Advisory Board

The Advisory Board plays an important role in shaping the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival. The advisory board is comprised of leaders from all backgrounds in education including professionals from K-12 and higher education. Advisory board members are teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and students from all over the world, each offering unique, and diverse perspectives.

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.

Adam Fontecchio
Professor & Director, Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE), Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

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

AJ Crabill
Deputy Commissioner, Governance, Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Austin, TX

Alan Buller
Instructional Designer, Casa Dexter
Cañon City, CO

Alisha Fredriksson
Global Partnerships Associate, Generation – You Employed
London, UK [United Kingdom]

Allison Lee
Director of Program Design, Big Thought
Dallas, TX

Amanda Winkelsas
Clinical Faculty & Director, UB Teacher Residency Program, University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

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

Anita Givens
Chief TxCEE Officer, Texas Center for Educator Excellence (TXCEE)
Austin, TX

Ann Witherspoon
Innovation Specialist, Midlothian ISD
Midlothian , TX

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

Annette Pedersen
Senior Consultant, Digital & Learning, University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, DK [Denmark]

Anthony Kim
CEO, Education Elements
San Carlos, CA

Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Omidyar Network
Redwood City, CA

Benjamin Powers
Headmaster, The Southport School
Southport, CT

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

Bhargav Srinivasan
Consultant, Bain & Company
Dallas, TX

Bill Corrigan
Principle Senior Learning Experience Designer, Systems
Austin, TX

Brenda Lopez
Manager, School & Gallery Education, Thinkery
Austin, TX

Brooke Miller
Research and Evaluation Specialist, 4-H CAPITAL
Austin, TX

Bruce Douglas
Consultant, Public Consulting Group (PCG)
Chicago, IL

Camedra Jefferson
Director of Instructional Technology, YES Prep Public Schools
Houston, TX

Caroline Hammond
Senior Educational Consultant, Blackboard
Austin , TX

Caroline Vander Ark
President, Getting Smart
Federal Way, WA

Carri Schneider
Director of Storytelling, XQ Institute
Cincinnati, OH

Cathy Carolan
Teacher, Wimberley ISD
Wimberley, TX

Cecilia Waismann
Vice President, Research & Development, MindCET
Tel Aviv, IL [ISRAEL]

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

Cherry Thompson
Director of Higher Education Partnerships, Teaching Channel
Pflugerville, TX

Chris Fancher
Teacher, Meridian World School
Round Rock, TX

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

Christine Fox
Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Claire Wescott
Director of Project Management, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Washington, DC

Clee Upchurch
COO, lead4ward
Austin, TX

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

Cory Colby
Professor of Political Science, Lone Star College – Tomball & Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
Conroe, TX

Cynthia Burrow
Owner, Strategic Education Solutions
Holliston, MA

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

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

Dan Blake
Director, Innovation & Partnerships, Sonoma County Office of Education
Santa Rosa, CA

Dan Kulmala
Professor of English, Fort Hays State University
Hays, KS

Dan Ryder
Director, Success & Innovation Center, Mt. Blue High School & Maine RSU 9
Jay, ME

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

David Brewer
Media Producer and Consultant, Collective
Ithaca, NY

David Conover
Learning Experience Designer, Pflugerville ISD – Connally High School
Austin, TX

David Roberts
Donor Database Administrator, Foundation Communities
Austin, TX

David Anderson
Director, Education Practice, HillCo Partners
Austin, TX

David Ross
Teacher, Technology Middle School
Napa, CA

Deb Clarke
Director, EdEvents
Sydney, AU [Australia]

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

Emely Valadez
Co-Founder & CEO, Innovate & Launch
East Palo Alto, CA

Emily Kotecki
Manager of Interpretation, Self-Employed
Raleigh, NC

Emily Weerts
Director, Nucleus Learning Network
Austin, TX

Erik Woning
Innovation Advisor, ROC Mondriaan
Rotterdam, NE [Netherlands]

Felice Nudelman
Executive Director, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) – American Democracy Project
Beavercreek, OH

Gaby DeLeon
Vice President, Marketing, Acadeum
Austin, TX

Gail Conway
CEO, Opening Minds USA
Kenilworth, IL

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

George Rislov
Director, Curriculum, Edmentum
Austin, TX

Georgi Dimitrov
Deuputy Head of Unit Innovation and EIT, European Commission
Brussels, BE [Belgium]

Gina LaMotte
President & Chief Innovation Officer, EcoRise
Austin, TX

Ginger Gossman
Senior Director, Innovation and Policy Development, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
Austin, TX

Hannah Bricker
Assistant Director , The Rise School of Austin
Austin, TX

Hugh Norwood
Founder & CEO, Trinity Education Group
Baltimore, MD

Jac de Haan
Chief of Staff, Google
Seattle, WA

Jaime Casap
Chief Education Evangelist, Google
Phoenix, AZ

James Basham
Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

James Miles
Executive Director, Arts Corps
Seattle, WA

Jason Tomassini
Senior Director, Strategy and Growth, Atlantic 57
Washington, DC

Jeff Wayman
President, Wayman Services, LLC
Austin, TX

Jennifer Groff
Chief Learning Officer, Lumiar
San Francisco, CA

Jessica Millstone
Director, Engagement & UX Researcher, BrainPOP
New York, NY

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

Jodi Lis
Senior Advisor, Transformative Learning, IntraHealth
Washington, DC

Joel Thierstein
President, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, VA

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

John Fitzpatrick
Executive Director, Educate Texas / CFT
Austin, TX

Josh Murdock
Deptartment Head, Technology & Education Center, Orange County Library System
Orlando, FL

Julie Newton
Senior Director, Information Technology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Austin, TX

Julie Willcott
Adjunct Faculty, Kennebec Valley Community College
Exeter, ME

Julio Rodriguez
Director, Center for Language & Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI

Justin Tindall
Director, Education and Global Programming, It Gets Better Project
West Hollywood, CA

Kai Dupe
Azure Technical Trainer, Microsoft
Redmond, WA

Karen Landolt
Assistant Professor, Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Kari Stubbs
Vice President, BrainPOP
Leawood, KS

Kathy Blankenship
Teacher, Pflugerville ISD
Austin, TX

Kathy Hurley
CEO, Kathy Hurley Consulting
Arlington, VA

Katie Herbek
Co-Founder, Civic I/O
Austin, TX

Kay Gallagher
Communication Specialist, Education Practice Area, Westat
Rockville, MD

Kelvin Bentley
Advisor, Digital Learning, Tyton Partners
Pensacola, FL

Kent Charugundla
Managing Member, Empire Ventures
New York, NY

Kevin Mei
Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group
New York, NY

Kierstan Schwab
Executive Director, Texas PBS
Austin, TX

Kim Sivick
Director, Technology Innovation, Katz Hillel Day School
Parkland, FL

Kirsten Hund
Program Director, The Holdsworth Center
Austin, TX

Kristine Clerkin
Managing Partner, Volta Learning Group
Newton, MA

Krista Vaught
Director & Doctoral Student, University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Kristen Procko
Assistant Professor, The University of Saint Joseph
Austin, TX

Kristina Moss Gunnarsdottir
Ed.M. Candidate, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
Amherst, MA

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

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

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

Laura Gilchrist
Vice President, ParentCamp
Kansas City, MO

Leila Toplic
Lead, Emerging Technologies, NetHope
Seattle, WA

Lindsay Knight
Director of Youth and Community Engagement, Chicago Ideas
Chicago, IL

Lindsey Own
Makerspace Coordinator, The Evergreen School
Seattle, WA

Linsey Hugo
Director of Employer Relations, Ohio State University
Athens, OH

Lisa Samuels
Special Education Teacher, Pflugerville ISD
Austin, TX

Lisa Brown
Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Elizabeth Gossens
Consultant, ESG Strategic
Washington, DC

Liz Leberman
Manager, Communications and Corporate Partnerships, New Profit
Boston, MA

Lizzy Perez
Director, School Leadership, Assessment Intervention Management (A.I.M.)
San Antonio, TX

Lori Gracey
Executive Director, Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA)
Austin, TX

Lucy Kosturko
SAS Institute, Inc., Manager, Curriculum Development
Raleigh, NC

Madelyn Starbuck
Professor, Art Institute of Austin
Austin, TX

Marie White
Senior Product Manager, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Austin, TX

Marisa Kaplan
Research Project Manager, EdSurge
New York, NY

Mark Bounds
A&R, TIR Music
Godalming, SR [United Kingdom]

Mark Andrus
Associate Director, IT, Texas School Safety Center
San Marcos, TX

Mark Rogers
Teacher, Austin Achieve Public Schools
Austin, TX

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

Martin Ihrig
Associate Dean, New York University
New York City, NY

Mary Kiang
Teacher, Punahou School
Honolulu, HI

Matt Price
Vice President, Research, Finn Partners
Silver Spring, MD

Matt Wallaert
Chief Behavioral Officer, Clover Health
New York, NY

Melissa Parenti
Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Meredith Crawford
Certified Educator, Self-Employed
Austin, TX

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz
2019 – 2020 Citizen Artist Fellow, Kennedy Center
Santa Fe, NM

Michael DiMaggio
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships , Knowledge Works
Cincinnati , OH

Michael Bettersworth
Vice Chancellor & CEO of Center for Employability Outcomes (C4EO), Texas State Technical College
Austin, TX

Michael Crawford
Co-Founder & Project Lead, EdSpace
Detroit, MI

Michael DeGraff
Senior Implementation Consultant, PowerSchool
Austin , TX

Michael Kleba
CEO & Chief Teacher Officer, DegreeCast
Brooklyn, NY

Michael Mayrath
Chief Product Officer, Tiber Health / Ponce Health Sciences University
Austin, TX

Michael Mills
Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Little Rock, AR

Mike Lawrence
Senior Director, Educator Engagement, PowerSchool
Placentia, CA

Mike Wang
Global Director, Student Experience, Minerva
San Francisco, CA

Murray Woodard
Program Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City, MO

Natalie Glover
Co-Creator , LumenKind
Austin, TX

Nick Bowman
Associate Professor, Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

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

Peter Nilsson
Head of School, King’s Academy
Madaba, JO [Jordan]

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

Rachel Cooke
Senior Communications Manager, Khan Academy
Oakland, CA

Raymond Rose
Online Accessibility Advocate, Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA)
Corpus Christi, TX

Ross Szabo
CEO, Human Power Project
Los Angeles, CA

Sam Seidel
Director, K-12 Strategy & Research, Stanford
Stanford, CA

Saro Mohammed
Partner, The Learning Accelerator
Austin, TX

Scott Kley Contini
MS STEM Instructor, Whittle School & Studios
Bethesda, MD

Sheri Lawson
Teacher, Hazelwood School District
St. Charles, MO

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

Stephanie Sandifer
Director, Educational Technology, Spring Branch ISD
Houston, TX

Stephanie Cerda
Assistant Principal, Austin ISD
Austin, TX

Steve Kupfer
Managing Director , Red House Education
Brooklyn, NY

Steve Amos
Executive Director, HealthCode
Austin, TX

Steven Freidmutter
CEO, SF Ventures
Ithaca, NY

Steven Hodas
Vice President, Education, ADL
New York, NY

Susan Patrick
Vienna, VA

Susan Nozick
Assistant Principal, Pikes Peak Online School
Longmont, CO

Tanya Joosten
Director, Digital Learning Research and Development, National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

Teddy Hartman
Director, Strategy and Data Privacy, Howard County Public School System
Silver Spring, MD

Therese Laux
Educator, Information Technology, Papillion – La Vista Community Schools
Omaha, NE

Thurman Nassoiy
4th Grade Teacher, Galveston ISD
Galveston, TX

Tiffany Kerns
Executive Director , CMA Foundation
Nashville, TN

Todd Groves
Co-Founder, Center for Deeper Learning
El Cerrito, CA

Tony Brown
Vice President, Public Consulting Group (PCG)
Asheville, NC

Tracy Coffin
Founder, 504U College Admissions Counseling
Austin, TX

Tricia Berry
Director, Women in Engineering Program / Director, Texas Girls Collaborative Project, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Trisha Callella
Director, Innovation and Learning, Rowland Unified School District
Fountain Valley, CA

Tyler DeWitt
Consultant & Creator, Self-Employed
New York, NY

Wietse van Bruggen
Advisor, Kennisnet Foundation
Leusden, NE [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.

Learn by Design Committee

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

Expo Student Committee

Members of the Expo Student advisory board committee share their insights and feedback to support the Expo’s community day at SXSW EDU. The participation, and input from these individuals plays an instrumental role in the success of the event.

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