America Succeeds Team

These five core values define the principles that make America Succeeds special and guide our day-to-day decisions as we work together to accomplish our mission of elevating the business voice for improving education across the country.

We mean business.

Work hard. Play hard. Change the world.

Be bold.

Act like an owner.

Be a great problem solver.

C. Tim Taylor: Co-founder and President

Tim Taylor is the Co-Founder and President of America Succeeds, bringing a unique background of executive, nonprofit, and public policy experience to the organization. Prior to launching America Succeeds, he served as the founding President of Colorado Succeeds.

Tim began his career on Capitol Hill as a Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Saxby Chambliss (GA). After relocating to Colorado in 1998, he served as an independent political consultant, Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs for the Colorado Health Care Association, and founder of Open Fairways—a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk and underprivileged children through the game of golf and its core values of honor, etiquette, and respect.

Tim is a fellow of the 14th class of the Aspen- Pahara Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He was named one of Getting Smart’s “60 People Shaping the Future of K-12 Education”, has appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and served as a critical reader for the upcoming Good to Great and K-12 Education monograph by author Jim Collins.

Tim is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University. He is an avid outdoorsman and live music junkie. Tim lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Clare, son Macon, daughter Ellie and a Boykin Spaniel.

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Lauren Cole: Vice President of Strategy and Operations

Lauren Cole is the Vice President of Strategy and Operations at America Succeeds, responsible for overseeing operational, administrative, programmatic, and accounting systems for the organization.

A graduate of Cornell University, Lauren majored in Development Sociology, minored in both education and business, and graduated with honors. Prior to attending Cornell, she served as a corps member with City Year Boston, where she worked to improve school attendance and literacy and developed a passion for improving outcomes and opportunities for all students.

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Eric Lerum: Chief Operating Officer

Eric Lerum is the Chief Operating Officer at America Succeeds, responsible for ensuring the organization meets its goals and maximizes its impact as it grows the network of business-led advocacy partners.

Eric brings deep experience in strategic planning, partnership development, and policy analysis, having advised policymakers and state and organizational leaders for over 15 years. Prior to joining America Succeeds, he led the policy efforts at StudentsFirst as the VP of National Policy, building a team of policy and legislative analysts with expertise across a broad agenda, including teacher quality, school choice, and governance reform. Before StudentsFirst, Eric served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Education for the District of Columbia, where he played a lead role in local school reform efforts, including the mayoral takeover of the school system and D.C.’s successful Race to the Top application. He has also held positions as the Legislative Counsel to the D.C. Council’s education committee and as a Policy Analyst for the D.C. Board of Education.

Eric is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Washington College of Law at American University, where he developed his passion for public education and youth justice while teaching constitutional literacy to high school students in Washington, D.C.

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Emilee Ramseur: Policy and Programs Analyst

Emilee Ramseur is the Policy and Programs Analyst at America Succeeds, responsible for policy research and analysis, as well as programming and network support.

Emilee started at America Succeeds first as a Policy and Research Fellow and then as a Communications and Development Coordinator, working on a variety of policy issues and developing her interest in strengthening the education system.

Emilee is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she majored in Political Science and minored in business administration. She is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Colorado-Denver.

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Stephanie Short: Vice President of Partnerships

Stephanie Short is the Vice President of Partnerships at America Succeeds, responsible for supporting the organization’s corporate partnerships, fundraising, network growth, and national communications initiatives.

Stephanie began her career working in a variety of Colorado technology startups and as a small business marketing consultant. She has since gained extensive experience in strategic communications working for nonprofits and membership organizations. Prior to joining America Succeeds, Stephanie served as Director of Marketing for Catch It In Time, a non-profit raising awareness for the early detection of cancer, and as Staff Liaison for Economic Development and Public Policy at South Metro Denver Chamber, where she played a critical role in advancing the organization’s policy priorities, advocating on behalf of the business community, and coordinating events and conferences.

Stephanie is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. She is in the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Impact and Influence leadership class of 2020. She also serves on the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Board and as co-chair of Education Pioneers’ Denver Alumni Board. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys volunteering with Reading Partners Colorado, getting outside to enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and cooking with family and friends.

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