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.

Co-­Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer
Susan Fine, PH.D. - Chief of Learner Development
Chief of Learner Development
Jason Schmidt Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of External Relations
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Vice President of Growth and Expansion
Vice President of Program Operations
Vice President of Technology

Board of Directors

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

Mike Bezos
Bezos Family Foundation

Palmina Fava
Paul Hastings LLP

Shavar Jeffries
National President
Democrats for Education Reform

Joshua Lewis
Founder and Managing Principal
Salmon River Capital


Paul Massey
Founding Partner & CEO
B6 Real Estate Advisors

Rob Stavis

Bessemer Venture Partners

Gideon Stein
Founder and CEO
LightSail Education

Jeff Wetzler

Sara Allan (observer)
Deputy Director
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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

Doug Borchard
Managing Director
New Profit Inc.

Anthony Bryk
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

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

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

Jeff Li
Math Teacher
KIPP Infinity Charter School

Ellen Moir
Founder and CEO
The New Teacher Center

Wes Moore
Robin Hood Foundation
Joe Negron
Managing Director of Middle School
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

Philip Uri Treisman, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin

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