Advisory Board

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

Members of the Programming, Launch, Learn by Design, and Expo Student committees contribute their unique insights and are crucial in the success of the March event.

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

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

Alisha Fredriksson
Founding Class Student, Minerva Schools at KGI
Gothenburg, Sweden

Allison Lee
General Manager, CodeSpeak Labs
Brooklyn, New York

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

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

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

Andrew Smith Lewis
Co-founder & CEO, Cerego
Palo Alto, CA

Ann Witherspoon
Innovation Specialist, Midlothian ISD
Midlothian, Texas

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

Anthony Kim
CEO, Education Elements
San Francisco, CA

Ashley Beckner
Investment Principal, Omidyar Network
Redwood City, CA

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

Bhargav Srinivasan
JD/MBA Candidate, Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Bill Corrigan
Instructional Designer,
Austin, Texas

Bruce Douglas
Consultant, Public Consulting Group
Chicago, IL

Camedra Jefferson
Literacy Curriculum Specialist , Houston Independent School District
Houston, TX

Caroline Vander Ark
President, Getting Smart
Federal Way, WA

Caroline Hammond
Senior Account Manager, Blackboard Services
Austin , Texas

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

Cathy Carolan
Teacher, Wimberley ISD
Wimberley, United States

Cecilia Wausmann
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv

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

Chris Fancher
Teacher, Meridian World School

Christine Fox
Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
West Palm Beach, Florida

Claire Wescott
Advanced Academics Resource Teacher Lead , Metro Nashville Public Schools
Nashville, TN

Clee Upchurch
COO, lead4ward
Austin, Texas

Corinne Weisgerber
Associate Professor, Concordia University
Austin, Texas

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
Owner, Strategic Education Solutions
Holliston, MA

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

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, Alaska

Dana Mortenson
Co-Founder / CEO, World Savvy
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Daniel Rincon
CEO, Tutorya
San Francisco, California

David Brewer
Media Producer, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

David Roberts
Associate, Blackbaud
Austin, TX

David Ross
CEO, Partnership for 21st Century Learning
Washington, DC

David Conover
Game design instructor, Pfisd
Austin, Tx

David D Anderson
Lobbyist/Consultant, HillCo Partners
Austin, Texas

drew davidson
director, cmu
pittsburgh, pa

Ed Valdez
CMO, Chief Outsiders
Austin, Texas

Elizabeth Gossens
Consultant , ESG Strategic
Washington, District Of Columbia

Emily Weerts
STEM Education Specialist, 4-H CAPITAL
Austin, TX

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

Eric Nentrup
Director of K-12 Solutions, Alma
Indianapolis, IN

Erik Woning
Innovation Consultant, ROC Mondriaan
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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

Gaby DeLeon
Director of Events, Civitas Learning
Austin, Texas

Gail Conway
CEO, Opening Minds USA
Winnetka, Illinois

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

George Rislov
Director of Curriculum, University of Texas- Austin
Austin, Texas

Georgi Dimitrov
Deputy head of unit „Innovation and EIT“, European Commission
1200, Belgium

Gina LaMotte
Executive Director, EcoRise
Austin, TX

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

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

Honoria Starbuck
Professor, Art Institute of Austin
Austin, TX

Hugh Norwood
Founder & CEO, TEG
Clarksville, MD

Jac de Haan
Chief of Staff, Google
Seattle, WA

Jaime Casap
Education Evangelist , Google
Phoenix, AZ

James Miles
Executive Director, Arts Corps
Seattle, WA

James Basham
Associate Professor, University of Kansas

Jeff Wayman
Vice President of Research and Analytics, E3 Alliance
Austin, TX

Jennifer Groff
Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, MA

Jessica Millstone
Director of Engagement, BrainPOP
New York, NY

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

Jodi Lis
Senior Technical Advisor, Jhpiego
Washington, DC

Joel Thierstein
President, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, WV

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

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

Julie Newton
Senior Director of Information Technology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Austin, Texas

Julio Rodriguez
Director, Center for Language & Technology
Honolulu, HI

Kai Dupe
Technical Trainer, Amazon Web Services
Redmond, WA

Karen Landolt
Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Kari Stubbs, PhD
VP, Learning & Innovation, BrainPOP
Leawood, KS

Katherine Burdick
President, Page by Page, LLC

Kathy Blankenship
Teacher, Manor ISD
Austin, Texas

Kathy Hurley
CEO, Kathy Hurley Consulting LLC
Arlington, VA

Katie Herbek
Co-Founder, Civic I/O

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

Kent Charugundla
Managing Member, EmpireVentures.Co
New York, NY

Kevin Mei
Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group
Dallas, TX

Kierstan Schwab
Executive Director, Texas PBS
Austin, TX

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

Kirsten Hund
Program Director, The Holdsworth Center
Austin, TX

Kris Clerkin
Consultant, Volta Learning Group
Managing Partner, Massachusetts

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

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 , Texas

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

Leslie Trahan
Managing Editor, Association of Texas Professional Educators
Austin, Texas

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 University
Athens, OH

Lisa Brown
Course Program Specialist, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Lisa Samuels
Special Education Teacher, Pflugerville ISD
Austin, Texas

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

Lori Gracey
Executive Director, TCEA
Austin, TX

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

Marisa Busch
Research Project Manager, EdSurge
New York, NY

Mark Rogers
Teacher, Austin Achieve
Austin, TX

Mark Coppi
Director of Assistive Technology, Anne Carlsen Center
Fargo, Nd

Mark Bounds
A&R, TIR Music
Godalming , Surrey

Mark Andrus
Associate Director of IT, Texas School Safety Center
San Marcos, United States

Martin Moran
Lead designer and upper school director, Bennett Day School
Chicago, IL

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

Mary Kiang
Teacher, Punahou School
Honolulu, Hawaii

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

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

Melissa Parenti
Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Meredith Crawford
Gifted and Talented Facilitator, Lockhart ISD
Austin, TX

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

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

Michael Mills
Associate Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR

Michael Crawford
Directory, Strategy + Partnerships, Real World Scholars
San Diego, California

Michael DiMaggio
Vice President , KnowledgeWorks Foundation
Cincinnati, Ohio

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

Michael Mayrath
VP of Product Development, Tiber Health
Austin, TX

Nan Caldwell
Director, Kimihia Early Learning Centre
Christchurch, New Zealand

Natalie Glover
co-creator , LumenKind
Austin, Tx

Nick Bowman
Associate Professor, West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

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

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

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

sam seidel
Director of K12 Strategy + Research, Stanford
Stanford, CA

Sarojani Mohammed
Partner, 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
Educator, Manor New Tech Middle School
St. Charles, Missouri

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

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

Steve Amos
Executive Director, HealthCode
Austin, TX

Steve Kupfer
Managing Director, Red House Education
Brooklyn, NY

Steven Hodas
VP, Education, ADL
New York, New York

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

Tanya Joosten
Digital Learning R&D, DETA Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

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

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

Tiffany Kerns
Executive Director , CMA Foundation
Nashville, Tennessee

Todd Groves
Trustee (retired),
El Cerrito, CA

Tony Brown
Principal/CEO, Public Consulting Group (PCG)
Austin, Texas

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

Tracy Coffin
Owner, 504U
Austin, TX

Tricia Berry
Collaborative Lead, Texas Girls Collaborative Project
Austin, Texas

Trisha Callella
Director of Innovation and Instruction, RUSD
Fountain Valley, CA

Wietse van Bruggen
Advisor, Kennisnet
Leusden, Netherlands

Z. Mike Wang
Global Director, Student Experience, Minerva Project

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.

Photo by Anthoney Mireles.

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