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.
Michelle Boyers is a director of education and supports the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation’s efforts to improve K-12 education across the U.S., with a focus on teacher effectiveness. Michelle has experience in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and education reform at the state, district and school leadership levels. Previously, Michelle served as an advisor to the Massachusetts Department of Education on strengthening HR and human capital management systems and capacity in the state’s largest urban school districts. She also worked as an assistant superintendent for Boston Public Schools where she was responsible for recruitment, hiring and HR services for nearly 10,000 school leaders, teachers and other staff, and led a transformation of the district’s HR systems and policies. Michelle also worked for the New York City public school system as director of strategic partnerships and as a partner at New Profit Inc., a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund. Her private sector experience includes work in both private equity investing and investment banking. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the Chair of the Board for Teach Plus, a national nonprofit whose mission is to improve outcomes for urban children by ensuring that a greater proportion of students have access to effective, experienced teachers. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two sons, Lincoln and Jack.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Susan Valverde is the franchisee and executive director for Sylvan Learning in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. For the past eleven years she has been responsible for educational programs that serve thousands of students each year, including multiple pilots and grant funded programs targeting the needs of English Language Learners. Valverde has helped secure millions of dollars in grant funding for the region, and currently manages over 70 programs related to college readiness, school improvement, teacher quality and blended learning. She collaborates with school districts, charter schools, non-profits and institutes of higher education throughout Texas. While leading her organization, Valverde has remained engaged in business, education and policy initiatives through involvement with local Chambers of Commerce, through appointments to State organizations such as the Texas Lyceum, and as an elected representative in her National Franchise Owners Association. Prior to joining Sylvan, Valverde worked as Director of Business Development for the McAllen Economic Development Corporation where she was responsible for recruiting new employers and working with stakeholders in education and workforce development. Valverde holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and an MBA from the University of Texas Pan American. She was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at a young age. With a great deal of support, she overcame language barriers and became the first in her family to graduate from college and earn a postgraduate degree. She currently resides in McAllen, TX, with Victor, her husband of 18 years.
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.