Chief Executive Officer
Tomi Amos is the Chief Executive Officer for KIPP Colorado Public Schools. As the daughter of immigrant parents and a product of a public school education, Tomi Amos deeply believes that education provides access and opportunities that put individuals and communities on a path towards social and economic influence and mobility. Tomi’s work in education is fueled by the possibility of this belief becoming a reality for all students in our country. Tomi spent many years working as both an educator and school leader in New York City and in the Denver charter school network. Prior to joining KIPP Colorado, Tomi served as the Executive Director for the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone (NDIZ). Tomi earned a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Trinity University, J.D. from University of Denver – Sturm College of Law, and M.Ed in Education Leadership from Columbia University.
When asked what makes her love KIPP, Tomi said, “Our KIPPsters! The possibilities and opportunities for KIPP Colorado are endless. There are a lot of exciting opportunities on the horizon to shape the future direction of KIPP Colorado.”
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Chief External Affairs Officer
Taamiti Bankole is the Chief External Affairs Officer for KIPP Colorado. Before joining KIPP Colorado, Taamiti was the Director of External Affairs for Uncommon Schools and the founding Director of Operations for Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Middle Academy, an Uncommon school in Brooklyn. In this role, he co-founded the middle school and oversaw all operational aspects of the school, including finance, facilities, enrollment, assessments, student data and general school systems. Prior to this position, Taamiti worked at Denver Public Schools’ Office of School Reform and Innovation as a Charter Schools Associate and Policy Analyst and as a Litigation Associate at Simpson Thacher, LLP in New York City. Taamiti earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought from Amherst College, a Juris Doctor from The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, and is a proud alum of the Broad Residency (2019-21). Taamiti obtained his Masters of Science in Education Leadership from Broad Residency. In his free time, Taamiti enjoys spending time with his husband and daughter. When asked what Taamiti loves about KIPP, he said, “I love working at KIPP because of our KIPPsters and the impact they will make in our communities and the world.”
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Chief People Officer
Erica Garcia (she/her/ella) is a fierce talent practitioner with over 15 years of experience leading in education & nonprofits deeply within talent, recruitment, HR, staff & leadership development, and DEI. Most recently, she launched her own independent consulting company to partner with organizations looking to advance their people, talent, and hiring practices. Previously, Erica was the Managing Director of Staff Knowledge and Learning at Teaching Trust where she led staff learning and development, manager development, and DEI strategy. She has also served as the Director of Personnel and Talent at Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, CO, and the Senior Director of Talent and Human Resources at STRIVE Prep Schools in Denver, CO where she led recruitment, hiring, and human resources teams and work. Earlier in her career, she worked in schools as a teacher and an assistant principal. A first-generation college graduate, Erica earned a doctorate degree in law, a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in human resources and psychology and also previously served in the Armed Forces.
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Chief Financial Officer
Erik Johnson is a product of public education and is deeply passionate about improving our education systems to ensure equitable access for all. Erik has more than twenty years of experience in financial leadership across the public education and technology sectors having previously served as the Director of Finance Policy at Los Angeles Unified School District and Chief Financial Officer of Denver Public Schools. In those roles, he was responsible for developing and improving policies that increased funding and supports for the highest needs students. Prior to embarking on his education career, he led the Financial Planning and Analysis group for Coresite, a national leader in colocation, cloud connectivity and interconnection data centers and served in several leadership positions in the finance organization of CenturyLink/Qwest communications. Erik and his wife are proud parents of a DPS student and enjoy the outdoors of Colorado.
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Chief Academic Officer
Leah Peters is an experienced educator and senior leader with a track record of driving success and improvements across school academics, talent, and operations. Through her roles as Vice President of Academics at DSST Public Schools and Head of Schools at YES Prep Public Schools, she is experienced at establishing and leading effective cultures and systems of excellence, communicating and collaborating with key stakeholders, and strategically and creatively tackling complex challenges. As a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator, Leverage Leadership Alumna, and former principal, Leah is passionate about building and supporting organizations that create a more just world. Leah is thrilled to join the KIPP Colorado Team and Family to learn, grow, and build together in service of our promise to cultivate joyful, academically excellent schools and programming - ECE through KTCC. In her spare time, Leah loves spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, cooking, reading, and hiking. When asked what she loves about her work at KIPP, she says “I love working at KIPP Colorado because I am blown away by the unwavering commitment to equity, the courage, joy, and dedication of the team, and the focus on the whole child."
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Chief of Staff and Operations
Justin Vigil grew up in Houston, TX, and graduated from Texas A&M University as a first-generation college student. After graduating from college, he became the Homeless Program Coordinator at Prevent Blindness Texas ensuring homeless individuals in Houston had access to eye exams and glasses to better their lives. Justin has a passion for educational equity so students from underserved communities have access to get the education they deserve and the guidance they need to live choice-filled lives. Justin leads so students and families see someone who looks like him be successful every day. Justin spent a decade working at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, TX. Justin has led as a Registrar, Director of Campus Operations, Director of School Operations, and Managing Director of School Operations. He has a passion for ensuring that systems and structures are in place to provide excellence for schools and districts to increase student achievement outcomes. In September 2021, Justin joined the KIPP Colorado team as the Chief of Staff and Operations to work with the CEO and Executive Team to advance KIPP Colorado in its next phase of strategy and growth. When asked what he loves about KIPP, Justin said, “I love working at KIPP because we have the privilege and opportunity to make a long-lasting impact on the communities we serve by fulfilling our promise to students and families to provide an exceptional education so student can live choice filled lives.”
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