Advisory Board

The Advisory Board plays an important role in shaping SXSW EDU. The board is composed of leaders from all backgrounds in education, including professionals from early, K-12, and higher education as well as workforce development. Advisory board members are practitioners, administrators, business professionals, nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and students from all over the world, each offering unique, and diverse perspectives.

Photo by Kit McNeil.

Photo by Kit McNeil.

Programming Committee


Members of the Programming advisory board committee share their time and expertise by evaluating proposed sessions submitted via PanelPicker. The board’s participation weighs heavily in the overall session programming of the event.

* SXSW EDU Founding Board Member

Adam Gismondi
Director of Impact, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University
Medford, MA

AJ Crabill
Conservator, DeSoto ISD
Austin, TX

Alan Buller
Internship Coordinator & Instructional Designer, FEDC TechSTART
Cañon City, CO

Alli Lee
Co-Lead, 826 Dallas Project
Dallas, TX

Amy Looper
Co-Founder & COO, OneSeventeen Media, PBC
Austin, TX

Anita Givens*
Associate Commissioner for Standards and Curriculum, Texas Education Agency (retired)
Austin, TX

Ann Witherspoon
District Instructional Technology, Midlothian ISD
Midlothian, TX

Anna Belle Burleson
Volunteer Program Coordinator, Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
Austin, TX

Annette Q. Pedersen
Digital Learning Consultant, University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Benjamin Powers
Director, Haskins Global Literacy Hub
New Havens, CT

Beth Carls
CEO & Co-Founder, OneSeventeen Media, PBC
Austin, TX

Brenda Lopez
Austin, TX

Brooke Miller
Educational Video Content Creator, Independent
Austin, TX

Bruce Douglas
Founder, Frame Change
Chicago, IL

Camedra Jefferson
Director of Funded Programs, Portland Public Schools
Portland, OR

Caroline Vander Ark
President, Getting Smart
Federal Way, WA

Charles Wood
Professor of Marketing, University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

Cherry Thompson
Chief Operating Officer, Teach Like a Champion
Pflugerville, TX

Chris Cook
Senior Director of Sales, Lexia Learning
Grand Rapids, MI

Chris Fancher
Teacher Trainer, Chris Fancher Consulting
Round Rock, TX

Claire Wescott
Director, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Charlestown, MA

Clee Upchurch
COO, lead4ward
Austin, TX

Clyde Boyer*
CTO, Trinity Education Group
Clarksville, MD

Corinne Weisgerber
Associate Professor of Public Relations & Communication, Concordia University
Austin, TX

Cory Colby
Professor of Government, Lone Star College System
Conroe, TX

Cynthia Burrow
Founder & Principal, Strategic Education Solutions
Holliston, MA

Dagmar Kauffman
Founder & Executive Director, On Balance Parenting
Naperville, IL

Dan Kulmala
Head of Strategic Partnerships, Westford Education Group & Akadasia
Hays, KS

Dan LaSota
Instructional Designer, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK

Dan Ryder
Learning Facilitator, Overman Academy CRCS
Skowhegan, ME

Dana Mortenson
CEO & Co-Founder, World Savvy
Minneapolis, MN

David Anderson*
Education Lobbyist, HillCo Partners
Austin, TX

David Conover
Video Game Design Instructor, PFISD
Austin, TX

David Roberts
Donor Database Administrator, Foundation Communities
Austin, TX

David Westerman
Associate Professor, North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND

Drew Davidson
Director, Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

Elizabeth Gossens Eide
Communications Consultant, ESG Strategic
New Castle, DE

Eric Nentrup
Consultant, Eric Nentrup & Associates
Indianapolis, IN

Erik Woning
Project Leader Tech & Innovation Space, ROC Mondriaan
The Hague, Netherlands

Felice Nudelman*
Associate VP Academic Innovation and Transformation, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Washington, DC

Gaby DeLeon
Vice President, Marketing, Acadeum
Austin, Texas

Gail Conway
Writer, Strategist, Freelancer
Winnetka, IL

Gasper Sekelj
Instructor, Economics and Financial Studies, Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY

George Rislov
Content Developer, Edmentum
Austin, TX

Georgi Dimitrov
Head of Unit, Digital Education, European Commission
Brussels, Belgium

Hannah Bricker
Lead Teacher , The Rise School of Austin
Austin, TX

Honoria Starbuck
Assistant Professor of Practice and Foundations Lead, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Hugh Norwood*
CEO, Trinity Education Group
Clarksville, MD

Ja’nell Ajani
Instructor, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Jaime Casap
CEO, Ghetto People Productions
Phoenix, AZ

James Miles
CEO, MENTOR Washington
Seattle, WA

Jeff Wayman
President, Wayman Services, LLC
Austin, TX

Jennifer Chidsey
Associate Commissioner of Organizational Development, Texas Education Agency
Austin, TX

Jennifer Groff
CEO, Learning Futures
Philadelphia, PA

Jessica Millstone
Managing Director, Copper Wire Ventures
New York, NY

Joan Hughes
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Jodi Lis
Senior Advisor, Learning, Intrahealth
Washington, DC

Joel Thierstein*
President, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, West Virginia

John Fitzpatrick*
Executive Director, Educate Texas
Austin, TX

John McKenna
Associate Professor of Moderate Disabilities, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA

Julie Dierberger
Paul Sather Distinguished Director, Service Learning Academy, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE

Julie Willcott
Education Products Manager, zSpace
Corea, ME

Justin Tindall
Director, Programs & Operations, It Gets Better Project
Los Angeles, CA

Kari Stubbs
Vice President, Strategic Alliances, BrainPOP
New York, NY

Kathy Blankenship
CTE & Technology Teacher, Pflugerville ISD
Austin, TX

Kathy Hurley*
CEO, Kathy Hurley LLC
Punta Gorda, FL

Katie Herbek
Head of Mobility Engagement, Ford AV and Mobility Businesses
Austin, TX

Kay Gallagher
Communication Specialist, Westat
Rockville, MD

Kent Charugundla
New York, NY

Kevin Mei
PhD Student, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Kierstan Schwab*
Executive Director, Texas PBS
Austin, TX

Kirsten Hund
Program Director, The Holdsworth Center
Austin, TX

Krista Vaught
Assistant Director, Employee Learning & Engagement, Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Kristen Procko
Associate Professor of Instruction and STEM Education Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Kristína Moss Gudrún Gunnarsdottir
Fellow, Higher Ed Innovation, United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology
New York, NY

Kwee Lan Teo
Vice President, Austin Chamber of Commerce
Austin, TX

Lakita Edwards
Arts Education Program Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, DC

Langston Clark
Associate Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Leila Toplic
Head of Emerging Technologies Initiative, NetHope
Seattle, WA

Lian Thompson
Software Engineer, Autonomic
San Francisco, CA

Lindsay Knight
Leader, Community Engagement & Strategic Initiatives, Specialized Bicycle Components
Chicago, IL

Lindsey Own
Makerspace Coordinator, The Evergreen School
Seattle, WA

Lisa Brown
Professional Learning Specialist, Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Lizzy Perez
Education Consultant, Lizzy Perez, LLC
San Antonio, TX

Lori Gracey*
Executive Director, TCEA
Austin, TX

Lucy Kosturko
Director, Education Initiatives, SAS
Cary, NC

Mark Bounds
A&R, TIR Music
Godalming, United Kingdom

Mark Rogers
Teacher, Austin Achieve Public Schools
Austin, TX

Martin Moran
Lead Designer & Director of Upper School, Bennett Day School
Chicago, IL

Matt Price
Director of Research Insights, Finn Partners
Silver Spring, MD

Mayet Andreassen
Instructional Assistant Professor & Internship Coordinator, Texas A&M University, Department of Visualization
Austin, TX

Megan Pope Hickman
Lecturer, Texas A&M University – San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Melissa Parenti
Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Meredith Crawford
Reading Intervention Teacher, Hays CISD
Austin, TX

Michael Bettersworth
Vice Chancellor & Chief Innovation Officer, Texas State Technical College
Austin, TX

Michael Crawford
Strategic Partnerships Manager, Western Governors University (WGU)
Metro Detroit, MI

Michael DiMaggio
Vice President, Knowledge Works
Cincinnati, OH

Michael Kleba
Partner, The Candido Institute
Brooklyn, NY

Michael Mills
Associate Dean, University of Central Arkansas
Little Rock, AR

Mike Lawrence
Education Leadership Executive, Jamf
Placentia, CA

Mike Wang
Head of New Ventures, Arizona State University
San Francisco, CA

Nick Bowman
Associate Professor, Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

Nicole Furlonge
Director and Professor of Practice, Klingenstein Center, Teachers College Columbia University
New York, NY

Nina Dixon-Mauricia
Principal, San Diego Unified School District
San Diego, CA

Patricia Scanlon
Founder & Executive Chair, SoapBox Labs
Dublin, Ireland

Peter Nilsson
Head of School, King’s Academy
Madaba-Manja, Jordan

Rachel Cooke
Deputy Director of Communications, Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation
Oakland, CA

Rachel Vanausdoll
Instructional Coach, Hazelwood School District
St. Louis, MO

Raymond Rose*
Online Learning and Accessibility Evangelist, TxDLA
Corpus Christi, TX

Ross Szabo
Wellness Director, Geffen Academy at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Sam Seidel
Director of K12 Strategy + Research, Stanford
Oakland, CA

Saro Mohammed
Founder & Principal, Ed Research Works
Austin, TX

Scott Kley Contini
Director of Experiential Learning, University of Memphis Schools
Memphis, TN

Sheri Lawson
EL Teacher, Hazelwood West High School
Hazelwood, MO

Stephan Turnipseed
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Pitsco Education
Fitzpatrick, AL

Stephanie Carter
Teacher, Coach, Wimberley ISD
Wimberley, TX

Stephanie Cerda
Program Manager, United Way for Greater Austin
Austin, TX

Stephanie Sandifer
Sr. Director, Academic Operations, Kenzie Academy at SNHU
Houston, TX

Steve Amos
CEO & Founder, HealthCode
Austin, TX

Steve Kupfer
Managing Director, Red House Education
Brooklyn, NY

Steven Freidmutter
CEO, SF Ventures
Ithaca, NY

Steven Hodas
Executive Director, GV NextEd Accelerator, Grand Valley State University
New York, NY

Susan Nozick
Senior Manager, State Shared Services, Stride/Colorado Public Schools
Longmont, CO

Tanya Joosten
Director of Digital Learning Research & Development, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee & National Research Center for Distance Education & Technological Advancements
Milwaukee, WI

Teddy Hartman
Head of Privacy, GoGuardian
Washington, D.C.

Therese Laux
Teacher, Oakland Unified School District
Oakland, CA

Tiffany Kerns
Executive Director, CMA Foundation
Nashville, TN

Todd Groves
Trustee (retired), West Contra Costa USD
El Cerrito, CA

Tracy Coffin
Education Consultant, 504U College Admissions Counseling
Austin, TX

Tricia Berry
Director, Women in Engineering Program, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Trisha Callella
Director of Product Partnerships, Digital Promise
San Mateo, CA

Tyler DeWitt
Creator, Self-Employed
Crosslake, MN

Wietse van Bruggen
Advisor, Kennisnet Foundation
Zoetermeer, Netherlands

Launch Committee


Members of the Launch advisory board committee share their time and expertise by evaluating startup applications for the Launch competition, and providing instrumental insight as it relates to the education marketplace.

Ali Berry
CEO, Composer
Aspen, CO

Amrutha Vasan
Co-Founder, Inspirit Learning, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Christine Outram
CEO, Everydae
Los Angeles, CA

Dan Carroll
Chief Product Officer, Clever
Austin, TX

Don Fraser
Chief Program Officer, Education Design Lab
Washington, DC

Eileen Rudden
Principal, Sankaty Growth Partners
Cambridge, MA

Erin Mote
Executive Director, InnovateEDU
Brooklyn, NY

James Kim
Partner, Reach Capital
SF Bay Area, CA

Jessica Falkenthal
Founder, Jessica Falkenthal & Associates
San Francisco, CA

Kallie Nichols
Instructional Coach/Curriculum Design for Secondary Sciences, Lake Travis ISD
Austin, TX

Kate Hoffner
Product Designer, Worksmith
Austin, TX

Kevin Custer
Founding Partner, Arc Capital Development
Lakewood, CO

Leslie Omaña Begert
President & Co-founder, FabuLingua
Austin, TX

Margaret Falzon
Director of Portfolio Operations, Squadra Ventures
Baltimore, MD

Mark Miller
Managing Partner, Good Harbor Partners
Boston, MA

Matthew Cohen
Managing Director, Cohen Strategy Group, LLC
Chappaqua, NY

Natalie Minas
Exceptional Student Services Compliance Specialist, Vertex Education
Scottsdale, AZ

Sarah Silverman
CEO, Outside Angle
Pittsburgh, PA

Shanna Peeples
Dr. John G. O’Brien Distinguished Chair in Education, West Texas A&M University
Amarillo, TX

Scott Lipton
District Support Consultant/Data Specialist, The Holdsworth Center
Austin, TX

Tom Glover
Executive Director, Golin
London, United Kingdom

Yichen Feng
Principal, Lumos Capital Group
Oakland, CA



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