Paul Goren

Paul Goren currently serves as the director of the Center for Education Efficacy, Excellence and Equity, and as chief strategy advisor and lecturer for the Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy. Between 2014-2019, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Evanston/Skokie (IL) School District 65, where he implemented early literacy curricular reforms, established

Frances Teso

Committed to serving historically underserved students, Frances Teso is the founder and CEO of Voices College-Bound Language Academies. She has worked as a university instructor, principal coach, school administrator, instructional facilitator, and dual immersion teacher. She is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  

Niket Desai

Niket Desai is a partner in PwC’s Health Industries Advisory (HIA) practice. His areas of specialization include strategic planning and delivery for business and IT initiatives using “new ways of working” by leveraging Lean-Agile principles. Niket holds a B.S. in computer engineering from NYU Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth

Chris Chang

Chris Chang is the Director of Product - Studio Innovation for Netflix. Prior to that, Mr. Chang worked as the Head of Shopping Content Ecosystem for Pinterest and as the Head of Buyer Product for Opendoor.  Chris holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and computer science as well as a master’s degree in computer science, all

Jennifer Cheatham, Ed.D.

Jennifer Cheatham is a distinguished education leader who brings a passionate commitment to racial equity and culturally responsive teaching, as well as dedication to continuous improvement and emergent learning aimed at results. Before assuming her posts at Harvard, Dr. Cheatham served for six and half years as the superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Jennifer Halsing

Jennifer Halsing is the Chief Financial Officer of Intermountain Infrastructure Group (IIG), which provides fiber optic cable infrastructure solutions and telecommunications services to enterprise customers. Jennifer is responsible for all aspects of financial reporting, tax, regulatory affairs, accounts receivable, accounts payable, budgeting, cash flow management, and human resources.   Prior to joining IIG, Jennifer was

Board Chair: Michael Hornsby

Michael Hornsby is a Customer Success Director at Salesforce. He works with global executives as a trusted advisor, striving to deliver maximum value to their businesses. Michael has 20 years of experience providing senior leaders with high value technical, operational and strategic advice. Prior to Salesforce, Michael spent 8 years in the Obama Administration. As

Kristin Chen

Kristin is the CEO of, the largest search and discovery platform for Discord, a platform for creating online communities.  Previously, Kristin was a director of product at SoundCloud, where she led a team of product managers focused on the strategy and development of products that fuel the creator-to-fan community experience. Prior to SoundCloud, she

Joyce Montgomery

Joyce Montgomery is the Chief Financial Officer of Summit Public Schools. She brings a passion for public education and expertise in finance, forecasting, and resourcing to the Partners in School Innovation board. Ms. Montgomery has more than 20 years’ experience in education finance, including eight years in charter school finance. Prior to joining Summit, Ms.