Tom Vander Ark

CEO + Partner

Rebecca Midles

Vice President of Learning Design

Nate McClennen

Vice President of Strategy + Innovation

Karen Vander Ark

CFO + Partner

Shawnee Caruthers

Director of Advocacy

Jessica Slusser

Senior Director of Impact

Jean Liu

Director of Strategy

Victoria Andrews

Director of Learning Design

Erik Day

Senior Manager of Learning Design

Mason Pashia

Creative Manager

Taylor Missal

Operations Manager

Ashley Ranan

Digital Content Manager

Britney Milton

Administrative Coordinator

Allison Brumley

Operations Associate

Abby Benedetto

Senior Fellow

Trace Pickering

Senior Fellow

Dr. Michael Conner

Senior Fellow

Advisory Board

The Getting Smart Advisory Board is a group of respected partners, friends, colleagues and activists who are focused on ensuring equity and inclusion as it relates to learning design, learning science and educational leadership. This indispensable group of advisors helps us to keep the most important parts of the work at the center of what we do. 

Byron Sanders

Big Thought

Corey Scholes

Kauffman Foundation

Edgar Palacios

Latinx Education Collaborative
Erick Tucker Advisory Board

Eric Tucker

Karla Phillips-Krivickas

Think Inclusion
Kelly Niccolls

Kelly Niccolls

Cheney Public Schools

Marion Smith Jr.

St. Louis Public Schools

Qiana Patterson

Tamaa Capital

Susan Enfield

Washoe County School District