Meet Our Team
Pete BaileyProfessional Development Coordinator
As the Professional Development Coordinator, Pete works with schools, districts, and non-formal education sites around the country to coordinate PopEd workshops for educators. He also oversees the PopEd online graduate course and administers the program’s status as a state-level approved PD-provider. Prior to joining PopEd, Pete was a teacher and technology coordinator with DC Public Schools. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking local trails, running around the national monuments, and exploring all that DC has to offer.
Lindsey BaileySenior Teacher Training Manager
As the Senior Teacher Training Manager, Lindsey oversees Population Education’s 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 BlieseDirector of Teacher Programs
Carol is PopEd’s Director of Teacher Programs, overseeing the day to day functioning of the workshop program and leading teacher training workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, she is involved with curriculum development, manages the program website, and is part of the World of 7 Billion annual student contest strategic team. 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.
Isabelle RiosSenior Education Program Associate
Isabelle is a Senior Education Program Associate and coordinates the Population Education workshops, staff trips, and program outreach in the southeastern part of the U.S. She and leads workshops throughout the states and manages the annual World of 7 Billion student video contest. Prior to joining PopEd, Isabelle served as the Education and Outings Coordinator for an Environmental Conservation Program in Asheville, NC. 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.
Laura ShortEducation Program Associate
Laura is an Education Program Associate and coordinates workshops, staff trips, and program outreach in many Midwestern and Western states. She has extensive experience in outdoor education having worked as an outdoor educator, program coordinator, and associate director at Nature’s Classroom in Massachusetts, and most recently taught a middle school environmental education elective that she designed. In her spare time, Laura loves relaxing with a good book, playing outside with her wife and daughter, and like a good Texan, smoking barbeque and riding horses.
Ashley SimmonsEducation Program Assistant
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 WassermanSenior 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.
Abby WatkinsEducation Fellow
Abby is the Population Education Fellow, joining the team after teaching university English in Hong Kong and earning her degree at UCLA. She provides support throughout the PopEd program by working on the World of 7 Billion student video contest, writing blog posts, corresponding with workshop participants and helping to develop curricula. Outside the office, Abby enjoys listening to podcasts, traveling, and hiking through national parks.
Rafael is an Education Program Associate, coordinating workshops, staff trips, and program outreach in northeastern and mid-Atlantic state and assisting with the World of 7 Billion student video contest. He comes to PopEd after serving as a Trainer with the Posse Foundation, offering support to students in their matriculation from high school through college and into their professional careers. He has also organized and led experiential education programs through Heifer International. Raf is from Washington D.C. and enjoys spending time volunteering at his local community garden, practicing photography, and playing recreational soccer.