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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 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.

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Devin Vodicka
Devin Vodicka
Chief Impact Officer
Colleen Broderick
VP of Learning

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 Learning
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
Karen Li
VP of Finance

Through her finance and accounting career, Karen has held roles in automotive, technology, and at a Big Four accounting firm. She has been with AltSchool for three years, initially serving as controller before becoming VP of Finance. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where over the course of over a decade she led audits and pre-IPO due diligence efforts for clients across various industries. Prior to AltSchool, Karen was the director of technical accounting at General Motors. Karen holds a BA in economics and accounting from Claremont McKenna College and is a California licensed CPA.

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Karen Li
Karen Li
VP of Finance
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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