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Together, we are changing the future of education.

Our passion for education informs what we do every day, whether it's building innovative new technology tools for the classroom, connecting with communities of parents and students to learn how we can meet their needs, or bringing new partner schools into our network.

Max Ventilla
Founder and CEO

Max's career has focused on creatively using technology to enrich daily life. He founded Krypteian Systems (acquired in 2001) and the social search company Aardvark (acquired by Google in 2010). At Google, he was part of the founding team of Google+ and then served as the Head of Personalization across Google products. Max earned a bachelor’s degree in Math and Physics and an MBA from Yale University.

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Max Ventilla
Max Ventilla
Founder and CEO
Bharat Mediratta
Co-Founder, President, and CTO

Bharat has an extensive background in creatively using technology to improve the world. Prior to AltSchool, he was Google's Distinguished Engineer in charge of the technology behind Google's home page and search results where he spent a decade building scalable systems to solve some of the world's largest problems. Bharat holds a BA in Computer Science from Colgate University.

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Bharat Mediratta
Bharat Mediratta
Co-Founder, President, and CTO
Devin Vodicka
Chief Impact Officer

Over the past 20 years, Devin’s vision for how to drive high-quality student outcomes enabled him to quickly ascend the roles of educator, school principal, district administrator, and now superintendent. During his tenure serving Vista Unified’s more than 25,000 students, Devin has earned some of the education industry’s most prestigious awards. Last year, he was named AASA’s “California Superintendent of the Year.” In 2015, he was named ACSA’s “California Superintendent of the Year,” as well as Pepperdine University’s "California Superintendent of the Year.” In 2014, he received Classroom of the Future Foundation's "Innovative Superintendent of the Year" award. Since joining Vista in 2012, he has been invited to the White House nine times; both in recognition for district-wide achievements and to partner on national efforts with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, and the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. As AltSchool’s Chief Impact Officer, Devin will guide the design and strategy of the company’s personalized learning platform, as it prepares the platform for expansion into a growing community of private, charter and public schools.

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Devin Vodicka
Devin Vodicka
Chief Impact Officer
Amir Mirza
CFO

Amir joins AltSchool with over two decades of experience in business and finance. Most recently he was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he worked in increasingly senior roles, from an Associate in Investment Banking to a Managing Director in Global Corporate Finance. During his career in finance, he worked closely with senior management and boards of directors across technology, media, and telecom companies to help them achieve their strategic and financing objectives. Amir earned a postgraduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

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Amir Mirza
Amir Mirza
CFO
Coddy Johnson
Chairman

Before joining AltSchool, Coddy held numerous executive positions at Activision Publishing, including COO of Studios, CFO, and Head of Operations, where he led its strategy and operations. Prior to Activision, Coddy spent years in politics as White House Associate Director of Political Affairs under President George W. Bush. Coddy attended Yale University, graduating magna cum laude in 1999 with a degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics.

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Coddy Johnson
Coddy Johnson
Chairman
Laura Hughes Modi
VP of Platform Operations

Laura comes to us from Airbnb, where she was the Director of Hospitality, shaping the vision of Airbnb’s global hospitality program and overseeing the strategy and operations to ensure that all hosts were equipped, accountable and appreciated to be world class partners of the Airbnb product. During her time at Airbnb she was responsible for much of the scale operations, which included opening the EU headquarters, scaling the customer service org with tools and partners, and building a central 'Voice of the Customer team.’ Most recently she led the operational programming under the new Trips platform. Before Airbnb, she was an operations program manager at Google, and before that helped run a family hotel business in the west of Ireland. Laura and her husband Shaun welcomed a new member to her family in March, and her passion for AltSchool's mission on behalf of all children has only grown since.  

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Laura Hughes Modi
Laura Hughes Modi
VP of Platform Operations
Rajiv Bhatia
VP of Product

Raj was most recently a Studio GM and Director of Product at Zynga, where he led company-wide data-driven design and product management efforts. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and MS and BS degrees in Computer Engineering from UT Austin and UIUC, respectively.

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Rajiv Bhatia
Rajiv Bhatia
VP of Product
Colleen Broderick
VP of Pedagogy

An education veteran with more than two decades served as a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, and learning designer, Colleen leads education and pedagogy at AltSchool. Her experience includes key leadership roles at schools in the U.S. and abroad in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, and Brazil, in both private and public settings. Prior to AltSchool, Colleen helped launch four schools, and most recently, she served as Chief Learning Designer at ReSchool Colorado. Colleen has a B.A. in English Literature and Business from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Colleen Broderick
Colleen Broderick
VP of Pedagogy
Sam Franklin
VP of Schools

In Pittsburgh Public School District, Sam led one of the nation’s largest efforts to improve teacher quality from 2010-15, managing a massive program across more than 50 city schools, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. He previously designed and opened the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy, a public magnet school serving grades 6 to 12, which is now the most innovative, integrated, and highest performing public high school in the city. Most recently, Sam was awarded an 18-month executive residency at Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught master’s level courses on education policy and leadership, managing change in challenging environments, and the future of learning and school. As AltSchool’s VP of Schools, Sam will continue to improve the quality of its lab school network, and help define the ongoing work of co-development between educators and engineers.

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Sam Franklin
Sam Franklin
VP of Schools
Dan Quine
VP of Engineering

Dan has been leading engineering teams for 20 years, at large tech companies like Apple and Google, and startups including Unicru, and Blurb which he co-founded. He was most recently the CTO of live music startup Songkick. Dan holds a BSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Machine Learning from the University of Leeds.

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Dan Quine
Dan Quine
VP of Engineering
Sejal Shah
VP of Business Operations and Strategy

Sejal came to AltSchool from One Medical where, as Director of Operations, she was instrumental in leading the company through a massive growth period—launching new offices and markets, creating their market expansion strategy, and managing a large team. Prior to that, she was at McKesson where she worked to create growth strategies for their health and technology businesses. Sejal holds a B.S. in biology and economics and received her master's in business administration at Wharton before beginning her career as a consultant for a diverse set of companies. Since joining AltSchool, Sejal has distinguished herself as a strong and thoughtful leader, leading strategic initiatives with a focus on clarity, consistency, and organization.

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Sejal Shah
Sejal Shah
VP of Business Operations and Strategy
Ben Kornell
VP of Growth

Ben brings a combination of hands-on teaching roles in public education, plus executive leadership across industries including education, healthcare, and nonprofits. He began his career as a TFA corps member in 2003 where he taught middle school for many years. Driven by the inequities he experienced in public education, Ben went to Stanford Business School to cultivate the skills needed to impact the system more broadly. In 2013, he returned to education as COO of Envision Charter Schools, and later as Executive Director of Envision Learning Partners, where his team spread Envision Schools’ Performance Assessment system to over 70 partner schools and 35,000 students across the country. In his role of VP of Growth for AltSchool, Ben will build partnerships with schools nationwide and collaborate closely with AltSchool’s product team to understand how the platform can best support all schools.

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Ben Kornell
Ben Kornell
VP of Growth
Eve Wachtell
General Counsel

Eve heads up legal from AltSchool's New York office. She was previously Acting Director of the Diane Abbey Law Center and, before that, an Associate at Hogan Lovells. She is the Treasurer of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Eve holds a JD from NYU School of Law and a BA from Swarthmore College. She is admitted to practice law in New York and California.

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Eve Wachtell
Eve Wachtell
General Counsel

Our leadership team applies experience from their diverse backgrounds to build our schools, our company, and our technology. Several are also proud parents of AltSchool students.

Our Investors

AltSchool is backed by Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, Emerson Collective, First Round Capital, Harrison Metal, John Doerr, Jonathan Sackler, Learn Capital, Omidyar Network, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's donor-advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and other leading investors.

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