• Allan Alson Senior Consultant, Panasonic Foundation

    Allan Alson is a Senior Consultant with the Panasonic Foundation, working with the San Diego, Oakland, and Highline, Washington, school districts to assist their efforts in strategic reform with an emphasis of providing equity for all students. Prior to his work for Panasonic, Allan was a Senior Fellow for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he served as Executive Director of High School Transformation for the Chicago Public Schools.

    Allan began his teaching career in the Philadelphia Public Schools and served as a teacher and administrator in several communities in Massachusetts. While there, he was the assistant director of the Boston Public Schools/Boston University Desegregation Collaborative.

    From 1992 until June 2006, Allan was the superintendent of Evanston Township High School. As superintendent, he was involved in creating a wide array of community partnerships, including an award-winning, school-based health center, an interagency collaborative to structure services for children and families in need, and a school and community task force on safety and civility.

    In February 1999, Allan helped create the Minority Student Achievement Network, a consortium of thirty urban-suburban school districts across the United States devoted to discovering, developing and implementing the means to improve the academic achievement of students of color. Districts in the network collaboratively conduct and publish research, analyze policies, and examine practices that affect the academic performance of students of color.

  • Timothy Daly Co-Founder, EdNavigator

    Under Timothy’s tenure as president, TNTP has become a leading source of innovative research and a respected independent voice on teacher quality issues. He played a key role in the publication of The Widget Effect (2009), an acclaimed study detailing the flaws in teacher evaluation. The report informed the federal government’s $4.3 billion Race to the Top initiative and helped catalyze legislation in more than 15 states. More recently, he participated in the writing of The Irreplaceables (2012), which explored the teacher retention crisis through the experience of the country’s best teachers.

    In 2012, Tim and CEO Ariela Rozman were co-recipients of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education for their leadership at TNTP.

    Timothy began his tenure at TNTP in 2001 with the New York City Teaching Fellows, a program he helped grow into one of the leading providers of new teachers in the nation’s largest district. Nearly 10,000 NYC Teaching Fellows currently work in city classrooms, accounting for 1 in 5 science teachers, and 1 in 4 math and Special Education teachers.

    Before joining TNTP, Timothy served as a Teach For America corps member at Northeast Middle School in Baltimore. He holds a master of arts degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in American studies from Northwestern University.

  • Mark Rigdon Deputy Director, Strategy, Planning and Management at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    Mark Rigdon serves as the Head of Strategy in the Global Philanthropy Group at JPMorgan Chase. In this capacity, he manages the firm’s grant making framework and areas of focus, oversees the development of JPMC’s signature initiatives, and supports their implementation around the world.

    Mark was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from Oberlin College, completed his masters degree and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and went on to earn his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management.

    His professional background includes experience managing the evaluation of the nation’s first public school voucher program in Milwaukee, WI, working as a senior policy analyst at The National Governor’s Association, directing education research programs at The Spencer Foundation, and overseeing The Chicago Community Trust’s education grant making.

    As an active civic leader, Mark sits on the board of Innovations for Learning, the Evaluation Committee of Living Cities, the Membership Committee of Grantmakers for Education, and the Advisory Board of TORSH.

  • Carlos Watson Former Director of Education Industry, Goldman Sachs

    bio is pending…

  • Seth Weinberger Executive Director, Innovations for Learning

    Seth Weinberger is the founder of Innovations for Learning and the developer of its first software programs. Seth also is a co-founder of the Cherry Preschool in Evanston, Illinois. He is retired from the international law firm Mayer Brown, where he was a partner and associate in its Global Information Technology practice for more than 25 years. Seth received both a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.