Dr. Tyler S. Thigpen has worked in innovative district, private, and charter schools in Georgia, as well as national and regional nonprofits. Tyler is co-founder of The Forest School: An Acton Academy in south metro Atlanta, co-founder of MENTOR Georgia, co-founder of Transforming Teaching at Harvard, and summer instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Tyler is the former head of the upper school at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, a co-founder and former board member of Chattahoochee Hills Charter School in southwest Atlanta, and a former Spanish teacher in Gwinnett County, Ga., public schools. Earlier, Tyler worked as minister at the Grace family of churches and led international development in Peru in areas of healthcare, education, poverty reduction, infrastructure, and human rights.

At Transcend, Tyler has worked closely on projects such as nXu, Washington Leadership Academy, WhittleThe Academy Group, Brooklyn Steam Center, The Forest School, Art in Motion, Hebrew Public, Ednovate, Intrinsic, EL Education, and Teton Science's Place Network.

Tyler holds a doctoral degree in education leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a master of public administration from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a master of theological studies from Regent College of the University of British Columbia. Tyler lives with his four children in a new town in Georgia—Pinewood Forest.