Our Board

We started more 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.

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...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...read more

Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones
  • Retired Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th District
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • Of Counsel

Recently, Judge Nathaniel R. Jones retired from his position as a United States Circuit Judge...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...read more

Steven Minter
  • Executive-In-Residence
  • 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...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...read more

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds
  • Chief Deputy Commissioner at the Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Ms. Reynolds has played an active role in education at both the state and federal level. She is currently the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) where she oversees...read more

Eileen M. Rudden
  • Co-Founder, LearnLaunch
  • Former Chief, College and Career Preparation, Chicago Public Schools

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

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