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
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.
Robert Gordon leads strategy, finance, research, and international efforts for the College Board, working to make sure that their programs and investments help all students succeed in college and career. Robert joined the College Board from the U.S. Department of Education, where he served as acting assistant secretary at the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development. Previously he served as acting deputy director at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Robert has been described as the quarterback for the Obama Administration’s evidence-based policymaking initiatives, which closely tied program funding to quality evaluation. Previously, Robert held a key role at the New York City Department of Education, orchestrating a fair student funding approach that has persisted through multiple school chancellors, served as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a law guardian at the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York, and a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Robert earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University. He has two children.
Garth Harries was Superintendent of the New Haven Connecticut Public School system until November 2016. Since 2009, he was the Assistant Superintendent in New Haven, responsible for designing and implementing the nationally-recognized School Change reform strategy. School Change seeks to ensure meaningful and coherent learning experiences for all 21,000 students in New Haven Public Schools, enabling every student to be successful in college, career, and life. Major strategies include a portfolio of schools initiative, a talent initiative, and a community and parent initiative. The initial years of School Change have led to growth in standardized test scores at double the state average, an 8 percentage point increase in graduation rate, and substantial improvements in district and school climate. Prior to serving in New Haven, Garth was a senior executive with the New York City Department of Education. In New York, Garth led the creation of new school opportunities and choices, including 333 new district schools and 63 new charter schools. In his last role in the New York City Department of Education, Garth designed recommendations for the reform of special education. Prior to joining NYCDOE, Garth led engagement teams at McKinsey & Company, specializing in Financial Industries and Non-Profit Management. Garth began his career as a teacher. Garth 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.
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.
Lillian M. Lowery, Ph.D. serves as Ed Trust’s, vice president for preK-12 policy, research, and practice, leading Ed Trust ambitious agenda to focus national attention on inequities in public education as well as the actions necessary to close gaps in opportunity and raise achievement. Most recently, she served as president and CEO of FutureReady Columbus, where she led a commission of representatives from across the Columbus, Ohio, region to focus on college and workforce readiness. Prior to her time in Ohio, she served as the education lead for two states, both as the state superintendent of schools for the Maryland State Board of Education and as the secretary of education for the State of Delaware. Additionally, she served as superintendent of the Christina School District in New Castle County, Delaware; assistant superintendent in Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax County, Virginia; and area administrator for Fort Wayne Community Schools in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She also has school-level experience, having been a high school principal and assistant principal, a minority student achievement mentor, and a secondary English teacher. Lowery served on several organizational boards, including Delaware State University, EdReports.org, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Lowery holds a doctorate in education and educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a master’s degree in education curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from North Carolina Central University.
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.
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, 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.