Chris Adams is a partner with Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, where he focuses on investments in software and information services businesses. Previously, he worked at American Securities Capital, where he executed private equity transactions in a variety of industries. Prior to that, he was with Bain & Company as a strategy consultant. Adams currently serves on the board of directors of four private for-profit technology and information companies. Over the past seven years, Adams has worked with GreatSchools in various financial advisory capacities. He earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BS in computer engineering from Georgia Tech, with summa cum laude honors.
Peter Cunningham is President of Cunningham Communications, a Chicago-based communications company serving public, private and non-profit sector clients. He is also affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy and research firm and ASGK, a Chicago public affairs firm. He recently served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration's first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan in Chicago when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. For several years Peter was affiliated with the political consulting firm Axelrod and Associates, and also served for five years in the administration of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke. He is married to an artist, they have two adult children and he plays guitar in his free time.
Ann Fuell's work as a board member for the Almaden Country School in Northern California has allowed her to see the importance of strong school leadership and the crucial role of the Board in strategic planning. Following a move overseas in 2008, Ann was elected to serve on the Board of Governors at the International School of Amsterdam, expanding her understanding of international education, the International Baccalaureate Program, and teachers unions. She has worked in program management and consulted for KPMG Consulting and KPMG's Center for Leadership Development. She holds a Master's Degree in Higher Education, with a specialization in Student Personnel Administration from New York University. Her family, with elementary and middle school children, returned to the US in 2010.
Eric A. Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, research professor at the ifo Institute of the University of Munich, and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 education. Hanushek has been a leader in the development of economic analysis of educational issues, with a special emphasis on the determinants of student achievement. He was the first researcher to measure teacher effectiveness by the learning gains of the teacher's students. His books on education include Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses, Courting Failure, Handbook on the Economics of Education, The Economics of Schooling and School Quality, Improving America's Schools, Making Schools Work, Educational Performance of the Poor, and Education and Race, along with more than 200 professional articles. Hanushek's government service includes being chair of the board of directors of the National Board for Education Sciences and the deputy director of the Congressional Budget Office. Hanushek is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Karen Hill-Scott is a nationally recognized child development expert for early education systems and a consultant for children's media and television content. A former UCLA professor of urban planning, Dr. Hill-Scott brings a multi-faceted approach to improving the lives of young children. Previous to her positions at UCLA, she chaired the California School Readiness Master Plan and co-founded Crystal Stairs, California’s largest child development agency. While she continues to teach for the UCLA Anderson School of Management executive training programs, she also Chairs the Board of Crystal Stairs, serves on the boards of the Foundation for Child Development and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation of Southern California. Dr. Hill-Scott received her Ed.D. in Child Development from UCLA where she was a Danforth Fellow, a Chancellor’s Fellow, Outstanding Graduate Student of Year, and was named the Tom Bradley Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award in 2007.
Matt Hill is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this role he oversees the district's strategic planning process and heads the following departments: Budget Services and Financial Planning, Data and Accountability, Charter Schools, and Information Technology. Before taking his current job, Hill served as Administrative Officer in the Office of the Superintendent, where he oversaw the District's strategic planning process and managed strategic initiatives for LAUSD. Hill has also worked as Executive Officer for Strategic Projects for the Oakland Unified School District, and Program Manager for Expect Success, the district's $43 million reform program. Previously, Hill worked for Accenture in the financial services industry, where he focused on technology and strategy projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Hill has served on the Board of Directors for the Children's Council of San Francisco. He is married and has two sons.
Bill Jackson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GreatSchools, an independent, non-profit organization that helps parents be champions of their children's education. A former teacher in China and the U.S., Bill also spent time as a high-tech entrepreneur. He later felt the need to harness digital media to engage parents in their children's education by founding GreatSchools. Under his leadership, GreatSchools has become the premier source of education and parenting information on PreK-12th schools for parents nationally. He's deeply involved in the education of his own children, always seeking out the best new technology applications to help his children learn and serving as a member of the Parent Association at his children's school. He also serves on the board of directors of the Mandarin Institute and the Yale-China Association. Bill holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University and is a graduate of the San Francisco Coro Fellows Program. As a high school student, Bill was the president of the Scientific Society at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Larry Kane is a partner in the emerging company practice group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. He represents both emerging and public companies in several areas, including formation and structuring, financing, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and private and public offerings of securities. For the past 20 years, Kane has also served as volunteer coach of the wrestling team at Galileo Academy of Science, where he has led hundreds of wrestlers to both athletic and academic success. He also serves on the San Francisco Library Commission. Mr. Kane serves on the board of Aim High, the San Francisco School Alliance, and Pivot Education, and he counsels pro bono a number of community groups and organizations, including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Kane earned his JD from the Columbia University School of Law and his BA from Columbia University.
Leanna Landsmann was president of Time for Kids, a magazine reaching more than 4.2 million students nationwide. Before joining Time, she was editor and publisher of Instructor, the nation's leading magazine for teachers, and director of Harcourt Brace Children's Books. She founded Leanna Landsmann Inc. (LLI), a company that helped corporations and organizations contribute successfully to schools. She was founding volunteer director of New York City's Principal for a Day and founding board member of PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning). She writes "A+ Advice for Parents," a weekly column syndicated by United Features. She helped launch the Canandaigua New York Lake Watershed Alliance Education Program. She is co-chair of the Scripps Florida Council in Jupiter, Florida. The council is dedicated to supporting basic research in disease prevention and cures at the Scripps Research Institute, the world's leading not-for-profit biotechnology center. Landsmann started her career as a teacher in West Africa.
Gilman Louie is a partner of Alsop Louie Partners, a venture capital fund. He is the founder and former CEO of In-Q-Tel, a strategic venture fund created to help enhance national security by connecting the CIA and U.S. intelligence community with entrepreneurial companies. Gilman built a career as a pioneer in the interactive entertainment industry having developed the Falcon F-16 flight simulator as well as being the visionary who licensed Tetris, the world's most popular computer game, for the U.S. market. Gilman was also founder of Spectrum Holobyte which ultimately was acquired by Hasbro Corporation, where he served as chief creative officer of Hasbro Interactive. Gilman has a keen interest in education, serving on the boards of NewSchools.org, the Mandarin Institute and the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. He is also a former president of The San Francisco School Volunteers. Gilman has completed two advanced business programs at Harvard Business School and earned his BS in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
Clesont Mitchell has spent over 25 years in the field of parent involvement and education. He believes that, through true collaborations at all levels; we can help all our children succeed. He has fostered the idea of parent partnerships to better reflect the true ideal of working together to help our children succeed. Mitchell has served as president of LaGuardia High School of Music and Art Parents Association, president of the Council of Specialized High Schools, president of the Manhattan Federation of Parent Associations, and vice president and chairman of the executive board of United Parents Associations of NYC, Inc. He has also worked as the program coordinator and outreach director of the New York Urban League's Citywide Parent Engagement in School Leadership Teams. Mitchell has served on the Parent Advisory Panel for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition. He is currently a member of the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) and the National Coalition for Parents of English Language Learners (NCPELL) and serves on the boards of GreatSchools and Citizens for Effective Schools.
Sean Ryan is the Director of Game Partnerships at Facebook. He is also the non-executive chairman of Meez, a leading social entertainment company he founded which combines avatars, games, and a virtual world. Prior to Facebook and Meez, Sean served as Vice President of music services at RealNetworks, where he managed the music division after selling Listen.com to Real in August 2003. As CEO of Listen.com, Ryan helped lead the development and roll-out of the award-winning Rhapsody subscription music service. Sean has also ran business development for online game company SegaSoft Networks, spent several years at the GAP helping launch the successful Old Navy clothing line, and worked at Chemical Bank. Ryan holds an MBA from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management and a BA from Columbia University.
Michael Schmier is currently VP of Product at Thuuz, Inc., the leading developer of sports discovery applications for mobile and connected TV. Schmier has extensive experience in developing, marketing and managing Internet, mobile and software products at start up and venture-funded companies. His previous executive roles include Vice President of Products and Marketing at BabyCenter (sold to Johnson & Johnson, Inc.), and Vice President of Product Marketing and Business Development at Merced Systems (sold to NICE Systems). He has also held executive roles at Focus, Inc. and The Advisory Board Company. Schmier received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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