Our Team

Our operational team includes individuals based at Princeton University,
institutional partners, and external collaborators.

ReachUp USA at Princeton University

Thomas J. Espenshade, Project Director, PhD, Princeton University, is a Senior Scholar in the Office of Population Research, Princeton University. He has a broad background in social demography and higher education research. His book, No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal, received a 2011 award from the American Sociological Association for the best book in the sociology of education.

Sally Mabon, Project Manager, has worked in both the non-profit and government sectors on social policy with a focus on early care and education and child welfare. She holds an MPP from the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy, as well as a BA from Brown University. Sally is the President of the Board of UNOW Day Nursery, a child care program that serves Princeton University.

Maritza I. Raimundi-Petroski, holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public Affairs and Administration and a post-graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Maritza currently serves as the Division Director for Maternal Child Health and Family Support Services for The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey in Trenton, NJ.

Lizette Kristiansen Taguchi, Technology Consultant, is a PhD student in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University with extensive experience with randomized controlled trials and research design.

Ryan O’Mara, is an MD-PhD scholar at Princeton University and the University of Florida, College of Medicine, where he studies how early experiences shape children's brain development.

Jeffrey Orleans, BA, JD, Yale University, was Executive Director of the Ivy League from 1984 to 2009, following 13 years as a federal civil rights attorney and in the University of North Carolina President’s Office. He now consults to NCAA leagues and institutions in the areas of gender equity and athletics integrity. He has extensive experience on the boards of two Princeton-area foundations.

Benedikt von Schröder, has been active in various capacities at a senior level in corporate finance and private equity over the past 30 years. Since 2012 he has shifted focus to venture capital working as an angel investor and mentor out of Princeton. His investment focus is Life Science, Digital Health and Education-tech.

Joseph Seldner, BA, MS, Columbia, MBA Yale is a writer, media, entertainment, business and politics veteran who has produced movies and television for HBO and Paramount Pictures. He was creative executive to actor Tom Hanks, Assistant to the President of Columbia Pictures, and chief speechwriter for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine.

Iustina Craciun, is an undergraduate student in Princeton University’s Class of 2018 with a major in Economics and certificates in Finance and Computer Science. She comes to Princeton from Romania and serves as a Prospect Researcher for the ReachUp USA team.

National and international partners

We are working with institutional partners to bring our vision to life.

  • The original ReachUp team at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Professor Susan Walker and her colleagues have extensive experience adapting the ReachUp program to other countries.
  • The Children's Home Society of New Jersey, a social service agency that has developed deep ties in the Trenton community.
  • YDUN, a social venture co-founded by one of our team members. YDUN builds productivity and data tools for social work and will be responsible for software development.

The work of the Princeton team is augmented and strengthened by a panel of internationally recognized external collaborators, including experts in early childhood development, home visitation programs, neuroscience, and relevant fields in program evaluation, economics, and medicine. Their initial advice already has refined and focused our adaption, operational and evaluation plans: they have been uniformly enthusiastic about ReachUp USA’s potential and they share our belief that it can change lives.