President, CEO, and Board Chair
Jessie Woolley-Wilson is Chair, President, and CEO of DreamBox Learning®, Inc., the company that pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™—heralded as a “game changer” in the ed-tech sector by nationally renowned academic and technology experts. Jessie has nearly two decades of experience in K–12 e-learning and has held several leadership roles in prominent education companies.
Before joining DreamBox Learning, Jessie was President of Blackboard’s K–12 Group where she led the company’s growth for the virtual and blended online learning market. Prior to Blackboard, she was President of LeapFrog SchoolHouse where she established SchoolHouse as a leader in ed-tech and one of the fastest growing educational software producers in the U.S.; Jessie also held leadership positions at collegeboard.com, the interactive division of the College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.
As an ed-tech industry leader, Jessie serves on the boards of several educational organizations including the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Camelot Education, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Locally, she serves on the boards of IslandWood, an environmental learning center that connects children to the outdoors, and Seattle Venture Partners International. Jessie has also served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education, and has presented at TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, and DENT. She was awarded the 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category by Seattle Business magazine; she was also on the Forbes “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor of education, and was honored as a “Woman of Influence” by Puget Sound Business Journal for making an impact in the ed-tech industry.
Jessie has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in English from the University of Virginia. She is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Netflix
Reed co-founded Netflix in 1997 and led the successful growth of the company to over 10 million subscribers. Reed is an active educational philanthropist and board member of many non-profits. He was President of the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004. He has led successful statewide political campaigns for more charter public schools and easier passage of local school bonds. In addition, Reed is a founding member of NewSchools.org, Aspire Public Schools, Pacific Collegiate School, and EdVoice.net.
In March 2010, Barron’s included Reed among its 30 most respected CEOs of the year. Reed is also on the board of directors of Microsoft and Facebook. Earlier in his career, Reed founded Pure Software, which he built into one of the world’s 50 largest public software companies.
Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983 and an MSCS degree from Stanford University in 1988. He holds several patents. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland.
CEO and President, Charter School Growth Fund
Kevin has been CEO and President of Charter School Growth Fund since 2009. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Broad Foundation. Kevin is also a co-founder and former senior vice president of business development of Chancellor Beacon Academies, which manages public charter and private schools across the United States.
Earlier in his career, Kevin served as senior vice president of infoUSA, a publicly traded information services company, as well as held positions at McKinsey & Co., Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Teach for America. He has served as an elementary school teacher and as a teaching fellow at Harvard University.
Kevin received a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science and economics from Swarthmore College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
General Partner, Foundation Capital
Paul Holland joined Foundation Capital in 2002. Before joining Foundation Capital, Paul was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Kana Communications, a leading supplier of Enterprise Relationship Management solutions to strategic e-businesses. Paul built a team of over 350 people that secured more than 900 customers worldwide, helping Kana become one of the top ten IPOs of 1999.
Before Kana, Paul was a Vice President and General Manager for another highly successful start-up, Pure Software, helping raise its market value from $2 million to over $1 billion in his five-year tenure there. Pure had the second most successful IPO of 1995 and was later acquired by Rational Software. Paul began his professional career at SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute).
Paul currently serves on the board of directors for Averail, CalStar Products, Coverity, Inside View, and Serious Energy; is a board observer for Chegg and MobileIron; and was previously on the board of directors for Talking Blocks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), RouteScience (acquired by Avaya), TuVox (acquired by West) and Ketera (acquired by Rearden Commerce). Paul is also the former President of the board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists.
Paul received a BS from James Madison University, an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia; and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. Paul was the originator and co-executive producer of the highly acclaimed documentary on early days of the Silicon Valley called, “Something Ventured”.
Co-Founder and Partner, Owl Ventures
Tory Patterson is the Managing Partner of Owl Ventures. Tory is actively involved and serves on the board of directors of Newsela, MasteryConnect, PresenceLearning, EdSurge and LearnZillion.
Prior to founding Owl Ventures, Tory was a Partner at Catamount Ventures, a San Francisco based venture capital fund focused on mission-driven companies. While at Catamount, Tory advised several start-ups from the idea stage through launch, financing and commercialization. Tory was a key member of the team that incubated, supported and built Plum Organics, from early vision to becoming the world’s largest organic baby and kids’ food company, to eventual successful exit to Campbell’s. Tory founded and ran Catamount’s education investment practice where he led investments in leading education companies MasteryConnect, PresenceLearning, EdSurge, TenMarks (acquired by Amazon) Upworthy and Declara.
Tory earned a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.