- Department of Early Education and Care
Media Contact for Board of Early Education and Care Announces Three New Members
Martha Waldron, Communications Director, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
Boston — Governor Charlie Baker recently appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care Paul Belsito, executive director of the Springfield-based Irene & George Davis Foundation, Jamella Lee, chief people officer at Jumpstart, and Mora Segal, entrepreneur-in-residence at A-Street Ventures.
“I am very pleased to welcome Paul, Jamella, and Mora to the Early Education and Care Board,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. “They bring extensive experience in education, and we look forward to their ideas and perspectives.”
“We welcome these very strong additions to the EEC Board at this critical moment,” said Board Chair Nonie Lesaux. “Their collective expertise and insights will be invaluable in support of the agency’s work to support the Commonwealth’s children on a path toward lifelong success.”
“We’re delighted to welcome these new board members, each of whom will bring important perspectives to the work of EEC,” said Early Education and Care Commissioner Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, “I very much look forward to working with these talented leaders who bring valuable energy and expertise to the vital work of the Board.”
The Department of Early Education and Care's mission is to support the healthy growth and development of all children by providing high-quality programs and resources for families and communities.
Board member biographies:
Paul Belsito is the executive director of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation. Paul was appointed in the spring of 2020 to advance the Foundation’s work and mission in Hampden County and to reaffirm the Foundation’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and equity in education. His proactive vision, strategic direction, and his track record of success in community organizing and mission-driven philanthropy will enhance and further define the Foundation’s legacy and work as Hampden County comes out of a critical period and enters a transformational moment that will define the region for generations to come.
Paul has served on several boards and commissions over his career and currently serves on the Board of Educare Springfield, the board of advisors for the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, and a member of the steering committee of the Early Childhood Funder Collaborative. Committed to racial and gender equity, he is a recent alum of Capital Collaborative, a program of Camelback Ventures, which brings together leading philanthropists across the country to deepen their commitment to equitable grantmaking.
After graduating from Cornell University, Jamella served as a corps member and service leader at City Year of Columbus, OH. While earning her master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she worked as an elementary school teacher at King Elementary School in Cambridge, MA; worked as a facilitator in the Harvard Summer Literacy Institute; and as a literacy teacher at the Dorchester Neighborhood Charter School. Upon graduating, at the behest of former President Clinton and President Nelson Mandela, she moved to South Africa to manage the Clinton Democracy Fellowship at City Year, helping to lead that organization’s first international expansion initiative. After several years in South Africa, Jamella returned to the United States to work as a vice president of communications and professional development for the Ohio Charter School Association and vice president of development and special initiatives at Concept Schools in Chicago.
In 2010, Jamella earned a Juris Doctor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, a program for which she was the Katherine C. Jones Scholarship recipient and was also awarded the Marsha Schermer Scholarship by the Columbus Bar Foundation. Jamella moved to Massachusetts in 2018 to take on the role of VP of People & Culture at Jumpstart. Jamella deeply believes in Jumpstart’s mission and vision that “every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.” In September, Jamella took on the role of Chief People Officer at Jumpstart, providing human capital leadership to the organization as it seeks to build a more equitable education system for children.
Mora Segal is an entrepreneur-in-residence at A-Street Ventures, an initiative focused on seeding and scaling innovative K-12 student learning and achievement solutions for students, families, and schools. Previously, Mora was the CEO of Achievement Network (ANet), an organization dedicated to ensuring students in marginalized communities have access to meaningful, high-quality instruction. Over the course of her ten years leading the organization, ANet supported thousands of K-12 schools and systems nationwide with data-driven instruction, instructional leadership coaching, and the implementation of curriculum, assessment, and professional learning systems. Mora led the organization's growth from 60,000 students in 5 states to 350,000 students in 29 states while deepening its impact on students. Her organization was recognized multiple times by the Non-Profit Times as one of the best places to work.
Prior to ANet, Mora held leadership roles at College Summit (now PeerForward) and SchoolSports (which became ESPN-Rise). She is a proud AmeriCorps Alumna and Coro Foundation Fellow. She is the board chair of the Eli and Phyllis Segal Citizen Leadership Program, a board member of Open Up Resources, a Leap of Reason Ambassador, and a Pahara-Aspen Fellow. Mora received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Yale University. She resides in Newton with her husband and two daughters.
About the Board of Early Education and Care:
The Board of Early Education and Care oversees the administration of early education and care and out-of-school time programs in Massachusetts. Under the Board's oversight and regulations, the Department of Early Education and Care licenses child care programs, residential programs, and adoption/foster care placement agencies; provides financial assistance for over 56,000 children to attend high-quality programs that support their growth, development, and learning; and provides information and referral services, inclusive programming for children with special needs, parenting and family support, and professional development opportunities for early educators. The Board of Early Education and Care's mission is to provide a system of early education and care and out-of-school time in Massachusetts that provides all children with the necessary foundation for healthy and positive educational development and lifelong success. For more information on the Board of Early Education and Care, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/board-of-early-education-and-care.