We Bring The Best Together

Combining the unabashedly innovative spirit of education technology with the academic rigor and excellence of one of the nation's top-ranked education schools, the Jefferson Education Accelerator aspires to bring transparency and a relentless focus on outcomes to evaluating and supporting the most promising education solutions.

Based in Virginia, with a nationwide focus, the Jefferson Education Accelerator will establish a network of educators, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors who believe in the potential of education technology, are dedicated to improving educational outcomes, and understand the rigors of testing implementations in the real-world.

The Jefferson Education Accelerator is committed to ensuring that its research and development program adheres to the highest standards of rigor, ethics, and transparency.  This means that academic researchers from universities nationwide will adhere to all applicable scientific review, conflict of interest, transparency rules, policies, and best practices when they perform research on the companies we work with.

And because we are an independent organization, any research performed by Curry School faculty is subject to the same standards for rigorous ethics and conflict policies that applies to all research and researchers.  Research conducted by Curry School faculty and researchers from universities nationwide will also be approved and overseen by an independent scientific advisory board to further ensure academic independence and the highest standards of integrity.

 

Who We Are

Bart Epstein

CEO, Managing Director
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Bart Epstein is the CEO of the Jefferson Education Accelerator and Managing Director of the Jefferson Education Fund.

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Todd Bloom, Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer
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Todd Bloom, Ph.D. is the Chief Academic Officer of the Jefferson Education Accelerator.
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Bob Pianta

Chairman, Board of Directors
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Robert Pianta, Ph.D. is dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.
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Bill Hansen

President & CEO USA Funds
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William D. ‘Bill’ Hansen has more than 30 years of experience in education at the kindergarten-12th grade and postsecondary levels.

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Bev Perdue

Board Member
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Bev Perdue was elected North Carolina’s 73rd governor in 2008, the first woman to serve as chief executive of the state.

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Paul Freedman

Board Member
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Paul is a founding partner and CEO of Entangled Ventures.

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Mark Pelesh

Executive Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, USA Funds
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Mark Pelesh is the USA Funds Executive Vice President.
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Peter Brooks

Managing Director and Co-Founder of CornerStone Partners
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Peter is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of CornerStone Partners LLC, a Charlottesville, Virginia based CIO firm.
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Jeff Boyd

Executive Director of the Curry School of Education Foundation
Jeff Boyd was named the executive director of the Curry School of Education Foundation in January 2014.
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Ben Wallerstein

Co-Founder & CEO, Whiteboard Advisors
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Ben Wallerstein is the co-founder of Whiteboard Advisors, a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm and publisher of Education Insider. For over a decade, he has advised the most transformative companies in education, and advised in conjunction with dozens of preK-12 and post secondary transactions.
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Mark Grovic

General Partner, New Markets Venture Partners
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Mark Grovic has invested in high growth education companies since 1992, and has been an award winning higher-ed instructor and administrator at UMD

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Ileen Warner

Vice President of Communication
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A graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Ileen has an extensive background in sales, marketing, and event management.

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Jennifer Jenkins

Project Director
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Jennifer has over 20 years of leadership experience working with businesses, universities and not-for-profit organizations.

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