Abby Gillespie

Abby Gillespie

  • Director of Strategy and Engagement, Youth-Nex

Office Location

Ridley Hall 225
PO Box 400281
405 Emmet Street S
Charlottesville, VA 22903


In her role, Abby Gillespie 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 Gillespie 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.

Gillespie 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.


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

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