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Judy Peppler is the President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Judy Peppler is President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks, leading the social enterprise that is working in more than 30 states to improve the numbers of students who graduate ready for college or career. Peppler is a graduate of the Broad Superintendent Academy and is the former...

Catherine Allshouse is the Chief Information Officer for KnowledgeWorks.

Chief Information Officer

Catherine Allshouse is the Chief Information Officer for KnowledgeWorks.

Previously, Allshouse was responsible for Software Engineering at The Kroger Company, that nation’s largest retail grocer.  Her team of 200 developed solutions for Kroger’s stores, customers, distribution centers,...

Jennifer Blatz is the Senior Director of Strategy and Operations for StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks.

Senior Director, Strategy and Operations, StriveTogether

Jennifer Blatz serves as Senior Director, Strategy & Operations for StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, where she oversees StriveTogether’s strategy for accelerating the progress of cradle to career partnerships.  This includes providing strategic guidance and oversight to the...

Holly Brinkman is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for KnowledgeWorks.

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

As the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Holly Brinkman is responsible for all aspects of the finance and accounting functions for the Foundation and subsidiaries and management of the investment portfolio.  Her responsibilities include oversight of the...

Harold Brown is the Senior Officer for the Advancement of Underserved Learners for KnowledgeWorks.

Senior Officer for the Advancement of Underserved Learners

In this newly created role for KnowledgeWorks, Harold Brown explores and develops opportunities for KnowledgeWorks to invest and partner in initiatives designed to dramatically improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged youth. Initially, Harold is developing and overseeing a statewide...

Cris Charbonneau is the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for KnowledgeWorks.

Vice President, Communications and Marketing

Cris Charbonneau serves as the Vice President of Communications and Marketing. Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, Cris served as the Deputy Secretary of Communications for the North Carolina Department of Transportation where she led all communication efforts for the second largest...

Jeff Edmondson is the Managing Director of StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks.

Managing Director, StriveTogether

Jeff Edmondson is Managing Director of StriveTogether, a national cradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents and other stakeholders who are committed to helping...

Virgel Hammonds is the Chief Learning Officer for KnowledgeWorks.

Chief Learning Officer

As the Chief Learning Officer of competency-based education work at KnowledgeWorks, Virgel Hammonds partners with national policymakers and local learning communities throughout the country to redesign learning structures to become more learner-centered and based on proficiency, rather than...

Director, Talent Management

As Director of Talent Management, Whayne Herriford helps shape the KnowledgeWorks culture and enterprise-wide talent and organizational performance strategies and programs that support the achievement of organization's business strategies and goals.

Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks,...

Deborah Howard is KnowledgeWorks Senior Director of Operations.

Senior Director of Operations

Deborah Howard, Senior Director of Operations, leads KnowledgeWorks' research and development work, concentrating on product design and innovation, evaluation and quality control. She blends her unique knowledge and experience in the field of education, non-profit and corporate sectors to help...

Meredith Meyer is the Vice President of Talent and Organizational Performance at KnowledgeWorks.

Chief of Staff and Vice President, Talent and Organizational Performance

As Chief of Staff and Vice President, Talent and Organizational Performance, Meredith Meyer is the lead architect of the KnowledgeWorks culture and enterprise-wide talent and organizational performance strategies and programs that support the achievement of organization's business strategies...

Matt Williams is the Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at KnowledgeWorks.

Vice President, Policy and Advocacy

Matt Williams currently serves as the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for KnowledgeWorks. In this role, he is responsible for directing both federal and state policy, advocacy and strategic foresight (future of education work) on behalf of the Foundation. Matt assists KnowledgeWorks and...

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