New York, NY
Executive Chair, Teachers Pay Teachers (Spectrum Equity)
Adam Freed is an experienced, multilingual, and generally affable technology leader who is currently 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.