Leibsohn & Associates has brought together a talented and diverse team with the ability to support strategic development and communication for any corporate, non-profit, or public agency. The team has a combined 250 years of experience in high level executive positions in government, the non-profit sector, and Fortune 500 companies. Expertise among team members includes organizational development, strategic communication, philanthropic strategy, policy development, high-level writing, national campaign creation and execution, program design, curriculum development, crisis management, executive coaching, systems reform, partnership development, and much more.
This wide range of expertise and backgrounds allows clients to receive a customized, tailored approach and scope of work to support their needs. The variety of capabilities, personalities, and ideas within the firm offers an inspiring and rich experience for clients to get honest and personalized service with outcomes that matter. Click any of the names below to view their respective biographies.
Elaine Leibsohn began her career in the finance sector working for Morgan Stanley and Groupama Asset Management. Ms. Leibsohn has worked for a variety of companies with a fundraising/community relations/strategic partnerships/organizational development focus, including: America’s Promise Alliance, National 4-H Council, Special Olympics, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Ritz Carlton, Boys & Girls Clubs, Second Genesis, Playworks, Walden Media, Arizona Charter School Association, Trinity College and After School All-Stars.
In addition to leading, facilitating and convening many national and local conversations in the United States and South Africa, Ms. Leibsohn has contributed to the development of several curriculums, white papers, books, research projects and campaigns focused on education, strategic corporate philanthropy and youth engagement strategies in America.
She has been a featured speaker at numerous national conferences, including the National Middle School Association, America’s Promise Alliance, National Youth Leadership Council, Youth Service America, Operation Hope, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the US Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Leibsohn is a graduate of the University of Maryland. She currently serves, in a advisory capacity, with Oxford Leadership Academy, The Greatest Pitch, National Youth Leadership Council, The Ritz Carlton’s Community Footprints Initiative (Succeed Through Service), BOOST, Creative States with Sir Ken Robinson, Critical Exposure, TEEN TRUTH and the National Service-learning Partnership.
Elaine’s favorite place to be is in a school. She has trained teachers all over the country on how to implement service-learning strategies. In 2010, she taught, for 2 semesters, a class of “at risk” students at Supia Middle School in Scottsdale, AZ.
Lisa Graham Keegan has spent 11 years as Principal Partner at the Keegan Company, where she leads numerous projects, writes, and speaks on critical issues in American education. Keegan's expertise and outspoken nature have made her a sought after education reform expert who has worked with national education leaders, the media, U.S. Congress, state legislative bodies, business groups, policy organizations, community groups, and the education industry.
Mrs. Keegan specializes in emerging markets in American education, and led the development and launch of the Education Breakthrough Network, an online community for all organizations and individuals who offer or support evolving school choices. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor to National School Choice Week.
From 2004 through 2010, she advised numerous private companies, non-profit organizations, and worked briefly as an assistant County Manager in Maricopa County, AZ before being asked to serve as education advisor and spokesperson for the McCain 2008 campaign for president. In 2010, she co-authored the education chapter for Newt Gingrich’s bestseller, “To Save America”.
Mrs. Keegan was Chief Executive Officer of the Education Leaders Council (ELC) in Washington DC from 2001 until 2004. Prior to ELC, Mrs. Keegan spent a decade serving as an Arizona state offiial, where she led the state's education reform movement. She was the elected state school chief from 1995 to 2001 and from 1991 to 1994 she served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the House Education Committee and authored much of Arizona's education reform legislation in the early 1990's.
In Arizona, Mrs. Keegan advanced clear and challenging academic standards gauged by publicly transparent assessments, and fought successfully for the implementation of school choice, including Arizona's landmark charter school and tuition tax credit laws. She also led efforts to revise the state’s school finance formulas to reflect a commitment to equal access and choice of schools…a job she considers unfinished.
Mrs. Keegan's leadership in Arizona earned her a national reputation as a strong advocate for student-based education policies. In March of 1999, Drs. Milton and Rose Friedman personally presented Mrs. Keegan with the first Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation Award for Leadership in Educational Choice. She was honored in the same year by the National Republican Women Leaders Forum as Educator of the Year. In 2000, she was education advisor to the John McCain Campaign for President, and was later interviewed by President-Elect Bush for the job of US Secretary of Education. In June of 2011, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce presented her with their Milton Freidman Award for visionary leadership in Arizona.
Her work has appeared or been cited in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Newsweek, Forbes Magazine, Education Week, and Phoenix Magazine. She has also discussed education issues on NPR, The PBS News Hour, Fox News Channel, CNBC, and local stations nationwide. She serves as national chairman of The Century Council, and on the boards of the National Association for Charter School Authorizers, Teach for America/Phoenix, Boy Scouts of America/Grand Canyon Council, Arizona Charter Schools Association, and the Diversity Leadership Institute.
Mrs. Keegan graduated from Stanford University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in human language. She earned a Masters Degree in communications disorders from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1983. Keegan lives in Peoria with her husband, former Justice of the Peace John Keegan, who also served as Mayor of Peoria, Arizona for a decade. They have five children and two grandsons.
Mr. Chaltain is a DC-based educator and organizational change consultant. He works with schools, school districts, and public and private sector companies to help them create healthy, high-functioning learning environments. Mr. Chaltain’s writings have appeared in both magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Education Week and USA Today. A periodic contributor to CNN and MSNBC, Sam is also the author or co-author of several books, including The First Amendment in Schools (ASCD, 2003), First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights (Oxford University Press, 2006), American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).
Mr. Chaltain has a Master’s degree in American Studies from the College of William & Mary, an MBA from George Washington University, and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Dr. Edwards is an expert in the areas of middle grades education, school improvement, classroom assessment, and the connection between dropout prevention and middle grades education. Dr. Edwards most recently served as Executive Director of the National Middle School Association (NMSA), the nation’s largest professional association focusing specifically on the education of young adolescents.
Previous to this position, Dr. Edwards served as the vice president for testing and professional development for Measured Progress, a non-profit provider of customized assessment and professional development on various areas of assessment. In that position she worked in cross-company teams and directed the work of departments responsible for item development and graphic design/publications for both customized and off-the-shelf assessments. She was also responsible for professional development for educators around summative and formative assessment. Prior experience also includes service as a middle grades teacher, school and district administrator, and Kentucky Department of Education’s director of curriculum and assessment development during Kentucky's historic educational reform initiative in the 1990s. Dr. Edwards has also served twice as the chair of the Alliance for Curriculum Reform and is past president of both the National Middle School Association and the Kentucky Middle School Association. Dr. Edwards has served on numerous advisory boards, including America’s Promise, The League, and the National Youth Leadership Council, and she currently serves on the National Education Leaders Network for Special Olympics. Dr. Edwards holds a Masters and Doctorate from the University of Louisville.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a website inspired by her involvement with many civic, business, and community events and organizations. Pamela’s Punch began in November of 2006, and is now acclaimed as the place for getting the “who, what, when, where” of Washington, DC’s social and philanthropic scene and in 2011 opened an L.A. office. Recently, Pamela’s Punch was picked as a Top Ten Blogs of Washington DC by Capitol File magazine. In addition, Pamela does freelance media, speaking, and event hosting engagements.
After moving with her family to the metro area in 1990, Pamela attended the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA where she was a Tri-Delta and earned a B.A. in Speech Communications. She continued to reside in the northern Virginia area post-graduation and began her career in sales and business development for a number of industries, including defense contracting, professional services, telecommunications, and executive networking. Pamela played in an integral part in the revenue stream growth and success of Net2000 Communications, ExecutiveBiz – where she became Partner – and the Potomac Officers Club. She was a founding Board Trustee of the Northern Virginia Technology Foundation, now EqualFooting and a member of the CharityWorks Advisory Board.
As an active member in the non-profit community, Pamela has been involved in fundraising and media outreach for the countless charities with a local, national and global focus. Currently, she serves in leadership positions on the boards of American News Women's Club, Refugees International Young Humanitarian Circle, Trust for the National Mall L'Enfant Society, Washington Humane Society Fashion for Paws: Executive Committee Member, and Once Upon a Prom.
Some of her television highlights include appearances on FOX News Channel, Planet Green's, "Emeril Green" with Emeril Lagasse, and Lindsay Volkswagen’s “Sign Then Drive” commercial in D.C. Pamela contributed to Washington Life magazine with her article in SUNDANCETWENTYTEN, was picked by DC Modern Luxury magazine as the Top 10 Blogs of 2009 and and was chosen by Washingtonian as one of “Washington’s 25 Most Beautiful People” in 2002..
Cheryl S. Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), a nonprofit organization that preserves and collects oral histories of accomplished African American elders to unite the generations and create a blueprint for the leaders of tomorrow. Ms. Clarke is a seasoned executive with a proven record of success. At NVLP she was responsible for strategic planning, setting strategy, fund development, financial operations, board and program management, marketing and stakeholder relations.
Prior to joining NVLP in April 2008, Clarke worked for 24 years at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) in several senior management positions. Her most recent stint at Freddie Mac was senior director of the Freddie Mac Foundation Investment and Programs area where she oversaw the investment of $30M annually in the Washington, DC metropolitan region and nationally. At Freddie Mac, Clarke worked as director of communications in Community Relations, director of the first office of diversity, and director of human resources and business support services in the Atlanta and Dallas operations. In these roles she built infrastructure, led high-performing teams, cultivated organizational, board and external relationships, and developed successful strategies to achieve business and organizational goals.
Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Clarke spent seven years as director and teacher at a D.C. public school special education satellite program of the Bundy Crisis Intervention Center for emotionally and behaviorally challenged boys in Washington, DC.
Clarke serves on the boards of the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) and is a member of Leadership Greater Washington.
Ms. Clarke is a graduate of the American University in Washington, DC with a BA in Psychology and has done graduate coursework in special education at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD.