Our Team


Jessica Donner

Executive Director

Jessica Donner is the executive director of Every Hour Counts, a coalition of national citywide organizations that increase access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. The organization is a leading voice promoting expanded-learning systems.

Jessica manages the organization's efforts to develop policy recommendations and solutions, test the feasibility of policy and practice recommendations and disseminate findings, and deliver technical assistance to communities to build expanded learning systems. Prior to joining Every Hour Counts, she directed statewide and national service-learning initiatives at the National Service-Learning Partnership at the Academy for Educational Development and the Massachusetts Department of Education. She holds a master's degree in urban policy and management from The New School, and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Email: jdonner (at) everyhourcounts (dot) org


Michael Braithwhite

Communications Consultant

Michael is a Brooklyn-based writer and communications strategist with more than a decade of experience connecting organizations with the audiences they need to reach. Michael directs the Every Hour Counts communications strategy, including social media. Her work focuses on education equity, civil rights, and criminal justice reform. She specializes in narrative reframing, audience targeting, and creating multi-faceted, impact-driven distribution strategies. 



Penn Hill Group

policy advisors

Every Hour Counts works closely with Penn Hill Group, a leading bipartisan policy and advocacy organization, to inform federal legislation and strengthen the capacity of expanded-learning organizations to undertake local policy efforts.