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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 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.

Meredith Bradshaw

VP Marketing & Communications

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.

Solomon de los Reyes

Director, Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence

Solomon works with our Strategic Analysis Team to ensure the analyses performed are delivered as impactful insights to government policy makers.

Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Solomon worked for a start-up based in Silicon Valley helping financial industry giants adopt open source big data technologies and implement data science based solutions. Solomon’s tenure in Big 4 Consulting had lasting damages, primarily food snobbery and now he spends inordinate amounts of time in the kitchen attempting to create exquisite meals.

Jack Lynch

State Engagement Director

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.

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.

Denise Shephard

VP, Software and 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.

Brad Weiger

Vice President, District Consulting

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.

Analytics Team

The Analytics team delivers insights that fuel EducationSuperHighway’s programmatic and policy work. The team uses a combination of statistical research, advanced analytical methods, and exploratory analysis to answer organization-wide strategic questions. Data curiosity is a central part of the team’s DNA and a major contributor to the organization’s success to date.

Kat Aquino

Data Scientist

Kat is the first data scientist at EducationSuperHighway, elevating data science practices and leading machine learning projects. She created curriculum and facilitated workshops training teammates on the latest data science tools.

Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Kat was as a Data Scientist at Veritas creating predictive models on customer churn and sales, and created natural language processing models at Elastica (now Symantec), and taught as instructional staff at UC Berkeley Extension Data Analytics Boot Camp. Before transitioning as a Data Scientist, Kat started as a public school high school teacher and was a non-profit director leading programs helping low-income students prepare and succeed in their higher education pursuits. Kat graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in Physics and from Galvanize/University of New Haven with an M.S. in Data Science.

Kat is interested in Data Scientist opportunities for September 2020.

Jamie Barnes

Lead Data Analyst

As the Lead Data Analyst, Jamie provides mentorship and thought leadership to the Analytics team to ensure accurate and consistent analysis across the organization. She loves deriving meaning from data and using it to craft a story that will drive decisions, while empowering others to do the same. Jamie holds a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University and enjoys adding to her analytics toolkit through online courses and technical projects.

Jamie will be seeking new opportunities in September 2020.

Bryn Murray

Business Analytics Director

As the Director of Business Analytics, Bryn ensures EducationSuperHighway has high quality, accurate data for both internal and external reporting needs. She ensures all staff across the organization have access to timely, relevant data. She has built internal dashboards and helped set up systems to track progress to internal goals, and has created a process for regularly reviewing programmatic data across the organization.

Bryn’s background is in education policy and analysis, working in the nonprofit, private and government sectors. Her focus has been on helping school districts use data to make strategic decisions and inform policy. She has a Masters from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Following the sunset of this organization, Bryn is interested in joining a mission-driven organization using data to drive results. She is open to new roles in Fall of 2020.

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Yubana Pulido

Data Analyst

As a Data Analyst, Yubana uses her curiosity and creativity to dig into data and find insights that can make an impact. Previously worked as a system administrator, helping management increase efficiency of software and corporate reporting needs. She received a degree in Economics and in Management from the University of California, Merced. During her spare time, you will find her crafting or enjoying time with her goldendoodle, Autumn.

Yubana is interested in finding opportunities as a Data Analyst for September 2020 in San Francisco or in the East Bay.

Justine Schott

Data Analyst Manager

Justine has never been one to take facts at face value, which is why she’s always been drawn to analytics – her well-known curiosity nudges her to keep digging to find that great insight in the data or that elusive bug in the code. As a manager, she blends the stories told by the data with the expertise from across our organization to create insights that power change.

In the past five years at EducationSuperHighway as both a manager and a data analyst, Justine improved data transparency at the FCC by using school broadband data to create new, insightful metrics that had been otherwise impossible for other organizations to calculate. Additionally, she retained the majority of the analysis team through the final years of the organization’s existence by ensuring they had the growth opportunities they deserve to help make a positive impact in their future endeavors.

Justine loves to chat! In late 2020, she’ll be available for new opportunities. Her dream is to build a new “insights creation machine” which provides data-driven insights that create a positive impact in the community.

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Molly Sloane

Data Analyst

As a Data Analyst, Molly is fueled by her passion for using data-driven insights to solve real world problems and positively impact social change. Through her experience in EdTech she has had the opportunity to build efficient data pipelines that helped teachers better serve their English Language Learners at Ellevation LLC, and has worked with school district and State representatives to provide clean, high-quality data and metrics that helped ESH facilitate broadband upgrades for millions of students. She received a B.S. in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University and continues to expand her education through technical projects and online courses. When she is not working, you will usually find Molly running, biking, hiking or reading outdoors.

Molly will be looking for new opportunities to apply her data expertise to new challenges around education, sustainability, and social justice in Denver starting July 2020!

Adam Smith

Data Analyst

As a Data Analyst, Adam uses advanced statistical methods and analytics tools to uncover the mysteries hiding behind the numbers. His MS in Quantitative Economics from Cal Poly SLO and previous career in the banking industry have guided his instinct for discovering and interpreting insights for actionable decision making. Beyond data science and economics, he has a passion for public policy, urban planning, transportation, and digital media. When not behind a computer, you can find Adam out on the disc golf course or cruising on his motorcycle.

Surafael Yared

Data Analyst

As a Data Analyst, Surafael uses his natural skepticism and curiosity to turn messy government data into actionable insights. Having worked in more data quality-focused roles, including at a neuroimaging and informatics lab, he understands the importance of maintaining the integrity of the data when producing analysis. Surafael received a degree in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from USC, as well as a Statistics Minor, and continues his studies via MOOC courses in analytics through Georgia Tech.

Surafael is interested in finding an organization that leverages data in novel ways to answer difficult questions. If you know of any, especially in the NYC area, please reach out!

District Team

The District team works directly with school districts across the country to determine the best solution for upgrading their schools. Providing advice and guidance to school district leaders, we develop creative and cost-effective infrastructure upgrade plans. We then work with service providers and other stakeholders to make upgrades happen. The team shapes our work organization-wide by using its on-the-ground perspective to address the real needs of districts, schools, and students.

Greer Ahlquist

Program Director

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.

Hanna Beckman

Senior District Consultant

Prior to joining the District Team, Hanna served as Coro Fellow in Public Affairs where she worked across government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors. Previously, she helped teachers and administrators across the country expand their computer science programs with CodeHS. Hanna also taught at an elementary in San Jose for three years by way of Teach for America. She has a B.A. in History and Political Science from UC Santa Barbara. Outside of work you can find her playing volleyball, softball, spikeball, KanJam, or whichever game is invented next.

Josh Chisom

E-rate Program Director

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.

Ellen Goldich

Program Director

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.

Veronica Ramos

Senior District Consultant

Veronica works on the District Team helping match schools districts with affordable internet connectivity solutions. Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway Veronica spent five years working in Europe, Mexico, and Hawaii in various international education and technology industry positions. She spent the last two years in Mexico City as a Customer Success Advocate for KIO Networks providing cloud based productivity solutions for their Latin American market. Veronica has a BA in psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and remains a faithful 49er at heart. In her spare time she likes to explore San Francisco, go to concerts, practice her Spanish, and is a friend to all dogs. In 2012 Veronica was afflicted with wanderlust and has yet to recover. She plans to spend the rest of her life traveling the world in search of a cure.

Tim Riley

Director, Service Provider Partnerships

Tim is focused on building and nurturing outstanding relationships with Internet service providers who are able to support our mission. He leads our technical subject matter expert team, and serves as the telecom/ISP SME for our organization. Tim also has worked on several cross functional teams within our organization that are focused on strategic execution of our mission in the most challenging locations and environments. 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. He holds a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from Oklahoma State University. Tim enjoys spending time with his family, watching OSU Cowboy athletics, and riding bikes on the back roads and trails of Oklahoma, and beyond.

Brian Shih

Principal 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.

Evan Shea

Senior District Consultant

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.

Eliza Straim

Senior District Consultant

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!

Christine Yoo

Program Manager
During her time at EducationSuperHighway, Christine has partnered with 8 state departments of education to help school districts take advantage of federal funding and upgrade their broadband services. More recently, as Program Manager, she has worked in an internal capacity to manage the production of State of the States, as can be seen here. Prior to 2017, Christine worked as a management consultant at PwC, helping clients navigate through critical business issues. She has also spent time as an Education Pioneers fellow at a charter management organization, helping to procure and implement a new HR Information System. Christine holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Education from University of Pennsylvania.

Following the sunset of this organization, Christine is interested in program and/or product management roles in the Education and Social Impact spaces. She is open to new roles in Fall of 2020, preferably in Los Angeles.

Tess Zaretsky

Senior District Consultant

As a Senior Consultant, Tess partners with district leaders and state government to find scalable, affordable internet options for schools. Previously, Tess fulfilled a Fulbright English Teaching Grant in South Korea, where she taught English and implemented an arts-education program in two middle schools. Upon returning to the states, she managed an Americrops team in their year of service at Bronx Early College Academy. She holds a B.A. in English and Communications from Tulane University. No matter where Tess is living, you can find her searching for the best soup dumplings and concert venues in the city.

Tess is fueled by her motivation to make a positive impact in the education space through collaboration and problem-solving. She is seeking opportunities in N.Y.C. come April 2020.

Madeline Zdeblick

Senior District Consultant

Madeline has spent the last three years at EducationSuperHighway working as a Business Analyst and understanding the data; as well as on the District team, working with school districts and state partners to support in the implementation of programs. Her pull towards the analytical and the programmatic prompted her to return to school to grow on these skills. She’ll be starting a Master’s of Public Administration and Policy at NYU – Wagner in August 2020. She hopes to better understand how different funding models can be used to implement public programs, and is always open to learning more from different organizations. Catch her on the other coast, come this fall!

Marketing and Communications Team

The Marketing team works to build awareness of and drive demand for EducationSuperHighway’s tools and services among key audiences. At the same time, we seek to elevate EducationSuperHighway as the preeminent expert on the topic of Internet in schools. The team also plays a key role in our advocacy work, facilitating partnerships, and articulating case studies and best practices for school district upgrades.

Ellie Cotari

Senior Designer

Alyssa Cubello

Marketing Manager

Alyssa works on the Outreach Team to develop communication strategies with key partners so that they can spread the word about EducationSuperHighway to school districts within their state.

Alyssa’s passions for education, policy, and social justice were sparked at Boston College, where she graduated with a degree in Political Science and a concentration in Faith, Peace, and Justice. She developed her interest in educational technology while working as an account manager in Oracle’s higher education sales division. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, and exploring the beautiful Bay Area.

Victoria Holmes

Director, Strategic Communications and Content

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 John

Director, Marketing Programs

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 Marcantonio

Marketing Manager

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 April 2020, you’ll find her traveling the world for 6 months, but is looking for freelance graphic design opportunities during that time. She will be ready for full time work by September.

Operations Team

The Operations team does anything and everything needed to support every individual and every team at EducationSuperHighway. We recruit top talent and then provide them ongoing professional growth support, coordinate team and culture building events, ensure information flows freely across the organization and, keep the team well-fed. We also make sure that behind the scenes the machine runs smoothly so that EducationSuperHighway is an efficient and effective operation.

Tara Droz

Executive Assistant

As an executive assistant, Tara wears many hats at EducationSuperHighway. She supports our CEO and also helps keep our office running smoothly day to day. Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Tara worked in various industries ranging from hospitality to tech to financial services. All of these experiences have contributed to developing skills in event coordination and she has found a passion for creating and executing exceptional events. Tara will be looking for opportunities Fall 2020.

Tricia O’Neill

Director, Operations

State Team

The State team partners with state government officials to develop statewide strategic plans to upgrade K-12 connectivity. Since 2014, the team has worked with over 20 states to identify opportunities to improve broadband access, secure funding for new fiber infrastructure, and catalyze bandwidth upgrades for schools in need. Each team member builds relationships with executives in Governor’s offices, state departments of education and technology, broadband service providers, and other agencies.

Sophia Green-Robinson

State Engagement Director

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.  

Jenny Miller

State Engagement Director

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. Prior to ESH, Jenny worked in modeling and analysis of polling data, and later worked in management consulting in New York. She’s a self-described “pretentious literature enthusiast,” actually enjoys exercising, and finds improv comedy to be one of the most impressive feats of mankind. You can find her in the East Bay with her husband and her cat Espresso.

Grace Ting

State Engagement Director

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.

Prior to joining the team, Grace worked as a consultant with a number of education organizations. Before that, she was at Edmodo, where she led a team that worked with school districts across the country to implement digital learning. Earlier in her career, she worked at Google managing Fortune 500 client accounts and advising them on digital marketing strategy. Grace has a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Grace lives in San Francisco and loves biking to work, cooking, playing outdoors, traveling, and dabbling in a mishmash of hobbies

Software Team

The Software team is crucial to the success of our organization. For a small non-profit to have national impact, we need to develop scalable solutions, and software makes it possible for us to achieve that scale. We utilize the React framework along with Ruby, Rails, Postgresql, Python, Elixir, to build internal tools that create leverage for our district, state, and national work. We also design and build external products like www.compareandconnectk12.org. The team consists of product managers, engineers, and designers utilizing agile principles to support school upgrades across the US.

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.

Sierra Costanza

Software Engineer

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!

Mark Hurty

Product Manager

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.

Meghan Murphy

Senior Product Manager

As the Senior Product Manager at EducationSuperHighway, Meghan takes complex data sets and transforms them into simple, user-centered digital products that make Internet prices more transparent and affordable for school districts and help education leaders close the digital divide. Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Meghan led the discovery and implementation of new business lines as a senior leader at a leading national labor organization. Meghan has an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a B.A. from Yale University. Outside of work, Meghan enjoys running marathons and hiking with her dog Hobbes.

Meghan is looking for new career opportunities to apply her passion for tackling complexity and creating intuitive, meaningful, data-driven software products and user experiences.

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.

Laura Pierczynski

Senior UI/UX 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.

Daniela Schiano di Cola

Software Engineer

Daniela is a Software Engineer who is passionate about building meaningful applications that make a positive impact on our society. She has always been drawn to education, both as someone who always loves to learn, and as a strong advocate for educational and linguistic equity. Before ESH, she studied sociolinguistics and designed and built online foreign language courses. She has volunteered as a Reading Tutor for the non-profit organization, Reading Partners, for the last 3 and a half years, and spent time as an AmeriCorps volunteer after college. She is seeking an opportunity in a mission-driven organization where she can continue to develop as an engineer and join a team that embraces collaboration, empathy, and professional growth. Outside of engineering, her passions include learning languages, traveling, trail running, knitting, and playing with her cats.

Lindsey Stevenson

Software Engineer

Lindsey is a proud member of the Software team at EducationSuperHighway. She joined ESH in early 2015 as part of the original data cleaning team. This experience focuses her work as she now builds internal and external software in support of the people and the mission of ESH. Today she’s architecting software that will last long after ESH sunsets and will spotlight the ongoing work of upgrading school district connectivity.

When not busy hackin’ the mainframe, she’s hiking outside in rainy Portland Oregon, or gardening and enjoying a fine rosé of pinot noir from her homeland’s exceptional terroir. She also knits a lot.

Lindsey’s looking for that next perfect team in late Fall or Winter 2020. Check out her LinkedIn profile for more details and get in touch.

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!

Anthony Zirilli

Systems Analyst

As a member of the Engineering 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.

Our Board

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. 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

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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