Judging Panels
2021 Tools Competition

 

The 2021 Tools Competition has gathered a judging panel of experts within the education field for each track. To support the diversity of perspectives and regions represented in the competition, our judges include venture capitalists, philanthropists, teachers, researchers, and doers, whose professional experiences and viewpoints guide our selection process.

 

Leo Bialis-White

Leo Bialis-White

Partner
NewSchools Venture Fund
Janet Coffey, PhD

Janet Coffey, PhD

Program Director, Science
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Ian Connell

Ian Connell

Investment Principal
Charter School Growth Fund
Melanie Dukes

Melanie Dukes

Senior Program Officer
Overdeck Family Foundation
Kumar Garg

Kumar Garg

Managing Director & Head of Partnerships
Schmidt Futures
Laurence Holt

Laurence Holt

Entrepreneur In Residence
XQ Institute
Peter Konmen

Peter Konmen

Regional Performance Manager
Rising Academy Network
Katie McCarthy, PhD

Katie McCarthy, PhD

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology
Georgia State University
Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn

Deputy Director of Philanthropy
Citadel
Ashwin Rajendra

Ashwin Rajendra

Senior Portfolio Manager, Education
One8 Foundation
Callie Riley

Callie Riley

Portfolio Manager for Education Grantmaking
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies

Tracey Albert

Tracey Albert

Program Manager
Rising Academy Network
Jocelyn Alter

Jocelyn Alter

Co-founder and Head of School
DeKalb Brilliance Academy
Angela Debarger, PhD

Angela Debarger, PhD

Education Program Officer
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Kumar Garg

Kumar Garg

Managing Director & Head of Partnerships
Schmidt Futures
Gouri Gupta

Gouri Gupta

Director of EdTech
Central Square Foundation
September Jarrett

September Jarrett

Program Officer
Heising-Simons Foundation
Katie McCarthy, PhD

Katie McCarthy, PhD

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology
Georgia State University
Jim Short

Jim Short

Program Director, Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Laurie Sztejnberg

Laurie Sztejnberg

Director of Research and Senior Program Officer, Exceptional Educators
Overdeck Family Foundation
Carina Wong

Carina Wong

Deputy Director & Senior Advisor for Innovation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kumar Garg

Kumar Garg

Managing Director & Head of Partnerships
Schmidt Futures
Kevin Bromer

Kevin Bromer

Executive Director, Head of Technology and Data Strategy
Ballmer Group
Joanna Cannon, PhD

Joanna Cannon, PhD

Senior Program Officer
Walton Family Foundation
Scott Crossley, PhD

Scott Crossley, PhD

Professor of Applied Linguistics and Learning Sciences
Georgia State University
Nancy Lue

Nancy Lue

Senior Director
Valhalla Foundation
Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson

Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Fabio Segura

Fabio Segura

Co-CEO
Jacobs Foundation
Vivian Tseng, PhD

Vivian Tseng, PhD

Senior Vice President, Program
William T. Grant Foundation
Tatiyana Webb

Tatiyana Webb

Teacher & Instructional Coach
Memphis Grizzlies Prep Charter School

Courtney Brown, PhD

Courtney Brown, PhD

Vice President of Impact and Planning
Lumina Foundation
Nafez Dakkak

Nafez Dakkak

Managing Director & CEO
Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development
Joshua Elder

Joshua Elder

Director of Grants Management
Siegel Family Endowment
Kumar Garg

Kumar Garg

Managing Director & Head of Partnerships
Schmidt Futures
Kelly McManus

Kelly McManus

Director of Higher Education
Arnold Ventures
British A. Robinson

British A. Robinson

President and Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
Ben Shapiro, PhD

Ben Shapiro, PhD

Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies
Georgia State University
Anika Warren Wood, PhD

Anika Warren Wood, PhD

Operating Partner & Chief Organizational Effectiveness Officer and Member, Operating Committee
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

 

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