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We are a team of entrepreneurs, educators, business leaders, developers, network engineers, and more who believe deeply in the power of technology to transform public education. We are a data-driven, start-up that is making “yes” possible.
Evan is a serial entrepreneur, having started companies over the last 25 years in the telecom, software, hedge fund, and consumer retailing industries including INFONXX (now KGB) and Criterion Capital Management. Collectively, these businesses created thousands of jobs and generated billions of dollars of revenues and investment returns. Evan founded the non-profit EducationSuperHighway in 2012. In its first three years, the organization helped shape President Obama’s ConnectED initiative and served as a catalyst for modernization of the Federal Communications Commission’s $3.9 billion E-rate program, earning Evan the 2015 Visionary of the Year award from the San Francisco Chronicle. Evan is an honors graduate of Harvard College ’87 and Harvard Business School ’92.
Adam provides leadership across all areas of EducationSuperHighway and support to all of the incredible team members working to accomplish our mission.
Adam is a proud alumnus of public schools in California, from Kindergarten through his undergraduate studies, and is passionate about ensuring that every child in America has access to a high quality public education. He believes that EducationSuperHighway’s mission is crucial to addressing the digital divide and enabling equity in our public education system.
Prior to joining ESH, Adam held a number of leadership roles in Chicago Public Schools. Before serving as a leader in the world of education, Adam worked for the Boston Consulting Group’s Chicago office and as a test program engineer at Honeywell Aerospace in Southern California. He has an MBA and a Masters of Education from Stanford University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.
Hillary works to spread the word that EducationSuperHighway is here to help! Specifically, she builds partnerships with state departments of education and school districts across the country to advance our mission.
Prior to joining the team, Hillary served as an Americorps Resident in Social Enterprise where she participated in an intensive social impact leadership curriculum and worked at the nonprofit First Place For Youth in Oakland, CA. Hillary has a dual degree in Sociology and Peace & Justice Studies from Tufts University. She is a proud Chicagoan and in her free time loves to cook, needlepoint, do puzzles, and throw pots.
Jamie is focused on clarifying data with school districts to ensure our analysts have an accurate view of their broadband connectivity and costs.
Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Jamie spent two years researching and analyzing executive compensation data for consultants. She graduated from Santa Clara University’s School of Business with a B.S. in Commerce in Economics and minors in International Business and German. Like a good Portland, Oregon native she loves the outdoors and coffee and she can’t wait to explore more of San Francisco.
Hayley works on creating and managing project plans for our state and district teams.
Before EducationSuperHighway, Hayley worked for over seven years in the anti-hunger field for Feeding America in Chicago and prior to that at Share Our Strength in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Politics and holds a MSW from Columbia University. Hayley enjoys heavy consumption of baked goods; drinking massive amounts of cold brewed coffee at well curated third wave coffee shops around the Bay Area; and frequently conducting food crawls as she searches for San Francisco’s best vanilla glazed cake donut, taco, almond croissant, currant scone, chocolate chip cookie….
Aarti serves as the leader and main point of contact for EducationSuperHighway’s district fiber consulting projects. She works directly with districts to upgrade their network and provide them with high bandwidth, low cost solutions.
Prior to working with EducationSuperHighway, Aarti was a Senior Associate in PwC’s NYC Advisory practice working on customer experience strategies for Fortune 500 companies. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in Global Poverty and Practice from UC Berkeley. Aarti is a 2014-2015 Education Pioneers Data Analyst Fellow and is so happy to have been placed at EducationSuperHighway. In her free time, she enjoys singing, exploring cities, watching musicals, and making new friends.
Heather works with state partners to create comprehensive state broadband analyses that aim to increase bandwidth at optimal prices for all school districts.
She pursued her love of learning at the University of Maryland where she received a double degree in History and Secondary Education continuing on to receive a M.Ed in Secondary Education. A true believer in change for all K-12 students, Heather taught American History to high-spirited 9th and 11th graders while closely following educational politics from her Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington D.C. When not talking to school districts about broadband data, Heather serves as President of the UMD Alumni Association Bay Area Terps, runs through Golden Gate Park, enjoys hiking Mount Tam, and sipping wine in Sonoma with friends.
Steve has done DevOps work at Apple, CouchSurfing, and as a consultant for startups. He has also worked as a snowboard instructor and volunteered as a mentor for students from elementary through high school. Building applications for EducationSuperHighway is a great combination of his interests in technology and education. When he is not at a computer he likes to get out of the city – usually camping and hiking in the summer or snowboarding in the winter, but most of all he loves spending time with his pibble puppy Bane Buttercup (1.5), the occasional foster pup, or volunteering at the local animal shelter.
Devon builds applications that help school districts be more informed buyers of broadband services and technology equipment and help our team more clearly understand and more efficiently manage data.
Before he became a full-time engineer, Devon was a freelancer for several years and worked as a publicist for some of the world’s top classical musicians and classical music organizations. He is a conservatory-trained opera singer, and holds a Master’s degree from The Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University.
Saptarshi works with states and school districts to collect data and then works to analyze it. He develops data-driven and policy related strategies in support of reducing the cost of bandwidth for schools.
Before EducationSuperHighway, Saptarshi worked as an Analyst and Software Developer for Caterpillar, Inc. In his free time, he loves to travel around the world, scuba dive, discuss politics and philosophy, and meet interesting people. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Ellen is a member of the consulting team tasked with managing EducationSuperHighway’s district programs. In an effort to ensure that the promise of digital learning can thrive, Ellen supports partner districts by helping them get connected to high speed broadband services.
Previously, Ellen worked as a Partnership Manager at eSpark Learning, overseeing program implementation, analyzing student achievement data, and delivering blended learning professional development for teachers. A veteran of the Chicago Public Schools system, Ellen obtained a B.A. in English Literature and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University. A recent transplant to the West Coast, you can often find Ellen frolicking in the outdoors, browsing her local farmers market, and reading at coffee shops.
Brad works with state partners to provide clean, accurate and useable data for ESH’s State Team.
Brad’s passion for using data to drive decision-making began during his time interning for the mayor of Bloomington, IL, where state and countrywide analyses were utilized to create local ordinances that benefitted the community. A strong advocate for change, much of Brad’s free time at Illinois Wesleyan University was occupied on grassroot activism, election campaigning, and organizing young people in McLean County, IL
Venice takes on the challenge of organizing Evan’s busy schedule – and busy is putting it lightly. Keeping Evan organized means that she helps Evan stay focused on our mission and helps us as an organization charge forward with the work we need to get done.
Before joining the team, Venice has had experience as an assistant in a variety of fields. She has a B.A in Communications from Cal State East Bay. In her spare time she likes to bake, travel, spend time with her dog, and cheer on the Golden State Warriors!
Megan works to ensure that our programs, tools, and services are reaching the intended audience and making a difference. She began her career with Teach For America in Detroit, and joins us with four years’ classroom experience at the elementary and middle school level. Megan holds a B.A. in Gender Studies from NYU.
Nell leads our marketing, communications, and advocacy initiatives. She makes sure that the tools we build and programs we develop reach our district, state, and federal audiences.
Nell has more than 10 years of marketing experience, much of that focused in the education space. Most recently, she worked in product marketing for Adobe’s education vertical. Prior to that she was at Teach For America managing communications and outreach to the corps of teachers in New York City. Nell holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. Go Blue!
Juliann works with the district team to build and strengthen EducationSuperHighway programs.
Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Juliann spent two years teaching 6th grade English as a Second Language at Roger Williams Middle School in South Providence, RI as a member of Teach For America. Recognizing the external factors that impacted student achievement, as well as the amazing potential of digital learning, she decided to move to the Bay Area to broaden her impact on the K-12 public school system. Juliann is a graduate of Penn State University.
Kamini works on designing things to make our data and research more accessible. She helps refine what we’ve built and how we share it.
Before EducationSuperHighway, Kamini worked as a freelancer dabbling in cartography, graphic design, and environmental research. She also worked in business administration and financial analytics. In her free time, she loves to dance, travel, and explore new things. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences.
Andrew works closely with state education and technology leaders, legislators, school technology directors, and superintendents to better understand schools’ connectivity needs, and identify high-leverage strategies to ensure all schools have the connectivity they need to support digital learning.
Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Andrew consulted for city and state government in Oregon and California, supported early childhood education advocacy, led the development of a software tool for the Oakland Unified School District, and for a brief time taught 6th and 7th grade math in a 1-1 environment. A product of public schools, Andrew has an MPP from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and a B.S. in economics from the University of Oregon. Andrew loves to race bicycles and talk politics at every opportunity. He often has his nose in a history book, when he isn’t reading something by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Jen works with the district team to research and plan high bandwidth, low cost solutions for our district partners.
Prior to joining ESH, Jen led marketing strategy and implementation at an edtech company and trained teachers to implement a game-based learning platform. She started her career in education as an Algebra II teacher in Memphis, TN. After leaving the classroom, she joined the Boston Public Schools as an analyst focused on equity in teacher evaluation and hiring. Jen received her BA in Public Policy from Duke University. In her free time, she mentors local youth in photography and plays volleyball.
Greg analyzes broadband procurement data to help inform EducationSuperHighway’s policy solutions to K-12 connectivity challenges.
A native of Southern California, Greg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in European History. Following stints as a local journalist and a policy researcher, Greg’s passion for public policy and education technology led him to EducationSuperHighway, where he works as a part of the growing Data Quality team. In his free time, Greg enjoys playing golf, reading about obscure historical topics, and exploring the East Bay.
Steven works with the Data Quality Team to ensure the information EducationSuperHighway analyzes and publicizes is of high quality.
Steven has worked in various industries before deciding that working within Education was where he felt had the most impact. Prior to working at EducationSuperHighway, Steven was an ESL teacher in South Korea for the Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) program and was a Program Coordinator for Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s Elevate Program. Steven holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He enjoys watching stage performances, traveling, and playing board/card games with friends.
Jeff works with state leaders to catalyze improvement in K-12 connectivity for all schools. He has over 10 years of experience as a consultant and program manager for school districts, government agencies and nonprofits.
Most recently, Jeff worked with the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy to develop and spread cutting edge human capital strategies for districts across the country. Prior to that, he led a school funding model re-design and performance management program at Prince George’s County Public Schools. Starting off as a consultant for Booz Allen, he was lucky to find his passion in K-12 as an Education Pioneers Fellow and Broad Resident. You can find him in San Carlos with his wife, small daughter and tiny dog. Jeff holds an MBA from Berkeley and a BSE in Computer and Telecom Engineering from U Penn.
Jack works with state partners to plan and implement strategies that will increase connectivity and reduce the cost of broadband for K-12 students.
Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Jack was an engineer at Cisco Systems for five years, working on a range of networking products in Cisco’s switching and computing product lines. When he’s not working to make access to high speed broadband a reality for all of America’s children, Jack likes to spend his time playing sports (he is an average to above-average rec sports athlete), watching sports (he is well above-average as a fan), or enjoying a number of cultural activities ranging from concerts to culinary experiences with friends and family. Jack holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Jenny works with K-12 education leaders and state government officials, helping them align on a solution where our nation’s students get the resources they need to realize their true potential.
Jenny is a proud born-and-raised Hoosier and attended Indiana University for undergrad before going on to Stanford, where she received her M.S. in Statistics. She worked on the Obama Campaign in 2008, solidifying her passion for social justice issues. Prior to ESH, Jenny worked with polling data (modeling and analysis) and also worked as consultant in New York. Jenny spends her free time volunteering at the San Mateo County Crisis Line, getting ready for the San Francisco Marathon, reading David Foster Wallace, and watching every movie known to mankind.
Bill was previously the CEO of Accenia and a co-founder and VP of Engineering at Trapeze Networks – an early wireless LAN innovator. Bill was also the VP of Engineering at Redback Networks and held a variety of technical and management positions at CISCO. Prior to CISCO, Bill worked in software development at Harris Corp., Cray Research, and The Mathworks. Bill currently serves on the Board of Trustees at The Athenian School in Danville, CA. Bill is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Meghan works on software product management. She ensures the software products we develop meet the needs of our users and help to overcome barriers to bringing broadband to schools.
Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Meghan spent six years leading program management at the nonprofit Freelancers Union in New York City, where she managed the development and roll-out of new business lines. Meghan has a B.A. from Yale University and is pursuing her MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and exploring the Bay Area.
Sneha conducts analysis to derive meaning from and weave stories around the data EducationSuperHighway collects. She loves her job!
Before finding EducationSuperHighway, Sneha studied Political Science and Economics at UC Berkeley and worked as an associate at L.E.K. Consulting. In her free time, she likes to sketch, be a bit of a bookworm, eat at restaurants she can’t afford, and explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.
Yasmin leads our District initiatives. She is responsible for making upgrades easier, more affordable and more accessible by developing and aligning our programs towards our district stakeholders.
Yasmin has more than 15 years of experience in the telecoms sector globally, working at the intersection of technology and strategy. Her prior experience includes managing the strategy consulting practice of Deutsche Telekom’s US subsidiary, and building and managing the professional services team for a start-up technology firm in London. Yasmin has a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Sydney.
Sujin develops analyses and data visualizations to help EducationSuperHighway team members and government policy makers shape broadband education policies.
Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Sujin studied Statistics and Sociology at UCLA. Outside of work, she enjoys experimenting with recipes from different cultures, reading, and exploring San Francisco.
Jen removes technical barriers for school district tech directors and helps them upgrade their networks so that students spend less time waiting for learning to load and more time engaging with rich digital content.
Jen discovered her passion for technology in education while in Zambia, where she first worked directly with schools. Over the years, Jen has designed and installed emergency relief networks in Haiti and the Philippines, led a project to provide power, computers, and connectivity to 900 schools in Tanzania, and provided Internet connectivity to HIV/AIDS clinics in rural Kenya. In her free time she loves to explore the world, dance, and create.
Elle is on EducationSuperHighway’s District Team, working directly with school districts to help them find long-term connectivity solutions.
Prior to joining ESH, Elle was an elementary school teacher in Phoenix with Teach for America, and worked as a real estate and financial consultant with PKF Consulting, a division of CBRE Hotels. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, and a Master of Education from Arizona State University. In her free time, she enjoys running the hills of San Francisco, volunteering with the Junior League, and traveling the world with her trusty backpack, Big Red.
As a member of the Software team, Laura designs the user interface for the applications we create to help states and school districts be more informed buyers of broadband services.
Prior to EducationSuperHighway, she has over 14 years of experience designing in every media: web, UI/UX, email, and print. She has an M.F.A. in Computer Arts and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. In her free time, she loves to travel, create, and spend time with family and friends.
Dan works with K-12 education stakeholders and state government officials. He consults them on their opportunities and helps them design effective solutions to improve broadband connectivity statewide.
Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Dan was an Education Pioneer Fellow at NewSchools Venture Fund. He also worked in product management and partner development roles at Travelers Insurance and Delta Air Lines. In his spare time Dan is a freelance writer for online magazines, sharing his insights on the latest hip-hop and pop culture news. He also enjoys playing pick-up basketball in San Francisco and having passionate debates about the Academy Awards. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business and a BS from Quinnipiac University.
Justine creates analyses to help federal and state decision makers shape broadband policies.
Before EducationSuperHighway, Justine worked as an actuarial analyst for a consulting firm, specializing in pension and retiree medical plans. In her free time, she is an avid snowboarder. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Actuarial Science and a minor in Mathematics.
Jess produces data analyses and visualizations that reveal meaningful insights on connectivity in U.S. schools. She is relentlessly curious about education and technology, data-driven decisions in policy and business, and economics of incentives.
Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Jess worked at Cornerstone Research and Stanford Law School. She spends her spare time exploring outdoors, learning new things, and mentoring an awesome high school student through Minds Matter. She holds a B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University.
Lacy works to translate the seemingly endless amounts of data into digestible and relevant narratives for the rest of the ESH team and our partners! She enjoys diving into the data and working side-by-side with others to help them make sense of it too.
Prior to ESH, Lacy held similar roles at the U.S. Department of State and Oakland Unified School District. Throughout her studies and career, she has focused on understanding and tackling social justice issues. Her work has helped bring much needed resources (be they health or education related!) to those in need. Outside of the office, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and exploring her new city. Lacy is a graduate of Macalester College.
Emily guides the marketing team to ensure district and state leaders access the invaluable resources created by the knowledgeable, tech-savvy EducationSuperHighway team.
Before venturing into the EdTech realm, Emily managed marketing and communications for the renewable fuel company, Propel Fuels. Whether focusing on sustainability or education, she is passionate about shaking up the status quo and sharing knowledge through engaging writing and design. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from Whitman College among the wheat fields of Walla Wall, WA.
Brian helps school districts with their technical issues. He makes sure that districts have access to all of the valuable resources and tools necessary for them to optimally run their networks.
Brian has over 15 years of experience designing, building, operating, and troubleshooting networks of all sizes in various parts of the world. These days, he’s glad that he doesn’t spend his days in data centers anymore.
Denise’s career has cut across both the technology and philanthropy sectors. Retired from the Systems group at Microsoft in 1998, she worked on Windows 95, Windows NT, Internet Explorer as an engineer and technical manager. She then plunged into philanthropy by starting the SF Bay Area Social Venture Partners chapter, investing in SOMA. Denise has also served on numerous boards, including Network for Good, providing advice on software architecture, hiring, and project planning.
Lindsey works with school districts to provide accurate, high-quality data for ESH’s team of analysts.
Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway Lindsey spent a year in operations at a San Francisco-based start up honing her contract negotiation and putting her logistical skills to the test. She’s ecstatic to put those skills to use working at ESH to provide data to the analyst team and help districts and schools get better deals and more broadband. Lindsey holds a B.A in German Literature and Language from University of Oregon with a minor in Arabic Language. In her free timeLindsey loves to knit, swim, hike, back-pack and write. She’s also on a mission to visit every state park in California!
Kimberly envisions the future for our data transparency strategy, ensuring we have benchmarks to measure progress and inciting decisions makers to take action towards upgrading broadband for our schools nationwide.
Kimberly comes with nearly 20 years of experience solving digital problems for Fortune 500 companies. She spent 10 years with Razorfish, a leading digital agency, marshaling large web design and technology implementations for companies like T-Mobile, PG&E, Wells Fargo and Williams-Sonoma. An early professional in the digital revolution, Kimberly became an expert in content management systems to help businesses better manage their online presence. She was among the first employees at the Internet travel startup, ITN, acclaimed as the source of the first airline reservation ever made over the World Wide Web. Kimberly holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Florida.
Tony Swei is the co-founder of EducationSuperHighway.org. Tony has devoted his career to building successful technology companies in telecommunications, Internet, and enterprise software. He has held senior management positions with AccessLine Technolgies, InfoNXX, Homewarehouse.com and most recently was CEO of Tradar Limited. His expertise is in systems and general management. As the son of immigrants, Tony has benefited directly from the US Public Education System and is now applying his technology management expertise to enable next generation learning. He is a long term donor to and board member board of Meritus College Fund and more recently an advisor to The 1:1 Fund (CFED). He lives in Piedmont, CA with his wife and two young children. Tony graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1986 and completed his MBA from Stanford in 1991.
Sophie works to build and strengthen the EducationSuperHighway team by recruiting top talent to help us drive our mission forward.
Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Sophie worked as a Business Analyst at a public sector consulting firm in Chicago, IL. She worked on projects with the City of Detroit to help digitize purchasing procedures, train City staff on new computer programs, and implement restructuring plans to help the City recover from bankruptcy. Understanding how computer literacy impacted the City of Detroit and its ability to modernize its systems, she decided to move back to her hometown of San Francisco to improve access to digital learning and close the connectivity gap. Sophie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Michael is a member of our State Engagement Team that focuses on relationships with key state leaders to advance the integration of technology and Internet connectivity for K-12 students.
He has been involved in education technology for 25 years with Apple and Cisco, working at a national level with universities, K-12 schools and states. Michael has been an elected school board member in MA and served on the executive board of ISTE.
Michael enjoys running, riding his road bike and spending time with his family.
Marques works with school district representatives to provide clean and accurate, high-quality data to our analyst team.
Marques graduated from Grinnell College with B.A. in English, and spent most of his free time on the basketball court, as a member of the men’s team. After college,Marques taught 6th Social Studies and 7th grade reading and writing at Tafolla Middle School in San Antonio, Texas as a member of Teach for America. During his time in the classroom, he recognized the impact broadband connectivity can have on student learning and decided to move to San Francisco and help make digital learning a reality for students around the country as a member of the Data Quality team. In his spare-time, he still enjoys playing basketball and reading a good book.
Joan helps our EducationSuperHighway team members, state / federal policymakers, and general public draw insights from large amounts of connectivity data.
Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway as an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow, Joan was an Experienced Associate in PwC’s Forensics Advisory practice, focusing on license management and contract compliance within the technology sector. She has a background in Economics and Operations Research & Management Science from UC Berkeley. Outside of work, she serves on the Young Professionals Council of Meritus College Fund, dances with Alumni Dance Collective, and runs along the Embarcadero.
As part of the district team, Jason helps schools tackle the technical problems that come with running and upgrading a network.
Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Jason held various network engineering positions with the City of Boston. He started out working on emergency communication infrastructure before transitioning to the Boston Public Library where, in addition to managing the network, he gained valuable experience with the E-rate application process. A recent transplant to San Francisco, Jason enjoys exploring the area on one of his many bicycles, hiking, or seeking out the best burritos and coffee in the Bay Area.
Charlie builds internal applications for the data quality and data analyst teams. These applications aid statistical inferences concerning the state of schools’ broadband across America. He also creates external applications to help schools and districts become more informed buyers of broadband services.
Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Charlie went to Trinity College Dublin and has a background in mathematical economics and political science. In his spare time Charlie likes practicing yoga, Brazilian jiu jitsu and watching “soccer”, or as he knows it football!
As part of the District Team, Brad partners with school districts to upgrade their network and ensure that they have access to high bandwidth, low cost solutions.
Brad has 12 years experience in management and technology consulting, having worked in a handful of industries such as finance, bio-tech, energy, and specialty coffee. He graduated from Boston University with degrees in Economics and Psychology. In his free time, he enjoys making delicious coffee, making music, traveling, and photography.
Daniel is an experienced data manager with a strong background in educational statistics and published academic research. He worked most recently as the data manager at Great Schools, and held previous positions as a policy analyst at the National Center for Teach Quality, a program data manager at SHAPE P20: Success for All Students, an adjunct professor in statistics and curriculum instruction, and a high school chemistry teacher. Daniel holds a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry from The Catholic University of America, M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, from The George Washington State University, and an Ed.D. Educational Leadership, from The University of Montana.
Dr. Phillip Alvelda is the CEO & Chairman of TaDa, a media, technology and telecommunications startup, and the founding Chairman of The Westminster Institute for Science Education [WISE], an organization that helps schools extend and enrich STEM education with an emphasis on technical design, creativity, and innovation. Prior to TaDa and WISE, Dr. Alvelda was the founding CEO of MobiTV, the world’s leading provider of live TV, video-on-demand and music over mobile networks.
Jim Bildner is a Managing Director of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where he applies decades of private sector and government service experience to increase the capacity of organizations to solve complex societal problems and to expand funding available to help address these issues. He is a lecturer and researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Hauser Center Institute for Nonprofit Organizations, as well as a trustee of The Kresge Foundation and a director on several nonprofit boards. Jim earned his AB from Dartmouth, MPA from Harvard, J.D. from Case Western and a M.F.A. from Lesley University.
Todd Carter is a Managing Director with GCA Savvian, an investment bank focused on technology companies. He has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, completing hundreds of mergers and acquisitions, financings, merchant banking and advisory transactions. Prior to GCA Savvian, Todd was President of Robertson Stephens, an internationally recognized investment bank with annual revenues exceeding $1.5 billion. Todd received his BA from University of Texas and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jonathan Kaplan, the entrepreneurial founder of Flip Video, has launched a new venture called The Melt –a new fast casual restaurant business that combines technology with simple, irresistible cuisine for a fun, memorable dining experience. With 25 Bay Area-based locations opening in 2012, The Melt will specialize in high-quality grilled cheese sandwiches and seasonally fresh soups. Prior to starting The Melt, Kaplan served as senior vice president and general manager of the Cisco Consumer Business Group after his former company, Pure Digital Technologies, was acquired in 2009. As CEO, Chairperson and Founder of Pure Digital Technologies, Kaplan invented the wildly popular Flip Video camcorder line. The industry-changing impact of the Flip Video family was noted by Business Week, as it featured Kaplan as one of the Most Influential People on the Web for 2008. Previously, he founded FamilyWonder, a leading children¹s entertainment venture which was sold to SEGA of Japan. Kaplan began his career in publishing and was responsible for key technology initiatives at Conde Nast. He has taught as an adjunct professor at New York University and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ashley Leeds is a founding partner of RIME Communications Capital. Previously, she was a founding partner at Baker Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm in media and communications, an investment banker at Lehman Brothers where she advised media and communications companies. She has been a director on multiple private and public company boards and currently serves on the Grace Church School Board. Ashley graduated from Harvard College and received an MBA from Stanford. She has served as an advisory committee member at Harvard University and a Trust advisor to the Stanford Business School.
Jeff Snipes has 20 years of experience in corporate learning, leadership development and education technology. He served as Founder & CEO of Ninth House, growing it into the largest provider of online leadership development and blended learning technology to the Fortune 500, and recently led the sale of PDI Ninth House to Korn/Ferry. Jeff actively advises and invests in education-related ventures, including Stanford’s ChallengeSuccess, Aspire Schools, Schoolzilla, Mindful Schools, and the Coalition for Innovative Schools. Jeff has been named ABA CEO of the Year, is a member of YPO, and received his BA and BBA at Southern Methodist University.