Advisors & Supporters
Barnett Berry is founder and CEO at the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), a national nonprofit organization in Carrboro, NC. Created in 1999, CTQ focuses on supporting teachers transforming teaching for the benefit of all students. He is a former classroom teacher, think tank analyst, and university professor.
Dale Dougherty is the editor and publisher of MAKE magazine, and the founder of the world-renown Maker Faire. He founded O’Reilly Media, Inc., with Tim O’Reilly. He was the developer and publisher of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial Web site which launched in 1993 and was sold to AOL in 1995.
Dr. Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan provides executive level leadership of a series of entrepreneurially focused programs and efforts (such as the Milken-Penn GSE Educational Business Plan Competition) and helps develop new degree and non-degree programs at the Penn Graduate School of Education. She is developing an incubator and seed investment fund for the program.
Alan Louie cofounded Imagine K12, an edtech accelerator in Silicon Valley. He has a storied technology career that includes Google, Netscape Communications and Sun Microsystems. He started his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs. These days he’s exploring early childhood literacy.
Keith Van Sickle is a long-time entrepreneur with a strong background in finance, intellectual property and operations. He spent more than a decade with Tensilica, helping grow it from a research project into a profitable $380 million business (sold to Cadence Design Systems). Similarly at Silicon Graphics he led finance and customer support teams. He is an entrepreneur in residence at Foundation Capital. He also leads the finance committee for Woodside Priory School (grades 6-12) and the Van Sickle Scholarship Fund.
Esther Wojcicki is a journalist, educator, and vice chair of the Creative Commons board of directors. She has been a pioneer in exploring the interface between education and technology. She is a Board Certified Teacher certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Nancy Peretsman, Judy Estrin, Dale Dougherty, Steve Blank, Gillian Munson, Kelly Pope and David Bulfer, Joe Gleberman, George Anders, Bud Colligan, Jennifer Fonstad and Martha Ehmann Conte, John Katzman, Alan Louie, Tim Ranzetta, and Lynda Weinman.