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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 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.

Jack Lynch

Chief Operating Officer

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.

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

Director

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.

Eliza Straim

Manager, Strategic Paternships

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.

Tess Zaretsky

Senior District Consultant

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.

 

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.

Bri Masomere

Recruiter
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.

Tara Droz

Operations Manager

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

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.

Kat Aquino

Data Science and Analytics Manager

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.

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. 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.

Mark Hurty

Senior Product Manager

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.

Sierra Costanza

Software Engineer

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.

Lucy Chen

Software Developer

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.

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.