Elisa Villanueva Beard
Elisa Villanueva Beard became the sole chief executive officer of Teach For America in 2015, after serving as the co-CEO alongside Matthew Kramer for two years. Prior to her role as CEO, she led Teach For America’s field operations as the chief operating officer. Elisa also returned to her hometown after teaching for three years as a 1998 Phoenix corps member to serve as the executive director of the Rio Grande Valley region. Under her leadership, Teach For America currently impacts more than 750,000 students in over 2,600 schools. Elisa has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from DePauw University.
Emma Bloomberg, founder and CEO of Murmuration, is fixated on filling gaps to ensure that organizations seeking to reduce inequality and improve outcomes for all kids through politics, advocacy and organizing have what they need to effect real, sustainable change. Murmuration, which she launched in 2014, provides sophisticated data and analytics, proprietary technology, strategic guidance, and programmatic support to help partners build political power and marshal support so necessary changes are made to improve our public schools. She previously served as chief of staff at the Robin Hood Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty in the five boroughs of New York City.
Emma sits on the boards of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, the KIPP Foundation, New Classrooms, and Leadership for Educational Equity. She is a graduate of Princeton University, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School, and lives in New York City.
Mike Buman is the executive director of Leadership for Educational Equity. Most recently, he was a partner in the New York office of the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., where he was a leader in the financial institutions practice focusing on insurance and asset management. He has also worked with many education organizations throughout New York City. Prior to McKinsey, Mike worked at Electronic Data Systems in software development. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and New York University Stern School of Business.
John B. King Jr.
John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. In tapping him to lead the U.S. Department of Education, President Obama called King “an exceptionally talented educator.” Before becoming education secretary, King served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, overseeing all policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, and innovation. King joined the department following his tenure as the first African American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State Education Commissioner. King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston, and as a middle school principal. King is a graduate of Harvard University; Teachers College, Columbia University; and Yale Law School.
Arthur Rock is Principal of Arthur Rock & Co. and was a partner in Davis & Rock from 1961 to 1968, both venture capital firms. He served as Chairman of the Board of Scientific Data Systems and a member of the board of directors of Teledyne Inc., Xerox, Argonaut Insurance, Apple Computer, AirTouch, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and Echelon Corporation. Arthur was a founder of Intel Corp. and served as chairman of the board, chairman of the executive committee and lead director. He founded the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Business School, and he and his wife Toni founded the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Arthur was co-founder and is president emeritus of The Basic Fund, which gives scholarships to inner-city children to attend K-8 private schools. He is also on the board of Teach For America and Children’s Scholarship Fund and an active funder of KIPP. Arthur received a bachelor’s in political science and finance from Syracuse University and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University.