Our Board

We started more than 10 years ago with a big idea and a lot of heart. We resolved to increase educational opportunity for every person. That was a tremendous undertaking. So we first focused our efforts, then gained momentum, and eventually expanded our scope and our reach to become the national enterprise that we are today.

Mark Anthony Brown, Major General, MPA

Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas

Major General Mark Brown is the Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. AETC recruits, trains and educates Air...read more

Stephen D. Dackin

Superintendent of Schools and Community Partnerships, Columbus State Community College

Stephen D. Dackin, the Superintendent of Schools and Community Partnerships for Columbus State Community College, oversees the growing number of Columbus State partnerships and...read more

Sean M. Decatur

President, Kenyon College

Sean M. Decatur became the 19th president of Kenyon College in 2013. Prior to that, he served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College. He was also a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Oberlin.

Decatur...read more

Tom Fry

Partner, Dietel Partners

Tom Fry is a partner with Dietel Partners. Before that, he was the Managing Director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, where he was responsible for identifying and supporting the Foundation’s entrepreneurs and cultivating and engaging...read more

Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones

Emeritus Member of the KnowledgeWorks Board of Directors
d Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th District
Blank Rome LLP

Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, an emeritus member of the KnowledgeWorks Board of Directors, retired...read more

Lucie Lapovsky, Ph.D

Principal, Lapovsky Consulting
Former President of Mercy College

Lucie Lapovsky is an economist who consults, writes, teaches and speaks widely on issues related to higher education finance, strategy, leadership, governance and enrollment...read more

Lillian Lowery, EdD

Vice President for P-12 Policy and Practice, The Education Trust

Lillian Lowery, EdD, is the Vice President for PreK-12 Policy, Research and Practice with the The Education Trust. Dr. Lowery has served as Superintendent of the Maryland State Department of Education in...read more

Steven Minter

Cleveland State University

Steven Minter was appointed Interim Vice President for University Advancement on May 1, 2010. He had been an Executive-In-Residence at Cleveland State University in September 2003, following his...read more

Judy Peppler

President and Chief Executive Officer, KnowledgeWorks

Judy Peppler is President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks, leading the social enterprise that is working in more than 30 states to improve the numbers of students who graduate ready for college or...read more

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

Vice President of Policy, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds is the Vice President of Policy for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, bringing almost three decades of policy and legislative experience at both the state and federal...read more

Eileen M. Rudden

Co-Founder, LearnLaunch
Former Chief, College and Career Preparation, Chicago Public Schools

Eileen M. Rudden is co-founder of LearnLaunch, Boston’s Edtech Community, and Campus & Accelerator.  Rudden served as Chief Officer, College and Career...read more

Brenda Shum, J.D.

Director of the Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Brenda Shum, J.D., is Director of the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law where she oversees litigation designed to...read more

Victor C. Young

Managing Director, VCY Stratagem LLC

Although formally educated as a mechanical engineer and physicist, Victor C. Young has served as a teacher, foundation executive, consultant, advisor to a number of large-district superintendents, policy makers, corporate leaders and...read more

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