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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 Marwell

Founder and CEO

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 Anderson

Chief of Staff

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.

Greer Ahlquist

District Consultant

Greer is a member of the District team, working directly with school districts to find connectivity solutions that meet the digital learning needs of their students.

Prior to working with EducationSuperHighway, Greer was an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she supported public sector clients across a variety of areas, including telecommunications and grants management.  She also spent a summer as an Education Pioneers fellow with the Charter School Growth Fund.Outside of work, you can find her hanging with her dog (and husband), listening to podcasts, and searching for flat parts of the city to run. Greer holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and a MBA from Chicago Booth.

Hillary Baker

Outreach Manager

Hillary works with our state partners to develop and implement communications strategies to engage all school districts and spread the word that EducationSuperHighway is here to help.

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 Barnes

Analyst

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.

Christine Bediones

Outreach Coordinator

As part of the Marketing & Communications team, Christine plans, develops and executes outreach campaigns to build awareness of EducationSuperHighway’s mission to connect all K-12 classrooms to high-speed broadband.   

Prior to joining the team, Christine worked in Business Development for Insight Education Group and was an Account Executive intern for CDW-G. Her passion for educational equity and technology led her to volunteer at KIDmob (the mobile kid-integrated design firm), 826LA, and at various EdTech conferences. Christine graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Global Cultures from the University of California, Irvine. She is a SoCal native who currently enjoys listening to podcasts, studying design thinking, and frequenting Mitchell’s Ice Cream.

Hayley Beers

District Consultant

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 Bhatnagar

Senior District Consultant

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 Brady

Data Quality Manager

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.

James Brennan

Software Engineer

James is a Senior Software Engineer. He enjoys discovering the common patterns in apparently disparate things.

When he’s not crafting code he can be found in his rehearsal space crafting words and melodies. James is delighted to be part of the ESH family, happy to apply his skills to the work of building a strong network of learning for all students.

Steve Chen

Software Developer

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.

Josh Chisom

Senior District Consultant

As part of the District Team, Josh partners with school districts to upgrade their network and ensure that they have access to high bandwidth, low cost solutions. Josh has twenty years of experience in K-12 and higher education.

Before joining ESH, Josh was an E-rate consultant for eight years and, prior to that, a Site Reviewer for the E-rate program.  In his off hours he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing guitar with his rock band, and reading history books and detective novels.

Devon Estes

Software Engineer

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 Ghose

Analyst

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.

Julie Glasier

District Consultant

Ellen Goldich

District Consultant

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.

Sophia Green-Robinson

State Engagement Manager

Sophia is a member of  the State Engagement Team assisting our state partners in their strategic planning and implementation for K-12 broadband connectivity.

Sophia comes to EducationSuperHighway with over 28 years of business development, municipal finance, project finance and business utilization experience. She has served as the Business Development Director for a large engineering design company, founder of an investment banking/financial advisory firm, the former Treasurer of Washington DC and an attorney.  Sophia has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Sophia has served on numerous boards and enjoys swimming, running, traveling and family.  

Brad Gresik

Data Quality Specialist

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 Gutierrez

Executive Assistant

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. In her spare time she likes to bake, travel, spend time with her dog, Nala, and cheer on the Golden State Warriors!

Jeremy Holtzman

Data Quality Specialist

Jeremy works with school district representatives to collect and categorize data on broadband connectivity and costs.

Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Jeremy worked in the finance, product, and analysis teams at a startup called Clutch. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business and a B.A. in Economics, and is also a 2014 Venture for America Fellow. In his free time, he likes to travel, play sports, and watch a good movie.

Nell Hurley

Director of Marketing and Communications

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!

Mark Hurty

Product Manager

Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Mark worked on the IT Solutions Team at Teach For America, taught middle school in Oakland, and designed user experiences and interfaces with a small product design team of engineers during the first wave of the commercial internet. He co-founded the indie music site Daytrotter. Mark’s interests include theatre, food, wine, biking, and he’s developing mad skills as a grandfather.

Juliann Igo

District Consultant

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 Iyer

Graphic Designer

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.

Patrick Johnson

Network Consultant

Patrick is a network consultant for the district team.  He brings 19 years of public school district experience with him in the areas of network engineering & design and operational process creation & improvement.

Patrick is active in several professional education-related organizations and has presented professionally at multiple conferences promoting technology in education.  Patrick has a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems & a Master of Science in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems.  He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Patrick loves discussing science, health, and technology.

Chris Kemnitzer

Data Quality Specialist

Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Chris worked as a researcher for Glass Lewis to help institutional investors make informed voting decisions at shareholder meetings. He attended Colorado College and received a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science. Chris likes to spend his free time outdoors either surfing or rock climbing. He doesn’t spend much time sitting still, but when he feels the need, he likes to be cooking or reading.

Andrew Kenny

Engagement Manager

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.

Steven Han

Software Administrator

Steven works as the Software Administrator for EducationSuperHighway. He customizes and automates processes using various software tools so that teams can focus on goals rather than being bogged down by inefficiencies.

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 and is a certified Salesforce Administrator. He enjoys watching stage performances, traveling, and playing board/card games.

Jeff Kang

State Engagement Manager

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.

Jenny Lam

State Engagement Manager

Jenny works with state public officials and stakeholders to advance digital learning through internet connectivity for K12 public school students.

Jenny has a deep passion for public education. She has dedicated her career to social change and public service. She brings nearly twenty years of experience in community building, strategic partnerships, and advocacy. Prior to joining Education Superhighway, Ms. Lam has served in a number of executive leadership positions with nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, most recently, Chinese for Affirmative Action.

Jenny lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children, both attending San Francisco public schools.  Ms. Lam received her B.A. in Political Science and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jack Lynch

State Engagement Manager

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.

Natalia Marcantonio

Outreach Coordinator

As part of the Outreach Team, Natalia develops the district communication strategy and plan, works with state leaders to tailor strategy to state-specific context/timing, create marketing and outreach materials, and build relationships with communication partners.

Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Natalia began her career in social work and then transitioned to marketing. Most recently, she worked as a Social Media Marketing Associate at My Digital Tat2, a non-profit working to facilitate conversations that inspire ethical online behavior among K-12 children. Prior to that she worked in Marketing at Filice Insurance in San Jose. Natalia received her Bachelors in Social Work from Eastern Connecticut State University and worked in non profits helping K-12 children and young adults. A few years later, she moved to the Bay Area in search of new opportunities. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new areas and hiking. She also loves to dance and is a huge chocoholic.

Lindie Martin

Data Quality Specialist

As a Data Quality Specialist, Lindie specializes in collecting and accurately representing school districts’ broadband connectivity and affordability data.

Lindie received her Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.), as well as Bachelor of Science (B.S.), from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she concentrated in environmental policy and resource economics. Previous to her role at ESH, Lindie worked as a Research Analyst in the Economic and Public Policy Research group at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, where she specialized in integrating economic and public policy analysis with social science research methods. In her free time, Lindie enjoys hiking, trail running, yoga, and exploring the west coast.

Jenny Miller

State Engagement Manager

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 Miskovetz

CTO

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 Murphy

Product Manager

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 Narayanan

District Consultant

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 Narielvala

Program Director

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.

Tricia O’Neill

Operations Manager

Jen Overgaag

Software Engineer

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 Patterson

District Consultant

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.

Laura Pierczynski

UI Designer

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.

Tim Riley

Service Provider Partnership Manager

Tim leads our work with service providers. He is responsible for building and managing relationships with service providers across the country, and to encourage winning solutions that help schools meet their bandwidth goals.

Tim has 20 years of experience in the telecoms sector.  His career has come full circle, as his first job was working to advance distance learning in Oklahoma in the mid 90’s.   Tim’s experience includes executive management in the wireless, CLEC and RLEC space.  Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications, and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from Oklahoma State University. In his free time, Tim enjoys time with his family, watching OSU Cowboy athletics, and riding the back roads of Oklahoma on his gravel road bike.

Dan Runcie

State Engagement Manager

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.

Daniela Schiano di Cola

Software Engineer

As part of the engineering team, Daniela helps build both internal applications for data quality and data analyst teams, and external applications to help school districts make better decisions for broadband services.

Daniela has a background in linguistics and a passion for learning foreign languages. Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Daniela developed foreign language curriculum for classroom and e-Learning programs. In her spare time, Daniela loves exploring the outdoors, studying Persian-Farsi, and practicing acrobatics.

Justine Schott

Analyst

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 Seok

Analyst

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 Shannon

Analyst

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.

Brian Shih

Network Consultant

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 Shephard

Director of Software & Analysis

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 Stevenson

Software Engineer

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 Swan

Program Director

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

Co-Founder

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 Symonds

Recruitment and Talent Coordinator

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.

Paul Toribio

District Consultant

Michael Turzanski

Director of State Engagements

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 Valdez

Data Quality Specialist

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.

Jason Warchol

Network Consultant

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 Ward

Software Developer

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!

Brad Weiger

Senior District Consultant

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.

Anthony Zirilli

Data Quality Specialist

As a member of the Data Quality team, Anthony works to ensure an accurate and comprehensive view of broadband services that school districts receive across the country.
Before EducationSuperHighway, Anthony was a Business Data Analyst at Atlantic Media in Washington, DC, where his interest in answering questions through data was cemented. He graduated from the George Washington University with a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) and a concentration in Information Systems. As a recent transplant to the Bay Area, he enjoys playing tennis, exploring the scenic views, and discovering the hidden gems of Oakland.

Dr. Phillip Alvelda

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

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

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

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

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

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.