KnowledgeWorks Announces Strategic Changes to Its Executive Leadership Team


CINCINNATI—KnowledgeWorks, a national education nonprofit dedicated to advancing personalized learning, today announced several changes to its executive leadership team to help accelerate their nation-wide impact.

Effective immediately, Matt Williams will serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for KnowledgeWorks. Williams will play a pivotal part in developing, implementing and overseeing the successful execution of KnowledgeWorks’ strategic vision to advance personalize learning. In his new role, Williams will work closely with KnowledgeWorks staff and key education leaders and stakeholders across the country to increase the organization’s impact and reach in personalized learning.

Holly Brinkman will now serve as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Finance. Brinkman previously served as KnowledgeWorks’ chief financial officer. In addition to continuing to guide the organization’s investment strategy, Brinkman will play a greater role in overseeing the daily operations of KnowledgeWorks.

“Matt and Holly’s experiences and skills will allow KnowledgeWorks to identify and scale the internal processes and external opportunities we need to transform educational systems,” said Chuck Ambrose, President and CEO of KnowledgeWorks.

As part of these changes, Lillian Pace has been promoted to Vice President of Policy and Advocacy and Katherine Prince has been promoted to Vice President of Strategic Foresight. Pace will lead the continued efforts of KnowledgeWorks in helping to shape federal and state education policy to better support personalized learning. She and her team will also help establish the role of advocacy within our work. Prince will lead her team to push KnowledgeWorks’ long-standing efforts to explore the future of learning.

“Their diverse backgrounds and perspectives on the executive leadership team will make a significant, positive impact in our overall planning and direction in this next important KnowledgeWorks chapter,” said Ambrose.

“These leadership changes, along with our continued strategic positioning and commitment to teaching and learning here in Cincinnati and throughout the U.S., will allow us to create more aligned and responsive systems so we can increase personalized learning opportunities for more students across the country.”

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For more than 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.