NCSD Staff


Gina Chirichigno, NCSD Director

Gina Chirichigno specializes in school integration policy and organizing at the national, state, and local levels. She directs the National Coalition on School Diversity, housed at Poverty and Race Research Action Council. She originally joined PRRAC’s staff as co-director of One Nation Indivisible, a documentation and organizing project. Past employers include: Sheff Movement, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (The Ohio State University), Charles Hamilton Houston Institute (Harvard Law School), and Education Action. She earned degrees from Hampshire College and Howard University School of Law. She served on Massachusetts’ Racial Imbalance Advisory Council (2009-2014) and was a founding member of Teacher Activist Group Boston.


Jenna Tomasello, Communications Manager

With a background in education policy, research, events, and communications, Jenna Tomasello serves as NCSD’s communications consultant. Prior to NCSD, Jenna was an associate director at The Hatcher Group, a full-service communications and marketing firm headquartered in Bethesda, MD that works with education and other mission-driven clients. In that role, Jenna supported strategic communications and events for a variety of nonprofit, foundation, and government clients. She also previously worked as a policy associate at the American Youth Policy Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan convening organization based in Washington, D.C., focused on education, workforce, and youth policy issues. Jenna is also the co-founder and president of Learn Together, Live Together, which is also a member organization of NCSD. Jenna has a background in philosophy and legal studies and holds a master’s degree in educational policy from the University of Rochester Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. As a product of public schools and a first-generation college student, Jenna is a fierce advocate for school integration and has always held a deep appreciation for education and the opportunities it has afforded her.


Poverty and Race Research Action Council staff members also help staff NCSD. Read more about PRRAC’s staff here.