Chair, CEO and President
Throughout her life and career, Jessie Woolley-Wilson has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. She believes that by supporting great teaching and learning, everyone wins: kids, families, communities and the world. Jessie has worked in the education technology space for nearly 20 years to support school and district leaders to improve learning and life outcomes for K-12 students.
Jessie joined DreamBox Learning® in 2010 as Chair, President, and CEO. The startup software company had pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ in 2006 and began partnering with schools soon after Jessie joined. Today, DreamBox serves nearly 3 million K-8 students and approximately 120,000 teachers. The company provided more than 350 million math lessons across the U.S. and Canada in 2017.
Jessie recently secured a $130 million investment in DreamBox from The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the K-12 division of LeapFrog Enterprises. Jessie also served in leadership positions at collegeboard.com, the interactive division of The College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.
Jessie supports the broader K12 industry by serving on the boards of several educational organizations including Rosetta Stone, Newsela, the Western Governors University Board of Trustees, and Ursuline Academy. She is also a board member for Boeing Employees Credit Union, Pacific Science Center, and The Bullitt Foundation. She has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, DENT and GeekWire Summit 2018.
Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for her work in transformative innovation in education and honored her as one of 2018’s Top 100 Influencers in EdTech. Seattle Business Magazine awarded Jessie the 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category and Forbes placed her on its “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor in education. The Puget Sound Business Journal honored Jessie as a “Woman of Influence” and 425 Magazine named her as one of eight “Unstoppable Eastside Women” for having a clear focus on the greater good. Additionally, The New York Times has profiled Jessie and her leadership style in their Corner Office column.
Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is also a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow and moderator for the Aspen Institute.
Managing Partner, Emerson Collective
As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.
Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.
Managing Partner, TPG Growth and The Rise Fund
Steve Ellis is a Managing Partner with TPG Growth and The Rise Fund. TPG Growth is the $13B global growth equity platform of TPG. In 2016, Mr. Ellis was among the group of partners who led the formation of the The Rise Fund, a $2.1B global impact fund managed by TPG Growth. In addition to managing global operations for the TPG Growth platform, Mr. Ellis leads the Portfolio Management and Business Acceleration teams across funds.
Prior to joining TPG, Mr. Ellis served as CEO of Asurion, the world’s leading provider of technology protection services, with over $6B in revenue and 16,000 employees. Before joining Asurion, Mr. Ellis served as CEO of Bain & Company from 2005 to 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, he was the Managing Partner for Bain’s West Coast offices and played several key leadership roles in the global TMT and Private Equity practices. Mr. Ellis joined Bain in 1993 from a Silicon Valley technology consulting firm he co-founded in 1989.
He serves on the boards of, the Charles Schwab Corporation, Everfi, Evolution Media, DreamBox Learning, Affinity Group and The Bridgespan Group. Mr. Ellis received a BA with honors in Economics and History from the University of California at Berkeley where he was an All-American on the National Championship Rugby team. He earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he is a regular guest lecturer.
Chief Operating Officer, Charter Growth Fund
Kevin has served as CEO of Charter School Growth Fund since 2009. Before joining Charter School Growth Fund, Kevin was chief operating officer of the Broad Foundation, where he led various aspects of the foundation’s grant investment strategy. Prior to Broad, he cofounded and led business development for Chancellor Beacon Academies, a manager of charter and private schools across the United States. Previously, he also ran a division of infoUSA and worked at McKinsey & Co., Goldman Sachs, and Teach for America. Kevin taught elementary school in central Los Angeles. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Swarthmore College.
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.
Partner and global Education Sector Lead, The Rise Fund
John Rogers is a Partner and the global Education Sector Lead for TPG’s $2.1 billion Rise Fund which is committed to achieving positive, measurable social and environmental outcomes alongside attractive financial returns. John joins the Rise Fund with nearly 20 years of experience investing in and building nearly two dozen companies in the education and healthcare sectors.
Most recently, John was a founding partner of Bridges Ventures’ U.S. Sustainable Growth Fund, where he helped to lead the development of Bridges’ U.S. investment strategy and led Bridges’ investment in Springboard Education. Prior to his work with Bridges, John was a Partner and Group Head for the Healthcare and Education Group at Gryphon Investors, where he led investments in Accelerated Rehabilitation, Delta Career Education, and Envision.
Before joining Gryphon, John was a Vice President at DB Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank’s principal investment arm, where he was an early investor in Sylvan Learning Centers, Strayer University, Concentra Health and Fresenius Medical Care. John began his career in the public and nonprofit sectors, leading the development of innovative economic development and public health programs for the City of Oakland and the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.
John currently serves on the Boards of DreamBox Learning, Digital House, Pivot Physical Therapy and GradGuru. He holds a BA in political science from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University. John recently completed a Doctorate in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on quantifying the impact of internship participation on the wages of community college graduates.