Meet the Team

Teachers, techies, storytellers and more. We share a passion for learning opportunities for all.

Betsy Corcoran
CEO & Co-Founder
Seth Greenberg
COO
Tony Wan
Managing Editor
Amy McHugh
Director of Customer Success
Alice Myerhoff
VP of Sales
Helen Resor
Director of Jobs
Madelyn Mock
Manager, Fusion
Barbara Lawson
Asst. to CEO & Office Manager
Brian Simmons
Head of Product
Molly Levitt
Director of Marketing
Meg Hamel
Director of Research
Mary Hossfeld
Director of Sponsored Content & Contributing Editor
Tory Loeb
Sales Manager
Nancy McGovern
Sr. Accountant
Alex Sigillo
R & D Manager
Marisa Kaplan
R & D Manager
Jeffrey R. Young
Sr. Editor, Higher Ed
Shelby Adkisson
Sales Operations and Account Manager
Michael Sano
Higher Ed Community Manager
Aneesa Davenport
Senior Marketing Manager
Megan McMahon
K12 Events Manager
Stephen Noonoo
K-12 Editor
Emily Tate
K-12 Reporter
Arati Nagaraj
Director of Learning Events
Rachel Burstein
Research Associate
Sam Peterson
Digital Content Project Manager
Martha Karmali
Social Media Specialist
Tanya Salcido
Digital Advertising & Social Media Manager
Wade Tyler Millward
Business Reporter
Liana Gamber-Thompson
Digital Project and Operations Manager
Kris Hattori
Director of Sponsored Content
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Our Writers

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Our Board

Betsy Corcoran
Cofounder, CEO & Chair at EdSurge
Before starting EdSurge, Betsy served as Executive Editor for technology at Forbes Media, a staff writer at The Washington Post and a member of the Board of Editors of Scientific American. She is a Pahara Aspen Fellow and has advised charter schools, served as Trustee of her local library and was “parent of the year” at the local elementary school. Her two sons have been educated at public schools. She has degrees from Newtown High School, Georgetown University and was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jennifer Carolan
General Partner/Cofounder at Reach Capital
Jennifer began her career in teaching and soon became interested in differentiated learning and teaching tools. After studying at the Stanford School of Education, where she also taught, Jennifer joined NewSchools in 2006 and co-founded the Seed Fund in 2011. She has led more than 50 investments and sits on the boards of six edtech companies (EdSurge, Nearpod, Education Elements, FreshGrade & WriteLab). Jennifer developed a math camp for her kids and their friends, scuba dives with her daughter, and learns piano with her sons.
Michael Cohn
Co-founder and Partner at GSV AcceleraTE
Michael Cohn is co-founder and Partner at GSV AcceleraTE, an early stage venture firm that partners with exceptional entrepreneurs and their companies in the $75 billion global learning and talent technology sector. From 2011-2016, Michael was a Director at GSV Advisors, co-managing Deborah Quazzo’s angel portfolio of 48 learning and talent technology companies and scaling the ASU GSV Summit, an annual event now in its 10th year, with over 4,000 in attendees, that celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “PreK to Gray” learning and talent landscape. Michael holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and a BBA from the University of Michigan. Michael currently lives in Chicago with his wife Shawna and their sons Taylor and Hayden.
Raju Narisetti
Director, Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics
Raju Narisetti is Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and also the Director of Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism. Previously, he was CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, a group of digital journalism sites that included Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, and The Root. A media executive with a track record in creating, rethinking and managing major media organizations in North America, Europe and Asia, Raju was previously Senior Vice-President of Strategy at News Corp. Prior to that, he was Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, where he is responsible for WSJ’s digital / mobile content strategy and execution; the Managing Editor of The Washington Post, where he led the integration of its digital and print businesses; the Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe; and the Founder of Mint, the second-largest business newspaper in India. Raju is on the Board of the Wikimedia Foundation, which manages Wikipedia platforms globally, and is on the National Advisory Council of The Democracy Fund. His home is in New York City though he is often found, rather plainspoken, @raju.
Seth Greenberg
COO
Before becoming COO, Seth was the Director of Strategy and Operations for the Higher Ed team at EdSurge. Prior to EdSurge, Seth led consulting projects with Parthenon-EY focused on M&A diligence and growth strategy within the education sector. He served as the managing director of the Michigan Social Venture Capital Fund including leading the fund’s first investment in an edtech company, LearnZillion. Seth currently sits on the Board of Leadership High School in San Francisco. He received an MBA and the Cause-Based Entrepreneurial Leadership Award at the Michigan Ross School of Business. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Jed Smith
Co-Founder & Senior Adviser
Jed has dedicated his business career to the art of entrepreneurship and to making a difference. Jed has been a Managing Director at Owl Ventures and serves on the board of Abl., Piper and RaiseMe. He was the Founder of Catamount Ventures where he has served as Managing Partner since its inception in 2000. Catamount Ventures raised four funds totaling over $200M and invested in 35 entrepreneurial enterprises. Jed currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Linden Labs and Revolution Foods. In addition, he serves on the Boards of directors of Amour Vert and Banyan Water and has also previously served as founding Director and Chairman of Plum Organics and on the board of directors of Seventh Generation. Prior to launching Catamount, Jed wrote the business plan and founded drugstore.com in 1997 that ultimately sold to Walgreens for ~$450M. He has also served on the boards of several education and non-profit institutions, including the Monterey Institute for International Studies, Shackleton Schools, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and Middlebury College. Jed earned a BA from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Our Advisors

Barnett Berry
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
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.
Barbara 'Bobbi' Kurshan
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
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
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
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.

Betsy Corcoran

CEO & Co-Founder

Past: Writer and editor at Scientific American, The Washington Post, Forbes

And: Fellow with the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program; named a “Rock Star” of education; advises several charter schools & the AT&T Aspire edtech accelerator

Asking about: How can we help learners and educators figure out when technology makes a difference and why?

Seth Greenberg

COO

Past: Consultant with Parthenon-EY, Managing Director at Michigan Social Venture Fund

And: Crossword puzzle enthusiast, active runner, spicy food lover, and world explorer.

Asking about: How can we create authentic, meaningful learning experiences for all students?

Tony Wan

Managing Editor

Past: Co-founder of Luckybird Games, still recovering from an aborted attempt to pursue academia in East Asian history

And: Forbes “30 Under 30” in Education in 2014, wannabe golfer, quiet drummer, former video game binger

Asking about: Why do people have such a hard time agreeing to disagree?

Amy McHugh

Director of Customer Success

Past: Business Manager for EdSurge and Odyssey School. Sales and business development for Citibank, Reuters, and various internet start-ups.

And: San Mateo Union High School District Board Member raising funds; tennis player and baking enthusiast

Asking about: How can we make education more equitable?

Alice Myerhoff

VP of Sales

Past: Producer and Sales/Sales Leadership Roles at games & niche media companies such as Electronic Arts (pogo.com), Inman News, Total Entertainment Network, and the Pivot Conference.

And: First job after college was working on an ESL Software product; Taught English while studying abroad in Bordeaux, France; Mentor for AT&T Aspire edtech accelerator; fluent in German & French;

Believes: If more Americans studied abroad, we'd see a greater tolerance for cultural differences.

Helen Resor

Director of Jobs

Past: Ran Business Development for Eatwise Rx / ABC Diabetes, a diabetes education company. Cross Asset Sales Analyst at Morgan Stanley. History and Political Science degree from Yale University. Spent three years in New Haven classrooms teaching students about sex education as part of Community Health Educators.

And: Won a bronze medal at the 2006 Torino Olympics as a member of the United States Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team; a gold medal at the 2005 and 2009 World Championships.

Madelyn Mock

Manager, Fusion

Past: 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.

And: Loves cutting things up, experimenting, wants to 3-d print just about anything and dreams up things to hack.

Believes: Creating a space for young makers that celebrates tinkering and encourage playfulness.

Barbara Lawson

Asst. to CEO & Office Manager

Past: 25+ years supporting Silicon Valley C-level executives (CEOs, CFOs, COOs), working at both start-ups and large companies. Industries include sofware, biotech, internet marketing, and now media.

And: Native Californian living in Bay Area since age of 3; avid golfer; jigsaw puzzles; part-time hair extensionist; German car enthusiast.

Believes: EdSurge makes a difference in the educational <--> edtech worlds.

Brian Simmons

Head of Product

Molly Levitt

Director of Marketing

Past: CEO at BrightLoop, 1st & 2nd grade teacher, NSF researcher

And: Excelling at not growing up by continuing to volunteer at a summer camp for kids with special needs for the last 20+ years.

Asking about: How can we support changing models while honoring differences in schools and communities?

Meg Hamel

Director of Research

Past: English Teacher (10th, 11AP, SAT); Tech Leader, and English Dept Chair for Henrico County PS in Virginia; Development and Advancement Associate for Virginia Commonwealth University; Analyst for Polo Ralph Lauren Home

And: Won an Henrico21 Tech Award for Research and Innovation; Former member of Henrico's Technology Advisory; art history enthusiast, music and movie lover, avid reader, and a lifelong fan of the Legend of Zelda.

Asking about: How might the educational system both support innovation and equity?

Mary Hossfeld

Director of Sponsored Content & Contributing Editor

Past: Editor, magazine founder, writer and business development executive for Time Inc., Knight Ridder, and Stanford print and digital publications.

And: Cofounder of San Francisco Friends School, school board member, parent education advocate, Scrabble player, boat lover.

Asking about: What are the stories that need to be told—about teachers, learners and the technology they use.

Tory Loeb

Sales Manager

Past: Project management and marketing for edtech and education non-profits over past 7 years

And: Big on scenic hikes, dystopian novels, and Instagram stalking animal celebrities

Wondering about: Education's role in solving economic issues our country is facing today

Nancy McGovern

Sr. Accountant

Past: 20+ years of Accounting and Bookkeeping experience - First Republic Bank, The Little School, Garnick LLC, SugarSync - in the public, non-profit and private sectors.

And:Is a cycling enthusiast.

Alex Sigillo

R & D Manager

Past: Senior Research Analyst at TargetX; Research Analyst at Uversity

And: Writing her first book; animal lover; fitness enthusiast; world traveler; amateur baker

Asking about: How do we better communicate the value of research in understanding, differentiating and purchasing edtech tools?

Marisa Kaplan

R & D Manager

Past: Instructional coach with Cooke Center for Learning and Development helping administrators and educators build and strengthen literacy and special education programs in K-8 schools; special education teacher and ELA teacher in Pre-K-8 classrooms across NYC.

And: NYC Teaching Fellow, Worldwide Orphans Foundation Ranger, lover of children’s books and mother of twins

Asking about: How are schools changing to prepare learners to be curious, flexible, resourceful individuals that will be able to adapt to a future we can’t yet imagine?

Jeffrey R. Young

Sr. Editor, Higher Ed

Past: Editor and writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education for 20 years.

And: Adjunct journalism professor, 2014 Nieman Fellow for journalism at Harvard

Asking about: How the roles of students and professors are changing in the digital age.

Shelby Adkisson

Sales Operations and Account Manager

Past: Educator (informal and formal) with a knack for organization and streamlining processes. University of Oregon Alumna - Sko Ducks!

And: Youth mentor, lazy cyclist, and avid audiobook/podcast listener.

Wondering about: What can community involvement bring to the table to ensure the success of all students?

Michael Sano

Higher Ed Community Manager

Past: Most recently, Michael was an Associate Dean of Students and previously directed experiential education and academic support initiatives, and worked with students with disabilities.

And: He writes nonfiction and fiction around issues of queer identity, culture and place. He is in search of the best pizza in San Francisco.

Wondering about: How can we innovate to meet the diversity of student needs in a more affordable way?

Aneesa Davenport

Senior Marketing Manager

Past: Editor and Marketer for K-12 and Higher & Adult Education at Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint

And: Poet

Thinking about: How can we make public education equitable and exceptional?

Megan McMahon

K12 Events Manager

Past: Teacher Resident with the Teachers Guild out of IDEO, 10 year Art Educator in SFUSD, Peace Corps Education Volunteer, Bolivia, Designer and Art Director with Anderson & Lembke Advertising

And: Co-founder Beyond Borders Storytelling, artist, and always seeking that elusive San Francisco sun

Believes that: Changes in education will come from inside school communities from the ground up.

Stephen Noonoo

K-12 Editor

Past: Editor of eSchool News; education editor at THE Journal and SmartBrief.

And: Consultant for CUE, California's ISTE affiliate. Moderated sessions or spoken at FETC, ISTE, CoSN and other professional development events.

Wondering about: Is it really still easier to move a graveyard than change a school?

Emily Tate

K-12 Reporter

Past: Technology editor and reporter at EdScoop; wrote about digital learning for Inside Higher Ed. Other bylines in HuffPost and The Columbus Dispatch.

And: Runner, yoga practitioner and lover of all things outdoors. Prefers podcasts to music. Believes jalapeños belong on everything.

Wondering about: How can we help educators parse the transient classroom technology from the truly transformational?

Arati Nagaraj

Director of Learning Events

Past: Instructional Designer - Philips, Apple, Google, Facebook, Uber; Curriculum Specialist - Pearson, Houghton Mifflin; Montessori Teacher.

And: School Board Member since 2010, loves to travel off-the beaten path, photography, volunteering in the community, quiet moments.

Wondering about: How to connect dots and reduce inefficiencies.

Rachel Burstein

Research Associate

Past: Curriculum designer at IXL, civic innovation researcher at New America, college instructor at Brooklyn College, researcher at Ithaka.

And: PhD labor historian; mom to two daughters; lover of palindromes, public transit and Earl Grey tea with milk.

Wondering about: Teaching is incredibly hard work and educators deserve respect, support and a seat at the decision-making table.

Sam Peterson

Digital Content Project Manager

Past: Spent 11 years in the classroom as a high school Spanish teacher in the Bronx, NY and Richmond, VA before moving to San Francisco to become the Community Manager at music streaming service 8tracks. After a stint as contributing writer for various editorial projects, joined EdSurge as Digital Content Project Manager in 2019

And: Committed to finding new ways to combine fitness and philanthropy.

Martha Karmali

Social Media Specialist

Past: Spent time teaching in East Texas before moving to Denver, Colorado to pursue a Master's in Educational Leadership and Administration. Joined the EdSurge team in 2018 as a Social Media Contractor.

And: I'm passionate about global education and continuing my journey to understand and learn about education around the world.

Wondering about: What would education look like if it became more culturally, ethically and historically charged?

Tanya Salcido

Digital Advertising & Social Media Manager

Past: 15 years of broad integrated marketing experience in various industries, including technology, healthcare and nonprofit. I was part of a team that won best educational video for a livestreamed colonoscopy.

And: I’m an Orange County native and co-founder of #LatinaGeeks, a nonprofit that supports adult continuing education through tech-related workshops and community events. I’m also an avid baseball fan, which once led to scoring an Ultimate Fan grand prize from the Angels.

Believes that: Affordable, skills-based training is the future of education.

Wade Tyler Millward

Business Reporter

Past: Business reporter for Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gaston Gazette, Tampa Bay Business Journal

And: Proud University of Florida alumni. Go Gators!

Asking about: Edtech investment and financing

Liana Gamber-Thompson

Digital Project and Operations Manager

Past: Researcher on youth and politics at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC, Community Manager at Connected Camps, and Program Associate at the National Writing Project

And: Published author and Ph.D. in Sociology. Enjoys crocheting and unironically watching Antiques Roadshow.

Believes that: Students and teachers are among the most important, innovative, and radical agents of change.

Kris Hattori

Director of Sponsored Content

Past: Director of Ecomm at Undefeated Inc. and USC Film/Interactive Media MA

And: Weekend game developer, product designer, and Simpsons fan

Believes in: Learning by doing

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