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 the founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway.  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, an advisor to high-potential social entrepreneurs, and the board chair of myAgro, an NGO helping smallholder farmers in Africa move out of poverty.

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.

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.

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

Michael Turzanski


Michael focuses on relationships with Internet Service Provider partners and 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 serves on the boards of YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, San Mateo County Parks Foundation, and Standbridge Academy. He enjoys running, riding his road bike, and spending time with his family.

Anuj Ponia

Director, Data Engineering

Anuj works within our engineering team to develop applications and data tools that support states, school districts, and Internet Service Providers to address America’s digital divide.

With 20+ years of experience developing progressive and cost-effective Information Technology strategies, he has a Fortune 200 and management consulting background with experience across environmental services, energy, airline, and technology industries.

Anuj has a BS in Electrical Engineering. He is an avid runner and has participated in several marathons. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with this family.

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.

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!

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.

Andy John

Director, Marketing Programs

Andy works with our state, school district, and ISP partners to develop marketing and communications strategies that ensure our programs reach those who need them most.

Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Andy spent over a decade leading marketing and fundraising teams at global development non-profits in the US and UK.  Having seen first-hand the power of education to transform people and communities, he is passionate about ensuring every child has the opportunity to reach their potential.  In his free time, Andy enjoys traveling, skiing, and watching Wales play rugby.

Natalia Marcantonio

Graphic Designer

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.

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.

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!

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!

Tricia O’Neill

Director, Operations

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.