Board of Directors
Founder & Chief Scientist
Zoran Popović is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington, as well as founder of Enlearn. Trained as a computer scientist, his research focuses on creating engaging environments for learning and scientific discovery. He is one of the leaders in the field of large-scale citizen science. His laboratory created Foldit, a biochemistry game that produced four Nature publications, and showed for the first time that novices can be developed into world-class experts in a science domain through game-based scientific discovery. His laboratory has produced award-winning math learning games played by over five million learners worldwide. He is currently focusing on engaging methods that can rapidly develop mastery and expertise in arbitrary domains with particular focus on scientific breakthroughs and revolutionizing K-12 math education. Zoran is known for conducting large-scale educational campaigns including Algebra Challenges conducted in Washington, Minnesota, and Norway with almost 100,000 students. To maximize the impact of his research, he founded Enlearn to develop the first platform that adapts all aspects of the learning ecosystem by specializing to each curriculum, student, classroom and teacher in realtime, towards maximizing learning outcomes. His contributions to the field of interactive computer experiences have been recognized by a number of awards including the NSF CAREER Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award.
Co-founder of Polaris Venture Partners, Vice Chairman of the George Lucas Educational Foundation
President and CEO of Digital Promise
Karen Cator is President and CEO of Digital Promise. From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader support. Prior to that, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. She began her education career in Alaska as a teacher and served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a Master’s in school administration from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is a past chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on boards including the Software & Information Industry Association-Education.
Former SVP for Education at PBS and SVP at Discovery Education
Mr. Lippincott taught as a member of the faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, as the Assistant Headmaster of the Stowe School and in three Pennsylvania schools. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Harvard University.
President of Pear Press
Former Director of Education, College Ready, Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation
Vicki Phillips is Executive Vice President and Chief Education Officer at the National Geographic Society where she oversees the Society’s education strategy and programs focused on transforming the classroom experience for millions of students and educators to inspire the next generation of planetary stewards.
Phillips has built a strong education reform record throughout her career, at all levels – from neighborhood schools to the federal government. For nearly three decades, she has endeavored to improve education – as a teacher, state-level policymaker, leader of a nonprofit education foundation, superintendent of a large urban school district, and for nearly a decade as the director of education for the world’s largest foundation.
Prior to joining the National Geographic Society, Phillips served as Director of Education, College Ready, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she lead the work to ensure U.S. high school students graduate ready to succeed and to improve access to college. She has served as superintendent of Portland Public Schools in Portland, Oregon, secretary of education for the State of Pennsylvania, and at the state level in her home state of Kentucky, helping to implement the sweeping changes demanded by the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. Phillips has worked with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., and has been a middle and high school teacher.
Born in Kentucky and raised on a small farm, Phillips was the first in her family to go to college, and earned first a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education and a master’s degree in school psychology from Western Kentucky University. She also holds a doctorate in educational leadership and management from the University of Lincoln in England, and served as a founding member of the governing council for England’s National College for School Leadership.
Senior Principal Scientist, Adobe Systems
Founder of Volition LLC and Senior Advisor to New Profit
David brings more than 30 years of experience across the private, nonprofit and public sectors to his work. His private sector consulting experience, spanning 17 years, includes partner-level positions at Booz & Co. and Monitor Group where he served international clients primarily in life sciences (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, consumer health and medical devices), nutrition, weight management and consumer products. David specialized in developing growth strategies, designing the required growth capabilities, and helping clients implement those capabilities. Prior to consulting, he was an R&D executive with Herman Miller, Inc. where he co-authored the design criteria for the Aeron™ Chair.
In the nonprofit sector, David has done extensive consulting work with leading organizations such as New Profit Inc., Teach for America and Management Leaders for Tomorrow, and serves on the board of Acelero Learning, Enlearn and LEAP Innovations. He worked with New Profit on their initial growth strategies, development of proprietary intellectual capital, development strategy, operating model and mentoring social entrepreneurs. David advised Wendy Kopp, then CEO and Founder of Teach for America, for over five years during which time the organization more than doubled the number of students served. Engagements included repositioning of the Teach for America brand, improving core member satisfaction, advising on growth strategies, overhauling the board of directors and building the organizational capacity required to deliver an aggressive five-year growth strategy.
David graduated with distinction from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, received his M.S. from Cornell and Doctor of Architecture from The University of Michigan where he also was an Assistant Professor of Architecture.
Recent Blog Posts
By Zoran Popović, Enlearn Founder & Chief Scientist-- Technology enhanced learning has delivered successful “pockets of advancement” in schools, but there has been very little success at scale that has made a profound difference. So we need to ask ourselves what...
By Sandi Everlove, Enlearn Chief Learning Officer-- My first year teaching high school I was assigned two sections of something called “intervention math.” On day one I found myself staring into the eyes of thirty students who simultaneously appeared to be annoyed and...
By John Mullin, CEO -- When we look inside the K-12 classroom today, we see a teacher, students, textbooks, computers and an ever-widening achievement gap. Much like classrooms of 100 years ago, what we still can’t see is exactly what may be contributing to a specific...
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We’re dealing with 100-year-old conditions in American classrooms today that simply have not changed. There have been changes in educational standards and assessments, but what goes on in the classroom hasn’t changed. This goes to the heart of the teacher’s work life....
As we seek to bring more effective technology into the classroom, we have to make sure that the problem we’ve defined aligns with the problem that educators want to solve. Once we’re on the same page, it becomes a lot easier to provide the support that’s required to...