Board of Directors

Concord Consortium board members comprise a distinguished group of educators and business people, including the following:

Lauren Walters, Chair

Lawyer, Co-Founder and CEO of Two Degrees Food

Lauren Walters, a lifelong political activist and entrepreneur, is Co-Founder and CEO of Two Degrees Food. Walters is a San Francisco resident and former Chairman and Member of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee. He earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Georgetown University. He was a Fulbright Professional Scholar in Law and International Business. Walters has been in private law practice, worked with Arthur D. Little, Inc., and served as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget. He is a private investor in early state new media, technology, and biotechnology companies and provides management and strategic consulting to the private and public sectors. Walters has been a member of Concord Consortium's board since 2002.

Paulette Altmaier

High-tech executive and advisor

Paulette has extensive experience in the high-tech industry. Prior to turning her focus to education and ed tech, she held senior executive positions, responsible for business strategy and product development, in leading high-tech companies. She served as Executive Vice President at Juniper Networks, Vice President and General Manager at Cisco Systems where she was responsible for leading and innovating a $1.5B business, and Vice President in Dell’s Software Group. She currently serves as a board member and advisor to several ed tech companies and nonprofits.

Paulette earned a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering/Electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse. She holds three patents.

Kate Byrne

Chief Revenue Officer, NewCo

Kate has been a leader in digital media and social impact for over 25 years. Marrying her interest in technology and its ability to advance publishing and social good, she has a track record of successful launches for key brand initiatives at such well-known media outlets as Fast Company's Social Capitalist Awards, the Love Local movement and Visionary of the Year Awards of the San Francisco Chronicle/Gate, and the Momentum Platform at The Tides Foundation. As Chief Revenue Officer of NewCo, Byrne is launching a new social impact space dedicated to identifying, connecting, and celebrating the world's most transformative companies, leaders, and individuals dedicated to positive change.

Prior to her appointment at NewCo, Kate helped scale the 10-year-old global digital media platform as Interim COO and Chief Growth Officer at World Pulse where she used digital media to empower and train grassroots women leaders worldwide. She led the digital efforts for both the website and the digital magazine edition for Edutopia, the publication and website for the George Lucas Education Foundation. She continues to put her strategic planning and branding expertise to work in the social good space through her consulting practice. Kate serves as President of C-Change Media, a digital media platform for web communities devoted to graduate-level study in business, executive business, and law. She supports women's empowerment through Exceptional Women in Publishing and Global Girl Media, and is an active member of the Opportunity Collaboration collective and The Feast. In 2011, she was named to the Folio: 40, a media industry top honor, and recognized as one of the 40 most influential top industry performers. Kate graduated from Stanford with a BA in Psychology.

Goery Delacote

Chief Executive of At-Bristol in the U.K.

Goery is a retired professor of physics from the University of Paris who has spent a large part of his professional life on innovation in science education and promoting scientific culture. After initially doing research in solid-state physics applied to organic crystals, he created the interuniversity laboratory for doing research on science and technology learning and teaching under the auspices of the French Physical Society. He launched the French Science City for science and industry and took a director's position at CNRS, the French National Centre for Scientific Research where he developed the French National Library for Research. He also chaired the National Institute for Pedagogical Research. For 15 years, he served as head of the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Under his leadership, the Exploratorium was voted the best science centre in the world. He then moved back to Europe and transformed the Millennium Muséum At-Bristol into a sustainable science center now considered by its main founder, the Wellcome Trust, as the best science centre in the UK. He recently moved to Paris to develop a chain of small science centres across France. He is also chairing the Alliance Française of Paris Ile de France.

Diederich Framhein

International Investment Consultant based in Europe

Diederich Framhein is an International Investment Consultant based in Europe. A German national, he earned a law doctorate from the University of Cologne and an MBA at INSEAD. In 1969 he joined S.G. Warburg & Co., Ltd., the British investment bank, where he held senior positions in London and Paris related to international finance until 1998. Since then he has been associated with a corporate finance advisory firm in Paris. His special interests include biotechnology-related research. Framhein has been a member of Concord Consortium's Board of Directors since 2003.

Margaret Honey

President and CEO, New York Hall of Science

Dr. Margaret Honey is the President and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. Previously, she served as a Vice President of the Education Development Center and Director of EDC's Center for Children and Technology. Her doctoral studies in developmental psychology at Columbia University led to early involvement in the notable public television series 'The Voyage of the Mimi', and to continuing work using digital technologies to support children's learning across the disciplines of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Margaret Honey has led numerous innovative and successful education efforts involving the use of digital media, including the nationally recognized reform work in the Union City (NJ) school district. Dr. Honey has shared what she's learned before Congress, state legislatures, and federal panels, and through numerous articles, chapters, and books.

Kathy Hurley

Co-founder of Girls Thinking Global

Kathy Hurley is a 40-plus-year veteran of the education industry. Throughout her career, Kathy has served in top positions in both publishing and technology companies, including holding executive positions with Pearson and IBM. In December of 2014, Kathy retired from Pearson where she spent 10 years and served as Executive Vice President for Education Alliances for the Pearson Foundation. Kathy utilizes her expertise in education policy, sales, marketing, and business development to help further the work of top businesses, executive-level customers, associations, and foundations. In 2013, Kathy was selected as a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University for 2014. Upon completing the ALI at Harvard, Kathy co-founded a global nonprofit organization called Girls Thinking Global, which has as its mission to connect global change-makers to empower adolescent girls around the world. In April 2015, Kathy published her first book, Real Women, Real Leaders (Wiley), with co-editor, Priscilla Shumway. Kathy holds a B.A. in special education from the University of Dayton and a master's degree in education from Jersey City State College. She is a former New Jersey teacher.

Kim A. Kastens

Research Scientist and Research Professor, Columbia University

Kim's training and early career were in marine geology. About 20 years ago, she shifted her focus towards improving the public's understanding of the Earth and the environment, through training of environmental journalists, development of instructional materials, professional development for teachers, innovative use of information technology, and science of learning research. Her educational efforts have included developing the Where are We? software to help children learn to read maps, developing data puzzles to foster use of authentic geoscience data in high schools, and designing a series of professional development workshops to enhance the spatial thinking of high school Earth science teachers and students. Kim’s education research projects have investigated how children use maps while navigating, how high school Earth Science students learn from physical models, and how people visualize a 3-D geological structure from the limited information available from outcrops. For her work in geoscience education research and development, she received the Award for Excellence in Geophysical Education from the American Geophysical Union.

Kastens holds a bachelor's degree in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego. Since 1981, she has been a research scientist and research professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University; her current position is Special Research Scientist. In addition, from 2012 to 2014, she was a Distinguished Scholar at the Education Development Center, an education research and development nonprofit in Massachusetts.

Helen R. Quinn

Professor Emerita of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Helen Quinn is Professor Emerita of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in physics at Stanford in 1967. She has taught physics at both Harvard and Stanford. Dr. Quinn is an internationally recognized theoretical physicist who holds the Dirac Medal (from the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Italy), the Klein Medal (from The Swedish National Academy of Sciences and Stockholm University), the Sakurai Prize (from the American Physical Society), and the Compton Medal (from the American Institute of Physics, awarded once every four years). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Science, and the American Philosophical Society. She is a fellow and former president of the American Physical Society. She is originally from Australia and is an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia.

Dr. Quinn has been active in science education for many years. She served as Chair of the U.S. National Academy of Science Board on Science Education (BOSE) from 2009-2014. She served as a member of the BOSE study that developed the report "Taking Science to School" and chaired the committee for "A Framework for K-12 Science Education," which is the basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that have now been adopted by multiple states. She also contributed to follow-up NRC studies on assessment and implementation of NGSS. In 2015 Helen was appointed by the President of Ecuador as a member of the initial "Comision Gestora" to help guide the development of the National University of Education of Ecuador.

David H. Rose

Chief Education Officer, CAST

Dr. David Rose is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning. In 1984, Dr. Rose co-founded CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education, for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology and contemporary research in the cognitive neurosciences. That work has grown into a new field called Universal Design for Learning which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and beyond. Dr. Rose also teaches at Harvard's Graduate School of Education where he has been on the faculty for more than 25 years.

Dr. Rose is the author of several scholarly books, numerous award-winning educational technologies, and dozens of chapters and research journal articles. He has been the principal investigator on grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and many private foundations. Dr. Rose holds a B.A. in psychology from Harvard College, a master's in teaching from Reed College, and a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Lev Sviridov

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Director of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College,
City University of New York

Lev is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and the Director of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College of the City University of New York. In addition to these responsibilities, Lev serves on the boards of Human Rights First and the 21st Century Foundation for The City College of New York and on the selection panel for the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics in New York City Public High Schools. Elements of Lev’s life have been recorded in books such as How to Raise an American by Myrna Blyth and After Etan by Lisa Cohen.

Lev received his B.S. in Chemistry with minors in Physics and Mathematics from The City College of New York, CUNY and defended his D.Phil. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Robert Tinker

President Emeritus, The Concord Consortium

Robert Tinker has pioneered constructivist approaches to education, particularly novel uses of educational technology in science. He earned his Ph.D. in experimental low-temperature physics from MIT and learned about education on the job at a historically black college in the 1960's. In the '80's, he developed the idea of equipping computers with probes for real-time measurements and of using the network for collaborative student data sharing and investigations. In 1994, he started the Concord Consortium so he could concentrate on applications of technology to improve the quality of education. His early work at Concord pioneered applications of portable computers to education and the use of the Web for professional development and teaching. One of these early projects created the Virtual High School, which was spun out as an independent nonprofit that continues to be a trendsetter in online teaching. His current research includes educational applications of portable computers, the development and testing of computational models in education, and the development of “smart graphs” that are able to interact with students about important features of a graph. He is also involved in policy formation relating to educational technology and its role in improving STEM education worldwide. Tinker is the founder of Concord Consortium and chair of the Virtual High School.

Past Board Members

Richard Abrams

Sheldon Berman

Vivian Day

Natalie (Tally) Forbes

Greg Gunn

Sarah Haavind

Tom Hsu

Holly Jobe

Leon Lederman

Edith Mas

Pendred (Penny) Noyce

Chris Rogers

Larry Rosenstock

Greg Segal

Barbara Tinker

Anne Yeomans

Thomas Yeomans

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