-developing an Initiative strategic plan, and developing a capacity building grants program for SEL providers.
As Tauck Family Foundation’s Fellow, she led special projects and implemented the Foundation’s social investing strategy to support youth-serving organizations and schools to promote SEL in elementary-aged children from low-income families in Bridgeport, CT. As Associate Director of Dovetail Learning, Pamela led the California-based non-profit’s strategic planning and growth initiatives, oversaw and improved all aspects of operations, including moving to a third party fulfillment system, wrote a three-year business plan to scale the organization’s K-6 SEL program, and co-led a curricula redesign.
Pamela has a background in childcare and the arts and holds a certificate in Grantmaking and Foundations from NYU’s Heyman School of Philanthropy and Fundraising and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otterbein University where she graduated summa cum laude with honors and distinction. She is proud to serve on Tauck Family Foundation’s Advisory Committee.
Robert F. Sherman, Ph.D. has been a leader in philanthropy focused on social and emotional learning for over 25 years, integrating this interest with deep engagement on youth civic activism and social justice teaching/learning. He now works as a consultant to philanthropic foundations and nonprofits in areas of education reform, youth development and leadership, civic engagement, communications and arts education.
Until March 2013 he served as Director, Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning at NoVo Foundation where, along with Pamela McVeagh-Lally, he helped steward a robust, 8 large district learning/teaching initiative, the first major scaled program in the SEL field.
Prior to NoVo, Sherman served as Executive Director of the Action Center to End World Hunger, a division of Mercy Corps where he supervised the agency’s Global Citizen Corps, a youth activist and service program involving thousands of young people from 11 countries who convened in person and online in a yearlong peer-to-peer leadership, learning and service effort focused on local action-taking on global challenges around hunger, poverty, conflict, and human rights.
Sherman founded and directed the national Effective Citizenry program at the Surdna Foundation in New York City, where he served for 15 years. That program was anchored in SEL. Sherman served in the NYC government for 8 years, founding and directing a grassroots-focused division of the Mayor’s office. He graduated from Haverford College, and holds a clinical psychology Ph.D. from the Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University.