David supports the leadership team through the strategic planning and implementation process, sharing both his deep understanding of the education technology sector and his experience in organizational leadership from over 20 years at Scholastic, Inc. David’s insight into strategy, operations management, team leadership, and market integration comes from the many initiatives he initiated, launched, and ran across the broad spectrum of the Scholastic portfolio, for supporting educators at the classroom, school and district levels.
In addition, at every key decision point David brings his invaluable gift for finding the essential theme hiding in the cacophony of possibility.
Dr. Amy Galloway Swann
Dr. Amy Swann has spent the last 15 years working to improve Title 1 schools. She has served in many roles in both traditional public school districts as well as in charter schools as a teacher, administrator, district leader, and as the Chief Academic Officer for Matchbook Learning. Dr. Swann has led innovative model design, curriculum and assessment development, leadership coaching, and instructional coaching K-12.
Prior to joining MBL, under Dr. Swann’s leadership, Bate Middle School was named a P21 Exemplar by the Partnership for 21st Century Schools and featured widely for their work with performance assessments in publications including the Harvard Letter, District Administration, and Tom VanderArk’s Getting Smart blog. In addition, Dr. Swann’s leadership has been documented and written about in books such as: Five Critical Leadership Practices: The Secret to High Performing Schools by R. Ash & P. Hodge (2016), Beyond Measure: Rescuing an overscheduled, over tested, underestimated generation by Abeles, V. & Rubenstein, G. (2015), and The Test by Kamenetz, A. (2015). In addition to the national work that Dr. Swann has done, she has also spoken and published papers internationally during International Symposiums on Education Leadership in Jyvaskyla, Finland, at the University of Shanghai, and in Uppsala, Sweden.
Bob has spent a career identifying business opportunities that can make a real and lasting positive impact on our shared world. As a founder and CEO of Catalyst Financial Group, securing over $2 billion in clean energy financing, Bob honed his gentle genius at uniting governmental agencies, innovators, and investors around shared goals.
Bob has served as a business advisor for organizations large and small with missions aligned with his values and vision, from Fortune 100 companies to local non-profits like Circus Smirkus. Bob was a founding member of both the Social Venture Network and the Investor’s Circle, and has worked to secure financing for social enterprises from organic agriculture to recycling facilities to fish farming.
Alex is a nationally-recognized leader in developing eco-systems that support learners and educators, with unique experience developing, maintaining and the practical application of the use of standards and data. His focus is on the implementation of mature, modern architectures and strategies.
His broad and comprehensive understanding of the educational space spans Pre-Kindergarten to K12 to PostSecondary to Workforce, primarily, though not exclusively, in the United States. Over the last 16 years he has been focusing on enterprise data and system architecture in the district, state and federal education agency space.
Marianne has used her innate entrepreneurial skill over a 30-year career to successfully launch and lead both for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises. As a social entrepreneur, Marianne was a founding member and now serves as trustee of the Circle School, a Sudbury-inspired democratic school in Harrisburg, PA. She founded her first company at 23, launching the first green real estate development firm in Pennsylvania. Marianne later brought her talents into the areas of electronics, communications technology, and the green energy sector. Marianne currently serves as co-founder of Catalyst Clean Energy Finance, LLC.
Marianne matches her creativity and boundless enthusiasm for entrepreneurship with a deep commitment to identifying and pursuing opportunities to enact meaningful, lasting positive change for the greater good.
Ralph has served in the senior administrative staff for the districts of Danville, VA and Bibb County, GA. Roles included interim superintendent, during which time the district went from 13% to 53% of schools meeting state exam benchmarks. Ralph also served as chair and vice-chair of the Orange County NC School Board, as well as on the NCSBA Board of Directors. He is a Master Board Trainer with the NCSBA and as mentor for superintendents across the state.
Tina’s diverse experience through many years in education has enabled her to understand the crucial nature of collaborative work between educators. Tina has taught in the Upper Valley Educators Institute’s principal program, was a School Support Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Education (VTAOE), and a national facilitator for the School Reform Initiative. Tina established Principal Learning Communities across Vermont to help support collaborative work between principals. In addition to her years as a K-8 teacher, Tina also served as principal of Washington Village School in Vermont and currently serves on the Montpelier School Board.