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Hal Friedlander

Hal Friedlander

Co-Founder and CEO

Prior to joining TEC, Hal was the Chief Information Officer at The New York City Department of Education, America's largest school district, encompassing over 1 million students, more than 100,000 employees, 1,800 schools and a $25 billion budget. While CIO, Hal worked with fellow school district leaders around the country who were battling a complex and unpredictable process of selecting and buying technology for their schools, a problem that often resulted in students and teachers failing to benefit from the devices and software purchased for their classrooms. He co-founded TEC to help solve that problem.

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Celina Morgan-Standard

Celina Morgan-Standard

Co-Founder and COO

Celina has a long history of working with edtech companies. Through her role as a strategic consultant with Tucker Capital and her role as the SVP of Digital Learning Solutions at the New York Academy of Sciences,  she learned first-hand the complexity of edtech procurement and the challenge facing companies selling in the US K-12 education market.  Celina brings her passion for edtech and problem-solving to TEC, and is dedicated to solving the challenges facing edtech procurement.

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Harold Levy

Harold Levy

TEC Board Chair

Harold is the executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. He is best known for having served as chancellor of the New York City school system, serving for three years beginning in 2000. Prior to working for the foundation, he headed the edtech investment practice of a venture capital firm and was special counsel to a special situations/distressed debt hedge fund. He also served as the executive vice president of Kaplan, Inc., where he created Kaplan University’s online School of Education, and was Director of Global Compliance and Associate General Counsel at Citigroup. Harold now leads the JKCF’s efforts to address the excellence gap by providing scholarships and educational opportunities to high-performing underserved students across the United States. Harold is committed to helping schools increase their return of investment in order to maximize student outcomes.

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Daniel Owens

Daniel Owens

Special Advisor and Member of the Board of Directors

Daniel Owens is a Partner at The Learning Accelerator. He has a wealth of experience in education, philanthropy, and business strategy. His work at TLA focuses on edtech device procurement, the TLA vision for blended learning, and leading The Partnership for LA Schools’ district-wide blended learning implementation.  Daniel has spent many years researching and understanding device purchasing, as well as helping districts purchase edtech devices better, faster, and cheaper.  He believes there is a high margin of savings in the multi-billion dollar edtech industry and that every dollar saved can be spent helping improve student learning.

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Susan Fuhrman

Susan Fuhrman

Board Member

Susan Fuhrman is the tenth President of Teachers College, Columbia University, joining the College in August 2006. She is the founding Director and Chair of the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), and served as President of the National Academy of Education. She previously served as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, where she was the school's George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education. Dr. Fuhrman received her bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Northwestern University in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in political science and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

 
Ipek Bakir

Ipek Bakir

Analyst

Ipek was most recently a member of the research team at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, where she conducted cost and efficiency analyses of educational programs, focusing on educational technology in K-12 classrooms. She has also provided cost-efficiency evaluations and consultation to a myriad of educational organizations and institutions in New York City. During her work, she has found a recurring need for a new, results-driven and straightforward approach to assessing the efficiency with which educational goals are addressed in program implementation. She joined TEC to help find a solution to this problem in the edtech market.   Ipek holds a Master’s in Economics and Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Urban Studies from Connecticut College.

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Funders

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation