Board of Directors - Digital Promise

Board of Directors

Dr. Linda Roberts, Chair

Former Founding Director of the Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education

Linda Roberts

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.

Michael Trucano, Vice Chair

Senior Education and Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, World Bank

Michael Trucano

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, President and CEO

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.

Karen Cator, Director

Former President and CEO, Digital Promise

Karen Cator

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.

Shae Hopkins, Director

Executive Director & CEO, Kentucky Educational Television

Shae HopkinsShae Hopkins is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of KET, Kentucky Educational Television, the only statewide broadcast and multimedia network in Kentucky. KET is a national leader in local content and educational resource production, including early childhood, K-12, teacher professional development, adult education and literacy. A 28-year veteran of KET, Ms. Hopkins has been recognized with various industry awards including the National Advocacy Award from the Association of Public Television Stations. She serves on the PBS Board of Directors and is the current chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Ms. Hopkins also serves on the Organization of State Broadcast Executives Board, Governor’s Post-Secondary Education Nominating Commission (Kentucky), and the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies National Advisory Board.

Dr. Anthony Jackson, Director and Chair of Governance and Nominating Committee

Vice President for Education at Asia Society

Dr. Anthony JacksonIn addition to his role as the Vice President of Education at Asia Society, Dr. Anthony Jackson  also leads Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning (PGL), a national membership network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to integrating knowledge about Asia and the world as a mainstay of American education. Over the past six years, he has led the development of Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network, an effort within the PGL to create a network of small, effective, internationally-themed secondary schools across the country. Before joining Asia Society, he was a Director of the Walt Disney Company’s Disney Learning Partnership, where he designed and oversaw the Creative Learning Communities network of reforming elementary schools. Dr. Jackson, trained in both developmental psychology and education, is one of the nation’s leading experts on secondary school reform and adolescent development. After a stint on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Science Fellow he became a senior staff member on the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, chaired by George Miller (D-CA). Dr. Jackson later directed the Carnegie Corporation Task Force on the Education of Young Adolescents that produced the seminal Turning Points report, which became a key blueprint for the reform of thousands of middle schools nationwide.

Vince Juaristi, Director and Chair of Finance Committee

CEO & President, Arbola, Inc.

Vince JuaristiVince Juaristi is CEO, President, and Founder of ARBOLA, an information technology and management consulting firm headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Prior to founding ARBOLA, Mr. Juaristi accepted appointment from the U.S. State Department serving one year in Afghanistan to develop the Afghan Justice Centers at the U.S. Bagram Military Base in Parwan and Kandihar, a program intended to advance a free and fair justice system for the Afghan people. For 10 years before, he served as Executive Vice President at VIP Consulting, helping to build a small firm into a highly competitive federal IT company in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with nearly a thousand employees. Mr. Juaristi also received Presidential appointment to the Board of Directors for the Corporation for National and Community Service, serving as vice chairman. He has founded or served on the board of many non-profits including the Juaristi Scholarship Program, which helps kids go to college.

Ron Mason Jr., Director

President, University of the District of Columbia

Ron MasonRon 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.

Richard Stephens, Director and Chair of Audit Committee

Former Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, The Boeing Company

Richard StephensRick 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.

Yong Zhao, Director

Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas

Yong Zhao

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.


Lawrence K. Grossman (1931-2018)

Dr. Eamon Michael Kelly (1936-2017)

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