Board Chair Esther Wojcicki
Esther Wojcicki has taught Journalism and English at Palo Alto High School for the past 25 years, where she has been the driving force behind the development of its award-winning journalism program — now the largest in the nation.
She has been recognized with multiple awards, including the 1990 Northern California Journalism teacher of the year, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing 2002 California Teacher of the Year, and the 2009 Columbia University Scholastic Press Association Gold Key Award.
Esther has also served on the University of California Office of the President Curriculum Committee, where she helped revise the beginning and advanced journalism curriculum for the state of California. In 2005–2006, she worked as the Google educational consultant and helped design the Google Teacher Outreach program, which includes the Google Educators website, as well as the Google Teacher Academy.
She is a consultant for Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Esther also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Creative Commons, and is a strong advocate of Open Education Resources and Creative Commons licensing.
Neal Baer, Executive Producer, CBS
Dr. Neal Baer is a pediatrician and television writer who combines his passion for medicine and storytelling to challenge audiences’ views on a spectrum of social and political topics. He is currently serving as Executive Producer for the upcoming CBS miniseries Under the Dome. Prior to this, Neal was Executive Producer of the CBS drama A Gifted Man, NBC’s Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which received six Emmys and a Golden Globe for acting, and Executive Producer of the NBC hit series ER, where he received five Emmy nominations as a producer and two for writing.
Neal graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. His primary medical interests are in adolescent health. He has written extensively about health issues for Scholastic Magazine, covering such topics as teen pregnancy, AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse and nutrition. He has also taught elementary school in Colorado and worked as a research associate at USC Medical School, where he focused on drug and alcohol abuse prevention.
Bob Hughes, New Visions for New Schools
Robert L. Hughes was appointed president of New Visions in September 2000. Under his leadership, New Visions has created 99 district and 4 charter public schools in New York City, provided mentoring services to hundreds of new principals, developed school-based certification programs for teachers and principals, and created an inquiry process now in use in 1,500 New York City public schools. New Visions currently is a partnership support organization providing direct support to 73 schools serving almost 40,000 students.
Hughes, an attorney, has worked on public education issues for his entire career. He served as co-counsel in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. The State of New York, challenging the constitutionality of the New York State’s educational finance system. Plaintiffs prevailed and secured a $5 billion remedial decree for operating aid and a $13.5 billion decree for capital construction for the New York City public school system.
Hughes received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Stanford Law School where he was a Skadden Fellow. He clerked for the Hon. Shirley Abrahamson, (now chief) justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He has authored articles on public education for The New York Times, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Yale Law & Policy Review, and the Connecticut Law Review. He served as chair of the Committee on Education and the Law at the Association of the Bar of City of New York and chair of the board for Advocates for Children of New York, where he was previously deputy director. He currently serves on the Fund For Teachers Board of Directors.
B.J. Fogg, PhD
BJ Fogg directs the Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford, where he teaches behavior design. A psychologist and innovator, he devotes at least half of his time to industry projects. His work empowers people to think clearly about the psychology of persuasion and then to convert those insights into real-world outcomes.
BJ has created a new model of human behavior change, which guides research and design in the real world. He is the author of Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do, a book that explains how computers can motivate and influence people. Fortune Magazine has selected Fogg as a ‘New Guru You Should Know.’
Joshua Kaufman • Venable Attorneys at Law
Joshua Kaufman is a partner at Venable LLP and chair of their Copyright and Licensing Group. He has a national litigation and transactional practice concentrating on media, entertainment, copyright, trademark, trade secrets, art, internet and e-commerce law. He has successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, has several appellate court cases and dozens of U.S. District court cases. He is a frequent public speaker and published author. He has co-authored four books and has over 200 articles on related IP topics. He is also an Adjunct Professor at American University Law School.
William Kelly • Independent Consultant
William Kelly is the founder of Learning.com and is currently acting as an independent consultant to early-stage companies in the education and health care industries. Bill has been recognized as a leading innovator in the educational technology industry as well as a leading advocate for education in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Bill served on the Software & Information Industry Association Education Division board, and has spoken at several events.
He has also been recognized by his local business community, including being named to “40 under 40” by the Portland Business Journal. Bill is on the board of the Portland Schools Foundation, and has served on several ad hoc committees and task forces for Portland Public Schools.
Andrew Klaber • Paulson & Company / Orphans Against AIDS
Andrew Klaber is the president and founder of Orphans Against AIDS, an international non-profit organization that annually provides more than 600 children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS with academic support, basic health care, and nutrition. He is also an investment professional at Paulson & Company, a multi-strategy hedge fund in New York.
Andrew was invited to the White House to receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award, served with the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Orphaned and Vulnerable Children, and — at 26 years old — presented Orphans Against AIDS at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Andrew is a graduate of Yale College, Oxford University (Marshall Scholar), and Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. He lives in New York City.
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