Former Founding Director of the Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education
Linda G. Roberts, Ed.D. serves as Senior Advisor to Carnegie Learning Inc., Classroom Connect, Apple Computer and several leading technology companies. Previously, Dr. Roberts served as Founding Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology from its inception in September 1993 to January 2001. From 1984 to 1993, Dr. Roberts led the research on educational technology and Senior Associate at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Since leaving government in January 2001, Dr. Roberts has served as Advisor, Consultant, and board director in various organizations, state and local governments, corporations, and foundations. She has served as Director in organizations such as AcademicMerit, LLC, MOUSE Inc., ProQuest Company, Wireless Generation, Inc. Voyager Learning Company, and Carnegie Learning Inc. She serves as a Trustee of the Board of the Sesame Workshop, Education Development Corporation and the Education Development Center, Inc. Dr. Roberts was a elementary school teacher and reading specialist, University Professor and Academic Dean. Dr. Roberts is the recipient of many awards, including the Smithsonian Computer World Award for Leadership in Education, the ISTE NECC 2000 Pioneer Award, the Federal 100 Award, the U.S. Distance Learning Association’s Eagle Award and the COSN Community Leader Award. Electronic Learning Magazine named Dr. Roberts ‘Technology Educator of the Decade. Dr. Roberts earned her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, her Master of Education from Harvard University and her Doctorate of Education from the University of Tennessee.
Senior Education and Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, World Bank
Mike Trucano serves as the World Bank’s focal point on the topic within the education sector and leads the World Bank’s related analytical work on under its flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results initiative as it relates to information and communication technologies (SABER-ICT). In addition, Mike provides advice and support to World Bank country-level education projects seeking to utilize ICTs in various ways in multiple countries around the world. Mike is also the principal contributor to the World Bank’s widely readEduTech blog. Mike previously served as the ICT and Education Specialist at infoDev, the multi-donor ‘ICT knowledge shop’ housed within the World Bank’s Global ICT Department (GICT), where he coordinated activities related to information and communication technologies and the Millennium Development Goals, especially as they related to education. He also led infoDev’s work exploring the use of various low-cost ICT devices to meet developmental objectives in the social sectors, an initiative he continues to help lead from within the World Bank education sector, and managed the program’s mobile banking work. Mike brings experience working in a variety of capacities with on-the-ground ICT/education and ICT4D initiatives in several regions of the world, including feasibility studies, evaluation and assessment, teacher training and professional development, appropriate technologies and targeted policy advice, especially related to uses of ICTs in education and community telecentres.
Jean-Claude Brizard is President and CEO of Digital Promise, a global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on accelerating innovation in education. He is the former Senior Advisor and Deputy Director in U.S. Programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he focused on PK-16 education across five communities in four states. He also led several strategies to help close the racial and economic achievement gaps in Washington State’s educational system, as well as to support the growth and sustainability of the state’s public charter school sector.
He is the former Chief Executive of Chicago Public Schools. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District in New York. Under Mr. Brizard’s leadership, both the Chicago Public Schools and the Rochester City School District saw substantial improvements in student performance. Mr. Brizard’s experience also includes a 21-year career as an educator and administrator with the New York City Department of Education. He served as a Regional Superintendent, supervising more than 100 schools in the Borough of Brooklyn, and he also served as the system’s Executive Director for its 400 secondary schools. He is a Fellow of the Broad Center, a Fellow of the Pahara-Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network.
Senior Partner, New Profit
Trevor Brown currently serves as a Senior Partner at New Profit. Prior to his current role, he led New Profit’s Portfolio Investing activities and also sat on the firm’s Operating Council. Trevor is an experienced growth advisor that has worked both domestically and abroad in an array of industries and functional areas. Previously, he was a Partner at Next Street Financial, where he advised business owners and nonprofits on growth strategies, operations, and organizational development priorities. Prior to Next Street, Trevor worked at the Monitor Group, where he managed teams of consultants on strategic growth projects for Fortune 1000 clients. During his time at Monitor, Trevor also oversaw the firm’s graduate, undergraduate, diversity, and experienced-hire recruiting operations for the U.S. Trevor graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Economics and holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Though originally from the Greater Hartford, Connecticut, area, Trevor now lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Marice; three children, Maria-Paz, Mariana, and Ian; and goldendoodle Bacon.
Former President and CEO, Digital Promise
Karen Cator is a leading voice for transforming American education through technology, innovation and research. She served as the President and CEO of Digital Promise through its expansion phase from 2013 – 2020. Previously, she was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader policies and support. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. She began her education career in Alaska as a teacher and administrator and also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a master’s in school administration from the University of Oregon and received the 2014 College of Education Distinguished Alumni award. The American Association of Publishers awarded Cator with the 2014 Visionary Award. She received her bachelor’s in early childhood education from Springfield College and received the 2015 Distinguished Alumna award. She is an Aspen Pahara Fellow and the past chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Isa Ellis is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading a portfolio that focuses on expanding equitable education and employment pathways that lead to economic opportunity and mobility for youth who have been historically marginalized. Prior to joining the foundation, Isa was national vice president at Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA), where she launched the organization’s first national postsecondary and workforce development strategy to increase access to career readiness and credentialing opportunities for the organization’s more than four million Club youth.
Isa’s 20-year career in education includes leading performance management and school turnaround at Chicago Public Schools; directing organizational growth at the Achievement Network; and brokering cross-sector partnerships as head of global education and workforce at the Clinton Global Initiative, where she facilitated the organization’s largest education commitment, garnering 30 partners to invest more than $600M to increase equity in girls’ education, globally.
She has served on several boards and advisory committees including UNCF Pacific Northwest, Seattle Central College, and Workforce Matters. She has been recognized and awarded for her professional and civic leadership by Athena International, the Chicago Foundation for Women, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, and the Global Fund for Women. She’s an alum of National Urban Fellows and Leadership Atlanta and has a M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a M.P.A. from Baruch College.
Superintendent, Highline Public Schools
Knowing every student by name, strength, and need is the promise of Highline Public Schools. Under the leadership of Superintendent Susan Enfield, the district is implementing the second phase of its strategic plan committed to the academic and social-emotional growth of all students so they graduate prepared for the future they choose.
A high school English, journalism, and English Language Learner (ELL) teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before coming to Highline in 2012. She previously held leadership positions in Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA), Portland Public Schools, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Susan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program.
Vice President for Education at Asia Society
For nearly 18 years, Anthony Jackson led the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, which strives to enable all students to graduate high school prepared for college, for work in the global economy, and for 21st century global citizenship. The Center is a platform for advancing education for global competence for all youth through empowering professional development for teachers and school heads, systems change, and public engagement. The Center also hosts the Global Cities Education Network, a learning community of high-performing Asian and North American urban school districts dedicated to solving common high priority problems of practice and policy. Trained in both developmental psychology and education, Jackson is one of the nation’s leading experts on secondary school education reform and adolescent development. Jackson directed the Carnegie Corporation’s Task Force on the Education of Young Adolescents, which produced the groundbreaking report Turning Points: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century, and co-authored the seminal follow-up blueprint Turning Points 2000, considered one of the most influential books on middle school reform. More recently he co-authored Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World. A second edition of this work will be published in 2022 by ASCD publications..
Senior Vice President of Learning and Impact, Noggin
Michael H. Levine, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President of Learning and Impact for Noggin, Nickelodeon’s direct-to-consumer interactive learning platform for young children. An early learning and social policy expert, Dr. Levine is responsible for deepening Noggin’s value to children and families through dynamic content, partnerships, and interactive experiences developed for learning and impact. Dr. Levine previously spent 12 years at Sesame Workshop, where he served as Chief Knowledge Officer, a member of the senior executive team responsible for driving organization-wide learning, educational partnerships, knowledge exchange, and policy leadership. He is also the Founding Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, a pioneering thought leader in the digital media and learning field. Previously he oversaw innovative grantmaking, strategic communications, and program design and scaling strategies for Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New York City Department of Education, the Mayor’s Office and Asia Society. Dr. Levine serves on numerous nonprofit and double-bottom line boards including the Cooney Center, JumpStart, We Are Family Foundation, and Woot Math. He received his Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Richard Moglia-Cannon has been working to improve urban public schools for over 30 years. He is currently a management consultant, working to implement change, improve systems, and scale-up innovative ideas.
Previously, Mr. Moglia-Cannon was the Chief Financial Officer for the National Center on Education and the Economy and its subsidiary, the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), from 2008-2019. Simultaneously, he was the Director of Scale-up for NISL, helping to improve the academic achievement for over 1 million students.
From 1999-2008, Mr. Moglia-Cannon was an education consultant, working with schools to improve student achievement and helping education reform organizations to scale-up their innovations.
From 1990-1999, Mr. Moglia-Cannon was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), helping it go from a start-up to a $20 million organization. During this time, NCEE laid the ground work for the Common Core state standards, was the architect for the country’s first legislation supporting the school-to-work transition, and created the most widely used and most impactful whole school reform model
From 1981-1990, Mr. Moglia-Cannon worked for Price Waterhouse, the blue-chip accounting and management consulting firm, as an auditor and management consultant. He became one of the firm’s education experts after leading a half dozen consulting projects for large urban school districts. He passed the CPA exam in 1981.
President, University of the District of Columbia
Ron Mason has served as the president of the University of the District of Columbia since July 2015. His reputation for strong leadership and responsible governance is bolstered by more than 30 years of experience in the higher education, community development, and legal fields. Previously, Mr. Mason served as president of the Southern University and A&M College System as well as president of Jackson State University. He also held a number of leadership roles over an 18-year period at Tulane University, and served as the founder and executive director of the National Center for the Urban Community at Tulane and Xavier Universities. Mason received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Columbia University. He attended the Harvard Institute of Educational Management and is the recipient of the Mayor’s Medal of Honor from the City of New Orleans, the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award from Dillard, Loyola, Tulane, and Xavier universities, and was one of five recipients of Columbia University’s 2008 John Jay Award for distinguished alumni.
Former Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, The Boeing Company
Rick Stephens retired after 33 years at The Boeing Company as senior vice president for Human Resources and Administration and is co-founder of Birth2Work. During his career at Boeing, Mr. Stephens led a number of businesses with operations across the US and overseas. He has supported the National Governors Association, served on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the US President’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, and the National Science Resource Center Advisory Board. Mr. Stephens has published numerous articles on workforce, education and STEM, and is co-author of the book “The System, Igniting the Soul of Commerce”. A former U.S. Marine Corps officer, Mr. Stephens is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is an enrolled member of the Pala Band of Mission Indians serving as tribal chairman from 1988 to 1989.
Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas
Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. Yong Zhao’s works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, most recently What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education (2018). He has received numerous awards including the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, Outstanding Public Educator from Horace Mann League of USA, and Distinguished Achievement Award in Professional Development from the Association of Education Publishers. He is also an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education and is recognized as one of the most influential education scholars.
The initial Board of Directors was selected by the Secretary of the Office of Education pursuant to Digital Promise’s enabling Statute. New Board members will be selected by the Board which will seek to maintain a Board of Directors that takes into consideration: various geographic regions of the Country, various professions and occupations and the talent and experiences appropriate to such a position.
Our initiatives are guided by advisory boards made up of distinguished experts in their respective fields, including school district leaders, ed-tech entrepreneurs, research experts, and other thought leaders in education. Learn more about each advisory board from the links on this page: