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.

SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Stephen Olker

SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Stephen Olker

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
Wakefield, MA

AJ Crabill
Coach, CGCS
Austin, TX

Alan Buller
Internship Coordinator, FEDC TechSTART Internship Program
Canon City, CO

Alli Lee
Founder, 12th Street Strategy
Fairfield, CT

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

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

Anna Belle Burleson
Volunteer Program Coordinator, ATPE
Austin, TX

Annette Q Pedersen
Senior Consultant e-learning, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark

Anthony Salcito
Chief Institution Business Officer, Nerdy
Bellevue, WA

Benjamin Powers
Director & Research Scientist, Haskins Global Literacy Hub
New Haven, CT

Beth Carls
CEO, OneSeventeen Media, PBC
Austin, TX

Bruce Douglas
Co-Founder, Frame Change Holdings, Inc.
Plainfield, IL

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

Caroline Vander Ark
President, Getting Smart
Federal Way, WA

Catherine Eng
CTO / COO, Our Worlds, Inc.
Pala Indian Reservation, CA

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

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

Chris Cook
Senior Director of Sales, Lexia Learning (a Cambium Learning Group Company)
Grand Rapids, MI

Chris Fancher
Education Consultant, Chris Fancher Consulting
Round Rock, TX

Claire Wescott
Training Program Manager, ActBlue
Boston, MA

Clee Upchurch
COO, lead4ward
Austin, TX

Clyde Boyer*
CTO, Trinity Education Group
Clarksville, MD

Corinne Weisgerber
Associate Professor of Communication, Concordia University
Austin, TX

Cory Colby
Professor of Government and SGA Advisor, Lone Star College-Tomball
Tomball, TX

Cynthia Burrow
Owner, Strategic Education Solutions
Holliston, MA

Dagmar Kauffman
Founder & Excecutive Director, On Balance Parenting
Chicago, IL

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

David Anderson*
Education Lobbyist, HillCo Partners
Austin, TX

David Conover
Teacher, PFISD
Austin, TX

David Roberts
Gifts and Fundraising Data Manager, Foundation Communities
Austin, TX

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

Drew Davidson
Director, Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Elizabeth Gossens Eide
Consultant, ESG Strategic
New Castle, DE

Emily Smith
Founder / CEO, TeleTeachers
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Eric Nentrup
Chief Stoker, Stoked for Learning
Indianapolis, IN

Erik Woning
Project Manager Education - Technoglogy - Innovation, ROC Mondriaan
The Hague, The Netherlands

Felice Nudelman*
Associate Vice President, Academic Innovation and Transformation, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Beavercreek, OH

Gail Conway
Senior Project Manager, TProject Leadership
Winnetka, IL

Gasper Sekelj
Instructor of Economics and Financial Studies, Clarkson University, David D. Reh School of Business
Potsdam, NY

George Rislov
Austin, TX

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

Hadeel Ramadan
Instructional Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Visualization Department
College Station, TX

Hannah Bricker
Head of School, The Rise School of Austin
Austin, TX

Holly Custard
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Strada Education Network
Austin, TX

Honoria Starbuck
Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Hugh Norwood*
CEO, Trinity Education Group
Clarksville, MD

Ja'nell Ajani
Curator, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

James Miles
Fresh Professor, Seattle University
Seattle, WA

Jeff Wayman
President, Wayman Services, LLC
Austin, TX

Jenn Hartmann Luck
Founder / Director / Songwriter, Lucky Hart Productions
Austin, TX

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

Jennifer Groff
Founder & CEO, Learning Futures Global
Cambridge, MA

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

Jessica Slusser
Senior Director of Impact, Getting Smart
Federal Way, WA

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

Jodi Lis
Senior Learning Advisor, Intrahealth
Washington, DC

Joel Thierstein*
Mason, OH

John McKenna
Association Professor of Special Education, University of Massachusetts Lowerll
Lowell, MA

John Fitzpatrick*
Executive Director, Educate Texas
Austin, TX

Jonathan Gates
Special Education Teacher, RPS 205
Rockford, IL

Julie Dierberger
Paul Sather Distinguished Director, Service Learning Academy, University of Nebraska 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
VP, Stages Learning
Kansas City, MO

Kathy Blankenship
Teacher, Kelly Lane Middle School
Pflugerville, TX

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

Kay Gallagher
Communication Specialist, Westat
Rockville, MD

Kelvin Chan
Managing Director, Early Childhood, Robin Hood Foundation
New York, NY

Kent Charugundla
New York, NY

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

Kierstan Schwab*
Executive Director, Texas PBS
Austin, TX

Kilma Lattin
Founder / CEO, OurWorlds, Inc.
Pala Indian Reservation, CA

Kirsten Hund
Program Director, The Holdsworth Center
Austin, TX

Kristen Procko
Associate Professor of Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Kristína M. Gudrún Gunnarsdóttir
Senior Manager, Special Projects, Jobs for the Future
New York, NY

Kwee Lan Teo
Manager of Workforce Development, Samsung Austin Semiconductor (SAS)
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

Lindsay Knight
Leader, Community Engagement & Strategic Initiatives, Specialized Bicycles
San Francisco, CA

Lindsey Own
Makerspace Coordinator, The Evergreen School
Shoreline, 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
Education Initiatives Manager, SAS
Raleigh, NC

Mallory Tuominen
Chief Program Officer, World Savvy
Roseville, MN

Mark Rogers
Teacher, Austin Achieve Public Schools
Austin, TX

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

Mayet Andreassen
Instructional Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Austin, TX

Megan Pope
Full Time Lecturer, Texas A&M University - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Melissa Parenti
Associate Professor, Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Meredith Crawford
Reading Interventionist, Hays CISD
Austin, TX

Michael Crawford
Director of Community Research, VELA Education Fund
Novi, MI

Michael DiMaggio
Vice President, Development & Strategic Partnerships , KnowledgeWorks
Cincinnati, OH

Michael Kleba
Teacher, North Shore Schools
Glen Head, 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, ASU
San Francisco, CA

Nader Qaimari
CEO, Edcetera
Waukesha, WI

Nancy Lewin
Sr, Director, ACT's Center for Equity in Learning
Austin, TX

Natalie Minas
ESS Manager of Compliance, Vertex education
Scottsdale, AZ

Nicole Furlonge
Director and Professor, Klingenstein Center, Columbia University
New York, NY

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

Peter Nilsson
Head of School, King's Academy
Madaba, Jordan

Rachel Samuel
Head of Marketing, Scholly
Austin, TX

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

Raymond Rose*
digital learning and accessibility evangelist, TxDLA
Corpus Christi, TX

Robin Lerner
President & CEO, Texas International Education Consortium
Austin, TX

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

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

Sarojani Mohammed
Founder + Principal, Ed Research Works
Austin, TX

Scott Kley Contini
Director of Experiential Learning, University Middle School
Memphis, TN

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

Stephan Turnipseed
EVP & CSO Emeritus, Pitsco Education
Pike Road, AL

Stephanie Sandifer
Senior Director of Academic Operations, Kenzie Academy of Southern New Hampshire University
Houston, TX

Steve Amos
CEO, HealthCode
Austin, TX

Steven Freidmutter
CEO, SF Ventures
Ithaca, NY

Sualeha Irshad
Activator, TKS
Mansfield, TX

Sunil Gunderia
Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Mastery & Adaptive Products, Age of Learning, Inc.
Glendale, CA

Susan Nozick
Senior Manager, State Shared Services, K12/Stride
Longmont, CO

Teddy Hartman
Head of Privacy and Data Policy, GoGuardian
Silver Spring, MD

Therese Laux
Computer Science Educator, EF Academy
Pasadena, CA

Tinisha Parker
Executive Director of Student Services, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Suwanee, GA

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

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

Trisha Callella
Faculty, WGU
Salt Lake City, UT

Wietse van Bruggen
Senior Advisor, Kennisnet Foundation
Zoetermeer, The 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.

Alexandra Berry
Consultant/Owner, ABC Consulting
Aspen, CO

Amrutha Vasan
COO/Co-Founder, Inspirit
New York, NY

Andrew Molchany
Managing Director, edinno
Boston, MA

Cabral Thornton
Founder, Frame Change
Atlanta, GA

Christine Outram
CEO, Everydae
Los Angeles, CA

Dan Carroll
Co-Founder, Clever
Austin, TX

Daniel Schutte
CEO, Momentum
Little Rock, AR

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

Eileen Rudden
Managing Principal, Sankaty Growth Partners
Cambridge, MA

Erin Mote
Executive Director, InnovateEDU
Brooklyn, NY

George Damian
Principal, press PLAY
Calgary, Canada

Gloria Samen
Investor, Owl Ventures
New York, NY

James Kim
Partner, Reach Capital
San Francisco, CA

Janine Walker-Caffrey
Senior Advisor/Executive in Residence, Avathon Capital
Chicago, IL

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

Katie Herbek
Co-Founder, Civic I/O
Brooklyn, NY

Kevin Custer
Founding Partner, Arc Capital Development
Denver, CO

Leslie Begert
President & Co-Founder, FabuLingua
Austin, TX

Mark Miller
Managing Partner, Good Harbor Partners
Arlington, TX

Matthew Cohen
Managing Director, Cohen Strategy Group
New York, NY

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

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

Tom Glover
Senior Director of Communications, EMEA, Niantic
London, UK

Yichen Feng
Principal, Lumos Capital Group
Oakland, CA



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