KnowledgeWorks Adds Experienced Educator and YMCA CEO to its Board

Topics: Impact and Improvement

CINCINNATI – KnowledgeWorks, a leading national education nonprofit, is pleased to announce the appointments of Jorge Perez and Becky van der Bogert to its board of directors.

Jorge Perez, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, has 30 years’ experience providing effective leadership to health and social development programs. He is a sought-after speaker, thought leader and board member, deeply versed in the challenges and opportunities of the nonprofit field.

Becky van der Bogert has served as Head of Palm Beach Day Academy in Palm Beach, Fla., Superintendent of Schools in Winnetka, Ill. and in Lincoln, Mass. She has also taught courses on critical and creative thinking and leadership at Lesley University, University of Massachusetts, and directed programs at Northwestern University and Harvard University for leaders in education.

“I am excited to welcome Jorge and Becky to the Board of Directors,” says Lucie Lapovsky, board chair for KnowledgeWorks. “The two bring deep education and community knowledge and the desire to envision an ambitious future for the Foundation.”

“Becky and Jorge bring a wealth of experience and passion to our board as we hone our mission to advance the work of schools and improve communities of all sizes and diverse needs,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Chuck Ambrose said.

“Becky offers an invaluable breadth of knowledge leading schools and school districts in the Midwest, Northeast and South. Jorge brings his perspective fostering social development and good health leading YMCA teams in four cities as well as nationally. We’re a stronger organization because of their willingness to contribute,” he said.

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