About
Our Team

Our Team

Innovare is powered by a diverse team of experts that builds analytics and strategic planning tools to support education leaders make good decisions and drive positive impact in their communities.
 Leadership and learning are
indispensable to one another
John F. Kennedy 
Co-Founder + CEO
A former educator, school improvement coach, data strategist in Chicago Public Schools, and consultant at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AJ is Innovare’s first founder and CEO. AJ was recognized as a 2016 National EPic alumnus of Education Pioneers, is an inaugural fellow of The Surge Institute, and a recent alumnus of Stanford’s Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative. He is also an admirer of the art of Frida Kahlo.
Co-Founder + CGO
A former engineer, Accenture product development consultant, and Google product development manager, Fer is a co-founder and serves as our Chief Growth Officer. Fer has been featured on Forbes for his Product School training and successful side hustle, is a loyal Mexican soccer fanatic, Education Pioneers alumnus, and proud Michigan Wolverine (go blue!).
Co-Founder + President
A private sector transplant, former data strategist in Chicago Public Schools, Education Pioneers & Surge Institute alumnus, and graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Social Innovation Design, Nick is co-founder, President, sales, and social innovation leader. He is a self-proclaimed data geek, a great relationship-builder, and a proud Chicago native. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family, friends, and dog Pomegranate.
Chief of Staff to the CEO
Sasha has been an educator for over 20 years. She has held roles as a central office administrator, founding administrator at the first inclusive private school in NYC, adjunct college professor and educational consultant where Special Education, differentiated instruction and leadership have been high priorities. Sasha is excited to support leaders and continue to impact the lives of children in their educational journeys as the Chief of Staff to the CEO.
Full Stack Engineer
At Innovare, Cuauh leverages his passion for collaboration and learning into the world of software development where he builds products that will have a positive social impact on people who use them. Prior to joining Innovare, Cuauh was a teacher for a decade. In both roles, Cuauh is a staunch advocate for providing everyone access to a high-quality education.
Director of Marketing
A graduate of Brown University, a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, former Googler, and recent recipient of a Masters of Public Policy from UCLA, Diana is the Director of Marketing at Innovare. Originally from Chicago, Diana is a firm believer in the power of education to level the playing field. Her main passions include bridging the educational divide, diversity inclusion, and designing programs for social impact using technology.
Partnerships & Growth Strategist
Adam has a diverse background - from education, non-profit, to private sectors. He began his career as a choir and drama teacher, later holding leadership roles in Business Development, Marketing and Fundraising. Adam holds an MBA (Social Impact Emphasis) from Loyola University, M.A. in Vocal Performance and B.A. in Music Education. Adam is thrilled to help Innovare thrive and empower leaders to use data for good and to create positive change in their communities.
Data Strategist
Danny has worked in data analysis for more than 8 years. He worked with Chicago Public Schools for three years, first as a data analyst and then as the data team lead for his department. Prior to his work in education, he worked for two advertising agencies, which concluded with two years as a senior analyst in the marketing sciences department. Danny is excited to bring his data expertise to Innovare to help schools and school districts use their data more effectively to improve their students’ educational experiences and outcomes.
Data Strategist
Willy has worked in education for over a decade. He has a breadth of experience teaching and mentoring across many educational contexts and age groups. Whether teaching fifth-graders in New York City, adults returning to education in France, or mentoring some of the highest achieving high schoolers around, his focus has always been on figuring out how the power of collaboration helps us all move forward. He taught himself all of his technical skills in an effort to improve student and teacher-facing tools. He looks forward to using his role as a Data Strategist to help engage the entire Innovare ecosystem toward a common objective.
Jr. Full Stack Engineer
Bob transitioned to software engineering after 10 years working in education. He has supported educators at the college/university level through a professional association and in student services where he also taught undergraduate courses in religious studies. Pursuing a goal to teach at the high school level, he taught 9th grade World Religions for 5 years and discovered a passion for education technology. Bob is excited to use that passion to help others and support the next generation of leaders.
Jr. Full Stack Engineer
Ian is a graduate of Fullstack Academy’s software engineering bootcamp. Prior to pursuing a more tech-focused path, he directed test preparation programs and coached students through the standardized testing process at schools on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. An avid musician, he also freelances as a composer for theater and film and performs with various musical groups around New York City. Ian is thrilled for the opportunity to exercise his tech skills at Innovare in the service of positive change in education.
Adrian (AJ) DeLeón
Co-Founder + CEO
Fernando DeLeón
Co-Founder + CGO
Nick Freeman
Co-Founder + President
Sasha Silverman
Chief of Staff to the CEO
Cuauh Rodriguez
Full Stack Engineer
Diana Garcia
Director of Marketing
Adam Shafer
Partnerships & Growth Strategist
Danny Miller
Data Strategist
Willy Golden
Data Strategist
Bob Killion
Jr. Full Stack Engineer
Ian Milliken
Jr. Full Stack Engineer

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