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The essential question animating Jeff’s career -- whether in working with children, educators, or executives -- has always been: how can we create learning experiences that are deeper, more meaningful, and enduring?

Prior to co-founding Transcend, Jeff spent a decade in senior leadership roles at Teach For America, a national nonprofit dedicated to educational opportunity for all children.  For the majority of that time, Jeff served as EVP of Teacher Preparation, Support, and Development and Chief Learning Officer, where his teams focused on optimizing the training and ongoing support of TFA’s thousands of corps members nationally.  Before that, Jeff worked at Monitor Group, an international consulting firm, where he focused on adult and organizational development and created a technology product to extend the impact of learning experiences.

Jeff was a founding board member of Leadership Prep Charter Schools and currently serves on the boards of Uncommon Schools NYC, New Classrooms Innovation Partners, and the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education.  For the past two years, Jeff has also served as a design advisor to the Achievement First Greenfield School innovation project.

Jeff is a Fellow in the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  He earned a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, where his dissertation research examined how to apply design thinking to advance innovation in education systems.  Jeff earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Brown University, where he co-founded and taught extensively through Providence Science Outreach, a nonprofit that equips university students to do hands-on STEM projects with children in under-resourced schools.  During his time at Brown, Jeff also studied under Ted Sizer, whose beliefs about learning and school design profoundly shaped his worldview.

Jeff lives in New York with his wife and two kids, who constantly fuel his inspiration and urgency in this work.  More about Jeff's background, values and beliefs in this work can be found in this interview.