Meet Our Team
Pete BaileyProfessional Development Associate
As the Professional Development Associate, 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 BaileyEducation Network Director
As the Education Network Director, Lindsey oversees all aspects of Population Education’s network of volunteer trainers and facilitators. 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, facilitating over 350 teacher workshops and webinars. She also assists with developing new teacher resources and curricula, oversees aspects of PopEd’s marketing, 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 BlieseSenior Director of Teacher Programs
Carol is PopEd’s Director of Teacher Programs, overseeing the day to day functioning of the workshop program. She facilitates teacher training workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has lead over 700 workshops in her 10+ years with the program. Additionally, she is involved with curriculum development, manages the program website and blog, 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 volleyball in her spare time.
Sandy JosephEducation Fellow
Sandy is the Population Education Fellow, joining the team after working in global education and teaching abroad. She provides support throughout the PopEd program by working on the World of 7 Billion student video contest, helping develop curricula, writing blog posts and corresponding with workshop participants. In her free time, you can find Sandy watching crime documentaries and cooking Haitian food, if she isn’t volunteering with high schoolers on college prep and career readiness.
Isabelle RiosStudent Engagement Specialist
Isabelle is PopEd’s Student Engagement Specialist and manages the annual World of 7 Billion student video contest – planning, marketing, and overseeing all aspects of the annual event. 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 also oversees the partnerships between PopEd and APES/APHG Summer Institutes. Laura 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.
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 Program Associate
Abby is an Education Program Associate and coordinates the Population Education workshops, staff trips, and program outreach in the southeastern part of the U.S. She leads workshops throughout the States and is involved with the World of 7 Billion student video contest. Abby previously served as the Population Education Fellow. Outside the office, Abby enjoys listening to podcasts, traveling, and hiking through national parks.
Imani WilliamsEducation Program Assistant
As the Education Program Assistant, Imani 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. In her free time, Imani enjoys trail running, hiking and watching NBA games.
Rafael WoldeabEducation Program Associate
Rafael is an Education Program Associate, coordinating workshops, staff trips, and program outreach in northeastern and mid-Atlantic states 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.