Mora Segal, Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining 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.
John Maycock, Co-Founder and President
John Maycock co-founded Achievement Network in 2005 and has helped lead the organization’s service to schools and expansion over the past 10 years. John has worked directly with thousands of system and school leaders across the country while at ANet, leading on-going academic strategy and professional development across curriculum, assessment and instruction. Prior to founding ANet, John was a teacher and tutor in reading, math and writing for elementary and middle school students and a coach for school leadership teams. John is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds a Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Emma Doggett, Chief Program Officer
Emma Doggett joined ANet in 2010 to manage the growth strategy of ANet's national network. She began her career as an 8th grade social studies teacher and Teach For America corps member in Roma, Texas. Serving as department chair, she led the initiative to align the curriculum to state standards and develop interim assessments. Motivated by the significant academic gains of her students, she joined the regional team of Teach For America in the Rio Grande Valley, TX working first as a Program Director leading a cohort of 50 first and second-year teachers and then as the Executive Director. As Executive Director, she managed the regional team and corps of 180 teachers towards the growth and impact of Teach For America’s mission in South Texas. Emma has a B.A. from Yale University in Ethics, Politics & Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chris Quirk, Chief Technology Officer
Chris Quirk, ANet’s Chief Technology Officer, has over 20 years of experience in the software industry creating great user experiences. Having worked at seven startups in the Boston area, he also brings to ANet deep experience with taking innovations to scale. Chris’s career spans several industries, ranging from consumer communication, to social gaming, to enterprise project collaboration. Prior to joining ANet, Chris was Vice President of Product Development at Vivox, where he was responsible for building consumer communication applications. Previously, Chris was Vice President of Engineering at Viximo (acquired by TapJoy) where he was responsible for product development, design, testing, customer support, and process. He has held management positions at eRoom Technologies (acquired by Documentum), Liquid Machines (acquired by Check Point), and Jackpot Rewards. Chris began his technology career at Lotus Development working on Lotus 1-2-3and is an expert in Agile software development methodologies. He has a passion for improving efficiency through technology and for building great teams through effective management and coaching. Chris is a TechStars mentor and lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. Chris is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Natasha Williams, Chief Financial Officer
Natasha Williams joined Achievement Network in 2011, bringing finance and accounting experience from both the public and private sectors. Natasha began her professional career as an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc. in the Financial Institutions Group. After Merrill Lynch, she worked for Platform Learning, Inc. a provider of supplemental educational services to low-income students attending public schools identified as "In Need of Improvement" under the No Child Left Behind Act. During her tenure, she ultimately served as the Director of Finance and Accounting, where she lead the development and implementation of financial and operational strategies that enabled the organization to serve over 60,000 students across the United States. Prior to joining ANet, Natasha worked for Procter & Gamble on the Emerging Markets Blades & Razor team, where she lead the financial analysis to identify low cost product, sourcing and capital alternatives to reach more consumers in Latin America and Asia. Driven by her passion for education, Natasha co-founded the Boston University Upward Bound Scholarship and serves as a financial advisor to Dorchester Collegiate Academy Charter School. Natasha received her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Board of Directors
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 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, finance committee chair
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.
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.
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
Shruti Sehra, governance committee chair
Shruti Sehra is a Partner at New Profit, where she leads one of New Profit’s domains — a collaborative of social entrepreneurs and funders aligning actions to integrate the concept of investing in individual learners through personalized learning and social emotional development into mainstream public education. Shruti joined New Profit in 2006 while finishing a joint M.B.A./M.P.A. Prior to graduate school, she managed a campaign for State Assembly in California while starting up a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping critically ill workers. Before that, she spent seven years working in the private sector, initially as an engineer at Honeywell, an aerospace engine manufacturer, and later in a series of quality management positions at Howmet Castings, an aerospace casting manufacturer, and Jabil Circuit, an electronics manufacturing services company. Shruti holds an S.B. in chemistry from MIT, an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School. In addition to domain management responsibilities, Shruti currently serves on other boards such as, BUILD, New Teacher Center, and Peace First, supporting their efforts to create and execute against aggressive plans to accelerate their impact.
Mr. Wells is an operating partner at Bain Capital, which he joined in 2007. Prior to Bain Capital, he held several executive roles at Dell, Inc, most recently as Vice President of Public Marketing and On-line in the Americas. Before Dell, Mr. Wells was a Partner at Bain & Company, where he focused primarily on technology and consumer-oriented companies, and an account executive at AT&T, Inc. Scott received an MBA, with distinction, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also received a BS from Virginia Tech.
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.