Meet the Staff

Meet the Children's Programs Staff

 Kayla Jackson headshotKayla Jackson – Project Director
Kayla Jackson joined AASA in June of 2011 to serve as Project Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded coordinated school health project, Strengthening School Administrator Support for Coordinated School Health. She currently leads the 2015-2017 Alternative School Breakfast Initiative, which provides funding and technical assistance to increase school breakfast participation in participating districts throughout the United States.

 Prior to joining AASA, Jackson was the Vice President of Programs at the National Network for Youth where she had responsibility for all programmatic activities at NN4Y; oversight of two federal cooperative agreements; and all aspects of the annual national membership conference. She has over twenty years experience in the areas of women’s health and HIV/AIDS with solid experience in program management, training, facilitation, and materials development in the areas of HIV prevention and treatment, comprehensive school health, and organizational development. She has extensive background in women’s and adolescent health, particularly the health needs of women of color, youth, and youth at high risk for negative health outcomes, relating to reproductive health, breast cancer, and sexually transmitted infections/HIV. Jackson received her bachelors degree in English from Mount Holyoke College and a masters in public administration from New York University.

Bryan Joffe headshotBryan Joffe - Project Director
Bryan Joffe is the Project Director of Education and Youth Development for AASA. He leads AASA’s efforts in Innovative Teacher Professional Development funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working to assist districts in redesigning teacher PD and highlighting the need for school systems to revamp professional development systems and structures. He also leads AASA’s school discipline reform and school climate efforts to highlight discipline disparities and reform strategies. In 2012, Bryan was named a Trustee of the America's Promise Alliance and served on the Council of State Government Justice Center’s School Discipline Consensus Project. He received a BA from Tulane University and a Master of Public Affairs from Brown University. He joined AASA in October 2009.