Our team is dynamic and diverse with backgrounds stemming from consulting, engineering, sales, education, marketing and data science. We are all here because we care deeply in the power of technology to transform public education. We are thankful for the support and guidance of our board.
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.
Meredith leads the Marketing team who works to build awareness of and drive demand for EducationSuperHighway’s tools and services among key audiences.
Meredith has more than 17 years of digital, integrated marketing and communication experience with an expertise in integrated communications, digital communications, social media marketing, and digital marketing. In her free time Meredith enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog Benny and friends.
Jack leads EducationSuperHighway’s State Engagement Team, responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with leaders in state government to help them improve broadband connectivity for K-12 schools.
Jack also serves on the Board of Trustees at Leadership High School in San Francisco, a small public school committed to preparing students for college. He began his career as an hardware engineer at Cisco Systems, but was driven to make a career change by a strong belief in the power of education to change the world. Jack holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
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.
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.
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.
As Program Director, Ellen guides teams to provide stakeholders with consulting programs and strategic direction to spearhead statewide infrastructure initiatives. Ellen also manages the district consultants powering these programs, supporting them with resources and professional development to help them reach career goals.
Ellen is passionate about equity, and has sought roles that apply her program, people, and project management skills to achieve improved outcomes for all students. 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. Ellen holds a B.A. from Northwestern University.
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.
As part of the District Team, Evan partners with school districts to upgrade their network and ensure that they have access to high bandwidth, low cost solutions.
Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Evan worked at a tech start-up for three years in business development and account management. His previous experience working and volunteering in schools showed him firsthand the power of technology in the classroom. He holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University, and grew up in Louisiana.
He enjoys cooking up Italian or Cajun concoctions, exploring the city, and cheering on the Saints and Blue Devils.
As a Senior Consultant, Eliza partners with state governments and empowers school district leaders across the U.S. to upgrade their internet infrastructure to ensure equity in digital learning.
She has spent her career managing and strategizing social impact initiatives with a nationwide scope, leading cross-functional executive-level leaders through full cycle projects, and leveraging organizational partnerships to address critical issues in her community at the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and EducationSuperHighway. Eliza holds a B.A. in American Studies from Skidmore College and is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.
She will be seeking job opportunities starting in June 2020!
Victoria leads national communications and content strategy to spread awareness of EducationSuperHighway’s unprecedented impact on America’s public schools. For the past 15 years, she has excelled as a marketing communications strategist who helps organizations build value, embrace change and connect with those who matter the most. Victoria built a career off her love for storytelling and developed that into a portfolio that includes working with state and federal government, non-profit and small business sectors. With a deliberate dedication to mission-based work, she has launched many brands on social media and secured a range of local and national media placements including The Washington Post, USA Today, The TODAY Show, BET, Politico and Wired. Victoria holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Michigan Sgtate University and a master’s in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University.
Andy works with our state and district partners to develop marketing and communications strategies that ensure our programs and tools reach those who need them most.
Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Andy held marketing and fundraising roles with ActionAid and the Campaign for Female Education in the US and UK. Having spent over a decade working in global development non-profits, he is passionate about education and ensuring every child has the resources to reach their potential. In his free time, Andy enjoys walking, skiing and watching Wales play rugby.
Natalia was reaqainted with design a few years ago and has been fortunate enough to finally explore that passion. With each career transition, Natalia has been able to gather many skills that strengthens her as a designer. Social work instilled the power of listening and communication, which gave her the ability to be a strong visual communicator. Marketing has helped her to understand brand, the customer journey, the power of data and analytics, and how design plays a huge role in all of that. She designs with the customer in mind, and loves collaborating with others to make sure the design is brought to life effectively. She has the ability to design through a marketing perspective and deliver great results. Graphic design has always been a therapeutic outlet for her. She loves getting lost in the design process and seeing it through from start to finish. She is a sucker for great typography and loves collaborating with client’s to bring their vision to life.
As of November 2020, she’ll be ready to take on another graphic design opportunity.
Grace works with state leaders to improve internet connectivity in K-12 public schools. She has over 10 years of experience in education and technology and is excited to be at ESH, working to close the digital divide and support equity in public education.
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.
As a Software Engineer, Sierra develops externally facing web applications that provide internet price transparency to school districts throughout the United States, which helps them to upgrade their internet access.
Having transitioned to this role from being a Data Analyst for 5 years, she believes in the power of data to create positive change and the need for tools to make that data accessible.
Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Sierra worked on the Consumer Marketing Analytics team at PayPal. At both organizations, she developed algorithms and data pipelines to automate the production of high quality and relevant data, and surfaced insights to stakeholders using that data. She also built internal tools that helped her teams produce and track insights at scale. She holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
Sierra is seeking new Software Engineering opportunities at a mission-driven organization starting September 2020!
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!
Mark manages the EducationSuperHighway price transparency application, Compare and Connect K-12, used by districts in support of fiber and bandwidth upgrades. Districts that used CCK12 (yes, we love acronyms) saved 52% on their internet costs, year over year, compared to the national median of 32% savings. Mark has over 20 years experience in product design, user experience design, and product management. Prior to joining ESH, Mark was a managing director and business analyst on the Teach For America technology solutions team where he led development of ProgramTracker, a tool for supporting TFA’s teaching corps across the nation.
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. Dr. Alvelda and his team took the idea of “rich media delivery over wireless networks” from concept to market leadership with the world’s first live television experience over mobile phones, creating an entirely new media distribution channel, now called mobile television. Since MobiTV’s 2003 debut on Sprint, Dr. Alvelda grew the service to more than two million paying subscribers on all the major US, Canadian, UK, and Latin American wireless networks. The company now has over 17 million subscribers, making MobiTV the US’s 3rd largest television provider by distribution.
Dr. Alvelda received an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, was selected by Fast Company as the US’s 15th most influential high technology entrepreneur, and has been granted numerous other technology and industry leadership awards from AlwaysOn, CNET, Fierce, Frost & Sullivan, Mobile Entertainment (One of the top 20 most influential New Media Executives), Red Herring and other influencers for innovation and market leadership. He is a regular invited speaker at media and telecom industry events including the World Economic Forum where he was chosen as a “Technology Pioneer” in 2007.
Prior to MobiTV, Dr. Alvelda was the founding CEO and CTO of The MicroDisplay Corporation, a manufacturer of high-resolution miniature displays for low cost HDTVs. Prior to MicroDisplay, Dr. Alvelda was a developer of spacecraft hardware and software systems, and new computing architectures at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed and built a series of sensors that flew on the Space Shuttle as well as the Galileo and Magellan interplanetary spacecraft. Dr. Alvelda holds over 18 patents and patents-pending on a wide range of technologies, a technical Emmy Award, a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University, and Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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.