Promoting the Power of Education

The Board makes all major decisions about the future of Global Playground.  From approving new project sites to mentoring Teaching Fellows, Board Members remain involved in the process as Global Playground works to achieve its mission.

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S. Douglas Bunch


Mr. Bunch is a partner at the Washington, DC law firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. He holds a law degree from the William & Mary School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Classical Studies from the College of William & Mary. Additionally, he holds a Master’s degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Mr. Bunch is Founder and Executive Director of Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary. He has also worked for the Virginia General Assembly, United States Congress, and United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

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Edward F. Branagan III

Vice Chairman and Executive Director

Mr. Branagan is the Associate Dean of Administration, Finance, and Student Affairs at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary where he helped establish the new graduate school of Public Policy. He was previously a Project Manager and an Internal Consulting Analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in New York, New York. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, with a concentration in Conflict Management, from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the College of William & Mary. Mr. Branagan has studied in San Jose, Costa Rica, taught English to students in Zenica, Bosnia, studied at Johns Hopkins University’s Bologna Center in Bologna, Italy, and completed a one-year David L. Boren Fellowship in Russia.

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Jason Maga


Mr. Maga has had numerous opportunities to visit developing countries, where he has seen firsthand the tangible difference that small organizations like Global Playground can make in people’s lives. Prior to his involvement with Global Playground Mr. Maga served as Treasurer and a founding Board member of One Acre Fund, a nonprofit now serving 400,000 farm families in rural Africa. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of William & Mary. Mr. Maga is Director, Host Railroads at Amtrak, where he leads initiatives to improve on-time performance of passenger train services nationwide.

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Emmy Levens


Ms. Levens is an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC in the Antitrust practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Levens was a staff law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, where she handled a variety of cases including employment discrimination, bankruptcy, immigration, criminal appeals, civil rights, and habeas corpus. Ms. Levens graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Political Science (2004, with honors) and UCLA Law School (J.D., order of the coif, 2007). During law school, Ms. Levens served as the Managing Editor for the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, the Director of the Downtown Legal Housing Clinic, and the president of Moot Court. She also worked as a summer associate for Morrison & Foerster, LLP in San Francisco.

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Joe Jay

As Special Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Mr. Jay represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal Inspectors General, and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. He was named a “Rising Star” in Washington, DC, by Super Lawyers Magazine (2015). Professionally, Mr. Jay has served as a member of the Planning Committee for the ABA’s National Institute on White Collar Crime since 2013. He also served as a co-chair for the ABA’s Young White Collar Lawyers’ group of the Criminal Justice Section in Washington, D.C. Mr. Jay earned his Juris Doctor from the William & Mary School of Law, where he was honored with the Phoenix Award for service to the university. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary, where he was recognized for his leadership, scholarship, and service by election to Omicron Delta Kappa.

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Jayne W. Barnard

Professor Barnard is the James Goold Cutler Professor of Law Emerita at the William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She currently serves as the Coordinator of Academic Events for the 100th Anniversary of Women at William & Mary (2018-19).  She also serves on the boards of WHRO Public Media, the ACLU of Virginia, the FINRA Foundation for Investor Education, and the Williamsburg Farmers Market.