Meet the Team

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

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Betsy
Betsy Corcoran
CEO & Co-Founder
Agu
Agustin Vilaseca
CTO & Co-Founder
Tonyw
Tony Wan
Managing Editor
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Mary Jo Madda
Director of Audience Development
Amym
Amy McHugh
Customer Success Manager
Alicem
Alice Myerhoff
VP of Sales
Helenr
Helen Resor
Director of Jobs & Ads
Michaelw
Michael Winters
Product Manager, Edtech Index
Madelynm
Madelyn Mock
Event Operations
Barbaral
Barbara Lawson
Asst. to CEO & Office Manager
Brians
Brian Simmons
Head of Product
Reneef
Renee Franzwa
Director of Higher Ed
Mollyl
Molly Levitt
Director of Marketing
Megh
Meg Hamel
Director of Research
Sethg
Seth Greenberg
Director of Strategy & Operations
Maryh
Mary Hossfeld
Director of Sponsored Content & Editor
Toryl
Tory Loeb
Sales & Marketing Associate
Sunnyl
Sunny Lee
Sr. Product Manager, Higher Ed
Nancym
Nancy McGovern
Sr. Accountant
Alexs
Alex Sigillo
Research Project Manager
Marisak
Marisa Kaplan
Research Project Manager
Jeffy
Jeffrey R. Young
Sr. Editor, Higher Ed
Sydney
Sydney Johnson
Asst. Editor, Higher Ed
Jennya
Jenny Abamu
Reporter
Shelbya
Shelby Adkisson
Sales Operations Associate
Madisons
Madison Skinner
Business Operations Manager
Michaels
Michael Sano
Community Manager, Higher Ed
Aneesad
Aneesa Davenport
Social Media & Analytics Manager
Meganm
Megan McMahon
K12 Events Manager
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Our Board

Betsy
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 advises several charter schools, has served as Trustee of her local library and was named “parent of the year” at the local elementary school. Her two sons have been educated at public schools. (Go, Panthers!) Her husband is writing a book on the future for liberal arts graduates. She has degrees from Newtown High School, Georgetown University and was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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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.
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Tory Patterson
Co-founder, Managing Director at Owl Ventures
Tory Patterson is the CoFounder and Managing Partner of Owl Ventures and a partner with Catamount Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture capital fund focused on mission-driven companies. He serves on the boards of six edtech companies. Tory founded and ran Catamount’s education investment practice, where he led investments in leading education companies MasteryConnect, PresenceLearning, EdSurge, TenMarks (acquired by Amazon) Upworthy and Declara. Tory earned a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
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Tyler McNally
Director, Customer Success at Gainsight
Tyler works at the intersection of business development and operations to design/implement strategies, products and processes that enable Growth. A former EdSurgeant, he also 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.
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Our Advisors

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?

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Agustin Vilaseca

CTO & Co-Founder
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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?

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Mary Jo Madda

Director of Audience Development

Past: Taught middle school math/science with Teach for America, KIPP Houston, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where she also served as an administrator, curriculum coordinator, and decathlon coach. 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.

And: Has an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Northwestern University. Most recently, she was featured on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list for 2016.

Asking about: How do we come together to speak a common language while also recognizing and encouraging a diversity of perspectives and opinions?

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Amy McHugh

Customer Success Manager

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?

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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.

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Helen Resor

Director of Jobs & Ads

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.

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Michael Winters

Product Manager, Edtech Index

Past: General handyman at EdSurge. Consultant at ZS Associates, specializing in HIV. University of Virginia graduate (wahoowa!)

And: Lover of books, running and Chicago sports.

Asking about: What edtech business models can keep companies alive while giving access to students?

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Madelyn Mock

Event Operations

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.

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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.

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Brian Simmons

Head of Product
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Renee Franzwa

Director of Higher Ed

Past: Renee worked on many levels at colleges (including at UCLA and Stanford University) and previously co-founded an edtech company.

And: Her favorite resume moments include serving as a student advisor both in the US and abroad, and working to establish General Assembly’s San Francisco campus.

Asking about: How might we better bridge experiential learning and digital learning to provide a holistic, meaningful education for every learner?

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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?

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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?

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Seth Greenberg

Director of Strategy & Operations

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?

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Mary Hossfeld

Director of Sponsored Content & 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.

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Tory Loeb

Sales & Marketing Associate

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

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Sunny Lee

Sr. Product Manager, Higher Ed

Past: One of the original founding members of the Open Badges initiative at Mozilla; enjoys nerding out on technologies that re-imagine credentialing, promote lifelong learning and empower learners.

Involved with: Had the chance to give a talk about democratizing credentialing for the Office of Ed Tech at the White House in 2012. Enjoys running, languages and watching comedy.

Asking about: How do we build confidence in learners?

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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. Is a cycling enthusiast.

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Alex Sigillo

Research Project 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?

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Marisa Kaplan

Research Project 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?

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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.

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Sydney Johnson

Asst. Editor, Higher Ed

Past: Wrote for San Francisco magazine, the East Bay Express, the Oakland Post and others.

And: Earned a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.

Asking about: How technology and money is influencing higher education.

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Jenny Abamu

Reporter

Past: Worked at Columbia University's EdLab’s Development and Research Group, producing and publishing content for their digital education publication, New Learning Times. Before that, worked as a researcher, planner, and overnight assignment editor for NY1 News Channel in New York City.

And: Holds a Masters degree in International and Comparative Education from Columbia University's Teachers College.

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Shelby Adkisson

Sales Operations Associate

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?

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Madison Skinner

Business Operations Manager

Past: Consultant with Deloitte Consulting, University of California, Berkeley grad (Go Bears!)

And: Salsa dancing, hiking, ice cream tasting, and student mentoring at SFUSD

Asking about: How can technology enable students to access new learning experiences and groups different from themselves?

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Michael Sano

Community Manager, Higher Ed

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?

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Aneesa Davenport

Social Media & Analytics 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?

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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.

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