Bela Shah Spooner

Manager for Expanded Learning, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
National League of Cities

Bela is the Manager for Expanded Learning in the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families at the National League of Cities (NLC). At NLC for 13 years, she has worked to educate municipal officials about the importance of afterschool and summer learning opportunities and has provided technical assistance to over 50 cities supporting their efforts to create citywide afterschool systems. She launched NLC’s Afterschool Policy Advisors Network (APAN) in 2005, a national peer-learning network of senior municipal leaders focusing on afterschool programs. Bela has authored various publications on municipal leadership for afterschool, convened three National City Afterschool Summits, and has helped 26 statewide afterschool networks host mayoral summits on afterschool and expanded learning. As part of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation supported Afterschool Technical Assistance Collaborative, she also supports the 50 statewide afterschool networks’ efforts to increase the quality and access to afterschool programs and makes connections to city leaders. She previously worked for the Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership, the Center for Educational Opportunity & Innovation and the Institute for Education & Government at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Bela holds her Master’s degree in Sociology and Education with a concentration in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University and her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania.  She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two sons.

Bela Shah Spooner will be speaking at:

Afterschool Policy Advisors Network (APAN) Luncheon

- 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM ,

P3s Impacting Economic Mobility through Afterschool Programs

- 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM ,

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