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Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Mark Beaudouin

Mark Beaudouin serves on the board of the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education.

In his professional life, Beaudouin leads a 14-person team focused on legal and regulatory matters at Waters, Inc., a $1.6 billion analytical instruments market leader. His long career in corporate legal matters includes time with Parexel, a clinical trials company; J Baker, a shoe company; and GenRad, a test equipment company. Beaudouin has long been a counselor to senior executives in the private sector in both the profit and non-profit arenas.

Beaudouin received his BA form Boston College and was the recipient of the John F. Norton Prize. He has an MLitt in international law and politics from Oxford University and is a graduate of Boston College Law School.

Tracy Epp

Tracy Epp serves on the board of the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education.

In her professional life, Tracy works with school systems, non-profits and philanthropists to improve and expand their impact on improving every students’ access to a high-quality education. She is an expert in college-ready teaching and learning, designing and leading effective school systems, and the design, delivery and scaling of programs. Her early clients include: Aspen Education, The Helmsley Charitable Trust, LEAD Public Schools and National Math and Science Initiative.

A first-generation college student herself, Tracy knows the role education plays in creating an equal opportunity for every child, regardless of race or family income. In nearly two decades in education, Tracy has seen the power of expectations. Whether in Brooklyn, NY where she served as the chief academic officer at Achievement First, or in south Texas, where she lead IDEA Public Schools’ flagship high school, it’s clear that children from anywhere can do anything when public schools fulfill their promise.

Tracy credits much of her success to her education at Case Western Reserve University (B.A.); University of Texas-Pan American (M.Ed); and The University of Texas at Austin (Ed.D). 

Jen Holleran

Jen Holleran is Executive Director of Startup: Education, Mark Zuckerburg's education foundation and sits on the board of the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education.

Ms. Holleran is presently focused on supporting Startup's first commitment of $100 million to reform the Newark public schools, and on developing the foundation's strategy more broadly. Ms. Holleran has spent two decades in education: She served as founding executive director of New Leaders for New Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area; she led school reform with the superintendent in Oakland Unified School District; she was a consultant for McKinsey & Company, and then independently for foundations focused on leadership in urban schools; and she started her career as a high school teacher and prinicpal. Ms. Holleran holds her MBA from Yale, and her BA and MEd from Harvard. She is an Aspen Institute fellow and is a trustee at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Tony Klemmer

Tony Klemmer received his Ph.D. in Humanities from Salve Regina University. His doctoral work focuses on Moral Coherence in the Modern World. He graduated from the Harvard Business School and has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the U. of Penn. Tony taught Production and Operations Management in the MBA program at Babson College, while helping develop entrepreneurship course materials there. He is a cum laude graduate of Portsmouth Abbey School, Portsmouth, RI.

Tony is the Founder and President of The Center for Better Schools and the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education currently focused on developing new programs of advanced teacher education for high performing K – 12 classroom teachers. He served as the Assistant Headmaster of Portsmouth Abbey School. Tony has participated in the start up and board level activities of a number of social enterprises. He helped found several high tech companies in the medical device, advanced materials and industrial automation industries. He developed distribution networks in Europe and ran Asian sales offices, serving as the Chief Marketing Officer of a $1.5 Billion public, multi-national technology company. Tony managed a successful marketing, strategic planning and investment consultancy and led the healthcare and life science practice at a Boston-based boutique investment bank. In 2010, Tony and The Center for Better Schools were named one of 47 Finalists from a field of over 500 applicants by the Kauffman Foundation as a Kauffman Education Venture Fellow. In 2011 Tony was named to the inaugural cohort of Pahara/Aspen Institute Teacher Leader Fellows and is a Pahara/Aspen Moderator.

Richard Nyankori

Richard Nyankori is the founder and CEO of SPEDx - a startup that explores data to attain the most extraordinary success for students with special needs - and serves on the Board of the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education.

Prior to founding SPEDx, Richard was the Executive Vice President of the international education consulting firm Insight Education Group and headed its award-winning product development team. He is the former Deputy Chancellor of Special Education for the Washington, DC Public Schools and is credited for vastly improving the provision of services for students with disabilities. Prior to his work with DCPS, Richard served as The New Teacher Project’s Director for Training and Certification.

Richard is faculty to some of the sector’s top leadership development programs including NAATE, the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship, and the Surge Fellowship. He serves as an advisor to Goalbook, Curriculum Associates, and IO Education. He is a founding board member of Educational Leaders of Color (EdLoC) and NewOrg, an Atlanta-area education impact investor, and the SWIFT Center. Richard began his career in education as a teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools as a Teach For America corps member (’93). He earned his PhD from the University of Maryland, an MS from McDaniel College, and a BA from Emory University.

Robert Walkingshaw

Rob Walkingshaw serves on the board of the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education.

After completing his mid-career Masters in Teaching at Harvard University, Rob taught all levels of high school mathematics during a ten-year career as a teacher at the Dana Hall School (Wellesley, MA). Before becoming a teacher, Walkingshaw was a financial service industry executive, having co-founded one of the Boston area's most successful venture capital firms (North Bridge Venture Partners) in the early 1990's. He also spent time at ABS Ventures, Morgan Stanley, and Salomon Brothers.

In addition to his teaching degree, Walkingshaw received his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and his AB in economics from Princeton University.

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