Meet Our Leadership Team

New Classrooms is committed to an organizational culture that values imaginative thinking, superior execution, ongoing professional development, and open and purposeful collaboration. The individuals who make up the New Classrooms team possess a diverse set of talents. Our team possesses a collective 300+ years of teaching experience, and many of our leaders previously served in key roles in leading educational and technology-based organizations.

Joel Rose
Co-­Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chris Rush
Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer
Susan Fine, Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer
Beth Cohen
Vice President of External Relations
Jennifer Kohn
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Theresa Poprac
Vice President of Growth and Expansion
Christine Sargent
Vice President of Program Operations
Robert Swanwick
Vice President, Product Division
Jerry Wang
Vice President of Technology
Mark Williams
Vice President of School Partnerships

Board of Directors

Trey Beck
Former Managing Director
D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.

Mike Bezos
Bezos Family Foundation

Doug Borchard
Managing Director
New Profit Inc.

Jean-Claude Brizard
Partner and Vice President
Cross & Joftus

Palmina Fava
Paul Hastings LLP

Joshua Lewis
Founder and Managing Principal
Salmon River Capital

Gideon Stein
Founder and CEO
LightSail Education

Jeff Wetzler

Joel Rose and Chris Rush also serve on the Board of Directors.


Board of Advisors

Norman Atkins
Co-Founder and President
Relay Graduate School of Education

Anthony Bryk
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Tom Carroll
President Emeritus
National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

Chris Dede
Professor in Learning Technologies
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mike Feinberg

Susan Fuhrman
Teachers College, Columbia University

John Katzman
Chairman and Founder
Noodle Education
Former Chairman & Founder

Wendy Kopp
Teach For America
CEO and Co-Founder
Teach For All

David Levin

Ellen Moir
Founder and CEO
The New Teacher Center

Wes Moore
Author; CEO

Tom Payzant
Former Professor of Practice
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Former Superintendent
Boston Public Schools

Adam Pisoni
Founder and CEO
Always Be Learning

Doug Rohde
Engineering Manager and Education Community Liaison
Google Inc.

Richard Sarnoff
Senior Advisor

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap
Assistant to the President for Educational Issues
American Federation of Teachers

Tom Vander Ark
Getting Smart

Gene Wilhoit
Former Executive Director
Council of Chief State School Officers

Joe Wolf
Board of Directors
Clayton Christensen Institute