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.
Over the last 25 years, Evan 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 non-profit 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.
June leads efforts to build the EducationSuperHighway team while maintaining a culture of excellence and focus, guiding the strategic planning process to help the organization scale.
Having started her career in manufacturing and then management consulting, June joins us from Moody’s Analytics, where she spent eight years working cross-functionally to build teams and deliver software solutions. She holds a B.A. in English literature from Columbia University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and serves on the advisory board of Breakthrough San Francisco.
Audra has more than 16 years of experience leading technology teams in the enterprise software industry. Her current role as Chief Operating Officer at EducationSuperHighway merges her passion for education and nonprofit work with her extensive background in software and technology. Previously, she was the VP of Product Management at Atlassian for over five years, and has also held Vice President and Director of Product positions at Raytheon, ArcSight, ScanSafe, Sygate, and Internet Security Systems. Audra holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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.
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.
Ethan leads the State Programs team at EducationSuperHighway. He began his career as a teacher with Teach For America in Los Angeles while also obtaining his Masters in Education. After teaching, Ethan transitioned to a district-level leadership role at Oakland Unified School District. Upon receiving his JD and MBA degrees from Northwestern-Kellogg, Ethan worked as a senior strategy consultant with Monitor Group on projects across numerous industries, including healthcare, defense and technology. He is excited to be effecting positive change again in the nonprofit education world.
Kate helps EducationSuperHighway’s tools and programs reach our district, state, and federal audiences. Prior to joining the team, Kate served as a Senior Program Management Associate at Arabella Advisors, helping manage projects of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s K-12 Education programs. Kate graduated with an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, and a degree in Social Work from Saint Mary’s College- Notre Dame, IN. An avid fan of dogs, documentaries, and dancey playlists- you can often find her wandering around the city in constant search of San Francisco’s best burrito.
Lindsey connects with state and district contacts to understand what they need to upgrade their school networks — and makes sure our work helps them do that.
Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Lindsey worked for various education nonprofits (and a law firm) in operations, communications, and event planning. A mountain girl at heart, she went to great public schools in Colorado before somehow ending up at New York University, where she got a B.A./M.A. in English and American Literature. She left New York with a love of indie films and an acute desire for trees. These days, she enjoys reading outside in Oakland.
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.
Nobu helps our team move faster with code. He makes our work scalable by building applications that showcase our data and analyses.
He has worked on a variety of projects including a news aggregator startup in Tokyo as a co-founder. Nobu recently found his passion for education and joined the team in 2013. When he is not staring at a monitor, he’s organizing a meetup group for English learners in the city.
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 to build and strengthen the EducationSuperHighway team by recruiting top talent to help us drive our mission forward.
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 on state strategies for driving down the cost of K-12 broadband and helps states implement those strategies. His work involves a healthy mix of data analysis, policy formulation, and evaluating the political landscapes of partner states.
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 briefly taught 6th and 7th grade math. 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 enjoys riding and racing bicycles and engaging in polite and logic-filled debates on social media.
Greg collaborates with school district representatives to provide accurate, high-quality data for use by EducationSuperHighway’s team of analysts.
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.
Ben is responsible for leading the implementation of EducationSuperHighway’s programs with school districts.
He has over 15 years of technology development and implementation experience, working at Kontiki, Verisign, Aggregate Knowledge and Trilogy Software. Most recently, Ben was the Director of Solutions at Junyo, working with a number of leading schools to integrate their online data systems.
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.
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.
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.
Dan works with our state partners to develop scalable strategies and cost-effective solutions to provide high-speed internet access for K-12 schools and students.
Before he joined EducationSuperHighway, Dan developed his analytical thought process and strategic planning skills in various roles with Travelers Insurance, Delta Air Lines, and most recently with NewSchools Venture Fund as an Education Pioneer Fellow. When he’s not working towards decreasing the opportunity gap in education, Dan can be found playing pick-up sports games across the Bay Area (as far as his Clipper Card takes him), catching up with his friends and family, or discussing one of his theories on how to win an Academy Award. 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.
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 close to 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.
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, consumer retailing, 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.
Tiffany transforms the data we collect into reports, analyses, and insights that drive our approach to federal policy and state strategy.
Before EducationSuperHighway, Tiffany worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. She loves yoga, literature, being in the outdoors, and traveling spontaneously around the world. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Economics in Operations and Information Management.
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.