Staff and Interns
Susan Gobreski is the Executive Director of Education Voters Institute in Pennsylvania, formed in 2007 to advance public education policy through civic engagement and participation, as well as increase accountability to education issues. She has worked in issue advocacy and issue based electoral engagement for 20 years, running strategic policy and election campaigns, doing grassroots organizing and providing leadership development and training for individuals and organizations. She is an EPLC Fellow (class of 2009), part of the national Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) program, at the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) in Pennsylvania.
She has worked for several national issue organizations, including the League of Conservation Voters (2001-06) where she served as PA State Director and National Campaign Director and has worked on women’s health issues and spent 11 years at Clean Water Action, where she did field organizing and community organizing around refinery issues in low income communities. She has also advised political campaigns. Ms. Gobreski served for 2 years as a member of the faculty of the Center for Progressive Leadership, developing and conducting leadership training and coaching for the State Political Leaders Fellowship. She currently serves on the board of the PA Women’s Campaign Fund (PWCF), a bi-partisan effort to help elect women in PA and she provides training and strategic planning support for other organizations, including national and state based environmental groups. She has served on the boards of PA LCV, the Women’s Health and Environmental Network (WHEN) and numerous advisory and steering committees.
She has served on the Board of Trustees of Independence Charter School, a Philadelphia public charter school, for 5 years (2002-2007); serving as Treasurer, VP and President. She was an appointee to the PA Dept of Education Title 1 Statewide Advisory Committee (SPAC) as Vice Chair (2003-2004). Ms. Gobreski holds a BA in Political Science from Temple University and a fund raising certification from the Non-Profit Center at LaSalle University. She has three children in public school and her husband is a teacher in the Philadelphia public school system.
Yesenia Rosado comes to Education Voters of Pennsylvania with a decade of experience in state government, non-profit advocacy and political campaigns. Most recently, Yesenia worked at the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Technology Investment Office where she assisted in the management of the Keystone Innovation Zone program, the Keystone Innovation Grant program and the KIZ Tax Credits. Prior to working at DCED, Yesenia was part of the Governor Office and worked closely with the Secretary of Policy and Planning.
Prior to serving in the Rendell Administration, Yesenia worked on political campaigns on the federal, state and local levels. Yesenia also served as a Housing Program Coordinator for Big Brother’s Big Sisters in Montgomery County, PA serving youth in the foster care system. Yesenia is a Political Science graduate of Albright College in Reading Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at Shippensburg University. Yesenia currently resides in Harrisburg.
Valerie is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania double majoring in Urban Studies and Africana Studies with a focus on education. She is particularly interested in teacher and school leadership effectiveness. In her free time she can usually be found in a dance studio with Penn Dance or reading.
Gerrit is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying political science and French. He is an amateur jazz musician and hopes to work in education policy following graduation in May.
Jill is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a concentration in Choice and Behavior, and minoring in Consumer Psychology. She is interested in the nonprofit sector and hopes to one day become a lawyer. In her spare time, Jill enjoys reading, exercising, and baking.
Moses is an education policy masters student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education with a specific focus on urban school reform. After graduation he hopes to become involved in urban school policy. When he is not in school Moses loves a good bike ride.
Anotonyo is a sophomore at Mastery Charter, Shoemaker High. Captain of a marathon running team and football team, he hopes to become a sports manager, personal trainer, or ultimately play in the NFL.