Our Board

We started more 10 years ago with a big idea and a lot of heart. We resolved to increase educational opportunity for every person. That was a tremendous undertaking. So we first focused our efforts, then gained momentum, and eventually expanded our scope and our reach to become the national enterprise that we are today.

John E. Dean, Esq.


  • Principal
  • Washington Partners, LLC

John Dean is founder and a principal of the Washington, D.C. public affairs firm of Washington Partners, LLC.  The firm specializes in federal education programs and represents educational...read more

Stephen D. Dackin
  • Superintendent of Schools and Community Partnerships, Columbus State Community College

Stephen D. Dackin, the Superintendent of Schools and Community Partnerships for Columbus State Community College, oversees the growing number of Columbus State...read more

Deborah S. Delisle
  • Executive Director and CEO of ASCD
  • Former United States Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education

Deborah Delisle is the Executive Director and CEO of ASCD, where she leads the organization to further their...read more

Tom Fry
  • Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK)

Tom Fry, the Managing Director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, is responsible for identifying and supporting the Foundation’s entrepreneurs and cultivating and engaging donors.

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Lisa Jackson
  • Co-Founder and Managing Director of the College for Social Innovation

Lisa Jackson is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the College for Social Innovation in Boston, Massachusetts. Jackson began her career as an...read more

Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones
  • Retired Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th District
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • Of Counsel

Recently, Judge Nathaniel R. Jones retired from his position as a United States Circuit Judge...read more

Lucie Lapovsky, Ph.D
  • Principal, Lapovsky Consulting
  • Former President of Mercy College

Lucie Lapovsky is an economist who consults, writes, teaches and speaks widely on issues related to higher education finance, strategy, leadership, governance...read more

Steven Minter
  • Executive-In-Residence
  • Cleveland State University

Steven Minter was appointed Interim Vice President for University Advancement on May 1, 2010. He had been an Executive-In-Residence at Cleveland State University in September...read more

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds
  • Chief Deputy Commissioner at the Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Ms. Reynolds has played an active role in education at both the state and federal level. She is currently the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) where she oversees...read more

Eileen M. Rudden
  • Co-Founder, LearnLaunch
  • Former Chief, College and Career Preparation, Chicago Public Schools

Ms. Rudden is co-founder of LearnLaunch, Boston’s Edtech Community, and Campus & Accelerator.  Rudden served as Chief Officer,...read more

Dean Joseph P. Tomain

Chair Emeritus

  • Dean Emeritus
  • Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law Cincinnati, Ohio

Joseph P. Tomain is a Dean Emeritus and the Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of...read more

Timothy C. Tuff
  • Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • John H. Harland Company

Tim Tuff was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of John H. Harland Company from 1998 to 2007. Harland was a leading supplier of...read more

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