Our Board

The Board of Directors for KnowledgeWorks, an operating foundation, consists of individuals passionate about reforming education. Board members provide governance, academic, financial, and nonprofit management guidance to help govern the foundation's work and operations.

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 and...read more

Dr. Jacquelyn M. Belcher

Vice Chair

  • President Emeritus
  • Georgia Perimeter College

In 1995, Dr. Jacquelyn M. Belcher became president of the metro-Atlanta, multi-campus district of DeKalb College, now known as Georgia Perimeter College. Her service as a college...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 for...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 and...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

Richard W. Riley, Esq.
  • Former United States Secretary of Education
  • Senior Partner
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • EducationCounsel, LLC

When Riley was Governor of South Carolina,...read more

Eileen M. Rudden

Board Chair of SoundBite Communications (NASDAQ: SDBT)

Ms. Rudden is a seasoned general manager and board member in both the technology and education sectors, with deep experience developing and marketing new products and technologies.  She recently completed a tour of public service as Chief Officer, College and Career Preparation at Chicago Public...read more

Barry Schuler
  • Chairman of Raydiance, Inc.
  • Managing Director DFJ Growth Fund

An acclaimed Internet pioneer, Barry Schuler has developed emerging technologies into successful enterprises for the last 25 years. A serial entrepreneur, his career...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

Interim Chief Executive Officer

  • 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...read more

Chad Wick

Founder and Director

Chad Wick is an innovator who seeks to create equity of education opportunity in order to prepare learners to thrive in the 21st century. Recognized by former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley as “one of the outstanding education leaders in the country,” Wick led KnowledgeWorks in its...read more