Katherine Brittain Bradley
Katherine Brittain Bradley is the president of CityBridge Foundation, a nonprofit enterprise located in Washington, D.C. Ms. Bradley co-founded CityBridge in 1994 with her husband, entrepreneur and magazine publisher David G. Bradley. The Foundation works to build a citywide system of high-performing schools in Washington, D.C. Ms. Bradley serves as a board member of the KIPP Foundation and STAND for Children and chairs the Washington regional board for Teach For America. She graduated in 1986 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Linda Burch leads Common Sense Media's education efforts, new program and strategy development. Ms. Burch brings deep experience in management and governance of early stage companies and nonprofit organizations to this role. She has dealt with the practical aspects of launching new products, negotiating partnerships, and building new ventures from the ground up, as well as broader strategic questions related to how to diversify and grow. She was senior vice president of business development and corporate planning at SyStemix, a biotechnology company that she helped build and then sold to Novartis. Previously, Ms. Burch was a strategic management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York from 1985 to 1990, where she served healthcare and consumer-products companies. Ms. Burch received her MBA from Stanford University and her bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Yale.
Judy Burton is the president and chief executive officer of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. As Alliance president and CEO, Judy Burton brings expertise in successfully leading and operating public schools. A major emphasis in her work has been improving academic achievement for all students, with particular focus on students in low-income communities with historically under-performing public schools. Ms. Burton has successfully impacted at-risk students through best practices in leadership development, teacher professional development, and parent community engagement. Since its founding, she has grown Alliance to a network of 21 high-performing charter high schools and middle schools. Prior to her current position, Ms. Burton served as superintendent of Local District B in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. He co-founded America Online (AOL) in 1985, when the Internet was in its infancy. Under Mr. Case's leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company, and helped drive the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society. He negotiated what remains the largest merger in business history, bringing together AOL and Time Warner in a transaction that gave AOL shareholders a majority stake in the combined company. To facilitate the merger, Mr. Case agreed to step down as chief executive officer when the merger closed. Mr. Case then went back to his entrepreneurial roots and founded Revolution, an investment firm that has backed more than two dozen companies, including Living Social and Zip car. He is also chairman of the Case Foundation, which he established with his wife, Jean.
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, works with her parents, President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, to drive the vision and work of the Clinton Foundation. Over the past 11 years, the Foundation has built innovative partnerships among governments, businesses, NGOs, and private citizens to strengthen health systems in developing countries, fight climate change, expand economic opportunity in Africa, Latin America, and the United States, and help Americans live healthier lives. Additionally, Clinton Global Initiative members have made nearly 2,300 Commitments to Action to improve more than 400 million lives in more than 180 countries.
Chelsea focuses especially on the Foundation's health programs, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which strengthens health care and access to lifesaving services in the developing world; the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which fights childhood obesity in the United States; and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which addresses preventable disease in the United States. She also established – and continues to lead – the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program, which identifies and organizes meaningful service opportunities for Foundation staff, friends, and partners and for the wider Foundation community. Additionally, as one of the strongest champions of the Clinton Global Initiative University, Chelsea works to empower the next generation of changemakers to take action on some of the world's most urgent challenges. And as honorary chair of the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network, Chelsea plays an integral role in inspiring young leaders and philanthropists to get involved in the work of the Foundation.
In addition to her Foundation work, Chelsea is a special correspondent for NBC News. She previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital.
Chelsea also serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Chelsea holds a B.A. from Stanford, a MPhil from Oxford, and a MPH from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford.
She and her husband, Marc, live in New York City.
Mignon L. Clyburn is currently serving as the acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. Chairwoman Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004. Prior to her service on the PSC, Chairwoman Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years. Chairwoman Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a B.S. in Banking, Finance and Economics.
David L. Cohen
David L. Cohen is the executive vice president of Comcast Corporation, where his broad portfolio of responsibilities includes corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration and community investment, and as senior counselor to the chief executive officer. He also serves as chief diversity officer for the company. Before assuming his role at Comcast in July of 2002, Mr. Cohen served as chairman and partner in Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country. A native of New York, Mr. Cohen graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 with a B.A. and with a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (summa cum laude) in 1981. From January 1992 to April 1997, he served as chief of staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As detailed in the book A Prayer for the City, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger, Mr. Cohen played a critical coordinating role in significant budgetary and financial issues, in economic development activities, in collective bargaining negotiations, and in a wide variety of other policy and operational issues relating to the city.
James Coulter is a founding partner of TPG Capital, L.P. (“TPG”), one of the world’s largest private equity firms. TPG is a leading private investment firm managing in excess of $48 billion in assets in more than 35 countries. Prior to co-founding TPG in 1992, Mr. Coulter began his career at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. In 1986, he joined Keystone Inc., a private equity firm formerly known as the Robert M. Bass Group. Mr. Coulter actively serves on the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees, the Stanford University Board of Trustees, and the San Francisco University High School. He also serves as a member on numerous corporate and charitable boards; including Common Sense Media, IdeaVillage, Creative Artist Agency, J. Crew Group, and Neiman Marcus Group.
Geoffrey Cowan, president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands (which hosted the recent summit between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping), is also a University Professor at the University of Southern California and dean emeritus of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism where he holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and directs the school’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. Prior to his appointment as dean of the Annenberg School in 1996, he was the director of the Voice of America under President Clinton. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Professor Cowan is an Emmy Award-winning producer (Mark Twain and Me) and bestselling author (The People v. Clarence Darrow). During the past two years his play, Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers (written with the late Leroy Aarons) has twice toured China with funding from the State Department. In addition to serving on the board of The Pacific Council on International Policy, he is on the board of Common Sense Media and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Walter Lippmann Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has experience in K-12, higher education, and workplace learning environments. As the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education his work focuses on leveraging technology to create personalized learning experiences for all students and promoting increased connectivity to improve access to education and make college more affordable. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to U.S. Senator Patty Murray.
Mr. Culatta’s previous work centered around leveraging social media to create effective large-scale distributed learning environments. As Chief Technology Officer at CIA University, Mr. Culatta developed an online learning platform to extend learning opportunities to CIA officers worldwide. Prior to joining the federal government, Culatta was the Director of Operations for the Rose Education Foundation and learning technologies advisor at Brigham Young University where he was instrumental in redesigning the teacher preparation program at the McKay School of Education. He began working with educational technology at the University of Rhode Island where he co-taught the university’s first technology integration workshops for faculty.
Mr. Culatta is passionate about accelerating innovation in education with a particular interest in games for learning, personalized learning, and open education. He recently launched EdStartup 101, a massive open online course (MOOC) to support new educational entrepreneurs in developing the next generations of apps and services for teachers and learners. As a former Spanish teacher, Mr. Culatta remains an advocate for bilingual education. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
Janet Davis is leading a team responsible for Education Strategy & Sales Support at Verizon. Ms. Davis helps to drive the overall education community, both the K-12 and Higher Education markets, to the right infrastructure and also to increase mobility, with mobility being defined as WIFI with 4G services to enable anytime, anywhere learning. Ms. Davis has over twenty-one years of experience in the business world, including work in finance, marketing, business development and sales. She received a BS from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and is currently working on her MBA through the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Congressman John Delaney was elected in 2012 to serve Maryland’s Sixth District. He is the only former chief executive officer of a publicly traded company serving in the House of Representatives and brings to Washington an extensive experience as a successful entrepreneur and as a private sector and nonprofit leader. Congressman Delaney spent his business career starting and running successful companies and helping small businesses grow. His companies were both founded in Maryland. CapitalSource, which Congressman Delaney launched in 2000 and became a public company in 2003, has been recognized by the Treasury Department for lending to disadvantaged communities. Congressman Delaney is chairman emeritus of CapitalSource. Prior to CapitalSource, he founded HealthCare Financial Partners, a successful company that was started in 1993 and became a public company in 1996. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. Congressman Delaney and his wife, April McClain Delaney, have made community service a priority. They live in Montgomery County with their four daughters.
Dr. Mark Edwards serves as the Superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District in Mooresville, North Carolina. Previously, he was the superintendent of Virginia’s Danville and Henrico County districts. He was Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2001 and was named a recipient of the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education in 2003. For more than 30 years, he has served students in Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina, as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, dean, and superintendent. Dr. Edwards is considered a pioneer of 1-to-1 computing in public schools.
In both the private sector and in government, Julius Genachowski has been recognized as a bold and accomplished leader in technology, media and telecommunications. Mr. Genachowski served as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from June 2009 to May 2013, a period of renewed U.S. leadership in the sector. He focused the FCC on broadband, successfully driving major initiatives to extend high-speed Internet access, free-up spectrum, preserve Internet freedom, and promote competition. Prior to his FCC appointment, Mr. Genachowski spent more than a decade working in the technology and media industries as an executive, investor, and board member. Mr. Genachowski received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991, and served as co-Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review
A 30-year veteran of the cable television industry and 26-year veteran of Discovery Communications, Bill Goodwyn serves as President of Strategic Distribution and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Education. Mr. Goodwyn oversees all distribution strategy, sales and marketing activity on behalf of Discovery's U.S. content portfolio, encompassing more than 13 networks, their high-definition and video on demand extensions, and leads the Discovery Education division, a provider of curriculum-based digital content and professional development resources in U.S. schools. Since being asked to lead the education division in 2007, Mr. Goodwyn has expanded the Education division’s services to better support school systems as they make the transition from traditional print to digital learning environments, including the development of an interactive digital textbook solution for K-12 classrooms. He holds a B.A. in journalism and communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Maria Klawe became the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College in 2006, the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, Dr. Klawe previously served as dean of engineering and a professor of computer science at Princeton University, and held several positions at the University of British Columbia, including dean of science, vice-president of student and academic services, and head of computer science. She has also worked at IBM Research in California and the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. and B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Alberta. Dr. Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science. Her current research interests include discrete mathematics, serious games, and assistive technologies. She is a member of the boards of Microsoft Corporation, the Broadcom Corporation, and the nonprofit Math for America. Dr. Klawe is a past president of the Association of Computing Machinery, a past trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, and a past chair of the board of trustees for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Computing Research Association's Nico Habermann Award.
Mr. Klein is the Chief Executive Officer of Amplify, a company dedicated to reimaging K-12 education by creating digital products and services that empower students, teachers, and parents in new ways. Mr. Klein is an education visionary and proven leader of change. Prior to Amplify, Mr. Klein was Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, where he oversaw a system of 1.1 million students and 136,000 employees. While there he led system-wide transformations that resulted in significant increases in student performance. Under his leadership, high-school graduation rates in the City rose 20 points – a more than 40% increase. Mr. Klein attended Columbia University, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude.
Doug Levin is the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). In this position, he works with and represents U.S. state and territorial educational technology directors to other national education groups, federal policymakers, the U.S. Department of Education, the private sector, and the media. Mr. Levin brings 20 years of Washington, DC-based education policy and research experience to SETDA, gained through prominent roles in the private and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Levin formerly worked with the National Association of State Boards of Education, the American Institutes for Research, and Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry's national education foundation. He played key roles in developing the nation’s first three national education technology plans and in conducting research and evaluations of major educational technology programs and initiatives, including as primary author of the groundbreaking Pew Internet study of Internet-savvy students, The Digital Disconnect. Mr. Levin holds a M.A. in Sociology from George Washington University, and a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Lillian M. Lowery became Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and Secretary-Treasurer of the State Board on July 1, 2012. She moved to Maryland from Delaware, where she served as Secretary of Education since January 2009. As the State Chief, she facilitated a broad-based statewide strategic planning and grant application process, resulting in Delaware being selected one of the first states to be awarded a coveted federal Race to the Top grant. She led efforts to establish Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Units as well as Turnaround Units within the Department, which have assisted in the implementation of the grant and the improvement of instructional opportunities for students. Prior to becoming Secretary of Education, she served for three years as the Superintendent of the Christina School District in New Castle County, DE. She has served as an Assistant Superintendent in Fairfax County, VA, and an Area Superintendent in Fort Wayne, IN. She began her career as an English teacher at the middle and high school levels in Virginia. A graduate in English and Secondary Education at North Carolina Central University, Dr. Lowery received her M.A. in Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.
Tom Luna was sworn into a second term as Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2011. Since taking office, he has worked to ensure every student graduates from high school prepared to go on to post-secondary education or the workforce without the need for remediation.
Mr. Luna has worked closely with Governor Otter to reform Idaho’s education system to accomplish this goal. Before working in education, Mr. Luna was a successful businessman. He first got involved in education by serving on the Nampa School Board. Since then, he has served at the local, state and national levels.
Mr. Luna has served has the President of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a nationwide organization that brings together the top education leaders from every state. He also currently serves as on the National Assessment Governing Board.
Mr. Luna originally moved to Idaho with his wife Cindy more than 30 years ago. They have raised six children in Idaho, all of whom have graduated from public schools. Now, they are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.
Jeff Mao is the Learning Technology Policy Director for the State of Maine, Department of Education. He provides vision and oversight to Maine’s education technology programs, including the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). Mr. Mao has represented the state of Maine at numerous conferences throughout the United States and has testified in support of education technology to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Mr. Mao is Chair of the Board of Directors for the State Educational Technology Directors’ Association and he was given the Common Sense Media Educator of the Year award in 2012. Mr. Mao began his career in the classroom at Brewster Academy where he helped develop its pioneering 1:1 program in 1993. He spent seven years teaching and coaching in Rochester, NY before returning to Maine. Mr. Mao then held a technology director position in one of Maine's larger school districts, and subsequently joined the Maine Department of Education. He received a B.A. from Bowdoin College.
John Manahan is the Washington DC Regional Director for Rocketship Education a high performing non-profit charter school system. As Regional Director Mr. Manahan leads all start up activity in the Washington DC area including finance, facilities, leadership development and governance for Rocketship. Mr. Manahan was COO at the William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School in Washington DC. Mr. Manahan has served as special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Education, where he was an advisor on a wide array of strategic issues including STEM education, military families, and performance management. Mr. Manahan was also a manager at Deloitte Consulting, where he assisted federal government and private sector clients. He began his career in the United States Navy where he was a submarine officer and nuclear engineer. Mr. Manahan holds a master of business administration from the George Washington University, a bachelor’s degree in physics from the United States Naval Academy, and a graduate certificate in legislative studies from the Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute. He was selected as a Broad Resident in Urban Education by the Broad Center for School Systems and competed his residency in 2012.
Evan Marwell is the CEO and co-founder of Education Superhighway. Over the last 25 years, he has been a serial entrepreneur starting companies in the telecom, software, hedge fund and consumer retailing industries including INFONXX (now KGB) and Criterion Capital Management. Collectively, these businesses have created thousands of jobs and generated billions of dollars of revenues and investment returns. Evan has served on the board of several for-profit and nonprofit organizations and is currently the President of the Board of Trustees at the Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco. Evan is an honors graduate of Harvard College '87 and Harvard Business School '92.
John Mighton is a mathematician, author, playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math. Dr. Mighton volunteers his time and expertise as the lead curriculum developer for the JUMP Math Student Workbooks and Teacher's Manuals, and he donates all proceeds from publications to JUMP. Dr. Mighton completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto and was awarded an NSERC fellowship for postdoctoral research in knot and graph theory. He is currently a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. He taught mathematics at the University of Toronto and lectured in philosophy at McMaster University, where he received a MPhil. Dr. Mighton almost failed first-year calculus in university, but his love of math and his belief that everyone has great mathematical potential led him to found JUMP as a kitchen-table tutoring group in 1998. His national best-selling book, The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child, describes JUMP and how anyone can learn and teach math. In 2007, Dr. Mighton released a follow-up book The End of Ignorance. Dr. Mighton is also an accomplished playwright; his works have been performed across Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States
Ted Mitchell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the NewSchools Venture Fund. He has long been a leader in education reform in California and nationally. From 2008 through 2010, he served as president of the California State Board of Education. Prior to taking the helm at NewSchools in 2005, Mr. Mitchell was president of Occidental College, vice chancellor and dean of the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College. He has served on a number of policy commissions, including chairing the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence and the Commission on Teacher Effectiveness for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of Khan Academy, New Leaders for New Schools, The Teaching Channel, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career and The McClatchy Company. Dr. Mitchell received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Kyle Morean is in his fifth year as the technology and media literacy teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) - a college-prep, charter high school in Washington DC's Anacostia neighborhood. He also serves as the lead curriculum designer and coordinator for TMA's Portfolio Exhibition Program and is a member of the Teacher Evaluation Committee. Mr. Morean was selected as a fellow in the first cohort of the CityBridge-New Schools Education Innovation Fellowship where he and 11 other DC teachers have researched, piloted and refined tools and practices for blended learning into their classrooms. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Conflict Management from Pacific Lutheran University in 2008. Outside of work, Mr. Morean is a member of the DC Broadband Bridge, a community initiative that hosts events to promote technology literacy and access in under-served neighborhoods throughout DC.
Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She was sworn into office on May 11, 2012. Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Legal Advisor to former FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps. Prior to entering public service, Commissioner Rosenworcel practiced communications law at Drinker Biddle and Reath. Commissioner Rosenworcel is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law.
Rob Shanahan has been the president and chief executive officer of Lightower Fiber Networks since 2008. As a veteran in the communications space, Mr. Shanahan brings to Lightower more than 30 years of industry experience. Since 2008, Mr. Shanahan has led Lightower from a small, dark fiber provider to a full-service, metro-fiber powerhouse through strong organic growth and six successful acquisitions. In 1998, Mr. Shanahan co-founded Conversent Communications and served as president and chief executive officer until its acquisition in 2006. Mr. Shanahan’s experience in management also includes serving as a regional vice president of Brooks Fiber and a general manager for Frontier Communications. Mr. Shanahan received a B.S. from Marist College.
Jim Shelton is the Acting Deputy Secretary of Education. Previously, Mr. Shelton served as deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, managing a portfolio that includes most of the Department of Education’s competitive teacher quality, school choice and learning technology programs. Before Mr. Shelton entered public service, he served as a program director in the education division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, managing the foundation's national programs and work in the northeast region of the United States. Mr. Shelton has also been a partner and the East Coast lead for NewSchools Venture Fund and co-founded LearnNow, a school management company that later was acquired by Edison Schools. He spent over four years as a senior management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Atlanta, Ga., where he advised CEOs and other executives on issues related to corporate strategy, business development, organizational design, and operational effectiveness. Upon leaving McKinsey, he joined Knowledge Universe, Inc., where he launched, acquired and operated education-related businesses. Mr. Shelton holds a B.S. in computer science from Atlanta's Morehouse College as well as an MBA and an M.A. in education from Stanford University.
Gene B. Sperling is director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Upon his appointment on January 7, 2011, Mr. Sperling became the first person to serve as NEC Director and principal economic policy advisor for two presidents: first under President Clinton from 1997 to 2001, and now under President Obama.
In the Obama Administration, Sperling has played a key role representing the White House in budget negotiations with Congress as well as in designing several of the President’s economic initiatives including the American Jobs Act, the extension of Transition Adjustment Assistance, the universal dislocated workers program, and the small business tax credit. He also serves as the White House point person on several of the President’s top priorities including manufacturing policy, housing, and economic assistance for veterans.
During his eight years at the White House in the Clinton Administration, Sperling helped negotiate the 1993 and 1997 Deficit Reduction Acts and the increase in the earned-income tax credit and a champion of Saving Social Security First, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Direct Student Loan program.
Mr. Sperling’s work extends beyond economics. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Mr. Sperling was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution where he focused on education in poor and conflict-affected nations. He was the founder and Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-authored a book entitled What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence and Policies from the Developing World.
Mr. Sperling was also Senior Fellow for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, where he authored The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Sperling served as Counselor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that role, Mr. Sperling served as a lead policy advisor on fiscal, budget, tax, job creation and small business issues. Mr. Sperling graduated from the University of Minnesota and Yale Law School, and attended Wharton Business School
James Steyer is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading advocacy organization focused on media and technology issues for families, and a founding board member of The Center for the Next Generation, a nonpartisan organization that supports programs and policies that benefit the next generation of young Americans. He teaches a civil rights class at Stanford University, and is the author of two books, The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on Our Children and Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age
Dr. Tom Stritikus is Dean and Professor at the College of Education at University of Washington. His research examines the political, social, and cultural contexts that shape the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. His work has appeared in juried journals aimed at policymakers and researchers interested in bilingual/ESL education and broader audiences of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. He is the author of the book Immigrant Children and the Politics of English-Only published by LFB Scholarly Publishing and edited by Professors Marcelo and Carola Suarez-Orozco. A UW faculty member since 2000, Dr. Stritikus received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, in Language, Literacy and Culture. Raised in an immigrant household, Dr. Stritikus began his public school teaching experience with Teach For America in Baltimore.
Eric Westendorf is the co-founder of LearnZillion. He was most recently a principal and the Chief Academic Officer of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. E.L. Haynes Public Charter School is known locally and nationally for its outstanding results and programs. Prior to joining E.L. Haynes, Mr. Westendorf taught for seven years in North Carolina, New York, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He also founded a nonprofit focused on teacher leadership development and was the Assistant Principal of St. Josephʼs School in Harlem, where he raised over $1 million dollars for technology and other programs. Mr. Westendorf has an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, a M.A. in School Administration from Trinity University, and a M.A. in Teaching from Brown University. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Public Policy. He lives with his wife and three children in Washington, D.C.
Bob Wise is the President of the Alliance for Excellent Education. Wise is also former governor of West Virginia and currently co-chairs the Digital Learning Council with Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida. Mr. Wise also chairs the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Since joining the Alliance in February 2005, Wise has become a sought-after speaker and adviser on education issues. Mr. Wise has also advised the U.S. Department of Education, White House transition team, and frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress. In 2011, he was named to The NonProfit Times “Power & Influence Top 50,” an annual listing of the fifty most influential executives in the nonprofit sector. Under his leadership, the Alliance continues to build its reputation as a respected authority on high school policy by advocating for reform in America’s secondary education system and working to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college, careers, and to be contributing members of society. Mr. Wise earned a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. He and his wife Sandy live in Washington, D.C. with their two children.