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 Tico Mendoza.

Photo by Tico Mendoza.

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

AJ Crabill
Director, CGCS
Washington, DC

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

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

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

Amanda Winkelsas
Clinical Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

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

Ann Witherspoon
Instructional Coach, Midlothian ISD
Midlothian, TX

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

Annette Q. Pedersen
Special Advisor, E-learning, 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

Bill Corrigan
Sr. Instructional Designer, Epam Systems, Inc.
Austin, TX

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

Brooke Miller
Online Educator & Content Creator, Independent
Austin, TX

Bruce Douglas
Founder, Frame Change
Chicago, IL

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

Caroline Vander Ark
President, Getting Smart
Federal Way, WA

Cathy Carolan
Teacher (retired)
Wimberley, TX

Cecilia Waismann
Tel Aviv, Israel

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

Cherry Thompson
Regional Director, Teaching Channel
Pflugerville, TX

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

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

Christine Fox
Interim Executive Director, SETDA
West Palm Beach, 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 Government, Lone Star College – Tomball
Conroe, TX

Cynthia Burrow
Owner, Strategic Education Solutions
Holliston, MA

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

Dan Kulmala
VP of Academic & Student Affairs, American University of Phnom Penh
Hays, KS

Dan LaSota
Instructional Designer / Adjunct Faculty, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK

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

David Brewer
Faculty, Cornell (retired)
Ithaca, NY

David Conover
Learning Experience Designer, PFISD
Austin, TX

David Roberts
Donor Database Administrator, Foundation Communities
Austin, TX

David Ross
Teacher, Cotati-Rohnert Park USD
Napa, CA

Deb Clarke
Director, EdEvents
Sydney, Australia

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

Elizabeth Gossens Eide
Consultant, ESG Strategic
Washington, DC

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

Emily Weerts
Director of Support, Wildly Supportive
Austin, TX

Eric Nentrup
VP of Growth, Getting Smart
Indianapolis, IN

Erik Woning
Project Leader for the House of Education, Technology & Innovation, ROC Mondriaan
The Hague, Netherlands

Felice Nudelman
Executive Director, American Democracy Project, American Association of State Colleges & Universities
Dayton, OH

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
Digital Education, European Commission
Brussels, Belgium

Ginger Gossman
Senior Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Austin, TX

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

Jaime Casap
Founder & CEO, Ghetto People Productions
Phoenix, AZ

James Basham
Professor, University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

James Miles
Executive Director, Arts Corps
Seattle, WA

Jason Tomassini
VP, Editorial, Atlantic 57
Washington, DC

Jeff Wayman
Senior Researcher, Digital Promise
Austin, TX

Jennifer Groff
Innovation Fellow, WISE / Qatar Foundation
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, WV

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

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

Julie Willcott
Education Products Manager, zSpace
Corea, ME

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

Kai Dupé
Consultant, The Alhaven Group
Redmond, WA

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

Kari Stubbs
VP, Strategic Partnerships, BrainPOP
New York, NY

Kathy Blankenship
CTE Teacher, Kelly Lane Middle School
Austin, TX

Kathy Hurley
CEO, Kathy Hurley LLC
Punta Gorda, FL

Katie Herbek
Head of Mobility Engagement – Central Mountain Region, Ford AV and Mobility Businesses
Austin, TX

Kay Gallagher
Communication Specialist, Westat
Rockville, MD

Kent Charugundla
New York, NY

Kevin Mei
Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group
New York City, NY

Kierstan Schwab
Executive Director, Texas PBS
Austin, TX

Kirsten Hund
Program Director, The Holdsworth Center
Austin, TX

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

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

Kristina Moss Gunnarsdottir
Education Program Specialist, US Department of Education, Office of Education Technology
Northampton, MA

Kristine Clerkin
Managing Partner, Volta Learning Group
Boston, MA

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
Lead for Emerging Technologies Initiative, NetHope
Seattle, WA

Lindsay Knight
Leader, Community Engagement & Strategic Initiatives, Specialized Bicycles / Outride
Chicago, IL

Lindsey Own
Makerspace Coordinator, The Evergreen School
Seattle, WA

Lisa Brown
Professional Learning Specialist, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Lisa Samuels
Special Education Teacher, Pflugerville ISD
Austin, TX

Lizzy Perez
Founder/Owner, Education Consultant & Coach, Lizzy Perez, LLC
San Antonio, TX

Lori Gracey
Executive Director, TCEA
Austin, TX

Lucy Kosturko
Education Initiatives Lead, SAS
Raleigh, NC

Madelyn (Honoria) Starbuck
Assistant Professor of Practice, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

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

Marisa Busch
Research Project Manager, EdSurge
New York, NY

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

Mark Bounds
Business & Artist Development Consultant, TIR Music
Godalming, United Kingdom

Mark Rogers
Teacher, Austin Achieve Public Schools
Austin, TX

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

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

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

Melissa Parenti
Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Meredith Crawford
6th Grade ELA Teacher, Holy Family Catholic School
Austin, TX

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

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

Michael Crawford
CoFounder, EdSpace
Novi, MI

Michael DeGraff
Sr. Implementation Specialist, PowerSchool
Austin, TX

Michael DiMaggio
Vice President, Knowledge Works
Long Beach, CA

Michael Kleba
Partner, Leaders Don’t Lead
Brooklyn, NY

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

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

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

Nick Bowman
Associate Professor, Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

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

Peter Nilsson
Head of School / Founder, King’s Academy
Madaba, Jordan

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

Raymond Rose
Public Policy Chair, Texas Distance Learning Association (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
MS STEM & CAD Instructor, Whittle School & Studios
Washington, DC

Shelby McIntosh
Managing Partner, Education Elements
Austin, TX

Sheri Lawson
EL Teacher, Hazelwood West High School
St. Charles, MO

Stephan Turnipseed
Executive VP and CSO, Pitsco Education
Pike Road, AL

Stephanie Cerda
K-12 Administrator, Edcamp Austin
Austin, TX

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

Steve Amos
CEO, HealthCode
Austin, TX

Steve Kupfer
Managing Director, Red House Education
Brooklyn, NY

Steven Freidmutter
CEO, SF Ventures
Ithaca, NY

Steven Hodas
Senior Fellow, Center on Reinventing Public Education
New York, NY

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

Tanya Joosten
Senior Scientist, Director of Digital Learning R&D, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee & National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA)
Milwaukee, WI

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

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

Thurman Nassoiy
Independent Consultant
Galveston, TX

Tiffany Kerns
VP of Community Outreach, Country Music Association
Nashville, TN

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

Tony Brown
Consultant, Public Consulting Group (PCG)
Key West, FL

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 Global Product Partnerships, LVP, Digital Promise
San Mateo, CA

Tyler DeWitt
Executive Director of Innovation, Virtuosi VR
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.

Amelia DeSorrento
Senior Manager, Product Management, Capital One
Annandale, VA

Ash Kaluarachchi
Managing Director, Started | EdTech Week
New York, NY

Brian Dixon
Partner, Kapor Capital
Oakland, CA

Dan Carroll
Chief Product Officer, Clever
San Francisco, CA

Deborah Chang
Founder and Executive Director, Youth Power Coalition
Jackson Heights, NY

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

Eileen Rudden
Cofounder, LearnLaunch

Erin Mote
Executive Director, InnovateEDU
Brooklyn, NY

James Kim
Principal, Reach Capital
San Francisco, CA

Jenna Talbot
SVP, Strategy, Whiteboard Advisors
Washington, DC

Jessica Falkenthal
Education Community & Growth Strategist, Jessica Falkenthal & Associates
San Francisco, CA

Kevin Custer
Founding Partner, Arc Capital Development
Lakewood, CO

Maia Sharpley
Co-founder and Managing Partner, Juvo Ventures
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

Marissa Lowman
Head of Future of Work Practice, Village Capital
New York, NY

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

Sarah Silverman
Co-Founder, Outside Angle
Pittsburgh, PA

Scott Lipton
Data Specialist, The Holdsworth Center
Austin, Texas

Sehreen Noor Ali
Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Sleuth
New York, NY

Susan Badger
Board Member, XanEdu
Ocean Grove, NJ

Tom Glover
Head of Media, Golin
London, United Kingdom

Tonika Cheek Clayton
Dallas, TX

Vu Van
Founder & CEO, ELSA, Corp.
Los Gatos, CA

Yichen Feng
Principal, Lumos Capital Group
Oakland, CA



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