Eric Gural, Chairman
Executive Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank
Mr. Gural is the Executive Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank—the fifth largest real estate company in the world. He joined Newmark in 1991, first working in commercial real estate, and today supervises the leasing and management of approximately 8 million square feet of property. Mr. Gural is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association.
SVP, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Thomson Reuters
Carolyn Blankenship is SVP, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property for Thomson Reuters. She joined Reuters in 2001 and before that held a variety of IP-related positions as both in-house and outside counsel, including stints at Skadden, Arps and Priceline.com. Carolyn leads the Global Corporate Legal IP Practice Group for Thomson Reuters, creating an IP practice that allows Thomson Reuters to leverage the innovations created throughout the company. She also created and oversees the company’s open source software policy. In addition, Carolyn oversees all patent litigation, trademark and domain names efforts and supports the IP aspects of the company’s M&A activity. She is also a frequent lecturer at the Practicing Law Institute on various aspects of patent law and open source software and has written many articles on these subjects. As an undergraduate, Carolyn attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years and went on to earn a B.A. in Biology from Harvard College. She has a J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law and clerked for the Hon. Noel Fidel of the Arizona State Court of Appeals
Firm Engagement Leader, Point 72 Asset Management
Mogolodi Bond is the Firm Engagement Leader at Point 72 Asset Management. He joined Point 72 Asset Management in 2014 and previously held strategic communications roles at SAC Capital, Burson-Marsteller, Silver Point Capital, and Credit Suisse. Mogolodi earned a B.A. from Connecticut College and enjoys poetry, music, art, and soccer.
Managing Director, D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.
Darcy Bradbury is a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P., responsible for managing government and regulatory affairs and global communications. Ms. Bradbury worked in public finance investment banking until 1990, when she was appointed Deputy Comptroller for Public Finance for the City of New York. She then joined the U.S. Department of the Treasury, serving as Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets. After returning to New York in 1997, she was a managing director at Bankers Trust, Mezzacappa Management, LLC., and Blackstone Alternative Asset Management L.P., prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group in 2007. Ms. Bradbury received an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in social studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. She is vice chair of the board of trustees of the Population Council and a trustee of the Educational Alliance. Ms. Bradbury is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Economic Club of New York, and the U.S. SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee.
Michael J. Critelli
President and CEO, Dossia Service Corporation
Michael J. Critelli, who retired from Pitney Bowes, a global mailstream and e-commerce solutions provider in 2008, has been an industry leader in mailing industry reform and innovation in diversity and inclusion programs, leadership development, transportation and environmental sustainability strategies, education and literacy philanthropy, and workplace-driven health programs. He has been a feature film producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor in multiple high-tech businesses since his retirement.
Luis de la Fuente
Consultant and former Managing Director, The Broad Foundation
At the Broad Foundation, Luis de la Fuente developed and managed a portfolio of grants to school districts, charter management organizations, and innovative non-profits working to improve urban public education. He led The Broad Foundation’s “21st Century Classroom” work to re-envision and transform today’s classroom into a more personalized, technology-enabled instructional delivery model. Previously he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he consulted for corporations in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and non-profit sectors. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. de la Fuente worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Stanford University. He has a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of California, San Francisco.
Holly Delany Cole
Program Director, Flexible Leadership Awards Program (a project of the Tides Foundation)
Holly Delany Cole is Program Director of the Flexible Leadership Awards Program (a project of the Tides Foundation) which is an organizational and leadership development initiative located within the Haas Jr. Fund and serving its grantees. Throughout her career, Ms. Delany Cole has held a variety of positions in human service settings as a direct service provider, consultant, administrator, and foundation program officer. Until June 2014, she was co-director of Community Resource Exchange (CRE), having been part of CRE’s senior team for 18 years. During her time there, Ms. Delany Cole was a staff consultant, director of consulting and deputy director for programs. Immediately before CRE, she was a freelance consultant for human services and grant-making organizations in Chicago and NYC, and helped to formalize the National Funding Collaborative for Violence Prevention. Her work included program evaluation, program development, coalition-building and proposal writing. Mrs. Cole served as a program officer at the New York Community Trust from 1983 through 1989, managing grant programs in youth services, human justice, employment and aging. She sits on the Board of PowerMyLearning and is a member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, CA where she now resides. Ms. Delany Cole has a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and a master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She is the co-author of Working with Teen Parents – a Survey of Promising Approaches with Phyllis Smith Nickel (1985).
Dan Dolgin, Co-Founder & Former Board Chairman of PowerMyLearning
Private Investor, Formerly head of McDermott, Will & Emery’s New York office
Formerly head of the New York office of the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, Mr. Dolgin is now engaged in private investing activity, primarily with development-stage businesses, as an outside general counsel and financial advisor. Mr. Dolgin graduated from Columbia College and Columbia Law School.
Advisor for Strategy and New Programs at The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
Betsy Fader is Advisor for Strategy and New Programs at The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Before joining the staff at Helmsley, she was the Chief Program Officer at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. At DDCF, Betsy oversaw strategic planning, communications, and directed grants programs focused on the prevention of child abuse and US-Islamic understanding. Previously, Ms. Fader worked for six years as the Executive Director of Student Pugwash, the junior arm of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, with a master’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Harvard, she served for several years as a Trustee of Vanderbilt and as a Board member of Echoing Green, the Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, and numerous other nonprofit organizations.
Managing Director, Global Investment Research Department (retired), Goldman Sachs
Mr. Gould was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Group in the Global Investment Research Department before retiring in 2006. As the senior technology analyst covering the IT Services industry, companies under his coverage included Accenture, Automatic Data Processing, Electronic Data Systems, First Data Corp., and Paychex, among others. Mr. Gould is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Entrepreneur in Residence, City Light Capital
Greg Gunn is an Entrepreneur in Residence at City Light Capital where he focuses on early stage investments in educational software and services companies. He serves as an Expert-In-Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab and coaches entrepreneurial students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Gunn co-founded Wireless Generation, Inc. in 2000 and served as its President and Chief Scientist. During college, Mr. Gunn taught for four summers in the University of Chicago’s Summer Math Program, where he helped develop innovative math experiences for grades 7-12. He currently is a Trustee of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and of the Center for Excellence in Education. He was named one of Fast Company magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2012. Mr. Gunn has extensive experience teaching mathematics, physics and computer science to all ages from grades 4 through postgraduate. He received an M.B.A. and Master’s in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT. Mr. Gunn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Chicago. He also attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Chief Executive Officer, reDEF Group
Mr. Hirschhorn is the Chief Executive Officer of reDEF Group. Prior to this position, he held numerous executive roles in entertainment media. He was the Co-President of MySpace, the President of the Entertainment Group at Sling Media, Inc., a Founding Partner at TripleH Media Advisors, and was Chief Digital Officer at MTV Networks. Mr. Hirschhorn joined MTV Networks via the acquisition of his company, Mischief New Media, a leading web site design and content development firm he founded to serve the entertainment industry. He has a BS in International Business and Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Chief Digital Officer, Weber Shandwick
Chris Perry is Chief Digital Officer for Weber Shandwick. In his role, Chris guides digital transformation of the firm worldwide as well as accountability for the firm’s digital service offerings, including Mediaco, Weber Shandwick’s global studios and content marketing unit. His experience includes communications change management, brand and account strategy, content marketing and social media programs for a host of clients, including GM, Verizon Wireless, HP, PepsiCo, Novartis, and Standup2Cancer. He is a contributor to major media outlets including Fortune and Forbes as well as events that include Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, SXSW, World 50 and Advertising Week.
Richard Plepler, (honorary)
Chief Executive Officer, HBO
Mr. Plepler is Chief Executive Officer of HBO. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College, Mr. Plepler served as an aide to Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, founded and headed a communications consulting and production firm, RLP Inc., and produced several TV documentaries for Public Television. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Managing Partner, New Profit Inc.
Shruti 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. She also sits on the boards of ANet and New Teacher Center. Prior to graduate school, Shruti managed a campaign for California State Assembly, worked to startup a nonprofit organization, and held a series of manufacturing quality management positions. Shruti holds an SB from MIT, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.
Elisabeth Stock, (non-voting member)
CEO and Co-Founder, PowerMyLearning
Ms. Stock’s biography is available to read here.
Carol Godfrey, Chair
VP Marketing & Product Development, Southwire
Director of Operations, Kabbage
Client Relationship Manager, Kroll Ontrack
Dr. John Chrisentary
Technical Support Manager, Given Imaging
CIO, Rollins, Inc.
Software Digital Sales Executive, IBM
Dr. Patty Heitmuller
Director, Program Development, Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement
VP of HR & External Affairs, Gas South
VP of Sales & Business Development, ADAPTURE
New Ventures, Kenzie Lane Innovations
Chief Technology Officer, AMB Sports & Entertainment
VP, Turner Broadcasting
Business Analyst, Cisco Systems, Inc.
VP of IT, UniPro Foodservice
CIO, Yancey Bros. Co.
Fabiola Charles Stokes
Community Impact Manager, Google Fiber
CIO, Aaron’s Inc.
VP of Infrastructure & Operations, American Cancer Society, Inc.
Chief Product Officer, InviteManager
Wendy La Duke
Founder, Tahoe Strategies
Educational Technology Consultant
Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP
Monica Verma, Chair
Senior Vice President, PIMCO
Principal, Albert Leonard Middle School
Michelle R. Ferguson
Senior Vice President, Global Workplace Strategies and Services, McGraw Hill Financial
Associate, The Carlyle Group
T. Annie Knickman
Doctor of Education Leadership Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
CIO of Enterprise Infrastructure, Morgan Stanley
Chief Operating Officer, Capalino+Company