We're proud of our leadership team, a diverse and, frankly, fascinating group with deep experience in all facets of education and nonprofit management.
Service leadership team
Board of directors
Professor Bharat N. Anand is the Henry R. Byers professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, where he created their first executive program on digital strategies for media companies and was a faculty co-founder of HBS’ interdisciplinary research initiative on digital issues. He’s also the senior associate dean and faculty chair of HBX, Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative. He helped oversee the design and creation of HBX’s digital learning platforms and created one of its first online courses. HBX has received accolades for its innovative approach to online pedagogy and its virtual classroom has been described by Fortune as the “classroom of the future.” Professor Anand also serves on the university-wide HarvardX and VPAL faculty committees. He’s an expert in digital strategy, media and entertainment strategy, corporate strategy, and organizational change. In prior work, he studied the financing of R&D, the structure of technology licensing contracts, and the industrial organization of financial intermediation markets. His papers have been published in several leading journals in economics, marketing, and strategy. Professor Anand received his B.A. in economics from Harvard College magna cum laude, and his PhD in economics from Princeton University. He is a recipient of the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to Harvard Business School. He lives in Wellesley, MA with his wife, Anju, and their daughter, Rhea.
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.
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 classroom teacher for students with disabilities and then school psychologist. Judy is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Garth Harries is the co-founder of Sparkler, a new venture building mobile infrastructure to promote early brain and childhood development for children from birth to age 8. Sparkler measures a child’s development in key areas; empowers parents and caregivers with research-based and personalized practices to support their child’s growth; and connects parents, other caregivers, and institutional partners - pediatricians, teachers, and others - to ensure everyone involved in a child’s care has the information they need to serve families better, together. Garth previously served as the Superintendent of New Haven Public Schools between 2013 and 2016. As Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, he was the architect of the New Haven School Change, a nationally recognized school reform initiative designed to provide all students with an outstanding education that extends beyond graduation and prepares them to be the next generation of leaders, innovators and problem-solvers. He also led collaborative and groundbreaking efforts in building an educator evaluation and development system that now serves as a model for other districts across the country. Prior to coming to New Haven in 2009, Garth was a senior executive with the New York City Department of Education. Garth began his professional career as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, specializing in Financial Industries and Non-Profit Management. He has a J.D. with Distinction from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics Summa Cum Laude from Yale University. On the weekends, Garth moves rocks on his wife’s organic farm and looks for worms with his sons and their dog Lily.
Rebecca Kockler leads and supports districts and states to build and implement strong academic systems for the students they serve. As the former assistant superintendent of academics at the Louisiana Department of Education, Rebecca worked to prepare every layer of the public system to deliver on a promise of high expectations. With a focus on empowering local educators, Rebecca created a comprehensive, nationally recognized academic support model that provides teachers, principals, and districts unique resources and direct support to integrate assessments, curriculum, and teacher evaluation. This includes redesigning the statewide assessment system, building a complete English language arts curriculum and aligned statewide interim assessment system, implementing a nationally recognized curricular and assessment review process, founding an advanced principal fellowship program, and training a cohort of over 5,000 teacher leaders each quarter. During her tenure Louisiana saw some of its largest gains the ACT and Advanced Placement exams. Most recently Rebecca supported the administration transition team as the chief of staff for Los Angeles Unified school district. Rebecca began her career as a middle school history and science teacher in Newark, New Jersey.
John Maycock is the Co-Founder and former president of the Achievement Network. He co- founded the organization in 2005 alongside 7 local Boston schools and helped lead the organization’s service and expansion for almost 12 years. John worked directly with thousands of system and school leaders across the country while at ANet, leading system academic strategy and developing a consulting arm within ANet, focused on system advising across curriculum, assessment strategy and instructional precision. John transitioned to the ANet Board in 2016 to help grow another national non-profit, UnboundEd, focused on spreading high quality open source materials and training to disrupt inequities in education. John currently consults with a variety of organizations in the K-12 space around strategy, business planning and their educational programs. 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.
Brian Pick is an education leadership doctoral candidate (Ed.L.D) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He previously served as the chief of teaching and learning for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Serving on the chancellor’s management team, Brian led the district’s academic work including curriculum, formative assessment, and professional development across the following divisions: curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, special education, English language acquisition, advanced and extended learning, and educational technology/library media programs. Prior to his role as chief, Brian served DCPS as a policy analyst, chief of staff for school management and support, and deputy chief of curriculum and instruction. During his ten-year tenure, Brian led the development and rollout of the DCPS Teaching and Learning Framework, spearheaded DCPS’ successful $30M Race to the Top application, and led the transition to the Common Core State Standards and associated curricula as well as the DCPS Cornerstone assignments. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the 2012 National Curriculum Leadership Award by the Council of Great City Schools and the 2016 EPic Change Maker Award from Education Pioneers. Prior to joining DC Public Schools, Brian taught in California as a Teach For America corps member, and he served as an Education Pioneer in Washington, D.C. Brian graduated from Princeton University with a degree in public and international affairs. He studied at the University of Cape Town, completed his teacher credentialing work at San Jose State University, and holds a master’s degree in education policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Roberto J. Rodríguez is president and CEO of Teach Plus, where he builds the teacher leadership movement and supports the contribution of teacher leaders to educational innovation and change. Prior to joining Teach Plus, Roberto served in senior roles in the White House and in the United States Senate. As deputy assistant to President Barack Obama for Education, Roberto developed and advanced policies to improve educational opportunity for learners from birth through adulthood. His efforts accelerated investment and reform in the K-12 system, added tens of thousands of children to preschool and early learning programs, personalized and re-designed the high school experience, expanded the Pell Grant, and increased support for America’s community colleges. Roberto’s collaboration with Congress ultimately led to the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. In the United States Senate, Roberto served as principal education advisor to the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and led successful bipartisan efforts to enact the No Child Left Behind Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, and the Head Start for School Readiness Act. Roberto holds a Presidential appointment to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. His numerous distinguished awards include the National Champion for Children Award from First Focus, and the Head Start Windows of Opportunity Award from the National Head Start Association. Roberto began his career in Washington, D.C. at the National Council of La Raza, where he directed research and policy analysis of federal and state education issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mora Segal, CEO
Scott Wells, board chair
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.
Stephanie Wu leads the design, execution, and measurement of City Year’s school services, which are delivered by 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps members in more than 300 schools in 29 cities nationwide. She oversaw the foundational research and development initiative that supported the organization's strategic shift toward addressing the nation's urban education challenge. Before taking on her current role, she held leadership positions across numerous City Year departments, including co-chief operating officer, senior vice president of U.S. Site Operations, and Senior Vice President for Human Resources. She is founder of City Year’s Summer Academy, the organization’s intensive training program for staff and senior corps. During City Year’s first decade, Stephanie was responsible for putting in place fundamental programs supporting City Year’s culture, ideals, and leadership techniques. She developed and led in-school and out-of-school youth programs for City Year corps members, which remain essential to City Year’s work in schools. Stephanie is a graduate of Boston University and came to the organization from the private sector in 1988, serving as a founding team leader in City Year’s original summer pilot. Over the course of her career, she has supported a variety of national service, youth development, and education organizations in the United States, Europe, and Africa as a board member and thought partner. She currently serves on the founding board of Compass Academy, a start-up charter school in Denver, Colorado. In her spare time, she especially enjoys adventures as a sewist and textile enthusiast, exploring cities and traveling with family and friends.