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Eric C. "Ric" Andersen , Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Ric Andersen has nearly 40 years of experience working in technology, consulting and private equity investing. He spent over 20 years at PwC Consulting where he served many of the firm's largest clients and rose to become a Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer. He played a central role in the divestiture of PwC Consulting to IBM in 2002 and became a senior executive at the company, leading IBM’s services business in Asia for two years.

Mr. Andersen left IBM and joined Silver Lake Partners in 2005 where he established and led the firm’s Value Creation Team helping to drive value creation activities within the firm’s portfolio. He joined Milestone Partners in 2010 as a senior member of the firm’s management and investment team. In 2015 he joined Peak Equity, a Philadelphia-based private equity firm focused on lower middle market enterprise software where he is a Managing Partner.

He is currently a director on the Boards of two other privately held technology companies, G5 and Career Arc. He is also the lead independent director of Vertex, a publicly held software company. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mr. Andersen holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from Bucknell University.

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Granetta B. Blevins , Director

Granetta Blevins has distinguished herself in both public service and private enterprise serving in senior management positions including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief of Staff for corporations and nonprofit organizations in diverse industries ranging from start-up to Fortune 500 public companies. She is known for her ability to operationalize a vision and achieve desired results and outcomes by effectively using her expertise in strategy development, her exceptional ability to connect strategy to finance, and her extraordinary judgement and leadership skills. Granetta currently has her own consulting practice specializing in strategy development and implementation, business operations, and chief financial officer services.

Granetta started her professional career working for Island Creek Corporation, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum, in corporate planning and financial planning and analysis. After serving in progressively increasing roles of responsibility, Granetta left the energy sector and worked as a commercial banker and held executive leadership roles for a privately held defense contractor. For the past 20 years, Granetta has primarily worked in the education space and has been a member of the executive management team of four successful education related start-up companies. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff, LRNG at Southern New Hampshire University, where she was responsible for strategy management, budget, and resources for the LRNG learning platform. In all of her positions, she has earned the reputation of being an extraordinary problem solver, collaborator, and influencer and doing so with a contagious optimism.

Granetta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Georgetown College, a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Xavier University, and a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from Georgetown College. She currently serves on the board of Trustees of Georgetown College and has previously served on and chaired other nonprofit boards.

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Anna Fabrega , Director

Anna Fabrega is Chief Executive Officer for Freshly, LLC, a $500MM+ D2C fresh prepared food subscription service that was recently acquired by Nestle USA.

Anna is a growth-oriented leader with over 22 years of business, operations, and organizational leadership experience at high growth early-stage businesses as well as large, scaled organizations. Her experience runs the gamut from brand/marketing, distribution and supply chain, to ecommerce, physical retail, technology, and CPG. During her career, she has built a reputation for her ability in operational excellence, innovative strategic thinking, leading leaders, and working with the highest level of integrity, along with a deep and passionate commitment to putting the customer first.

Upon earning a BA with the highest honors from the University of Florida in 1999, Ms. Fabrega started her career at McMaster-Carr, managing various distribution operations at a 300,000 sq. ft. facility carrying over 500,000 products. She earned an MBA in 2004 from Kellogg School of Management and took a leadership role at Stripes, a 500+ store convenience store chain (now owned by 7-11), where she spent time in field operations, category management, and ultimately led brand, marketing, PR, and merchandising for over 500 stores, while also building and leading a wholly owned financial services subsidiary.

In 2008, Ms. Fabrega migrated to Microsoft, where she served as part of the global brand strategy team and led the strategic brand migration of all on-premises server-based products to the cloud, before transitioning to Amazon in 2011.

At Amazon, she ran the $4B Sports and Outdoors business before joining the Amazon Go team in 2014 as the business leader responsible for developing and operating stores using Just Walk Out technology. As she built the organization from the ground up over the next six years, she took on increasing levels of responsibility, ultimately serving as the leader of the entire Amazon Go store organization (merchandising, marketing, field ops, supply chain, product management, research science, real estate, construction, and design) and the Amazon Kitchen (fresh prepared private label) organization (700+ people in total). During her six-year tenure leading Amazon Go, she scaled the business to 28 stores across 4 cities and launched Amazon Go Grocery, the first full Just Walk Out grocery store.

Anna is a big thinker who balances scrappiness with operational and financial rigor. She has a high degree of curiosity and is well-known for her ability to ask the right questions, look around corners, and to be clear and concise with her direction and advisement. She is based out of NYC.

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Jean C. Halle , Director

Jean C. Halle has served on our Board since March 2006. Ms. Halle is currently an independent consultant. From 2002 to 2010, Ms. Halle was the Chief Executive Officer of Calvert Education Services, a provider of accredited distance education programs and educational support services. From 1999 to2001, Ms. Halle was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of New Business Development for Times Mirror Interactive, a digital media subsidiary of the former Times Mirror Company. From 1986 to 1999, Ms. Halle held a number of positions with The Baltimore Sun Company, including Vice President of New Business Development, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance, President of Homestead Publishing, a subsidiary of The Baltimore Sun Company, and Director of Strategic Planning. From 1983 to 1986, Ms. Halle was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for Abell Communications, and Assistant Treasurer of A.S. Abell Company, the former parent company of The Baltimore Sun Company. Previously, from 1979 to 1983, Ms. Halle had been a Senior Management Consultant with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, now Deloitte & Touche, an international accounting and professional services firm. Ms. Halle currently serves on the Advisory Board for Stevenson University.

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James Kenigsberg , Director

James Kenigsberg has a 20-year track record in managing, advising, and consulting global education companies, across product, publishing, and technology solutions. He served as a founding Chief Technology Officer of 2U Inc, the world’s leading education technology company, where he was integral in starting and growing the company from a start-up to a global, publicly traded company, creating access to quality education for hundreds of thousands of people. 

While at 2U, Inc., James collaborated with some of the brightest and most creative minds in technology, education, and university systems to create an experience where learners thrive and unlock their full potential. In James’ previous role at The Princeton Review, he led technology and product development teams, creating and managing the company's award-winning products rooted in data, psychometrics, and artificial intelligence to help students achieve their best outcomes across some of the largest school districts in America. He was also formerly a part of technology and product development teams at Thomson Financial and Ogilvy & Mathers, as well as advisor to Udemy, Cloud Aware, Luvo Learning and others.

James currently advises, consults, and coaches numerous education and technology companies, including Andela, LearningMate, and Pearl.

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Dr. Barbara L. Kurshan , Director

Dr. Barbara (Bobbi) Kurshan is a leader in the fields of education technology, entrepreneurship, and investment in education. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Academic Innovation and a Senior Fellow in Education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania where she runs the Milken-GSE Business Plan Competition, chairs EDSi (Education Design Studio) and oversees the Master's in Education Entrepreneurship program. Previously, as the President of Educorp Consultants Corporation, she provided strategic consulting in the areas of education, technology and innovation; and as the Executive Vice President of WorldSage, a consortium of for-profit higher education institutions in the EU to address education for the 21st century; she created a global network of tertiary institutions in the EU. As the past Executive Director of Curriki she helped to build one of the most innovative and robust global open source education communities. Dr. Kurshan has previously served as the Co-CEO of Core Learning, an education investment fund, and the Chief Academic Officer of bigchalk. She currently serves on the Board of several education companies. Numerous publishing credits include topics that explore women’s attitudes toward technology, how kids learn using computers, OER, new ways of learning through understanding and innovation in education.

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Daniel Pianko , Director

Daniel Pianko is co-founder and managing director at University Ventures (UV). With over a decade of experience in the education industry, Daniel has built a reputation as a trusted education adviser and innovator in student finance, medical education, and postsecondary education. A frequent commentator on higher education, Daniel’s insights have been featured in national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, TechCrunch, Inside Higher Ed, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Daniel began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, and quickly became intrigued by the potential of leveraging private capital to establish the next generation of socially beneficial education companies. After leaving Goldman, Daniel invested in, founded, advised, or managed a number of education-related businesses that led to the creation of UV. Prior to founding UV, he established a student loan fund, served as chief of staff for the public/private investments in the Philadelphia School District, and worked as a hedge fund analyst.

He serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Board of Trustees of Harlem Village Academies.

Daniel graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, and holds a M.B.A. and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. He is the proud father of three children.

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William G. Robinson, Jr. , Director

William G. Robinson, Jr. is the President of Broadgate Human Capital, LLC. which is a management consulting firm aimed at value creation through excellence in human resources. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Sabre and was a key executive in taking the company public and also served as CHRO for Coventry Healthcare which was a $14B publicly traded healthcare insurance company.

William was a 20 year veteran of the General Electric Company and Senior Executive. As a member of GE’s HR Executive Council, he held large scope and global HR leadership roles in diverse industries including HR Head for the Enterprise Solutions division which was a $12B portfolio of 5 global stand-alone GE businesses. He serves on the Boards of American Public Education Inc., Clover Health, Must Ministries and the Wake Forest University Athletics Deacon Club.

He holds a MA in Human Resources Development from Bowie State University and a BA in Communications from Wake Forest University.

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Angela Selden , CEO, American Public Education, Inc., Member Board of Directors

Angela Selden was appointed Chief Executive Officer of American Public Education in September 2019. Ms. Selden brings more than 30 years of experience in technology and technology-enabled services, both within private-equity and publicly traded environments, and has deep experience executing business transformation initiatives for Fortune 500 clients. She was previously CEO and board member of DIGARC, a leading education technology provider to higher education institutions. Previous roles include CEO of Workforce Insight, a global, strategic workforce consulting, analytics and services company serving Fortune 100 clients, CEO and Executive Co-Chairman of Arise Virtual Solutions, a virtual workforce solutions outsourcer, and interim CEO of Skybridge Americas, a global contact center and provider of fulfillment solutions. Ms. Selden serves on the University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business Strategic Board of Governors and was honoured as the University's Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012. Ms. Selden currently serves as Chairman of DinerIQ and as a board member of TalentWave. Earlier in her career, Ms. Selden spent 18 years at Accenture, including serving as the Managing Partner, leading the North American Consumer and Industrial Products group to significant growth.

Ms. Selden graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN with a Bachelor of Arts in both Accounting and Computer Science.

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Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart , Director

Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart (Retired – USMC) is Chief Innovation and Business Intelligence Officer for Ankura, based in Washington, D.C. He is a results-oriented leader with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of cyberspace operations, intelligence, and counterintelligence. Lt. Gen. Stewart’s expertise is in developing high-performing teams and implementing innovative strategies, plans, and initiatives while driving process improvements to attain objectives and goals.

Before Ankura, during a military career that spanned for nearly four decades, Lt. Gen. Stewart served in many senior roles, including Deputy Commander of United States Cyber Command. He provided strategic leadership to more than 10,000 personnel executing the full spectrum of cyberspace operations, including securing the Department of Defense’s Information Network, which consisted of 3 million users in 140 countries across 15,000 networks and 6,000 physical locations. He planned and organized the Department of Defense’s efforts to secure the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources against malicious cyber threats. He also established policies and obtained authority for conducting cyberspace operations.

Before that, as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Stewart effectively managed a global organization of over 16,000 personnel operating in more than 100 countries, delivering intelligence on the military capabilities of potential adversaries. He provided intelligence briefings to the President of the United States and National Security staff regarding global emerging threats and opportunities, as well as regular global threat briefings to congress to inform policies and budget decisions impacting the Department of Defense. In this role, Vince also served as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on military intelligence-related matters.

Earlier, Lt. Gen. Stewart held the position of Commanding General, Marine Forces Cyberspace Command, where he was the principal cyber advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. In this role, he was responsible for the sustained operation and maintenance of the Marine Corps’ global information enterprise networks.

Lt. Gen. Stewart has also served as the Director of Intelligence, United States Marine Corps. In that role, he succeeded in initiating the Marine Corps Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISR-E) connecting over 10,000 intelligence professionals, providing real-time intelligence support to deployed operational commanders in utilizing all intelligence assets and keeping continuity on targets of interest and high level of expertise. Additionally, he defined and coordinated intelligence sharing activities with foreign partners.

Following his military service, Lt. Gen. Stewart founded and served as chief executive of Stewart Global Solutions, an international consulting company focused on cybersecurity, geopolitical intelligence, strategic planning and crisis management services.

Lt. Gen. Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, and has two master’s degrees from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. Additionally, he has completed executive development programs at Harvard University.