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 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing personalized learning that empowers all students to take ownership of their success.

With more than 50 professionals working in 11 states, KnowledgeWorks is uniquely positioned to transform cradle to career education because we’re the only organization that simultaneously engages in strategic forecasting, governmental advocacy and working directly with schools. Throughout our 20-year history, we’ve been passionate about collaborating to create a system-wide approach that grows and sustains student-centered practices – all to equip learners for career and life success.

Through customized professional development, in-depth research such as forecasts on the future of learning and federal education policy guidance and state-level ESSA implementation support, KnowledgeWorks has created opportunities for more than 135,000 students in 20 states through competency-based learning and early