About Us

PopEd is the only national program with a strong emphasis on curriculum and professional development for K-12 educators on human population issues.

Meet Our Team

Ben Allen

Senior Education Fellow

Ben is the Population Education Fellow, joining the team after a year studying evolutionary and comparative psychology as a research assistant. He provides support throughout the PopEd program by writing blog posts, corresponding with workshop participants, helping to develop curricula and working on the World of 7 Billion student video contest. Outside the office, Ben loves to play music, experience the outdoors, and find the best places to get ice cream.

Kate Anderson

Education Program Associate

Kate is an Education Program Associate and coordinates workshops, staff trips, and program outreach in many Midwestern and Western states. She has taught middle school science in the DC Public Schools and was a high school math, science and special education teacher in Hawaii. In her spare time, Kate enjoys board games, learning to cook, and keeping her temperamental basil plant alive.

Lindsey Bailey

Teacher Training Manager

As Teacher Training Manager, Lindsey oversees the national Trainers Network. She also coordinates Population Education workshops, staff trips, and program outreach in the northern U.S. states and Canada. Lindsey has been with the PopEd team since 2011, presenting numerous teacher workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. She also has a hand in developing new teacher resources and curricula, and conducts the program’s biennial evaluation. Lindsey enjoys being able to use her teaching background to inspire educators to teach about the many global challenges ahead. When not working with teachers, you can find Lindsey relaxing at home with her husband and spoiled pets, or traveling, camping, or attempting to tame her vegetable garden!

Carol Bliese

Director of Teacher Programs

Carol started with Population Education as a six-month fellow and after some time away from the program, found her way back. Carol coordinates the Population Education workshops, staff trips, and program outreach in the northeastern and mid-atlantic part of the U.S. and leads workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, she is involved with curriculum development, oversees the program website, and directs the World of 7 Billion annual student contest. Being from Wisconsin, Carol is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoys playing board games and listening to live music in her spare time.

Leslie Lewis

Professional Development Coordinator

As the Professional Development Coordinator, Leslie works with school districts, nature centers, and other non-formal sites around the country to coordinate PopEd workshops for educators. She also oversees the PopEd online graduate course and administers the program’s status as a state-level approved PD-provider. Leslie began her career as an elementary teacher and later served as a technology integration specialist, providing professional development for pre-k to 8th grade teachers. Outside of work, Leslie enjoys volunteering for animal rescue events, performing in local musical theater productions, and sings with The Washington Chorus.

Isabelle Rios

Education Program Associate

Isabelle is an Education Program Associate, joining the team following an AmeriCorps term serving as the Education and Outings Coordinator for an Environmental Conservation Program in Asheville, NC. She coordinates the Population Education workshops, staff trips, and program outreach in the southeastern part of the U.S. and leads workshops throughout the states. Isabelle manages the annual World of 7 Billion student video contest in addition to assisting in the preparation of teacher training workshops and curriculum development. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Environmental Studies and enjoys the mountains, listening to records, doing jigsaw puzzles, and watching FSU football.

Ashley Simmons

Education Program Associate

As the Education Program Assistant, Ashley oversees the administrative side of the PopEd program. She is responsible for ensuring tailored sets of workshop materials are provided at our over 700 annual workshops, writing the Population Educator newsletter, filing product orders, and assisting with product marketing. When she’s not at work, Ashley enjoys going to comedy shows, reading and spending quality time with her cat.

Pam Wasserman

Senior Vice President, Education

Pam has been leading Population Education’s team for over 20 years and has been working on population issues since 1987 (when world population was only 5 billion!). Over the years, she’s had the pleasure of engaging with so many fantastic educators from around the country and wonderful colleagues here in D.C. In addition to curriculum development, workshop facilitation, event planning, fundraising, and program outreach, Pam is responsible for the strategic planning of the program’s future. Pam also serves as one of Population Connection’s senior managers.

Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling and skiing with her husband and son, pastel drawing and challenging crossword puzzles.