Team

Tom Vander Ark

CEO + Partner

Rebecca Midles

Vice President of Learning Design

Nate McClennen

Vice President of Strategy + Innovation

Karen Vander Ark

CFO + Partner

Rashawn “Shawnee” Caruthers

Director of Educator Engagement

Jessica Slusser

Senior Director of Impact

Erik Day

Strategy Manager

Mason Pashia

Creative Manager

Taylor Missal

Operations Manager

Ashley Ranan

Digital Content Coordinator
deion jordan educator in residence

Deion Jordan

Educator in Residence

Allison Brumley

Operations Associate

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

Brooklyn LAB Charter School

Karla Phillips-Krivickas

KnowledgeWorks
Kelly Niccolls

Kelly Niccolls

Coeur d’Alene School District

Susan Enfield

Highline School District