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

Adam Gismondi
Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (Research)
Tufts University
Medford, MA

Alan Buller
Instructional Designer
Casa Dexter/FEDC TechSTART
Cañon City, CO

Alisha Fredriksson
Founding Student
Minerva Schools at KGI
Gothenburg, Sweden

Allison Lee
General Manager
CodeSpeak Labs
Brooklyn, NY

Amanda Kruysman
Instructional Designer
Lash Group-AmerisourceBergen
Fort Mill, SC

Amanda Winkelsas
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Adolescence Education
St. Bonaventure University
Buffalo, NY

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

Andrew Smith Lewis
CEO & Co-Founder
Palo Alto, CA

Ann Witherspoon
Innovation Specialist
Midlothian ISD
Midlothian, TX

Annette Pedersen
E-learning Consultant
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Anthony Kim
Education Elements
San Francisco, CA

Ashley Beckner
Investment Principal
Omidyar Network
Redwood City, CA

Benjamin Powers
The Southport School
Southport, CT

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

Bhargav Srinivasan
JD/MBA Candidate
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA

Bill Corrigan
Instructional Designer
Austin, TX

Brenda Lopez
Manager, School & Gallery Education
Austin, TX

Brooke Miller
Researcher and Evaluation Specialist
Austin, TX

Bruce Douglas
Public Consulting Group
Chicago, IL

Camedra Jefferson
Literacy Curriculum Specialist
Houston ISD
Houston, TX

Caroline Hammond
Senior Account Manager
Blackboard Services
Austin, TX

Caroline Vander Ark
Getting Smart
Federal Way, WA

Carri Schneider
Senior Writer & Content Consultant
XQ Institute
Cincinnati, OH

Cathy Carolan
Wimberley ISD
Wimberley, TX

Cecilia Waismann
Vice President
Tel Aviv, Israel

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

Cherry Thompson
Engagement Manager
Teaching Channel
Austin, TX

Chris Fancher
Meridian World School
Round Rock, TX

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

Christine Fox
Deputy Executive Director
West Palm Beach, FL

Claire Wescott
Director of Project Management and Coordination
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Nashville, TN

Clee Upchurch
Chief Operating Officer
Austin, TX

Corinne Weisgerber
Associate Professor
Concordia University
Austin, TX

Cory Colby
Professor of Government and Politics, Civic Engagement Internship Coordinator & ATPE Past State President
Lone Star College – Tomball & Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
Conroe, TX

Cynthia Burrow
Strategic Education Solutions
Holliston, MA

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 LaSota
Instructional Designer
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK

Dan Ryder
Education Director, Success & Innovation Center
Mt. Blue High School
Farmington, ME

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

Daniel Rincón
San Francisco, CA

David Anderson
Lobbyist & Consultant
HillCo Partners
Austin, TX

David Brewer
Media Producer
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

David Conover
Video Game Design Instructor
Pflugerville ISD
Austin, TX

David Ross
Partnership for 21st Century Learning
Washington, DC

Deb Clarke
Founder & Director
Sydney, Australia

David Roberts
Austin, TX

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

Ed Valdez
Chief Outsiders
Austin, TX

Emily Kotecki
Manager of Interpretation
North Carolina Museum of Art
Raleigh, NC

Emily Weerts
STEM Education Specialist
Austin, TX

Eric Nentrup
Director of K-12 Solutions
Indianapolis, IN

Erik Woning
Innovation Consultant
ROC Mondriaan
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Felice Nudelman
Executive Vice President
Say Yes to Education
Beavercreek, OH

Gaby DeLeon
Director of Events
Civitas Learning
Austin, TX

Gail Conway
Opening Minds USA
Chicago, IL

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

George Rislov
Director of Curriculum
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

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

Gina LaMotte
Executive Director
Austin, TX

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

Gregg Behr
Executive Director
The Grable Foundation
Pittsburgh, PA

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

Honoria Starbuck
Art Institute of Austin
Austin, TX

Hugh Norwood
Founder & CEO
Trinity Education Group
Clarksville, MD

Jac de Haan
Chief of Staff
Seattle, WA

Jaime Casap
Chief Education Evangelist
Phoenix, AZ

James Basham
Associate Professor
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

James Miles
Executive Director
Arts Corps
Seattle, WA

Jeff Wayman
Wayman Services, LLC
Austin, TX

Jennifer Groff
Research Assistant
MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, MA

Jessica Millstone
Director of Engagement
New York, NY

Joan Hughes
Associate Professor, Learning Technologies
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Jodi Lis
Senior Technical Advisor
Washington, DC

Joel Thierstein
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, VA

John Fitzpatrick
Executive Director
Educate Texas/CFT
Austin, TX

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

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

Julie Willcott
Adjunct Faculty
Kennebec Valley Community College
Exeter, Maine

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

Kai Dupe
Senior Technical Trainer
Redmond, WA

Karen Landolt
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Kari Stubbs
Vice President, Learning & Innovation
Leawood, KS

Kathy Blankenship
Manor ISD
Austin, TX

Kathy Burdick
Page by Page
Tucson, AZ

Kathy Hurley
Kathy Hurley Consulting
Arlington, VA

Katie Herbek
Civic I/O
Austin, TX

Kelvin Bentley
Assistant Vice President, Digital Learning Innovation
University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL

Kent Charugundla
Managing Member
Empire Ventures
New York, NY

Kevin Mei
The Boston Consulting Group
Dallas, TX

Kierstan Schwab
Executive Director
Texas PBS
Austin, TX

Kirsten Hund
Program Director
The Holdsworth Center
Austin, TX

Kim Sivick
Director of Technology Innovation
Katz Hillel Day School
Boca Raton, FL

Kristine Clerkin
Managing Partner
Volta Learning Group
Newton, New Hampshire

Krista Vaught
Director, Academic Strategic Initiatives & Compliance
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, FL

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

Leila Toplic
Head of No Lost Generation Tech Task Force
San Francisco, CA

Leslie Trahan
Managing Editor
Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
Austin, TX

Lindsay Knight
Youth Engagement Manager
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 Brown
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Lisa Samuels
Special Education Teacher
Pflugerville ISD
Austin, TX

Elizabeth Gossens
ESG Strategic
Washington, DC

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

Lizzy Perez
Director of General Education
A.I.M. LLC Consulting
San Antonio, TX

Lori Gracey
Executive Director
Austin, TX

Marie White
Product Manager, Education
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Seattle, WA

Marisa Kaplan
Research Project Manager
New York, NY

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

Mark Bounds
TIR Music
Godalming, United Kingdom

Mark Coppin
Director of Assistive Technology
Anne Carlsen Center
Fargo, ND

Mark Rogers
Austin Achieve
Austin, TX

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

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

Mary Kiang
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
Development Director
ACE Academy
Austin, TX

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz
Cultural Worker
Independent Cultural Worker
Santa Fe, NM

Michael Bettersworth
Vice Chancellor, Policy
Texas State Technical College
Austin, TX

Michael Crawford
Director of Strategy & Partnerships
Real World Scholars
San Diego, CA

Michael DeGraff
Teacher Support Specialist
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Michael DiMaggio
Vice President
Knowledge Works Foundation
Cincinnati, OH

Michael Kleba
CEO & Chief Teacher Officer
Brooklyn, NY

Michael Mayrath
Vice President, Product Development
Tiber Health
Austin, TX

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

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

Nan Caldwell
Kimihia Early Learning Centre
Christchurch, New Zealand

Natalie Glover
Austin, TX

Nick Bowman
Associate Professor
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

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

Peter Nilsson
Director, Research, Innovation and Outreach & English Teacher
Deerfield Academy
Deerfield, MA

Rachel Cooke
Senior Communications Manager
Khan Academy
Oakland, CA

Raymond Rose
Online Learning and Accessibility Evangelist
Rose & Smith Associates
Corpus Christi, TX

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

Sam Seidel
Director, K12 Strategy & Research
Stanford, CA

Sarojani Mohammed
The Learning Accelerator
Austin, TX

Scott Kley Contini
Chief Innovation Officer
Expedition Academy Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

Shari Stinnette
Special Education Teacher
Mabank ISD
Mabank, TX

Sheri Lawson
Manor New Tech Middle School
St. Charles, MO

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

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

Stephanie Cerda
Assistant Principal
Austin ISD
Austin, TX

Steve Amos
Executive Director
Austin, TX

Steve Kupfer
Managing Director
Red House Education
Brooklyn, NY

Steven Freidmutter
SF Ventures
Ithaca, NY

Steven Hodas
Vice President, Education
New York, NY

Susan Nozick
Assistant Principal
Pikes Peak Online School
Dallas, TX

Susan Patrick
Vienna, VA

Tanya Joosten
Director, Digital Learning Research and Development
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

Teddy Hartman
Data Privacy Officer
Howard County Public School System
Silver Spring, MD

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

Thurman Nassoiy
Education Specialist
Region 4 Education Service Center
Houston, TX

Tiffany Kerns
Executive Director
CMA Foundation
Nashville, TN

Todd Groves
West Contra Costa USD
Richmond, CA

Tony Brown
Principal & CEO
Public Consulting Group
Austin, TX

Torrie Dunlap
Chief Executive Officer
Kids Included Together
San Diego, CA

Tracy Coffin
Austin, TX

Tricia Berry
Collaborative Lead
Texas Girls Collaborative Project
Austin, TX

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

Wietse van Bruggen
Kennisnet Foundation
Zoetermeer, NL

Yancy Unger
Education Executive Coach
Coaching School Change
Bedford, IN

Z. Mike Wang
Director, Global Experience
San Francisco, CA

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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