Gisele C. Shorter, Ed.D., M.P.A.

Gisele C. Shorter joined the Raikes Foundation as a program officer in 2018.

Over the past 15 years, Gisele has lead youth development, education and community-based organizations through programmatic resets, large-scale culture change initiatives and strategic re-engineering. Most recently, she was the Vice President, Policy and Partner Engagement, at Turnaround for Children, where she led efforts to build awareness, credibility and ensure Turnaround achieved broader impact.

Gisele’s career has been underscored by a deep commitment to affecting positive change in the lives of young people and families. She was a founding member of ROADS Charter High Schools’ executive leadership team – second- chance charter high schools designed to serve the most at-risk young people. She has served on the NYC Mayor’s Office Community School Advisory Board; NYC Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner’s Advisory Panel on Education; and the Juvenile Justice Education and Prevention Workgroup. Gisele is co-author of the PEAK Negotiated Acquisition, a contracted program with the NYC Department of Probation that provides meaningful alternatives to incarceration for juvenile offenders.

Dr. Shorter earned her Ed.D. in health education from Columbia University Teachers College. She holds an M.P.A. from Long Island University and a B.A. from Amherst College. She is a 2014 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow at the Aspen Institute and an active member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


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