Abby Gillespie

Director of Strategy and Engagement, Youth-Nex


  • M.Ed., Pace University
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Abby Gillespie is Director of Strategy and Engagement for the University of Virginia Youth-Nex Center to Promote Effective Youth Development. In this role, Abby focuses on building and strengthening networks and partnerships, driving key initiatives and special projects to accelerate Youth-Nex’s impact, and enhancing organizational capacity. One area of focus for Abby is the Reimagining Middle School initiative. By designing, implementing, and evaluating developmentally supportive, research-based educational innovations, the initiative’s aim is to dramatically improve learning experiences and outcomes for all young adolescents in the middle grades.

Abby has spent much of her career working to improve education, often in the capacity of supporting organizations to launch something new, strategically grow, and deepen and strengthen impact in support of young people. Her professional background includes classroom teaching, advocacy and policy, education and healthcare consulting, and nonprofit management and programming. Abby earned a Master of Education from Pace University and bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.