Our Team

Amanda Janssen

Executive Director

Amanda Janssen

Executive Director

Amanda joined Rêve Academy with extensive experience in national and international education contexts, holding roles that ranged from classroom teacher and instructional coach to adjunct faculty at Hamline University. With a passion for working with diverse student populations, she brings inclusive practices into her design of peer coaching, curriculum, and pedagogy.

Throughout her career, she’s held numerous leadership positions that utilize her strategic thinking and desire to co-create innovative solutions. It’s this experience that fuels her passion for Rêve Academy’s work. By engaging students in new ways, we’re equipping them for the workforce and inspiring them to plan for the future. Amanda believes that this process helps youth themselves build the capacity they need for success.

What I’m most proud of
Seeing the tremendous growth that our students can achieve after just a few months of engaging with Rêve Academy.

Vision for my role
Redesigning learning spaces to raise up digital leaders who bring diversity and ingenuity to our workforce.

Let’s connect if…
You’re ready to learn more about Rêve Academy. I love telling our story and hearing the journey of others!

Eliza Wright

Director, Marketing + Operational Excellence

Eliza Wright

Director of Strategic Advancement

Eliza joined Rêve Academy with experience in digital marketing, content creation, and the scrappiness that can only come from working at a tech startup. Her interest in the nonprofit world has developed into a full-blown passion for managing Rêve Academy’s communications and operations strategy.

What I’m most proud of
Creating a library of student stories—now everybody can see how amazing our kids are!

Vision for my role
Elevating the Rêve Academy brand to the point where doors open instantly for our alumni.

Let’s connect if…
You want to explore a marketing opportunity or partner with a like-minded organization.

Nichole Salaam

Director, Academic Excellence

Nichole Salaam

Director of Academic Excellence

Nichole joined Rêve Academy with significant experience in building professional development programming for educators, students, and community and business leaders. Her career trajectory includes instructional design on digital platforms, intercultural training and engagement, execution and measurement of programming, and a focus on accelerating organizational capacity for service.

What I’m most proud of
My commitment to increasing opportunities for students that goes beyond traditional methods of education.

Vision for my role
Increasing Rêve Academy’s network of partners to help us deliver high-quality programming to marginalized learners. In doing so, we help them make a meaningful impact in our communities.

Let’s connect if…
You want to learn more about Rêve Academy’s unique approach to education.

Amanda Breen

Financial Manager

Amanda Breen

Financial Manager

Amanda joined Reve Academy with years of experience in public accounting, as well as a skill for creating training programs and on-boarding experiences for new employees. She now builds streamlined reporting processes for Rêve Academy and supports the organization in scaling with quality.

What I’m most proud of
Helping the team better understand and utilize financial information.

Vision for my role
Becoming a strategic advisor for Reve Academy when it comes to fiscal planning.

Let’s connect if…
You want to know more about the financial health of the Academy.