Board of Directors



Alan M. Garber

Alan M. Garber, co-chair

Provost, Harvard University

Alan M. Garber, M.D., Ph.D., is an edX board co-chair, Provost of Harvard University and the Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Harvard School of Public Health. Before becoming the Provost at Harvard, he was a professor of medicine and of economics at Stanford University, where he taught at the medical and business schools and directed the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research.
Martin A. Schmidt

Martin A. Schmidt, co-chair

Provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Martin A. Schmidt, S.M., Ph.D., is an edX board co-chair and Provost of MIT. A member of the MIT faculty since 1988, Provost Schmidt has been a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.  From 1999 to 2006, he served as the Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) at MIT, and Associate Provost from 2008 to 2013.  His teaching and research is in the areas of micro and nanofabrication of sensors, actuators and electronic devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), design of micromechanical sensors and actuators, and micro/nanofabrication technology.  He is the co-author of more than 80 journal publications and 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings.  He is also an inventor on more than 30 issued U.S. patents.
Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal

CEO, edX and Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works. Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement.  Additionally, he is a recipient of the Padma Shri award from the President of India and was named the Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate in 2018. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras. Anant's twitter handle is @agarwaledu.


Paul Alivisatos

Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost of the University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Paul Alivisatos is Executive Vice Chancellor Provost of the University of California, Berkeley and Director Emeritus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and. He is the Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and holds appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science. He is a founder of two prominent nanotechnology companies, Quantum Dot Corporation (now a division of Thermo Fisher), and Nanosys, Inc. Groundbreaking contributions to the fundamental physical chemistry of nanocrystals are the hallmarks of Dr. Alivisatos’s career. He has elucidated the principles that allow for size and shape- controlled synthesis of nanocrystals, and performed fundamental studies of their structural, thermodynamic, optical, and electrical properties. He demonstrated the application of colloidal quantum dots in light emission devices and in biological imaging. In recognition of these accomplishments, Dr. Alivisatos has been awarded the US National Medal of Science, the Dan David Prize, and the Wolf Prize in Chemistry.
Jeff Bussgang

Jeff Bussgang

General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

Jeff is a general partner at Flybridge, a venture capital firm in Boston and NYC, and leads the firm's edtech practice, including investments in codecademy, Next University, Open English and Valore. He also serves as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School (HBS) and teaches a class on entrepreneurship. In this capacity, he has co-authored twelve HBS cases and notes as well as a book, Mastering the VC Game, an insider’s guide to financing and company-building. Prior to Flybridge, Jeff was an entrepreneur, co-founding Upromise (a college savings loyalty program) and serving as an executive at Open Market. Prior to Open Market, Jeff was with the strategy consulting firm, BCG.

Jeff also serves as co-chairman of the board of educational non-profit, Facing History and Ourselves, and co-founder and chair of the progressive policy organization, The Alliance for Business Leadership. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University and an MBA from HBS.

Katherine Lapp

Katherine Lapp

Executive Vice President, Harvard University

Ms. Lapp oversees all aspects of the University’s financial, administrative, human resources, campus services, planning and project management, development in Allston, health services, information technology and diversity functions. Prior to this appointment, she served as Executive Vice President for Business Operations for the University of California; as Executive Director and CEO for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and as a distinguished attorney serving as New York State Director of Criminal Justice and Commissioner of the Criminal Justice Services Department and previously as New York City’s Criminal Justice Director. She received her B.A. in history from Fairfield University and her Law Degree from Hofstra University.

Israel Ruiz

Israel Ruiz

Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Israel Ruiz is the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT, and as such, he is the Institute’s chief fiduciary officer and is responsible for leading all of the administrative and financial functions at the Institute.  After earning a master’s degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Mr. Ruiz joined MIT just as MIT launched the pilot version of OpenCourseWare (OCW), publishing 50 courses online. As Vice President for Finance and co-chair of the Institute-wide Planning Task Force, he was instrumental in launching a group to further evaluate e-learning opportunities in 2010. The group envisioned a scalable educational platform for online educational offerings, leading to the launch of MITx in 2011 and edX in 2012. He is deeply committed to broadening access to education through online opportunities and to extending the MIT educational experience to more learners worldwide.

Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the first Director of Digital Learning at MIT. Before that he was Director of MIT’s collaboration with Singapore which lead to the establishment of the Singapore University of Design and Technology. Dr. Sarma co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems in 2008. He serves on the boards of several companies, including GS1US, Senaya, and ESSESS. Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has authored over 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research. He advises several national governments and global companies.
Michael Smith

Michael D. Smith

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Michael D. Smith, Ph.D., is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Smith leads Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences with a deep commitment to undergraduate teaching, to strengthening the faculty, and to research. A member of the Faculty since 1992, Smith is known for his innovative work on computing systems, particularly on issues involving a detailed knowledge of both the hardware and software in these sophisticated systems. Smith’s research interests include dynamic optimization, machine-specific and profile-driven compilation, high-performance computer architecture, and practical applications of security. He is also a leading figure in a range of interdisciplinary activities that explore the interplay of technology with other fields, from the life sciences to economics to philosophy to law.  
Alan Spoon

Alan Spoon

Partner, Polaris Partners, LLC

Since 2000, Alan has been a Partner at Polaris Partners, LLC (Managing General Partner 2000-2010), a diversified national venture capital firm with investments in information technology and life science enterprises. Previously, Alan was President of The Washington Post Company (Kaplan Education, The Washington Post, Newsweek, CableOne, and PostNewsweek Television). He was a member of the Post Company Board of Directors from 1991 to 2000. Alan has served on many for-profit boards including, IAC, Inc., Danaher Corporation, Getty Images and Human Genome Sciences. In his not-for-profit activities, Alan is a member of the MIT Corporation, and Regent Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution. Alan received S.B. and S.M. degrees in 1973 from MIT and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976.