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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.

June Marcel


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.

Bill Miskovetz


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.

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!

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.

Tony Swei


Tony Swei is the co-founder of  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, 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.

Hillary Baker

Senior Outreach Coordinator

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 Barnes

Data Quality Specialist

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 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.

Kees Briggs

Software Developer

Kees is a software engineer with a broad range of experience spanning 15 years in the tech industry. He has worked for non-profits, startups, and Fortune 500 companies. When he is not developing websites he enjoys playing violin for the Mill Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, playing guitar in various musical groups, training for half-marathons or wine-tasting with friends and family. Kees lives in San Rafael, CA with his wife, Jenny, and his two children, Jake (6) and Evie (3).

Ethan Castro

Director, State Partner Development

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.

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.

Kate Doornbos

Outreach Coordinator

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.

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


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 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.

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 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 Hankins

Outreach Coordinator

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.

Juliann Igo

District Team

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.

Andrew Kenny

State Consultant

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.

Greg Kurzhals

Data Quality Specialist

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 Kutler

Director of Network Strategy and Planning

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.

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.

Jack Lynch

Senior State Consultant

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 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


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.

Jen Overgaag

Network Consultant

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.

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.

Dan Runcie

State Consultant

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 Schott


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 Shannon


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 Shellabarger

Marketing Manager

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 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 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.

Lindsey Stevenson

Data Quality Fellow

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.

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.

Michael Turzanski

State Engagement Manager

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.

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!

Daniel Zielaski

Strategic Analysis Manager

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

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.

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