Regional vice presidents
Board of directors
Leslye Arsht is the chairman and CEO of StandardsWork, Inc., a trustee of Franklin Pierce University, and a senior advisor to both Tutor.com and Care.com, Inc. She previously served as deputy under the Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy. In this position, she had responsibility for the K-12 Department of Defense (DoD) worldwide school system, the development of a partnership between those schools and the public schools off the bases that most military students attend, and the DoD’s military family programs. She is a former senior advisor to the Ministry of Education in Iraq, where she helped the Coalition Provisional Authority restart the school system. In 1992, Leslye founded StandardsWork(SW), a non-profit education consulting firm that supports and initiates evidence-based approaches to improve teaching and learning. SW has developed a digital learning game, www.themarsgame.com, with Lockheed Martin and DOD's Advanced Distributed Learning Lab, and is managing a multi-year US ED project: "Implementing College and Career Standards in Adult Education." 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 at Vanderbilt University. She also served as a deputy press secretary and deputy assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1986 to 1988. Leslye is a graduate of the University of Houston.
Mark Atkinson is the co-founder and CEO of Mursion, Inc., the country’s leading virtual reality, simulation platform, where professionals rehearse and master the essential interpersonal skills required to be effective in high stakes careers. Mursion’s platform was selected as the tool for delivering simulations as part of the National Observational Teaching Exam, which Educational Testing Service is developing in partnership with TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan, and has been deployed in over 80 graduate schools of education in the US. Mark also serves as CEO of Educopia, a full service educational consulting firm with a proprietary web platform that delivers custom-developed, performance assessments to K-12 educators. Prior to launching Mursion, he co-founded Teachscape, Inc., and served as its chairman and CEO for twelve years. Before that, Mark worked as senior producer and manager of New Markets for CBS News Productions and a producer for Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News, where he produced a series of Emmy award winning network specials on U.S. foreign policy in Bosnia, Haiti and Iraq. He is a recipient of the Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University “Gold Baton” for his work in Bosnia. Mark is a graduate of Yale College.
Michael Bison, finance committee chair
Michael Bison is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s nationally recognized Life Sciences and Technology Companies Practice Groups. He has over 15 years of experience representing privately held and publicly traded emerging growth companies with a strong emphasis on companies across the spectrum of the life sciences industry, including biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics and healthcare information technology. Michael also regularly represents leading venture capital firms focused on the life sciences industry in connection with their portfolio company investments, M&A, and secondary stock sale transactions, as well as underwriters focused on the life sciences industry in connection with capital market and M&A transactions. Prior to beginning his legal career, Michael was a business and information systems consultant at Andersen Consulting, LLP (now Accenture Ltd.). He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Judy Elliott, Ph.D.
Judy Elliott is the former CAO of the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she was responsible for curriculum and instruction from early childhood through adult, professional development, innovation, accountability, assessment, afterschool programs, state and federal programs, health and human services, magnet programs language acquisition for both English and Standard English learners, parent outreach, and intervention programs for all students. Before that she was the chief of teaching and learning in the Portland Oregon Public Schools, and prior to that, an assistant superintendent of student support services in the Long Beach Unified School District in CA. Judy also worked as a senior researcher at the National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota. In 2012, NYS Commissioner John King appointed her “Distinguished Educator” to help support and oversee the Buffalo City School District Priority Schools. Judy has published over 51 articles, book chapters, technical/research reports and books. She sits on editorial boards for professional journals and is active in many professional organizations. Judy is nationally known for her work in Multi-Tiered System of Supports/Response to Instruction and Intervention. She has led many successful initiatives and projects in this area and actively continues to support school districts and national organizations in this work. She started her career as a special education classroom teacher and then school psychologist. Judy is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Stephen Kraus, board chair
Stephen Kraus is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, one of the leading and largest global venture capital firms. Steve works in the Cambridge, MA office and leads up the firm’s healthcare practice. Prior to joining Bessemer, Steve worked in private equity and as a management consultant. In 2002, he served as speechwriter and operations director for the Democratic nominee for governor of Massachusetts. In addition to ANet, Steve serves on the board of the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA), on the investment committee for BCBS Massachusetts, and on the innovation advisory committee for Boston Children’s Hospital. Steve graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Yale University and earned his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Baker Scholar.
John Maycock is a partner at UnboundEd, an education nonprofit that provides free, high-quality, standards-aligned resources for the classroom. He previously served as president of ANet, which he co-founded in 2005. John helped lead the ANet’s service to schools and expansion over the past 11 years. He worked directly with thousands of system and school leaders across the country, 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 the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read John’s posts on the blog.
Eileen Rudden, board secretary
Eileen Rudden is co-founder of LearnLaunch, which drives innovation to transform learning. Based in Boston, LearnLaunch supports and connects both educators and edtech entrepreneurs through its edtech accelerator, co-working campus and its non-profit institute. A graduate of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy, she served as chief officer of college and career preparation for Chicago Public Schools. Eileen also led the Unified Communications Division of Avaya, a Fortune 500 global business communications leader and was SVP and GM of IBM Lotus Software’s Lotus Notes and Domino. Under her leadership more than 50 million began using the software, and she was named to serve on IBM’s Technical Leadership Council. She has served on four public company boards, and is an active angel investor. Alongside ANet, she also serves on the boards of Education Pioneers, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. Eileen received her MBA from Harvard Business School, and her BA from Brown University, where she served as a Trustee and is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee on Computing and Information Technology.
Mora Segal, CEO
Shruti Sehra, governance committee chair
Shruti Sehra is a managing partner at New Profit, co-leading the Reimagine Learning Fund and Early Learning Fund—collaboratives of social entrepreneurs, funders, and other key thought leaders aligning actions to fundamentally reimagine the future of teaching and learning in America. In addition to fund management responsibilities, she also serves on the boards of New Teacher Center and PowerMyLearning, supporting their efforts to create and execute against aggressive plans to accelerate their impact. 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 SB from MIT, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.
Scott Wells is CEO of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, which includes out of home advertising businesses in the U.S., Canada, and LatAm, including Clear Channel Airports. Scott is responsible for vision and strategy across all functions, ensuring Clear Channel Outdoor Americas’ premium locations and increasingly digital technologies help solve marketing challenges for national and local advertising clients. He joined Clear Channel Outdoor Americas from Bain Capital, where he served as an operating partner. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Scott served in interim executive leadership roles at the Clear Channel Outdoor in the U.S. and internationally as part of his responsibilities at Bain Capital, a stakeholder in Clear Channel Outdoor. He also served on the board of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings from 2008 to 2015. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Scott held executive roles at Dell, Bain & Co., and AT&T. In addition to ANet, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America and the Ad Council. Scott received an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received a B.S. from Virginia Tech.
Judy Wurtzel is a director of the education program of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. She served in the U.S. Department of Education as a deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD) for the first two years of the Obama Administration. Judy 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. Prior to joining the Department, 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 strengthening human capital. Previously, Wurtzel 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. She attended Yale University and earned her law degree from NYU Law School.