The Educurious Board serves as an invaluable source of ideas, perspective, and feedback as Educurious grows to serve more students, teachers, and public schools.
Our Board of Directors includes:
Janet Frohnmayer is chairperson of the Board of Directors of Educurious. She is the former President of the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors.
Carrie George is a community volunteer with a focus on making education work for all students.
Carlos Obando is a private investor with a diverse background in engineering finance and international capital markets.
Tyler Hollenbeck is an Associate at DLA Piper. He is a Non-director Outside Counsel to Educurious and Board Secretary.
Harriette Thurber Rasmussen
Harriette Thurber Rasmussen is committed to building a new education system for the 21st century.
Our Advisory Board members include:
Marilyn Crawford currently operates TimeWise Schools LC, a decision-support consulting group working with schools, districts, and state departments of education across the country. She has extensive experience in leading secondary school reform as well as in supporting reform-minded educators in a variety of roles, and she specializes in maximizing school-level efficiency and effectiveness in use of secondary resources. She has a Ph.D. in Education Leadership from Vanderbilt University.
Kimberley Gomez is an Associate Professor in the Urban Schooling Division faculty at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research and design work is focused on urban, underserved children in middle and high schools. Her research projects have included a study of the relationship between reading achievement and science achievement with 9th through 11th graders in seven Chicago high schools and a study of the use of multiple source comprehension approaches in urban middle school classrooms. With colleagues at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching she has recently begun a research and design effort, which infuses community college statistics courses with literacy and language support. She is the author of more than 23 refereed publications, co-editor of The Work of Language in Multicultural Classrooms: Talking Science, Writing Science (Routledge, 2008), and is the co-author of a soon to be released volume describing a three-year study of the Digital Youth Media Network project in Chicago. Kimberley Gomez received the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago.
Stephen Heppell is CEO of Heppell.net, a policy, research, and practice consultancy focused on a wide range of education projects including school design, software development, and national policy. He is also Professor in New Media Environments at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University. Previously, Stephen spent a quarter of a century building Ultralab, an internationally acclaimed learning technology research center. Stephen's "eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground" approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large-scale projects over three decades, has established him internationally as a widely recognized leader in the fields of learning, new media, and technology. Stephen works with governments around the world, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, schools and communities, his Ph.D. students, and with many influential trusts and organizations. He is a member of BAFTA, and in 2009 he was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award from British Education and Technology Training (BETT).
For more than thirty years Jean Moon has been a unique voice and doer in all aspects of education, research, and policy. Her passion for what the poet David Whyte has called courageous conversations has led her to spend her professional life convening gatherings of scholars, scientists, teachers, members of the corporate community, and policymakers. As founder and principal for Tidemark Institute, Dr. Moon directs the mission to increase knowledge and action at the intersection of education, state, and federal policy; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; workforce participation; the economy; and innovation in all aspects of learning and education. In addition, Dr. Moon has an appointment at Bowdoin College as a Research Associate. Until January 2011, she was Senior Scholar for Education Strategy and Planning at the National Academies in Washington, D.C. Prior to her work as Senior Scholar, Dr. Moon was a Senior Program Officer and Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academies. Dr. Moon serves as Principal Investigator on more than 70 funded projects, particularly in science and mathematics education. She was a program advisor to the Exxon Education Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation between 1995 and 2002. In 2002 and later in 2005, Dr. Moon was invited to the University of Uppsala in Sweden as a scholar-in-residence. Dr. Moon has been a fellow at the Margaret Chase Smith Center at the University of Maine. In addition, Dr. Moon has worked on education and research initiatives in genetics and biomedical research at the Jackson Laboratory. Dr. Moon received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Harold Morse is the Chairman and CEO of The Health and Healing Network, a new web-based platform providing access to a vast library of information on integrative medicine, and of HMorse Inc., a management consulting company. Dr. Morse started his career by teaching in the New York Public School System, then went on to become a researcher writing legislation for the Civil Rights Act. He founded The Learning Channel and Ovation, the Arts Network. He also founded a not-for-profit corporation, the American Community Service Network. Dr. Morse served as Director of Education and Early Childhood for the Appalachian Regional Commission and as a member of numerous educational boards. Dr. Morse's commitment to bringing quality arts and education to television has been widely recognized. He was the recipient of the prestigious Vanguard Award for Programmers from the National Cable Television Association, was named Communicator of the Year by the International Communications and Information Association, and was awarded the University of Washington Distinguished Graduate Award. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the State University of New York at Oswego, and he was awarded a Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. He currently serves on numerous boards including on the U.S. Army's Investment in America Forum and the Strengthening America's Youth (SAY) leadership board.
Rhoda Pitcher has spent 30 years advising senior executives to create and lead companies that are both fulfilling to work at and generate outstanding financial results. Rhoda's work is about executives seeing beyond the status quo to what is possible, and educating them to provide the leadership needed to realize an unprecedented future. Companies whose executive teams she has worked with include Fortune 500 corporations, institutions, startups and nonprofits. Rhoda has built, managed, and sold two multinational consulting companies. Her philanthropic work focuses on education. She holds an MBA and an MS in Psychology and currently serves on the board of lululemon athletica (Nasdaq: LULU).
Susan Stroud is the founder and Executive Director of Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), a nonprofit organization supporting the development of innovative high-quality youth civic engagement policies and programs both in the U.S. and around the world. Susan brings more than 25 years of experience to ICP in the fields of public service, social responsibility of higher education, and international policy development. Susan was one of the White House architects of the National and Community Trust Act of 1993 and the AmeriCorps program, and later went on to senior positions at the Corporation for National and Community Service. She was the first director of Learn and Serve America. A leader and principal thinker on how to engage different kinds of institutions in civic engagement, Susan was the founding director of both Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,000 university and college presidents committed to civic engagement and service-learning, and the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. Susan worked at the Ford Foundation to design youth civic engagement policies and programs around the world, working with governments, universities, donor organizations, and NGOs in South Africa, Mexico, Russia, and other countries.
Jordan Weisman has been the founder and creative force behind numerous interactive entertainment companies, including his latest venture: Go Go Kiddo. In 1987, Jordan founded Virtual World Entertainment, where he led a team that created the first virtual reality experiences available to the public. Taking those learnings to the home market, Jordan founded FASA Interactive to develop networked PC games. FASA created the most popular PC franchise of the '90s (MechWarrior), and was acquired by Microsoft in 1998. After the acquisition, Jordan became Creative Director for Microsoft Entertainment, where he oversaw the first two years of Xbox game titles, including the launch of the Halo franchise. While at Microsoft, Jordan conceived of and pioneered a transmedia experience for Steven Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence, which spawned a new genre: Alternate Reality Games (ARGs). As the founding Creative Executive for 42 Entertainment, Jordan then oversaw the creation of ARG experiences for Microsoft (ilovebees), Nine Inch Nails (Year Zero), and Warner Brothers' Dark Knight (Why So Serious?). In 2000, Jordan founded Wizkids, which quickly became the market leader, with $100 million in retail sales, and was sold to Topps Inc in 2003. Most recently Jordan co-founded Smith & Tinker Inc., which focused on creating a unified play experience that brought together kids online and physical social groups into one cohesive game. Jordan is a New York Times bestselling fiction author and winner of dozens of design awards, including the Northwest E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and Time Magazine's Ten Best Ideas. He is an adjunct professor at USC's School of Cinematic Arts and Co-founder of the Center for Serious Play at the University of Washington.