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Deborah Quazzo

Deborah Quazzo

Managing Partner San Francisco, CA & Chicago, IL

Deborah is the Managing Partner of GSV Ventures, a venture fund investing in education and workforce skills technologies that are disrupting the $7 Trillion sector. In addition, she is Co-founder of the ASU+GSV Summit. Now in its 12th year, the ASU+GSV Summit celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to Gray” learning and talent landscape and attracts over 5,500 attendees.

Deborah currently serves on the boards of Aakash Educational Services Ltd (a leading tutoring and test preparation company in India), Ascend Learning (a portfolio company of Blackstone and CCCP), Class Technologies, Degreed, The Educational Testing Service (ETS), Intellispark, PhotoMath, QuillBot, Remind, Stride, Turnitin (an Advance Communications company) and Valenture Institute. She is a board observer at CLI Studios, Fairygodboss and Outlier.org. She is a member of the boards of The Common Ground Foundation, The Falling Walls Digital Education Jury Board, The Khan Academy Thought Leadership Council, The New Profit Prophets Education Advisory Group, Oriental Education Institute (OEI), Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Strada Institute for the Future of Work Advisory Committee. She previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including The Chicago Board of Education (CPS) and KIPP: Chicago.

Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.

Adam Freed

Adam Freed

Managing Partner New York, NY

Adam Freed is an experienced, multilingual, and generally affable technology leader who joined the GSV Ventures team in August 2021.

Previously, Adam served as Chair of the Board of Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT). For more than four years, Adam led TpT as its Chief Executive Officer as well. The company is the go-to destination for educators to get teacher-created, innovative, classroom resources. During Adam’s tenure, the company grew to an unprecedented annual reach of more than 70% of all teachers in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. TpT recently launched an expansion of its offering, selling to educational institutions directly. The company is beloved by teachers and remains mission-driven as it continues to expand.

Prior to joining TpT, Adam was Chief Operating Officer of Etsy, the world’s largest marketplace for handmade goods. The company saw consecutive years of growth in revenue and organizational size under Adam’s leadership. Adam also led both customer- and product-focused teams at Google in an extended period of hyper-growth for that company. Adam’s work was particularly focused on Google’s international expansion, as he led teams in Dublin, Zurich, Tokyo, Beijing, London, Paris, and Hamburg, among others.

In his first career, Adam spent a nearly a decade as a TV reporter and anchor. Adam reported first in Japanese for NHK, Japan Broadcasting, then in his native English for News 12 New Jersey, NBC 7 San Diego, and MSNBC. Adam is an awardee of the Knight Journalism Fellowship at Yale University.

Adam serves as a Trustee and former Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. He also serves on the board of technology start-up Table 22 and formerly served on the board of online grocer Good Eggs.

Adam is a language lover who is proficient in 11 languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Turkish, and Finnish. He received his undergraduate A.B. in Linguistics from Harvard and earned a Master’s Degree from Yale Law School. Adam lives in Brooklyn with his husband, their two children, and a very busy puppy named Kiki.

Michael Cohn

Michael Cohn

Co-Founder & Partner Chicago, IL & San Francisco, CA

Michael Cohn is Partner and founding member at GSV Ventures. He began working with GSV in 2011 and co-founded GSV Ventures in 2016. Michael sits on the boards of BEGIN, Quillbot, Lightneer, and Toucan, and is a board observer at Photomath, Class Technologies, Degreed, Remind, Valenture Institute, Intellispark, and Stride Funding. He helped lead fundraising efforts for both GSV Ventures’ institutional funds, closing on $97M and $180M, respectively. Michael’s responsibilities include fund management for GSV, investment prospect generation, investment structuring and execution, capital raising, due diligence of potential acquisitions, and oversight of the Firm’s finance function.

Prior to GSV Ventures, Michael was a Managing Director at GSV Advisors, co-managing an angel portfolio of 50 learning and talent technology companies and scaling the ASU+ GSV Summit, an annual event now in its 12th year, with over 15,000 in attendees, that celebrates innovators across the global “PreK to Gray” digital learning and skills landscape.

Michael holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and a BBA from the University of Michigan. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife Shawna and their sons Taylor and Hayden.

Luben Pampoulov

Luben Pampoulov

Partner Paris, France

Luben Pampoulov is Partner at GSV Ventures and co-founder and Partner at GSV Asset Management, a modern asset management platform that invests and partners with the fastest growing, most dynamic companies in the world… the Stars of Tomorrow.

Luben brings strong experience as a growth investor in leading Consumer Internet businesses, having led GSV’s early investments in Coursera, Photomath, Spotify, Lyft, Snap and Dropbox. Prior to co-founding GSV, Luben was an Analyst at ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital and emerging growth companies.

Based on his multinational background from Europe and the U.S., Luben offers a unique perspective on international markets. His professional credentials are complemented by his achievements as a world-class tennis player on the ATP Tour, and by leading UCLA as its Captain and #1 player to win the NCAA Championship in 2005.

Luben is a member of the Investment Committee of the ATP Tour, the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuit.

Michael Moe

Michael Moe

Advisor Woodside, CA

Michael Moe is founder of GSV, a modern merchant bank that invests, advises, and partners with the fastest growing, most dynamic companies in the world… the Stars of Tomorrow. He is co-founder, partner, and CEO of GSV Asset Management.

Regarded as a preeminent authority on growth investing, Michael’s honors include Institutional Investor‘s “All American” research team and the Wall Street Journal‘s“Best on the Street” award. He was recognized by Business Week as, “one of the best stock pickers in the country.” In 2006, Michael authored the business best-seller Finding the Next Starbucks (Penguin Group), which has gone through three printings in five languages and has been lauded for its insights into investing in emerging growth companies. Michael published his second book in 2017, The Global Silicon Valley Handbook (Hachette), which highlights the the top innovation hubs around the World.

Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of Coursera (Observer), Curious, GSVlabs (Co-Founder), Course Hero, Class Dojo (Observer), Parchment (Observer), SharesPost, and StormWind.

Prior to starting GSV, Michael co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focused on venture capital-backed and emerging growth companies. Before ThinkEquity, he held positions as Head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch and Head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities. Michael earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Managing Partner, Emerson Collective; former U.S. Secretary of Education Chicago, IL

As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives.

Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American. Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.

Louise Rogers

Louise Rogers

Former CEO & Chair, TES Global London, UK

Louise is an experienced digital, business leader with a 25-year track record in Private Equity-backed, Corporate, and Venture Capital businesses both in Europe and the US and with extensive board experience with both Charterhouse Private Equity and TPG. Significant reputation for digital change management and strong strategic leadership which results in significant revenue, product and profit growth, plus multiple enhancement.

Louise takes a highly customer-focused approach – with emphasis on establishing strong cultural drivers in order to achieve significant global growth. Louise has experience across multiple industries, including B2B, B2C, Digital Classified, Higher Education, K12, Workplace learning, Music, Architecture and Construction. Extensive experience of different Private Equity requirements, having successfully worked for five very different PE houses – leading M&A, strategic review, competitive analysis, restructuring and full-process exits, plus raising funds through restructure, senior leveraged finance and public bonds.

Louise has Board-level experience of numerous digital companies in the US, Italy and the UK.

 

Kami Viswanathan

Kami Viswanathan

Founder, work4.0capital India

Kami Viswanathan is Founder, work4.0capital, a cross-border investment firm focused on the future of learning and work. Kami was co-founder and co-CEO of Lumina Datamatics, a leading provider of educational content and technology solutions to the US and European markets with over 3000 employees across 7 locations in the US, Germany, Bosnia and India. Prior to co-founding Lumina, Kami headed Mergers & Acquisitions and project implementation at OfficeTiger, a content solutions partner to global investment banks and consulting firms. She started her career with Arthur Andersen’s business advisory practice helping multinational companies negotiate joint ventures and set up operations in India.

Kami is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and serves on several not-for-profit boards including The Music Academy Madras, Harvard Business School Club of India and the American International School Chennai. She is a gold-medalist from the National Law School of India with the BA, LLB (Hons.) degree, and also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Blake

David Blake

Founder & Executive Chairman, Degreed

David Blake is the founder and executive chairman at Degreed. Degreed’s mission is to “jailbreak the degree” by helping people and companies answer for all learning and skills, not just formal education. Degreed helps individuals track all of their academic, professional, and informal learning, and then uses that information to match each learner with the best learning resources in the world: courses, trainings, professional certificates, conferences, articles, etc. Degreed helps organizations see the skills and learning of their employees, teams, & company, helping employees and managers set goals, track their learning, and certify the skills gained.

Prior to founding Degreed, David worked as a consultant at New Charter University, A competency-based university, mission-driven to provide affordable access to higher education, and also as a management consulting at Oliver Wyman.

David is not new to the world of startups and investing, having been part of the founding team at Zinch, acquired by Chegg. Zinch sought to connect students with opportunities by showcasing them as “more than test scores.” David has experience working in the EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab, part of the NewSchools Venture Fund, seeking to address the education achievement gap between students from low and high-income communities.

Harriet Seitler

Harriet Seitler

Chief Brand Officer, Course Hero Chicago, IL

Harriet is the Chief Brand Officer at Course Hero. Harriet brings with her 25 years of experience as Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Harpo Studios and then OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network promoting “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and launching key brand extensions and new media ventures that maximized its audience. She began her career at Harpo as director of creative services, where she oversaw Emmy® Award winning efforts like the Paul Simon “Ten Years” show open, and developed key brand positioning such as “Live Your Best Life.”

Harriet has launched some of the most successful promotions in “Oprah” show history, including the 2004 car giveaway season premiere, the final season’s Australia trip giveaway for the some of the show’s ultimate viewers, and many more.

During her tenure, she has also developed and launched Oprah.com and built its reputation as a premier lifestyle website. She was instrumental in the development and launch of “The Dr. Oz Show,” which debuted in 2009.

Prior to her time at Harpo and OWN, Harriet served as VP of marketing at ESPN and senior vice president at MTV.

Michael Sorrell

Michael Sorrell

President, Paul Quinn College

Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is President of Paul Quinn College. During his 13 years of leadership, Paul Quinn has become a national movement for its efforts to remake higher education in order to serve the needs of under-resourced students and communities.

Michael received his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (where his dissertation defense was awarded “with Distinction”). While in law school, he was one of the founding members of the Journal of Gender Law & Policy and served as the Vice President of the Duke Bar Association. Michael was a recipient of a Sloan Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which funded his studies at both Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (as a graduate fellow) and Duke University. He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Government, served as Secretary-Treasurer of his senior class, was a two-time captain of the men’s varsity basketball team, and graduated as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer.

Among the entities that President Sorrell serves as a trustee or director for are Duke University’s School of Law, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, JP Morgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways, Amegy Bank, the Hockaday School, the Dallas Advisory Board of Teach for America, the Dallas Foundation, and EarthX.

Michael is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University Boston, MA

Mike Smith is the past Edgerley Family Dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and is currently a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. Mike joined Harvard’s Computer Science department in 1992, and served as FAS Dean from 2007 through late 2018. During his tenure, he recruited the most diverse group of world-class faculty in FAS history, and created the Dean’s Faculty Resources Committee in 2016 to support these strategic efforts. In addition, Mike implemented a tenure track process, and established the Dean’s competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship, seeking to assist professors doing experimental and forward-leaning work.

Mike holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, along with a B.A. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from WPI.

Julia Stiglitz

Julia Stiglitz

Previously Partner, GSV Ventures San Francisco, CA

Julia brings an extraordinary breadth of “PreK to Gray” education and workforce innovation insights to the GSV Ventures Advisory Board. Prior to her years as Partner at GSV Ventures, Julia was VP at Coursera, where she started and scaled Coursera’s enterprise business sector, Coursera’s fastest growing business line. Julia was Coursera’s first business hire, leading its early work around monetization and global expansion. Her previous experience includes managing the Google Apps for Education team, being a Program Director for Teach for America, and teaching 4th grade in East San Jose.

Julia has a BA from Pomona, and an MBA and MA in education from Stanford University. She is based in San Francisco.

Sergey Karayev

Sergey Karayev

Head of AI for STEM, Turnitin

Sergey Karayev is the head of AI for STEM at Turnitin where he explores paths to accelerate development of AI technologies for STEM assessment. Sergey began at Turnitin in 2018, following Turnitin’s acquisition of his company Gradescope, which he co-founded in 2014. Gradescope enables instructors to grade paper-based exams, online homework, and programming projects on one platform, with AI assistance.

Sergey holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley where he researched deep learning for visual style recognition, reinforcement learning for object recognition, point-cloud-aided object detection, and probabilistic visual features. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Rick Levin

Rick Levin

CEO, Coursera; previously President, Yale University

Rick Levin is an internet executive, academic leader, and board level advisor with over 40 years of experience. Rick’s focus is on innovation, business strategy, and general management of mid to large size companies and institutions, but his experience includes corporate development, business operations, business development, and international relations.

Prior to serving as CEO of Coursera until June 2017, Rick was President of Yale University for a twenty-year term. Rick played an integral role in growing the university’s programs, expanding its resources, building its reputation internationally, investing in the local community, and launching Yale’s foray into online education. Before taking over as President, Rick held leadership roles in teaching, research, and administration at the university.

Rick serves on a variety of public service, corporate, advisory and non-profit boards. He also served on the boards of President George Bush’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, and co-founded the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum.

Rick’s specialties include board management, business development, business operations, for and non-profit governance, general management, industrial research and development, international relations, leadership, strategy.

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Jessie joined DreamBox Learning® in 2010 as Chair, President, and CEO. The startup software company had pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ in 2006 and began partnering with schools soon after Jessie joined. Thus far, DreamBox serves nearly 3 million K-8 students and approximately 120,000 teachers. The company provided more than 350 million math lessons across the U.S. and Canada in 2017.

Jessie recently secured a $130 million investment in DreamBox from The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the K-12 division of LeapFrog Enterprises. Jessie also served in leadership positions at collegeboard.com, the interactive division of The College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.

Jessie supports the broader K12 industry by serving on the boards of several educational organizations including Rosetta Stone, Newsela, the Western Governors University Board of Trustees, and Ursuline Academy. She is also a board member for Boeing Employees Credit Union, Pacific Science Center, and The Bullitt Foundation. She has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, DENT and GeekWire Summit 2018.

Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for her work in transformative innovation in education and honored her as one of 2018’s Top 100 Influencers in EdTech. Seattle Business Magazine awarded Jessie the 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category and Forbes placed her on its “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor in education. The Puget Sound Business Journal honored Jessie as a “Woman of Influence” and 425 Magazine named her as one of eight “Unstoppable Eastside Women” for having a clear focus on the greater good. Additionally, The New York Times has profiled Jessie and her leadership style in their Corner Office column.

Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is also a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow and moderator for the Aspen Institute.

Neil Frye

Neil Frye

Chief People Officer, Alto Pharmacy

Neil Frye is the Chief People Officer at Alto Pharmacy. Neil has experience in HR and Talent Management spanning the course of his career from his start at Accenture, where he worked with companies in the consumer goods, retail, high tech, and utilities industry. From there, Neil spent time at Google working on a range of HR products, processes, and overseeing successful HR Tech implementations.

In July 2016, Neil joined the team at Dropbox as the Global Head of Recruitment with a focus in HR operations and technology. In October 2019 Neil began working at Alto on an interim basis, helping to fulfill Alto’s mission to fulfill medicine’s true purpose—to improve the quality of life for everyone who needs it. Alto recently raised a Series C, surpassed 300 employees across four locations, and is on track to achieve $1B ARR by the end of 2020. As the Chief People Officer, Neil is helping the Alto leadership team design the People agenda and make key hires for the People and Workplace Services team.

Jessica Lindl

Jessica Lindl

Global Head of Education, Unity Technologies

Jessica is the Global Head of Education at Unity Technologies. Jessica has a strong marketing and product management background from her time at Riverdeep, a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and at Scientific Learning.

Jessica gained executive experience as the CEO of GlassLab, Inc., an online portal for educational games, followed by her tenure as COO of LRNG by Collective Shift, which seeks to redesign learning for the connected age so that all youth have an opportunity to succeed. Jessica joined Unity in May 2017 where she works on the cutting edge of technology and gaming development for their learning and education business.

In addition to sitting on the GSV Strategic Advisory Board, Jessica is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and is an advisory board member for California State University.

Stefan Von Holtzbrink

Stefan Von Holtzbrink

Co-Owner, Chairman & CEO, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group Stuttgart, Germany

Stefan von Holtzbrinck is the CEO of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a Stuttgart-based holding company formed by three entities: Springer Nature (majority ownership), Macmillan Publishers, and Holtzbrinck Digital, Information, and Services. The group parents such companies as Springer, Nature, Scientific American, Digital Science, Macmillan Learning, St. Martin’s Press, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Picador, S. Fischer Verlage, Rowohlt Verlag and Die ZEIT. It has ownership and stakes in over 50 Internet companies and funds around the world like Holtzbrinck Ventures, Rethink Education, GSV Education, Rocket Internet Capital, Founders Factory Europe, BtoV, lecturio, iversity, epubli, gutefrage.de, NetDoktor, pflege.de, Miamed, among others.

Von Holtzbrinck studied law and literature in Tübingen and Munich and earned his PhD in media law from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. He has held positions at Bloomsbury, Kirch Media Group, and at the New Media division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, including as managing director of Nature Publishing Group, director of Macmillan, and, since 2001, as CEO of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

A member of the executive committee of the Max Planck Society, von Holtzbrinck serves as chairman of the Max-Planck-Förderstiftung and the Kuratorium Kinderfreundliches Stuttgart. He is also a board member of the Bürgerstiftung Stuttgart and of the Business and Industry advisory board of the Goethe Institut.

Scott Kinney

Scott Kinney

Managing Director in Education Technology, Devonshire Investors

Scott Kinney is the Managing Director in Education Technology at Devonshire Investors where their investment ideology is to invest in technology businesses that are committed to making our education system more effective, more accessible, and more affordable. Scott is passionate about leading and supporting innovation in education at all levels with the primary objective of helping more individuals achieve their educational and career goals as efficiently and affordably as possible.

While president of Capella University, Scott led efforts to develop new and innovative ways of offering high quality higher education that better serve both students and employers. Prior to joining Capella, Scott served as president of West Education Group at Thomson Reuters Corporation, where he led a group of five businesses providing legal education products and services to academic and legal professional customers around the world. Scott’s experience lies across a variety of industries, with an emphasis on technology and information-driven businesses.

Phyllis Lockett

Phyllis Lockett

Founder & CEO, LEAP Innovations

Phyllis Lockett is a serial social entrepreneur who has led transformation efforts in education, government and the civic arena. Ms. Lockett is currently the founder and CEO of LEAP Innovations, an organization headquartered in Chicago that works with schools to catalyze and ignite education innovation and prepare students for the changing world of work. As the president and CEO of New Schools for Chicago, she helped raise more than $70 million to support opening 80 new public schools. Ms. Lockett serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), CME Group and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. She is a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Recently, Phyllis was named a contributor to Forbes, where she writes about education innovation and the future of learning.

Jamie Casap

Jamie Casap

Education Evangelist at Google Phoenix, AZ

Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime is also an author and serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity. Jaime teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy in Phoenix and is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.

Elijah Mayfield

Elijah Mayfield

Entrepreneur in Residence, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science; previously CEO, LightSide Labs Pittsburgh, PA

Elijah Mayfield is pursuing a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon in Language Technologies, where he serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence to the school of computer science. Prior to returning to Carnegie Mellon, Elijah launched and served as CEO of LightSide Labs, a divergence from his Ph.D. research in natural language processing and machine learning. The startup received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation before being acquired by Turnitin in October 2014. Elijah joined Turnitin as the Vice President of New Technologies, where he spearheaded the release of Revision Assistant, a machine-learning based edtech product.

Elijah has spent time as a policy consultant for both the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and joined the GSV Strategic Advisory Board in September 2018.

 

Anurima Bhargava

Anurima Bhargava

Founder & Director, Anthem of Us

Anurima Bhargava is the Founder and Director of Anthem of Us, a strategic advisory and consulting firm that promotes dignity and justice, and centers equity and belonging, in workplaces, schools, and communities. Anthem of Us works in collective with multiple partners to advise foundations, media and arts organizations, civil and human rights organizations, schools and companies.
Bhargava chaired and continues to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. She was appointed to the Commission in December 2018 by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and has traveled to Burma, the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, Iraq, Sudan, and Vietnam to document and monitor religious conditions.

Bhargava led federal civil rights enforcement and policy in schools and institutions of higher education at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration. She served on several administration-wide and White House task forces to address racial and sexual violence, diversity, discipline, harassment and discrimination.

Before joining the Justice Department, she directed the education practice at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she litigated cases on diversity, equity and segregation in schools and institutions of higher education, including in the federal appellate courts and U.S. Supreme Court.

From 2016-2018, she served as a fellow at the Institute of Politics and the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard, and as the inaugural Leadership in Government Fellow at Open Society Foundations, where her work focused on trauma experienced within communities after incidents of racial violence.

Bhargava is deeply committed to advancing justice through narrative and storytelling. She advises and produces documentary films and projects, and chairs the U.S. Board of Doc Society, a leading incubator and supporter of documentary film globally.

Bhargava serves as an advisor to Unbound Philantropy, Whiteboard and the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. She co-chairs the National Advisory Board on Public Service at Harvard and serves on the boards of the National Women’s Law Center Action Fund and Poverty Race Research Action Council. She is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar and has been a member of the Truman National Security Project and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lastly, Bhargava advises numerous political campaigns and was appointed to the 2020 DNC Platform Committee. She founded Take Back Tuesdays and Anthem of America to provide information and ways to take action around elections, and recently co-founded a multiracial PAC, American Anthem.

Ms. Bhargava earned her law degree from Columbia Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago.

Marguerite Kondracke

Marguerite Kondracke

Advisor

During her 40-year career, Marguerite Kondracke has held leadership positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors, always with a focus on education. She was co-founder and today is a director emeritus of Bright Horizons (BFAM). She was also CEO of a turnaround company in youth behavioral health and a roll-up in the corporate training space. In the public sector, she served in the Tennessee state cabinet as Commissioner of Human Services and later in the U. S. Senate as Staff Director of the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. Finally, she served as CEO of America’s Promise, a national alliance of 300 organizations, founded by the late Colin Powell to make children and youth more of a national priority.

Public company boards she served on include LifePoint Health, Saks Fifth Avenue, Rosetta Stone, and MagnaTek. She has also served on several private company as well as non-profit boards, including IslandWood (environmental science education), the Innovation Lab at the University of Washington, Teach for America’s advisory board, and the EarthJustice National Council. She was also on the board of the Ladies Professional Golf Association for ten years and chaired the board for three.

An alumna of Duke University, she served for 12 years as a Duke trustee. She is married to award-winning political journalist Morton Kondracke. They now live on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, enjoying golf and travel and spending time with their grandchildren.

Jason Horne

Jason Horne

Managing Director New York, NY

Jason Horne is a Managing Director at GSV Ventures based in New York City. Prior to GSV Ventures Jason led Corporate Development for London-based TES Global, then backed by TPG Capital. Jason also has 8+ years of investment banking experience across GSV Advisors and Deloitte Corporate Finance, where he advised on a wide range of transactions across the PreK-12, Higher Ed, and enterprise learning and talent continuum.

Mujtaba Wani

Mujtaba Wani

Principal New York, NY

Mujtaba is a Principal at GSV Ventures. Prior to joining the firm, he spent three years with BlackRock’s private equity group, where he helped invest in companies including Rivian, Morphe, Cotiviti, and Asurion. Mujtaba graduated from Yale University in 2017 with a B.A. in Humanities. At Yale, he co-led the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund and was a Fellow with the Life Worth Living Program.

Sophie Hoffman

Sophie Hoffman

Investor

Prior to joining GSV Ventures as an investor, Sophie spent four years at Goldman Sachs building a team that helps source and syndicate all of the firm’s direct, private-market investment opportunities, primarily to institutionalized family offices. She graduated from Dartmouth College Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in economics and psychology.

Sophie has a passion for behavioral economics and loves thinking about how to weave the decision sciences into new businesses to help them gain traction. She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts with two brothers, a sister, and a Goldendoodle named Roxy.

Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Principal San Francisco, CA

Kevin is a Principal at GSV Ventures based in San Francisco. Prior to joining the GSV team, he spent four years as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked with clients in a variety of sectors including consumer products, technology, education non-profit, and private equity. Prior to Bain, he led a financial turnaround of The Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation as the COO and General Manager.

Kevin is a 2015 graduate of Princeton University, where he earned an A.B. in Philosophy and was a member of the water polo team.

Jack Lothrop

Jack Lothrop

Investor New York, NY

Jack Lothrop is an investor at GSV. He has spent the last three years at BlackRock Private Equity Partners where he was responsible for performing due diligence, executing and monitoring private equity investments. Jack earned a BBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in 2018 where he was a Goizueta Scholar, receiving a four year full tuition academic merit scholarship. 

At Emory, Jack studied Finance and Physics, was the President of AKPsi and graduated top 10% by class rank. Jack is originally from Dover, Massachusetts where he grew up prior to going to college.

Claire Zau

Claire Zau

Associate & Project Manager New York, NY

Claire is a project manager at the GSV Ventures and Summit team based in New York City. She graduated from Stanford University in 2019 and received her Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in 2020. At Penn, Claire was a Venture Fellow at Red & Blue Ventures and interned at Penn’s education accelerator Catalyst. She has previous work experience in tech (strategy and product) and finance (private equity and venture capital).

Kenza Bouhag

Kenza Bouhag

Africa Scout

Kenza Bouhaj is passionate about human capital development in emerging markets, particularly in Africa and Latin America. She is eager to work to expand the access and quality of education and employment training programs through technology, by identifying employer needs and scaling good-quality delivery to job seekers. She started her career as a business analyst at McKinsey, where she completed assignments that build capabilities, from designing professional development programs to executing large-scale transformation initiatives. After two years at McKinsey, she transitioned to Generation, an education-to-employment NGO that recruits, trains, and places job seekers into meaningful careers. As a Data & Impact Analyst, she has worked to build a strong data culture in the 12 countries where Generation operates, enabling data-driven strategic and operational decisions. Kenza is currently a joint degree student at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School (MBA/MPA). She holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University, and is a proud graduate of African Leadership Academy.

Andrés Benavides

Andrés Benavides

Latin America Scout

Andrés is a Scout at GSV Ventures focused on Latin America. He is currently pursuing an MBA and a Master’s in Education at Stanford. Prior to attending Stanford, Andrés co-founded Codeable, an online Coding Bootcamp focused on employment outcomes in Latin America. He previously led Startup Peru, the government initiative focused on developing the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Peru, and UTEC Ventures, an early-stage startup accelerator.

Andrés graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kenyon College where he earned a BA in Economics and was a member of the soccer team.

Tiffany Taylor

Tiffany Taylor

Chief People & Impact Officer Chicago, IL & Detroit, MI

Tiffany Taylor is a passionate, accomplished, and results-driven professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the education, non-profit, and public sector. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Teach For America–Detroit where she set a compelling vision and direction for the region, expanded the national and regional fundraising base, and ran a sophisticated and sustainable operation. Tiffany later supported TFA’s 51 regions across the country as the Deputy Chief People Officer.

After joining TFA in 2004 as a sixth-grade special education teacher, Tiffany deepened her understanding of issues affecting underrepresented communities through her work as education policy consultant and affordable housing developer in our nation’s capital.

She has won numerous awards, including Michigan Chronicle’s 2014 40 under 40 class, honoring her as an “Everyday She-roe”, as well as the “Five Under Ten” Young Alumni Recognition Award from the University of Michigan African American Alumni Council. She was inducted into the Crain’s 2015 40 under 40 class and named a 2018 Woman of Impact by the Joyce Ivy Foundation. In 2019 the Walker’s Legacy Foundation honored Tiffany with the national “Women in Economic Development and Civic Leadership” award because of her work to champion policy and programs to advance economic development, entrepreneurship ecosystems, job opportunities, and innovation in education in her community.

Tiffany graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Afro-American and African Studies. She also earned a Master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s University and a Masters’ degree in Urban Planning from the University of Maryland with a concentration in Economic Development and Real Estate Development. Most recently, Tiffany completed the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal program at Harvard Business School.

Thea Knobel

Thea Knobel

VP of Platform & GSV Cup Lead Vail, CO & Los Angeles, CA

Thea Knobel is the Vice President of Platform and GSV Cup Lead. She is focused on community, brand and social media strategy, strategic portfolio support for founders, and GSV-backed initiatives like leading the GSV Cup, a global pitch competition.

Thea has venture capital investment experience at 2 VC funds and the Techstars LA Accelerator. At Techstars Thea worked on the venture team for the LA Accelerator sourcing and evaluating startups. She also was a Marketing Associate in the program working with founders on designing their communications strategies.

Thea is passionate about education. Starting in high school she cross-age tutored lower school students. During her masters she worked with underserved high school students on their college applications. Now she guest lectures at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

Thea graduated with honors awarded to 1% of graduate students from USC Marshall School of Business with a M.S. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She also sits on the advisory board of ThinkNow, a technology-driven market research firm that provides multicultural insights. Thea is multilingual, a public speaker, and an avid world traveler.

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