Gale Mejia

Program Officer

Gale Mejia joined The Learning Coalition in May 2016 as their Program Officer.  In this capacity, Mejia works with multiple state and complex area school administrators, technical assistance providers and community stakeholders across Hawaii to strengthen their efforts to increase student engagement through sustainable partnerships.

Prior to joining TLC, she served as Coordinator of Leeward Community College’s on-time graduation programs.  Before then, as a Program Manager at Hawaii P-20, where she managed the federally-funded College Access Challenge Grant (CACG). The CACG program supported various college access programs and activities at Hawaii DOE schools via partnerships with the University of Hawaii’s 10-campus system and community partners.  Previously, she managed the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Waipahu grant as the Project Director.  In this capacity, she worked with multiple school administrators and teachers, technical assistance providers and community partners to prepare Waipahu High School students in the class of 2014 for college access and success.

Prior to her program management career in education, Mejia served in various public relations and marketing positions that included Public Relations and Marketing Director at University of Hawaii – West Oahu, Communications Manager at GEAR UP Hawaii and Senior Account Executive at McNeil Wilson Communications.  She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Mejia is also a proud alumnus of Waipahu High School.


Jennifer Crawford

Grants & Contracts Administrator

Jennifer Crawford joined The Learning Coalition in April of 2016 as the Grants & Contracts Administrator, managing TLC’s portfolio and providing comprehensive support to its’ grantees, consultants, and partners.

Prior to joining TLC, Jennifer served as a Project Analyst for Kamehameha Schools’ Ka Pua Initiative, working in the Nanakuli and Waianae communities to build and strengthen partnerships focused on engaging schools, families, and communities to increase students’ college and career readiness.

A Kamehameha Schools’ alumni, Jennifer attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, gaining a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in Educational Foundation.  Born and raised in Nanakuli, her family now resides in Maili.


Lisa Talaro

Executive Assistant

As the Executive Assistant for The Learning Coalition, Lisa provides administrative and operational support to TLC’s leadership team and manages the TLC office. Lisa graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in Business Administration. Her background includes various administrative support roles at Healthways, McREL, Kamehameha Schools, and Hawaii Pacific University.