EdSurge Team

Betsy Corcoran, CEO, Co-Founder

Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran keeps EdSurge hopping. Previously Betsy served as Executive Editor for technology coverage at Forbes Media and was an award-winning staff writer for the Washington Post and Scientific American. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and was named a “Rock Star” of education in 2013 and is a pro bono advisor to several charter schools and the AT&T Aspire edtech accelerator. Her energetic teenage boys are in or graduated from public high school. She has a BA in economics and math from Georgetown University.


Agustin Vilaseca, CTO & Co-Founder

Agustin runs everything behind-the-scenes on the EdSurge site, making it fast and keeping it on the latest technology stack. Agustin most recently worked at Socialfly where he was in charge of back-end development. Previously he worked at Philips Healthcare, where he helped develop cutting-edge Medical Imaging Systems. He is fluent in a half dozen languages including Spanish, German, English, C++, PHP, and RoR. When he isn’t working on EdSurge, Agustin is cooking one of his many famous Asados for the team.


Alice Myerhoff, VP Sales

Alice is responsible for bringing in the money for EdSurge. She has 18 years of experience developing deep, strategic relationships with companies that want to grow their business. She has held sales & business development leadership roles at the Pivot Conference, Inman News, and pogo.com and has run her own executive sales consulting company. She is also author of Social Media for Salespeople. Her background also spans online gaming, online advertising, ESL software development, project management, mortgage and real estate investing. Alice has lived abroad extensively, initially as an Air Force “brat,” and she continues to travel for pleasure as much as possible. She wishes she had more opportunities to speak German and French and can count to ten in six languages, including Turkish.

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Allison Dulin Salisbury, Director Higher Education Strategy

Allison is Director of Higher Education Strategy at EdSurge, where she explores the most promising applications, and most pressing uncertainties, for digital learning in postsecondary education. Her informing question: how might we creatively respond to the evolving – and increasingly differentiated – needs of modern learners? Previously, she directed special projects for the President at Davidson College. Among her projects, Allison developed a unique framework for testing new digital learning tools, which included leading Davidson’s partnership with edX and product managing multiple MOOCs. She also founded Davidson’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, a model higher-ed program for teaching students design thinking and innovation first-hand. Allison started her career as a social justice educator designing educational programs for undergraduates in the U.S. South and rural Thailand. When not at EdSurge, Allison is outside exploring the natural splendor of the Mountain West by bike and foot.


Amy McHugh, Business Manager

Amy manages EdSurge’s finances and HR. Prior to joining EdSurge, Amy served as Odyssey School’s Business Manager. She has also worked in sales and business development for Citibank, Reuters, and various internet start-ups. Amy has a BA in Psychology from Dartmouth College and an MBA in Management from NYU. When she’s not chauffeuring her kids, Amy can most likely be found on a tennis court.

Barbara Lawson, Office Manager/Asst to CEO

Barbara was hired in early 2015 to fill the new position of Office Manager/Assistant to the CEO. She organizes the office processes and provides administrative support to CEO, Betsy Corcoran. Barbara honed her organizational and administrative expertise during her many years (20+) in Silicon Valley supporting C-level executives. She’s worked at both start-ups and established large companies spanning diverse industries such as sofware, biotech, and internet marketing. Barbara is a native Californian living in the Bay Area since the age of 3. She attended Foothill College in Los Altos Hills with a focus on accounting. She loves playing golf in her spare time.

Christina Quattrocchi, Associate Editor

Christina spends her days at EdSurge writing and geeking out on PD and school models, leading research and working on new products. Before her EdSurge adventures, Christina taught high school math in the South Bronx as an NYC Teaching Fellow. She also worked as a community organizer at Stand for Children and worked as a consultant in Shanghai, China for Compassion for Migrant Children. Back in the U.S., Christina taught at High Tech High. She is also a 2013 Education Pioneer Fellow. Christina has a BA in religious studies and philosophy from Santa Clara University and an MA in Teaching from Pace University.

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Gordon Dean, Analyst

Gordon is responsible for updating and maintaining the EdSurge Index. Prior to joining EdSurge, he ran a non-profit, Engineering Change, and co-founded an edtech start-up, ClassOwl, where he was in charge of business development. He will be finishing up an MS in Computer Science from Stanford this coming school year.

Greg Becker, Engineer

At EdSurge, Greg spends his time translating his passion for education into code using various engineering skills. The winding path to EdSurge has included many different roles in the education space: life long student, educational software engineer, high school math & technology teacher, high school business & technology department chair, parent of two elementary school students, PTA member, elementary School Site Council chairperson, K-8 District Advisory Committee member, and improvisation teacher. Greg has a BA in Drama and a BS in Computer Science from the University of CA at Irvine. Greg also has an MA in Education from Stanford University and CA Teaching Credential in Mathematics.

Howard Kao, Director of Product Design

Howard lives at the intersection of engineering, design, and product management. Prior to joining EdSurge, he was a software developer, product designer, and then Director of Product at Uversity; did an exciting (but tragically brief) stint as co-founder of a marketing startup for local, independent performers; and worked at Asurion Mobile Applications, splitting time between interaction design and engineering. Howard received his BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he also had the privilege of learning about design thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (a.k.a. the Stanford d.school).

Leonard Medlock, Product Manager

Leonard works on products and programs that support the edtech decision-making process for school and district administrators. He took a short break from EdSurge in 2013 to serve as designer-in-residence for the ESI School Design Fellowship – an NYC Department of Education initiative to rethink high schools for black and Latino males. Leonard holds an MA from Stanford in Learning, Design, and Technology; a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and is a 2015 Pahara NextGen Fellow. He is a recovering editor, avoiding writing the article he owes Tony at all cost.


Madelyn Mock, Summit Operations

Madelyn is the event “doer” at EdSurge, who lives for to-do lists, creative collaboration and deadlines. She produces all of the company’s Summits, currently numbering 11 a year and held in key cities across the United States. Madelyn has 19 years of experience in events and the hospitality industry, working for the Hilton, Inman New, Tomorrow Project as an executive producer, senior conventions manager and Content & Strategies VP prior to joining EdSurge. She loves cutting things up, experimenting with free and low cost materials, wants to 3-d print just about anything and dreams up things to hack. On the flip side to all of her daily summit management activities, Madelyn’s weekends are usually not planned out until Saturday morning.

Mary Jo Madda, Senior Editor

Mary Jo writes, edits and heads up a number of initiatives at EdSurge, including the educator-facing INSTRUCT newsletter, the EdSurge podcast, and the Digital Innovation in Learning Awards. Previously, she taught middle school math/science with Teach for America (Houston corps ‘09), KIPP, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Following her years teaching, she worked on the ScratchED team at the MIT Media Lab, and served as an Education Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Harvard University Innovation Lab while piloting an educational media start-up. Mary Jo has an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Northwestern University. In her spare time, Mary Jo serves as an Advisor for 4.0 Schools, and is an avid visual artist, marathon runner, and plays a Bill Nye-esque character for her web series, code-named Dr. MADD.


Michael Winters, Product Manager

Michael is the Product Manager of EdSurge’s Edtech Index, documenting the newest edtech companies and products around the industry. Aside from his Index duties, Michael helps to manage EdSurge’s Tech for Schools Summits, develops Ka’Ching reports, and co-hosts the EdSurge Podcast. Prior to EdSurge, Michael was a consultant at ZS Associates, where he created sales and marketing strategy, and conducted market research, in the HIV, Hepatitis C, and Ovarian Cancer spaces. He holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia (go Hoos!), and is an avid reader, musician, and Chicago sports fan.


Michelle Spencer, Summits Director

Michelle leads our EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit efforts. She holds an M.Ed in Ed Leadership from the University of LaVerne and a BA from Santa Clara University. Before joining EdSurge, Michelle was a teacher, research analyst, internship coordinator, principal, and district office director, with over 20 years in charter and traditional education. She is passionate about project-based learning, ed tech, and facilitating learning opportunities for educators. She has a strong background in educational reform through her work with schools within Big Picture Learning and the New Tech Network. In addition to being an authorized Google Education Trainer since 2011, Michelle is a member of the Buck Institute for Education National Faculty. She is a compulsive gardener, soup-maker, and record (yes vinyl) collector.


Shu Uesugi, Designer

Born and raised in Japan, Shu likes to write code and simplify things, and he does exactly that at EdSurge. He has previously worked at Apple, Facebook, and Palantir as an engineer and at Quora as a designer. Shu earned a BS in Computer Science and a Masters in HCI from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was an award-winning teaching assistant.

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Tony Wan, Managing Editor

Tony oversees all editorial content on EdSurge and reports on the edtech industry, with an eye for cheeky characters and implausible ideas. Named as a “30 under 30” education star by Forbes in 2014, he also organizes the SF Edtech Meetup, now nearly 4,000 members strong. He’s delivered talks in cities like São Paulo and Helsinki, and is always down to chat over coffee (or single malt). Before EdSurge, he helped build a “Zelda with math” game involving swords, spiders and snakes. Tony holds an MA from Stanford University in East Asian Studies and a BA in history from UC San Diego. He is trying to repair his relationship with golf.


Tyler McNally, President

Tyler works at the intersection of business development and operations at EdSurge to design/implement strategies, products and processes that enable EdSurge to grow. Prior to joining EdSurge, he led operations and business development at IXL Center, which supports business incubation and delivers exec-ed programs to large corporations. He has also led innovation and economic competitiveness projects in the US and across the Middle East for Monitor Group, a global strategy consulting firm. Tyler graduated from Stanford’s MBA/MA Education program and from the Honors Program at Boston College with a BA in economics.