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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Pittsburgh Public School District, Sam led one of the nation’s largest efforts to improve teacher quality from 2010-15, managing an $80M 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.
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.
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.
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.
Damon Horowitz is a professor and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to AltSchool, Damon was Google’s In-House Philosopher and Director of Engineering responsible for various initiatives involving personalization, social, and search. He came to Google from Aardvark, the social search engine, where he was co-founder and CTO. Prior to Aardvark, Horowitz built several companies around applications of intelligent language processing. He co-founded Perspecta (acquired by Excite), was lead architect for Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and co-founded NewsDB (now Daylife). Horowitz teaches courses in philosophy, cognitive science, and computer science at several institutions, including Stanford, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, and San Quentin State Prison. Damon has a BA in philosophy from Columbia, a MS in Artificial Intelligence from MIT, and a PhD in Philosophy from Stanford.
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.
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.