Our Executive Leadership Team

Nikki Barnes

Executive Director



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Nikki joined the KIPP MA Team and Family in 2013 as a 6th grade humanities teacher at KIPP Academy Boston Middle School. Nikki has spent her professional career teaching in and advocating for public schools.  She has over 20 years of classroom experience in elementary, middle and high school.

After serving as the Dean of Students at KIPP Academy Boston in 2014, she became the School Leader in 2015.  Under her leadership, KIPP Academy Boston experienced some of the highest student growth in the state of Massachusetts, including three grade levels performing among the top ten schools in the KIPP Network with the highest reading growth on the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment

Nikki’s accomplishments as a teacher include being the first Black classroom teacher to earn National Board Certification in the state of Virginia.  She was also one of two teachers chosen to represent the state of Virginia at the National Teacher Forum in 2000 held in Washington, DC. She also has nearly 10 years of experience working in educational non-profit organizations focusing on teacher quality issues and minority community outreach including overseeing a multi-million dollar partnership with The Tom Joyner Foundation to increase the number of fully licensed teachers of color in high minority, high poverty districts.

Nikki is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic University (1991) and Virginia Commonwealth University (2003) where her graduate research around Teacher Leadership led to the creation of the VCU Center for Teacher Leadership.

Nikki is the proud mother of her two children: Adrianna and Jordan, both of whom are teachers at KIPP Boston. 

Lovette Curry, Esq.

Chief Operating Officer



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Lovette joined the KIPP MA team in 2017 as the Regional Director of Human Resources. KIPP MA Human Resources department serves nearly 500 active employees and hundreds of former and future members of our team and family.

Lovette’s professional experience includes serving as the COO of a boutique firm specializing in education policy and reform at the state legislative level. She also served as the Executive Director for an adult community education department where she was responsible for strategic planning, budgeting and development, brand management, and marketing.

Before becoming Executive Director, she served as the Manager of Strategic Partnerships for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, at the time, one of the largest education reform efforts in the nation, started and championed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villariagosa. In this role she developed education policy, developed operations and hiring procedures to support the newly formed district, and brought additional resources to inner city schools through partnerships with local businesses and community Leaders.

Lovette has a B.B.A. from Howard University in Washington, DC, her Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in Los Angeles, CA, as well as her Master’s in Education Leadership from the Broad Residency Program.  She is a licensed member of the California State Bar.

Lovette remains active in her community by serving with various nonprofit as well as serving as a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Lovette is married to Graham Curry with two children, Alexander Edward and Samuel Graham.

Steve Pizzimenti

Chief of Finance and Talent Development



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Steve rejoined the KIPP MA team in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer after initially spending three years with KIPP MA from 2012 to 2015.  Steve’s career in education began in 2005 when he served as an AmeriCorps tutor at the MATCH Charter High School in Boston.  In 2010, after spending three years at Boston University working in the Budget, Planning, and Institutional Research Office, Steve joined Teach For America as a Massachusetts corps member, teaching Algebra 2 and Precalculus at Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea. Steve then joined KIPP Massachusetts in 2012, where he spent time at the KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School as both a School Operations Director and an 8th grade math teacher.  Prior to returning to KIPP in 2018, Steve spent three years at Boston Collegiate Charter School as Director of Operations and then Director of Strategic Projects.

Steve graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in management and concentrations in finance, information systems, and computer science. Steve also earned two Master’s degrees from Boston University, an M.B.A. with a concentration in public and nonprofit management and a Master’s of Education in curriculum and teaching for high school mathematics.

Steve lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife Cristin and their two children, Zachary and Jocelyn.

Coretta Martin

Chief of Staff


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Coretta Martin joined KIPP Massachusetts in 2020 as the Chief of Staff.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in French from Howard University and received her Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Southern California.

Her career started in Washington DC as a classroom teacher, working with students at the elementary, middle and high school levels. During her years as a teacher, Coretta served as a Yale University National Initiative fellow, Chancellor’s Teacher Cabinet member, District Course Chair for Mathematics and Georgetown Global Curriculum fellow.  Additionally she served as an Instructional Coach and Special Education Coordinator and worked alongside schools with organizations such as TNTP and After-School All-Stars.

With a passion for global education and social justice, Coretta spends time working with international organizations such as Limited Resource Teacher Training, Days for Girls, Rising Academies, and a variety of study abroad programs. In her spare time Coretta enjoys traveling the world, studying, and breaking Escape Room records.