Board of Directors
Alan M. Garber, co-chair
Provost, Harvard University
Martin A. Schmidt, co-chair
Provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras. Anant's twitter handle is @agarwaledu.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President for Open Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael D. Smith
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Partner, Polaris Partners, LLC
Nicholas B. Dirks
Chancellor, the University of California, Berkeley
Nicholas B. Dirks, M.A., Ph.D., became the 10th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on June 1, 2013. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his commitment to and advocacy for accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, to the globalization of the university, and to innovation across the disciplines as well as in applied and basic fields. Before coming to Berkeley, he was the Executive Vice President for the Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty at Columbia University, where, in addition to his work on behalf of undergraduate programs, he improved and diversified the faculty, putting special emphasis on interdisciplinary and international initiatives. Dirks has held numerous fellowships and scholarships and received several scholarly honors, including a MacArthur Foundation residential fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lionel Trilling Award for his book Castes of Mind.