Axis Talent Partners is a collective of independent talent and education experts who have spent the majority or entirety of their careers working in to improve outcomes for students. We are a uniquely structured firm whose partners believe in and reflect the communities our clients serve. We are as committed to supporting education organizations with talent solutions as we are to increasing the diversity of leadership within the education sector.
Our combined international network includes highly talented, mission-driven instructional leaders, and education, government, non-profit and private-sector professionals.
Laura Donald founded Axis Talent Partners because of her passion for helping organizations and candidates find the right fit, in the service of improving life outcomes for students. Laura has worked in the education sector for nearly twenty years, beginning her career as a middle school guidance counselor in Hawaii. After teaching fourth grade English Language Development in California and co-teaching third grade at an East Harlem charter school, Laura served as Education Director with The Children’s Aid Society at a Harlem community center. Later, Laura joined Education Pioneers as NYC’s first Program Director, responsible for recruitment and selection, career coaching, program design and facilitation and partnership development. Laura also served as the first Director of Network Recruitment at Achievement First Charter Schools, where she oversaw the recruitment of key senior academic and administrative positions for their network support office. Laura received her BA from San Francisco State University and her graduate degree in Education from New York University, focusing in education policy and school reform. She and her family live in Brooklyn, New York.
Devyn Humphrey started her career in the legal field as an attorney representing school boards in tenure dismissals and helping to mediate special education disputes between Boards and parents. Wanting to work more closely with families and communities, Devyn joined the Achievement First (AF) charter school network where she served as Senior Director of External Affairs and Community Outreach leading the network's community outreach team in building strong and creative tactics for recruiting low-income families while also strategizing to optimize and scale enrollment processes to meet the network’s ambitious plans for growth across five cities.
After leaving AF, Devyn worked for the City of New York as part of the Department of Education and the Housing Authority. Devyn has expertise in stakeholder engagement including students, parents, and communities. She has also partnered with parent-focused education advocacy organizations, engaged elected officials on issues critical to underserved communities, and collaborated with local community-based organizations to share best practices.
Devyn has her BA from Howard University and a JD from Cornell Law School and currently lives in the South Bronx with her husband and two children.
Ky Adderley is an international education and leadership guru with expertise in school design & capacity building, leadership development & coaching. A Teach for America alumnus who was named Outstanding New Teacher of the Year in 2002, Ky has worked in the trenches as a sixth-grade teacher in Washington, D.C. Public Schools, and at the helm as the founding principal of KIPP AMP Academy, in New York City. A Philadelphia native, Ky then became a full-time education consultant, most recently focused on building unique learning models in Brazil.
In 2011, Ky formed The Adderley Group with a goal of providing world-class expertise in education leadership training and school reform. His clients are drawn to his experiences in various education settings, his passion, and his ability to connect people using a substantial network. As leadership consultant for Trevo and Sistema Elite Escolas, he leads new and seasoned pedagogical teams to implement best practices throughout schools. He has been the lead consultant in the opening of an Olympic-development school for Rio de Janeiro students preparing for college abroad. He also has traveled to South Africa with EdVillage, an organization working to increase the number of quality schools available to low-income children worldwide, to conduct school reviews and training for teachers and principals. Ky is a Georgetown alumnus, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from National Louis University. After living in Rio de Janeiro for six years, Ky recently returned to the States with his wife, daughter, and Rhodesian Ridgeback dog.
Ron Rapatalo’s career vision is coaching, connecting and inspiring others to find their best selves through healthier living, increased mindfulness/interconnection and stronger intention/strategy. Ron has been a talent shepherd for 10 years, recruiting and selecting hundreds of candidates to become education leaders. He currently consults, leading and supporting hiring searches for school districts and non-profits. Ron is also a coach, giving career advice on how to navigate career transitions and present oneself from networking to interviewing. He also supports others on how to live healthier lives. Ron believes in the power of connecting with others to support, nurture and develop our talents. Ron is an active member of the NYU alumni community, serving as Vice-President of the NYU Alumni Association, co-founder of the Multicultural Alumni Group, co-chair of the Marketing and Communications committee, and a Young Alumni Leadership Circle patron. He is also an iMentor volunteer.
In his spare time, he loves spending time with his wife Shanita and baby Sofia, whether it's watching reality TV, enjoying Family Feud, or devouring favorite movies/shows on Netflix. He's also an avid yoga practitioner, meditator and kick-boxer. A native New Yorker, he's a rabid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan.