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.
Ben brings his 2 year tenure as AltSchool’s VP of Growth combined with his deep background in education to his role of President. An education veteran, Ben began his career as a TFA corps member 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. 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 35,000 students across the country.
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 superintendent. During his tenure serving Vista Unified’s more than 25,000 students, Devin earned some of the education industry’s most prestigious awards. In 2015, he was named “California Superintendent of the Year” by both the ACSA and Pepperdine University. In 2014, he received Classroom of the Future Foundation's "Innovative Superintendent of the Year" award. After joining Vista in 2012, he was 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 guides the design and strategy of the company’s personalized learning platform as it expands into a growing community of private, charter, and public schools.
Eve brings her 6 year tenure as AltSchool’s General Counsel combined with her career in law and early experience as an English teacher to her role as COO leading the company’s finance, HR, legal and administrative teams. She previously was Acting Director of the Diane Abbey Law Center, a law and policy center providing professional support to City and State government agencies, non-profit groups, private law firms, and law students. Before that, Eve was an Associate at global law firm 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.
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.
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.
Karen joined AltSchool in November 2018. As Vice President of Partnerships, Karen is responsible for enabling the sales organization to share AltSchool solutions with school districts and private schools across the country. Karen brings over 20 years of sales, business development, and high revenue growth experience, ranging from leading the Strategic Accounts team for Dreambox Learning to building a sales strategy for LearnZillion to scaling business at Learning.com. She holds a BS from North Carolina State University and graduate work at Duke.
As VP of Professional Learning, Katie is developing professional learning programs to support schools and districts in their shift to learner-centered education. Katie began her career as a middle school English language arts teacher. She has also served as an instructional coach and led a mentoring program for new teachers in her district. Before joining AltSchool, she served as director of district leadership at the Buck Institute for Education, which prepares students for the future through project-based learning. Katie is the author of “Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash Genius”. She earned her Master of Education in middle school education and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Nick Lewis is VP of Partner Success and is responsible for ensuring AltSchool partners drive meaningful change in their classrooms and schools. Nick has 15+ years experience in education + technology, as a classroom teacher, Google strategist, and leader of customer success teams. Nick helped design and launch the Louisiana Guidebooks 2.0 ELA curriculum now used by nearly 90% of classrooms in Louisiana, and built the LearnZillion Customer Success team as it grew to support more than 2 million educators. Nick believes the best technologies bring out the best in people ‒ eliminating noise and helping them build stronger connections and solve important challenges ‒ and he serves as the voice of our partners with AltSchool product, engineering & design teams. Nick received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
With her 20+ years of senior HR experience, Kate serves as an expert resource and advisor for AltSchool’s business operations, managers, and employees. Prior to joining AltSchool, Kate was the Senior Director, Talent for Common Sense Media. She held the position of VP, Human Resources for IDG brands such as PCWorld, Macworld and Infoworld, and was Director of HR and Office Administration at Chronicle Books. Kate holds a BA in History from the University of Virginia.
Jim brings his 4 years on the AltSchool product team combined with experience in education product management and organization design to his role as Head of Product. Jim was most recently a product manager at Amplify Learning, where he led teams to develop physics digital curriculum and an adaptive early literacy app. Previously, he was a founder at a nonprofit delivering college counseling to low-income high school students around the country and a product planner at Microsoft. Jim graduated with a BA from Yale University.
Ryo has over 15 years of experience in software engineering, engineering leadership, and entrepreneurship, including over 4 years at AltSchool. Prior to joining AltSchool, Ryo was CTO of Manifest (previously SocialWire) where he built and grew the engineering team from scratch, led the team through two pivots, and delivered a personalized product recommendation and advertising platform which grew revenues to $1 million per month. An aspiring life-long learner, Ryo has also previously led disaster relief projects, started (and delivered) a successful KickStarter project, and designed and built an off-grid cabin in the woods with his own two hands. Ryo holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.
Through his finance and accounting career, Nick has held roles in solar, manufacturing, and technology. Nick combines his four years at AltSchool with his prior experience most recently as a fund accountant at SunRun Solar where he helped scale the accounting team. During his time at SunRun, Nick was tasked with the completion of annual audits, which allowed the company to file their S-1. Nick holds a BA in finance and accounting from The Defiance College.
Bryna brings 20 years of experience in education to supporting Jewish day school partners. Prior to AltSchool, Bryna was Director of Day School Innovation at The Jewish Education Project and the founding director of Luria Academy of Brooklyn. Bryna has also worked as a curriculum consultant, early childhood education director, and teacher for students in Pre-K through 12th. She holds a M.S.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University, and trained at the Montessori Center for Teacher Education.
Alison has committed over 12 years of her career to affecting systemic change in US K-12 schools. In addition to her work at AltSchool, she has also spent several years working on Teach For America’s national team and as a board member of Creative Arts Charter School, a local San Francisco charter school. Alison has previously held operational roles across various functions, including sales, marketing, human resources, recruiting, and finance. She holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University.
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.