Stephen Kraus, Board Chair
Stephen Kraus is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, a private venture capital firm. He has worked with Bessemer since 2004 from their Cambridge, MA office and focuses on the healthcare sector. He currently sits on the boards of On-Q-ity, Stromedix and Verastem, Inc. Prior to joining Bessemer, Steve was a director at the Ironwood Equity Fund, L.P., a growth-stage, private-equity firm, and a management consultant at Bain & Company. In 2002, he served as speechwriter and operations director for the Democratic nominee for governor of Massachusetts. Steve graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Yale University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He serves on the boards of the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) and Interise, a nonprofit focused on small business job creation and entrepreneurship.
Leslye Arsht, Governance Committee Chair
Leslye Arsht served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, with responsibility for the K-12 Department of Defense worldwide school system, she initiated the development of a partnership between those schools and the public schools off the bases that most military students attend, and advanced troop and spouse voluntary education. She is a former Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Education in Iraq, where she helped the Coalition Provisional Authority restart the school system. Ms. Arsht founded StandardsWork, Inc., a non-profit education consulting firm. Before serving as a counselor to current U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander during his term as U.S. Secretary of Education, she was the associate vice chancellor for news and public affairs at Vanderbilt University. Ms. Arsht also served as a deputy press secretary and deputy assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1986 to 1988. Ms. Arsht is the chairman of StandardsWork's Board, a Trustee of the Council on Accreditation, and a Senior Advisor to Care.com, Inc.
Since founding Teachscape, Inc. in 1999, Mark Atkinson has worked tirelessly to create an education company that is committed to improving the quality of instruction that U.S. children receive by improving the caliber of teaching they receive every day. Prior to Teachscape, Mr. Atkinson was a network news producer with extensive experience in reporting, producing and directing network news documentaries. He served as Senior Producer and Manager of New Markets for CBS News Productions, where he developed new business opportunities focusing on multimedia production and the education market. He has directed and produced works with broadcast luminaries such as Mike Wallace and Peter Jennings and has received numerous awards, including the Gold Baton, the highest honor of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, for work associated with reporting on the war in Bosnia; the Overseas Press Club Award; and an Emmy Award for reporting on the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. Mark is a graduate of Yale University.
Michael Bison currently serves as Partner of Goodwin Procter, LLP within the Technology Companies Group. He is also a member of the firm's Life Sciences, Clean Tech and Capital Markets Practices, specializing in representation of public- and privately-held life science, clean technology and high technology companies, as well as the venture capital and private equity firms and investment banks that focus on those industries. Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Bison was a business and information systems consultant at Andersen Consulting, LLP (now Accenture Ltd.). He then joined the Business Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston. Mr. Bison is an expert in venture capital and related topics and has published articles in BioNews and Executive magazine. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Michael Contompasis is the former Director of Intergovernmental Relations and External Affairs for the City of Boston. He served as superintendent of the Boston Public Schools from 2006 through 2007, after having served as the district's first chief operating officer since 1998. Previously, for more than 20 years, Mr. Contompasis served as headmaster of Boston Latin School in Boston, the nation's first public school, where he maintained Boston Latin's long-standing tradition of excellence in education. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Contompasis also served as a cluster leader for Boston Public Schools, which included overseeing and mentoring the principals and headmasters of ten K-12 schools in the district. Mr. Contompasis began his career in education in 1966 as a biology teacher at East Boston High School, and later taught at Hyde Park High School and Boston Latin School. In 2006 he was presented with a Distinguished Service Award by The Council of the Great City Schools.
Mr. Coolidge is a Trustee of Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge, a professional family office that offers a wide range of highly personalized fiduciary services. Mr. Coolidge joined Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge in 1962. He is a member of The Boston Security Analysts Society, Inc. and The Boston Economic Club. Mr. Coolidge serves on the board of the Seven Islands Land Company, and is an Honorary Trustee of the Boston Athenaeum and The Peabody Essex Museum. Mr. Coolidge is the managing trustee of the George H. and Jane A. Mifflin Memorial Fund, which provided the start-up funding for Massachusetts Public School Performance (now ANet). Mr. Coolidge and his wife Nancy Myers Coolidge have been very active in various education reform efforts during the past decade. Mr. Coolidge is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Judy Elliott is the former Chief Academic Officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she was responsible for curriculum and instruction early childhood through adult education, professional development, innovation, accountability and assessment, and programs for all students. Prior to that, Ms. Elliott served as the Chief of Teaching and Learning in the Portland (OR) Public Schools and an Assistant Superintendent of Long Beach (CA) Unified School District. She started her career as a classroom teacher and then school psychologist. Ms. Elliott has trained thousands of staff, teachers, and school leaders, U.S. and abroad, in areas of integrated service delivery systems, leadership, effective use of data, collaborative teaching and tools for effective instruction. Ms. Elliott has published over 50 articles on systems change and reform, effective instruction for all students, and data-based decision making for accountability and accelerated student achievement.
Jerry Johnson is a founding member and Managing Director of the private equity firm RLJ Equity Partners. He is also currently a board member of Media Source, Inc. Prior to co-founding RLJ Equity Partners, Mr. Johnson was Vice President of the global private equity firm American Capital. In 2004, Mr. Johnson was appointed by President Bush to serve as a White House Fellow, where he spent two years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Johnson spent five years as Vice President, Principal Investing & Financial Sponsors at Banc of America Securities. He was also a Senior Associate at Bear Stearns, an Associate at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and a Business Analyst at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Mr. Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Eileen Rudden is a seasoned leader and board member in both the technology and education sectors. She recently served as Chief Officer, College and Career Preparation at Chicago Public Schools, where she led the efforts of the third largest public school system in the U.S. to ensure that its 400,000 students are college and career ready. She was a 2009 Broad Fellow and graduate of the Broad Superintendent's Academy. Rudden has been a leader in the software industry for more than twenty five years. She is the Board Chair of SoundBite Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SDBT), and formerly led the Unified Communications Division at Avaya Inc., a Fortune 500 business communications provider. At IBM's Lotus Software unit, Ms. Rudden was senior vice president and general manager responsible for Lotus Notes and Same Time. She was CEO of FairMarket, Inc. (NASDAQ:FAIM), and started her career at The Boston Consulting Group. Rudden received her MBA from Harvard Business School, and her B.A. from Brown University, where she served as a Trustee.
Mora Segal, CEO
Prior to joining The Achievement Network, Mora Segal served as Chief Strategy Officer at College Summit, an organization focused on raising the college-going rate of low-income students nationwide. While there, she led strategic planning, public policy, external affairs, marketing and new site development functions. Mora also co-founded a high school sports media company which was acquired by ESPN in 2008. She was a fellow with the Coro Foundation in St. Louis, and served as an AmeriCorps member where she resettled refugees in the Boston area. Mora serves on the board of trustees of ACCESS, and is a founding board member of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program. She is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, and lives in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters.
Judy Wurtzel is an independent consultant on education policy matters. She served in the U.S. Department of Education as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development for the first two years of the Obama Administration. The Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD) coordinates policy, budget and evaluation activities within the Department. Ms. Wurtzel also helped launch the Department’s new Implementation Support Unit designed to support state reform efforts and served as that office’s first Deputy Director for Technical Assistance and Technical Assistance Policy. Immediately prior to joining the Department, Ms. Wurtzel was Co-Director of the Aspen Institute Program on Education and Society. During her tenure, Aspen education initiatives included: a senior congressional staff network, an urban superintendents network and related networks of chief academic officers, chief financial officers and secondary mathematics and literacy leaders and policy initiatives on improving high schools and on strengthening human capital. Ms. Wurtzel previously was Executive Director of the Learning First Alliance and also served as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration, working on a wide range of elementary and secondary education issues.