Bart Epstein is the CEO of the Jefferson Education Accelerator and Managing Director of the Jefferson Education Fund.
Bart has been building, operating, and advising high growth companies for more than twenty years. Most recently he helped build Tutor.com into the world’s largest online tutoring and homework help service, serving along the way as its Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Chief Strategy Officer, and as General Manager of the popular "Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families" program that continues to provide tutoring to every child with a parent serving in the U.S. Military.
In his capacity leading Tutor.com’s Strategy and M&A functions, Bart evaluated scores of potential acquisitions, helped raise millions of dollars of venture capital, built new business lines, established mutually profitable partnerships, and was instrumental in the 2012 sale of Tutor.com to (and successful integration into) IAC/InterActive Corp.
Shortly before Bart departed to launch the Jefferson Education Companies, Tutor.com announced its purchase of The Princeton Review – the iconic education company that Bart was involved with more than twenty years ago when he served both as a Master Teacher and as its Director of Field Operations, traveling the country to open and support programs in more than a dozen cities.
For many years Bart has advised, served on the board, and/or owned stakes in a variety of startup and growth-stage education and technology companies. He has mentored or coached scores of founders and growing companies through his work with the Grubstakes Breakfast, as a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University MBA program, in his ongoing work as a mentor and judge for the Startup Weekend EDU program, and in his current capacity as a Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. Bart shares his insight on education as an EdSurge Contributing Editor.
Prior to joining Tutor.com, Bart was a corporate attorney at one of the largest law firms in the world. In his years at Latham & Watkins, Bart helped companies negotiate, structure, perform diligence, and close numerous mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial joint ventures, licensing arrangements, and asset purchase agreements – including the $6.6B sale of DIRECTV from General Motors to News Corporation.
Bart received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he founded the campus television station and created his own major to examine the intertwined issues of capital formation, social justice, and the welfare system as seen through the lenses of economics, history, sociology, statistics, political science, and his original field research. Bart received his J.D. from University of Virginia, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review, and was named a John M. Olin Scholar for Law & Economics.
In addition to serving as a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, Bart is President of Gifts for the Homeless, a charity that operates with remarkable efficiency and effectiveness. Relying completely on several hundred volunteers and using 100% of public donations to purchase clothing and blankets, it provides over one million dollars’ worth of clothing and blankets for dozens of homeless shelters in the Washington D.C. area annually.