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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach,
Chris received all three of his degrees at Stanford University, where he worked with John Eaton on his thesis, looking at particle motion in a boundary layer flow. From Stanford, he went to Tufts as a faculty member. His first sabbatical was spent at Harvard and a local kindergarten looking at methods of teaching engineering. He spent half a year in New Zealand on a Fulbright Scholarship looking at 3D reconstruction of flame fronts to estimate heat fluxes. In 2002-3 he was at Princeton as the Kenan Professor of Distinguished Teaching where he played with underwater robots, wind tunnels and LEGO bricks. In 2006-7, he spent the year at ETH in Zurich playing with very, very small robots and measuring the lift force on a fruit fly. He received the 2003 NSF Director's Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award for excellence in both teaching and research. His work in particle-laden flows led to the opportunity to fly aboard the NASA 0g experimental aircraft.
Chris was awarded the Carnegie Professor of the Year in Massachusetts in 1998 and is currently the director of the Center for Engineering Education Outreach. He talks with over 1000 teachers around the world every year on ways of bringing engineering into the younger grades. He has worked with LEGO to develop ROBOLAB, a robotic approach to learning science and math.
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.
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.
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 was General Manager of Tom Snyder Productions, a Scholastic Company. A veteran of the educational software industry, Rick Abrams guided the growth of Tom Snyder Productions from a start-up company into one of the leading educational software publishers in the K-12 market. He was a member of the Education Section board of the Software & Information Industry Association and a board member of Educators for Social Responsibility. He was also a corporation member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Abrams graduated from Colby College. Abrams was a board member of Concord Consortium's Board of Directors from 1997 to 2014.
Sheldon Berman is a founding member of the Concord Consortium Board. He is currently Superintendent of Schools in Eugene, OR. He previously served as the Superintendent of the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY, from 2007 to 2011, and as the Superintendent of the Hudson (MA) Public Schools for 14 years. He collaborated with the Concord Consortium on the Virtual High School project, which continues as the VHS Collaborative.
Natalie (Tally) Forbes is a founding member of the Concord Consortium Board. She served as the Vice President of Education and Development and the Vice President of Development at the Earthwatch Institute, which engages people in scientific research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Before her position at the Earthwatch Institute, Ms. Forbes was the Director of Alumni Relations at Milton Academy and has volunteered for countless programs.
Greg Gunn is an Entrepreneur in Residence at City Light. In 2000, he co-founded Wireless Generation, a leading educational software company serving more than three million children with groundbreaking assessment and instruction products. Mr. Gunn had previously served as Product Manager for InterDimensions; as Product Manager for Clique.com; and as an associate at the Carlyle Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago and an MBA and Master’s in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Gunn also attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He serves on the boards of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Oliver Program.
Sarah Haavind is a founding member of the Concord Consortium Board. Dr. Haavind teaches online courses for elementary and middle school teachers seeking their master’s degrees and wishing to improve their science teaching. Her background is in K-12 curriculum design and professional development for NSF-funded science and mathematics curricula at TERC, BBN and the Concord Consortium, as well as for academic units using the SCANS skills for the Ford Foundation. She co-authored Facilitating Online Learning: Effective Strategies for Moderators.
Tom Hsu is a Co-Founder of Ergopedia, Inc., and serves as its President. Dr. Hsu was the Founder and President of CPO Science (formerly Cambridge Physics Outlet) until 2002. He is nationally known as an innovator in science equipment, curriculum and teacher training. He is the author of six published middle and high school science programs in physics, chemistry and physical science. He was nominated for the Goodwin medal for excellence in teaching at MIT. Dr. Hsu holds a Ph.D. in Applied Plasma Physics from MIT and a B.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Holly Jobe has been involved in all levels of education. Her interests are educational leadership and the role of educational technology in reforming education and engaging students in taking responsibility for learning. From 2006 to June 2011, she served as the project manager for the Classrooms for the Future high school reform program at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Prior to that appointment, Jobe served as a technology specialist and supervisor before becoming the director of the technology program at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (PA).
Jobe began her career as a second grade English teacher in Beirut, Lebanon, and is interested in helping educators connect with colleagues around the globe. She has participated in several international projects, conferences and exchanges. Jobe currently serves as president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) board and is an educational technology consultant.
Leon Lederman is an American physicist who, along with Melvin Schwartz and Jack Steinberger, received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1988 for their joint research on neutrinos. He is Director Emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, IL. Dr. Lederman founded the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, in Aurora, IL, in 1986, and has served as Resident Scholar since 1998. He has championed the "Physics First" high school science curriculum sequence as far more logical for modern science than the traditional biology-chemistry-physics sequence.
Pendred (Penny) Noyce is a trustee of the Noyce Foundation, which supports improvements in public education, particularly in science and mathematics. Trained as a physician specializing in internal medicine, Dr. Noyce has been active for 20 years in supporting math and science education in Massachusetts. She served as a Co-PI of the NSF-funded Massachusetts State Systemic Initiative, PALMS. Dr. Noyce was appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in October 2012. She currently serves on a number of nonprofit boards and chairs the Rennie Center for Education Policy and Research. She is the author of children’s fantasy books and has started her own company combining science activities with science mystery books.
Larry Rosenstock is the chief executive officer and founding principal of High Tech High, a network of innovative and high-achieving charter schools that emphasize student projects, real-world problem-solving assignments and internships with local businesses and community organizations. Launched as a single school, High Tech High has evolved into an integrated network of nine schools spanning grades K-12 and a Graduate School of Education. An influential voice in the national discussion of school reform, Mr. Rosenstock is an advocate of small, innovative schools or small learning communities within large urban schools. He is a winner of the Ford Foundation Innovations in State and Local Government Award, the 2010 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, and is an Ashoka Fellow. In addition to a law degree, he holds a B. A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. from Cambridge College.
Greg Segal is Director of External and Government Relations for Rethink Education. Greg has long been active in both education investing and education policy. Most recently, he served as the Director of External and Government Relations for Rethink Education, a NY-based venture capital fund focused on early stage education technologies. Greg has a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and holds post-graduate business certificates at Columbia University and NYU. Previously, Greg worked as a reporter for ESPN Magazine and ESPN Books. He is also a member of President Obama's National Finance Committee.
Following his father's heart transplant, Greg founded Organize, a non-profit organization focused on holistic solutions to solve the organ shortage problem, where he still serves at Executive Director and remains a passionate advocate for organ donation awareness.
Barbara Tinker is a founding member of the Concord Consortium Board. She is a psychologist with over 12 years of clinical experience and an interest in cognitive science. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Previously she developed curriculum and provided community support to teachers as part of the Global Laboratory Project at TERC.
Anne Yeomans is a founding member of the Concord Consortium Board. She has been involved in the Women's Well since it began in 1994 as part of The Interface Foundation. She is one of its founders and helped design and facilitate its program in Women's Spirituality. She has been a psychotherapist and group facilitator for over 40 years, and currently has an office in Shelburne Falls, MA. The roots of her psychotherapy practice are in Psychosynthesis and Spiritual Psychology. Ms. Yeomans has also trained in authentic movement and is interested in embodied spirituality.
Thomas Yeomans is a founding member of the Concord Consortium Board. He is the founder and director of The Concord Institute. His background includes education at Harvard (B.A.), Oxford (M.A.), and the University of California (Ph.D.) and professional work in the fields of literature, education and psychology. Since 1970 he has worked as a psychotherapist, teacher and trainer of professionals in Psychosynthesis and, more recently, Spiritual Psychology throughout North America and in Europe and Russia. He has developed a theory and practice of group work within a spiritual context, which he uses in training and consulting to organizations.