Our Team

OUR EXPERTS

Working to Close the
Broadband Affordability Gap

Our team is dynamic and diverse with backgrounds stemming from consulting, engineering, sales, education, marketing and data science. We are all here because we believe that access to the Internet is a requirement for access to opportunity.

Greer Ahlquist

Greer Ahlquist

Program Director

Alan Ray Ampersand

Alan Ray Ampersand

Software Engineer

Kat Aquino

Kat Aquino

Data Science and Analytics Manager

Lucy Chen

Lucy Chen

Software Devloper

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.

With passions for education, for technology, and for digital equity, the mission of EducationSuperHighway was a natural fit for Alan. Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Alan led a team of engineers at Nike, where he refined the skills he today applies to help bridge the digital divide for others. Alan brings his expertise in software development, community facilitation, and collaborative problem solving to our engineering team.
 
Embracing the lifestyle of a digital nomad, Alan works part of the year from Costa Rica, part from the US, and part from wherever else life has brought him. While not hard at work, Alan is usually found cycling, cooking, or grocery shopping in order to facilitate cooking later.

Kat is EducationSuperHighway’s Data Science and Analytics Manager and works to elevate data science practice and ensure analyses are performed and delivered as impactful insights to our partners and policymakers.

 

Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Kat was 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.

As a Software Developer, Lucy architects, develops solutions, and ships frontend features for web applications with service design in mind. These applications aid in strategically advancing EducationSuperHighway’s mission of equitable broadband access for all.

 

Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Lucy worked in finance as a Private Banker for Morgan Stanley. Outside of work, Lucy enjoys exploring the world and honing her culinary skills. Lucy is an honors graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a BA in Economics.

Sierra Costanza

Software Engineer

Aysha Dos

Aysha Dos

Chief of Staff

Tara Droz

Tara Droz

Operations Manager

Julian Faro-White

Julian Faro-White

Strategic Account Manager

As a Software Engineer, Sierra develops externally facing web applications and data tools that support states, school districts, and Internet Service Providers to address America’s digital divide.

 

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 useful and accessible. Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Sierra worked on the Marketing Analytics team at PayPal. At both organizations, she’s 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.

Aysha Dos (she/her/ella) is the Chief of Staff at EducationSuperHighway. In this role, she leads the non-profit’s strategic planning, company effectiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, and talent development.

 

Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Aysha worked in higher education as an educator facilitating leadership development, transition programs, and student advocacy. Outside of work, Aysha spends her free time traveling, reading, cooking, and exploring her city with her family. She earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Georgia, a Master of Science in Higher Education: Student Affairs from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida.

As the Operations Manager, Tara keeps our office running day to day and is passionate about creating an excellent employee experience. Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Tara worked in various industries ranging from hospitality to tech to financial services. When she is not working, you can find Tara trying a new recipe or on a yoga mat.

As a Strategic Account Manager, Julian works to manage relationships with Internet Service Providers to help improve internet access for K-12 students across the country. Working to create more equity in education has been at the core of Julian’s career.

 

Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Julian worked as an ESL teacher and as a Partnership Manager/Account Manager for education technology startups. Outside of work, you can find Julian on the soccer field, biking through San Francisco, and searching for the best sushi restaurant.

Ellen Goldich

Ellen Goldich

Program Director

Marra Guttenplan

Marra Guttenplan

Strategic Partnerships & Legal Counsel

Karmin-Tia Greer

Karmin-Tia Greer

Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Mark Hurty

Mark Hurty

Senior Product Manager

As Program Director, Ellen leads K-12 Bridge to Broadband, a public-private partnership between EducationSuperHighway and over 100 national and local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to help states and school districts identify and connect students for remote learning.

 

Ellen is passionate about equity and brings extensive expertise in program, people, and project management to achieve improved outcomes for all students. Ellen previously 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.

In her Strategic Partnerships & Legal Counsel role, Marra partners with state and community leaders to identify solutions to connect K-12 students at home, and promotes data privacy protection across ESH’s partnerships with states, school districts, and internet service providers. 

 

Marra’s prior work in education includes directing graduate LL.M. programs at St. John’s University School of Law where she also taught as an adjunct professor; and running study abroad programs University wide for a diverse and high financial need student population. Prior to joining St. John’s, Marra dedicated five years to promoting international human rights and corporate social responsibility with community based NGOs on the Thailand-Burma border, and in New York through innovative grant making and advocacy at the United Nations and country level. Marra started her career as a corporate attorney advising tech clients at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Marra has lived, worked, and studied in Thailand, Spain, and Israel. She holds a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Outside of work you can find Marra hiking, biking, or walking along the Brooklyn waterfront.

As a Strategic Partnership Manager at EducationSuperHighway, she works with district leaders and community stakeholders across the nation to help connect their K-12 students who lack broadband at home.

 

Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Karmin-Tia served as a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer and worked in broadcast journalism as a television producer. In 2011 she joined the staff of City Year San Antonio, where she developed and managed partnerships with school administration and community leaders and would later serve as the founding Start Up-Director of City Year Inc.’s 28thsite, City Year Memphis. After returning to Texas, she joined KIPP Texas Public Schools supervising all non-academic school-based functions as the Regional Director of School Operations. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, she joined Education Pioneers as a COVID Response Fellow to support school systems facing the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic.

As a millennial who has found inspiration through mentorship and service to others, Karmin-Tia Greer uses her strengths, voice, and love for serving others to align with her desire to make a difference in her community. 

Mark manages product development and design and works with the engineering team to bring together the tools that support our mission. Mark has 25 years of experience in product design, user experience design, and product management.

 

Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Mark was a managing director and business analyst on the Teach For America technology solutions team, where he led the development of a performance management tool supporting TFA’s teaching corps across the nation. Mark’s passion for bridging the digital divide is shaped by his first-hand knowledge of the challenges his students faced when he worked as a special education teacher as a Teach For America corps member. Outside work, you might catch Mark gardening with his wife or cooking up a meal and enjoying a glass of wine.

Andy John

Andy John

Director, Marketing Programs

Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch

Cheif Operating Officer

Bree MacPhee Lyon

Bree MacPhee Lyon

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Natalia Marcantonio

Natalia Marcantonio

Graphic Designer

Andy leads EducationSuperHighway's marketing and communications initiatives, raising awareness of our tools and programs and driving our key audiences and strategic partners to action. Andy has nearly 20 years of experience leading marketing, communications, and fundraising teams in NGOs and nonprofits in the U.S. and U.K.

 

With a strong emphasis on digital and customer engagement, Andy has extensive experience developing multi-channel marketing and communication campaigns for critical social issues such as education, poverty eradication, social and economic justice. Andy holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of York and is certified by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Jack is the Chief Operating Officer at EducationSuperHighway. Prior to serving in this role, Jack led EducationSuperHighway’s State Engagement Team, responsible for building partnerships with leaders in state government to help them improve broadband connectivity for K-12 schools. Outside of ESH, Jack volunteers for a nonprofit, community-based internet service provider in Baltimore, MD.

 

He began his career as a hardware engineer at Cisco Systems but was driven to make a career change by a strong belief in the power of Internet access to advance opportunity. Jack holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Bree is a Strategic Partnerships Manager at EducationSuperHighway and brings her partnership management background and a passionate dedication to equal educational opportunity and access to help support and scale ESH’s Broadband Adoption Program. Most recently, as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Madison Metropolitan School District, she was tasked with aligning the support of community organizations with the district’s goals and priorities.

 

She has also worked for United Way of Dane County as Assistant Director of Strategic Collaborations and as Director of Community Impact – Academic Success, managing K-12 academic programming, funding and partnerships, and monitoring and evaluating programmatic outcomes. She has an MS in Global Affairs from NYU and a BA from Franklin and Marshall College in PA with Government and Spanish majors and an International Affairs concentration.

Although Natalia has taken an unconventional path into Graphic Design she has been able to gather many skills that strengthens her as a designer. She holds a Bachelor in Social Work, which has instilled the power of listening and communication, and gave her the ability to be a strong visual communicator. Shortly after moving to California, she changed career paths into a creative Marketing role. Marketing has helped her to understand the importance of brand identity, the customer journey, the power of data and analytics, and how design plays a huge role in all of that. She finally followed her true passion into design where she has the ability to design through a marketing perspective and deliver great results, designs with the customer in mind, and loves collaborating with others to make sure the design is brought to life effectively. 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.

 
Natalia is a former east coast girl from Connecticut. She currently resides in San Rafael, California where she enjoys outdoor adventures, cooking, game nights, exploring the world with her husband and anticipating the arrival of her first baby.

Evan Marwell

Evan Marwell

Founder and CEO

Bri Masomere

Bri Masomere

Recruiter

Zack Patterson- Software Engineer for ESH

Zack Patterson

Software Engineer

Katherine Pineda

Katherine Pineda

Campaign Manager

Evan Marwell is Founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway, the leading non-profit focused on closing the digital divide in America’s most unconnected communities. In eight years, EducationSuperHighway closed the digital divide in America’s K-12 schools – connecting nearly 47 million students in 99.7% of America’s classrooms to high-speed broadband. To accomplish this, Evan secured commitments from 85 governors from all 50 states to upgrade their schools for the 21st century and $2.5 billion per year of federal funding to make these commitments a reality.

 

A recipient of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Visionary of the Year award and a serial entrepreneur, Evan launched companies over the last 25 years in the telecom, software, and hedge fund industries. Evan is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, board chair of myAgro, a board member at Direct Relief and Recidiviz, and a co-founder of Ignite! Reading, a Zoom-based K-3 reading tutoring program.

Bri is EducationSuperHighway's Recruiter. She works to ensure that the organization is attracting and attaining great talent who are passionate about ESH's mission. Bri is an advocate for creating diverse spaces and has been in the Human Resources world for four years. During her time in HR, she has worked in a multitude of industries. She obtained her BA in Human Resource Management with a concentration in Non-Profit Management in 2018. 
 
Bri is an avid writer and has participated in live spoken word sessions. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with family and friends, and curating events for her women's empowerment program. 

As a Software Engineer, Zack helps to develop the internal and consumer-facing software that helps EducationSuperHighway to achieve its goals of closing the digital divide in America. Zack has worked as a software engineer in various companies throughout the years such as Nike and Azlo, and specializes in building scalable cloud-based backend applications. When he isn't coding, he likes to play music and spend time with his cats Smoothie and Finn, and his dog Egg.

Katherine works with school districts and community partners to design and implement outreach programs that help students access digital learning. She’s excited about finding creative and collaborative methods to make sure that students and their families can utilize the resources needed to fully engage in their education. Her background is in political and community organizing and she believes strongly in the transformative power of well organized communities to build equitable and inclusive futures. When she’s not working, she is usually reading or trying to keep up with her dog on runs.

Yubana Pudilo

Yubana Pulido

Data Analyst

Donna Rattley Washington

Donna Rattley Washington

Vice President of Government Affairs

Brian Shih

Brian Shih

Principal Network Consultant

Stephanie Silver

Stephanie Silver

General Manager, Oakland

As a Data Analyst Yubana uses her curiosity and creativity to dig into data and find insights that can make an impact. She believes in the impact data can have in closing the digital divide and bringing equitable broadband to all.

Previously she worked as a Data Analyst for Redaptive an energy-as-a-service company. Yubana holds a BA in Economics and BS in Management from UC Merced.

Donna Rattley Washington is Vice President of Government Affairs at EducationSuperHighway. She leads the non-profit’s policy work and efforts to partner with the public sector. She is the Founder of the Student Internet Equity Coalition (SIEC) which she established to ensure that every student has equitable, affordable, and reliable access to technology beyond the classroom.  In a little over a year, SIEC successfully developed a national programmatic framework that offers a permanent affordability solution for low-income Americans caught on the wrong side of the digital divide.

 

Donna’s journey to eradicate the digital divide follows a long and impactful career in the telecommunications industry. She was a law partner in the firm that became Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP, general manager of the Comcast cable system serving  Washington, DC, Regional Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, and Vice President of Business Development at Comcast.

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.

Stephanie is part of the Oakland Wi-Fi team, tasked with being the program’s point person, coordinating resources across internal and external teams to connect households in apartment buildings to high-speed broadband. Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Stephanie worked extensively with community associations in a variety of roles, where she honed her customer service, mediation, negotiation, budgeting and project management skills. She furthered her management and logistics acumen while working for Doctors Without Borders (MSF,) as Field Logistician and still volunteers for them as Bay Area Co-Hub leader for the MSF association. She earned a B.S. in Biology from CSU Hayward, now known as CSU East Bay and used her degree as a field biologist for an ecological study in the Negev Desert and later taught a year of High School Biology in OUSD. When not working, she loves going for hikes and listening to podcasts.

Eliza Straim

Eliza Straim

Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Tess Zaretsky

Manager, Strategic Partnerships

As Strategic Partnerships Manager, Eliza partners with state leaders across the nation to identify solutions to connect their K-12 students at home. Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Eliza spent her career in the advocacy world running legislative, communications, and fundraising campaigns.

 

Her favorite part of her job is helping school leaders make their digital learning goals a reality.

As a Strategic Partnerships Manager, Tess partners with state government and community stakeholders to find scalable, affordable internet options for K-12 students at home. Tess' prior work in education includes fulfilling a Fulbright grant teaching English in South Korea, leading an Americorps team at a public middle school in the South Bronx, and collaborating with community advocacy groups to boost national civic registration. She holds a B.A. in English and Communications from Tulane University.

 

Outside of work, you can find Tess exploring Prospect Park with her dog Ruth or searching for the best soup dumplings in Brooklyn.

Tess is fueled by her motivation to make a positive impact in the education space by eliminating systemic blockers for students and designing equitable solutions that allow all families to succeed.

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