ThirdWay convenes and manages teams of experts aligned to the goals of each engagement. Part of our model is to activate leaders within client organizations to meet their goals. This approach keeps TWS staffing and overhead costs low and maximizes the chance that changes continue long after the duration of our work.
Our team (in alphabetical order) includes:
Founder and CEO
Cami Anderson is a six-time chief executive of high-profile organizations who has spent more than 25 years leading systems change and supporting high-capacity CEOs and their teams to disrupt the status quo in pursuit of equity.
Cami has built and led seven teams, including two complete start-ups, two early concept-to-scale builds, two high-profile government turnarounds, and a campaign. Over the past five years, she has coached over 20 C-suite teams across a variety of sectors and around the country, helping elevate both individual and peak performance with an approach that provides technical support through an adaptive growth lens.
She served as superintendent of schools for nearly 10 years, first in New York City and then in Newark, where she received national attention for improving student outcomes and pushing innovation. She co-founded ROADS, a network of charter high schools and advocates dedicated to court-involved youth. Anderson was executive director of Teach For America New York, chief program officer of New Leaders for New Schools, and issues director for Cory Booker.
Cami is widely published—from the Wall Street Journal to USA Today—and is a contributor for Forbes where her column, In The Room, spotlights trailblazing female leaders. She’s a member of the Aspen Global Leaders Initiative and served as a scholar in residence at Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. She won the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership, received a national Points of Light award for service and was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2022, she received a lifetime achievement award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change for her leadership in making a more “just, humane, equitable, and peaceful world.”
She is the sister to eleven, a former middle school teacher, a volunteer soccer coach, a Title IX activist, a youth theatre director, an amateur triathlete, and a TEDx speaker. She, her partner, and her son love outdoor adventures, board games, and road trips.
Managing Partner, Corporate Services and New Initiatives
April Dinwoodie is an accomplished corporate marketing and branding professional who turned nationally recognized thought leader on adoption and foster care. From creating a mentoring program for youth in foster care to
April Dinwoodie is a nationally recognized thought leader on adoption and foster care. From creating a mentoring program for youth in foster care to becoming the CEO of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), April is fiercely dedicated to creating connections and insisting on a more transparent conversation about healthy identity development, as well as recognizing the power of integrating systems that support children and families.
During her tenure at DAI, April launched Let’s Adopt Reform, an initiative to spark a national conversation about adoption and foster care that included a Town Hall Tour, a large-scale public opinion survey and a comprehensive qualitative report. For over 15 years her specialized mentoring program, Adoptment, has been creating lifelong bonds with adopted adults and young people in foster care. April is also an accomplished corporate marketing and branding professional who engages audiences and connects with consumers, and has worked with a number of high-profile companies, including Nine West, Kenneth Cole, J.C. Penney and JetBlue. She has brought to life large-scale activations, including the 84th Annual Academy Awards fan experience, a “Joining Forces” event for teens with Michelle Obama and The Ellen Show, as well as the launch of JetBlue’s A321 Aircraft. You can learn more about April’s work at Aprildinwoodie.com.
Jen has spent her career supporting education reform leaders and their initiatives—from concept to implementation. She served as a program manager and director of special projects for the largest after-school initiative in the country, The After School Corporation. She was the deputy director of New Leaders for New Schools’ New York City program, where she coached aspiring principal residents in developing partnerships for their schools. She also served as president of the board of trustees for Morningside Montessori School. Jen has a B.F.A. from Clark University and an M.P.A. from New York University. She lives in New York City with her family.
Billy is an expert educator and change agent in schools. He brings 20 years’ experience to the ThirdWay team, providing executive coaching to principals and their leadership teams in Memphis, Los Angeles, and districts throughout Louisiana. He was the founding executive director at both Teach For America in Atlanta and New Leaders for New Schools in Memphis. For more than a decade, he held leadership positions in D.C. Public Schools, including principal of the Charles Hart Middle School, director of school leadership on the Chancellor’s Transition Team, and deputy chief of innovation. Billy combines his strengths as an effective listener and talent developer with a deep commitment to race and equity, to develop the skill and will of adults working with children.
Ruben served as the Executive Director of Community Affairs and Engagement at Newark Public Schools and lauRuben served as the executive director of community affairs and engagement at Newark Public Schools and launched the district’s first Family Support Center. His strong belief in stakeholder engagement and partnership development enabled him to collaborate with elected officials and philanthropic partners. Prior to his work in Newark, Ruben served as a director for several nonprofits, serving as a site-based coordinator for organizations connecting families to schools. During the small-schools movement in New York City, Ruben supported 10 design teams from concept to launch. Ruben continues to add value to conversations while bridging the gap between families and the organizations that impact them.
Contributor and Coach
Kavita Singh Gilchrist is a connector and an organizer with 18 years of experience leading teams, designing programs, delivering technology access and training initiatives and facilitating diversity and inclusion efforts. She served as program director at New Visions for Public Schools in New York City, the Marcus Foster Institute in Oakland and at the NYC Department of Education, and was executive director of both the Community Technology Centers’ Network in D.C. and Computers for Youth in New York. Kavita has a B.S. from Drexel University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is an active volunteer and works to build more inclusive communities through diverse books. She lives in Harlem in New York City with her family.
Jared Robinson is an expert in corporate culture and teambuilding. He is a professionally trained improv performer, actor and Division I athlete turned social entrepreneur, event producer, facilitator, and coach. Jared brings insight into organizational and interpersonal dynamics, coaching adults to work across differences – of opinions, race, class and other identities – and to respond to change. Jared’s professional experiences, facilitating learning for diverse teams from Fortune 500 companies to homeless shelters, has given him unique insight into how to improve the productivity of teams.
Insightful, patient, nuanced and motivating, Jared inspires trust and actively creates safe spaces for adults to engage in difficult conversations, learn new skills, and build cohesive teams. He has lived all over the country – from Akron, Ohio to Harlem, New York. A proud father, he and his partner now reside in Santa Monica, California.