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Our Team

We’re connected with the brightest stars in the dynamic Digital Learning space.

Our balanced and accomplished team brings expertise across the learning innovation spectrum—entrepreneurs and operators, academic leaders, investors and bankers, technologists, and policymakers, plus marquee enterprise relationships.

With our expansive network and visibility around the globe, we’re ready to take one of EdTech’s private stars and turbocharge its growth and influence with our deep domain knowledge and public market muscle.

The Preferred Partnership with Class Acceleration:

  • Board of Directors-level talent & coaching
  • Access to global markets & strategic alliances
  • Focus on driving long-term value

Board of Directors

Michael T. Moe

Chief Executive Officer & Director

Michael Moe

Michael is the founder and CEO of GSV Asset Management (GSV), a growth-focused investment platform based in Silicon Valley which he founded in 2010. He serves as an advisor as well as Investment Committee member of GSV Ventures, a fund investing in the emerging education technology sector. GSV Ventures has invested in companies such as Coursera, Course Hero, Photomath, and Guild Education. He is also co-founder of the ASU+GSV Summit, a leading education conference. // Prior to GSV, from June 2001 to September 2008, Michael was the co-founder and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners LLC, a growth-focused investment firm. From 1998 to 2001, he was head of global growth research at Merrill Lynch and was voted to the Institutional All American Research Team as well as named “Best on the Street” by the Wall Street Journal. // He is a board member at SharesPost, Whittle Schools, OZY Media, BookClub.com, a board observer at Coursera and Class Dojo, and an advisor to TAL Education Group and Arizona State University. Since 2020, Michael has also served as chairman of the Center for Education. Michael is the founder of GSV Bootcamp and GSV MBA, an accredited graduate program for entrepreneurs. // Michael has authored three books: Finding the Next Starbucks, The Global Silicon Valley Handbook, and The Mission Corporation (co-authored with a business partner). He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Minnesota, and also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. // We believe that Michael Moe is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive investment and advisory experience.

Michael T. Moe

Chief Executive Officer & Director

Michael Moe

Robert Daugherty

Co-Executive Chairman & Director

Robert Daugherty

Since September 2015, Bob Daugherty has served as dean of the Forbes School of Business & Technology (FSTB). He is responsible for defining FSTB’s strategic priorities and for providing the resources and management to pursue them. // Since 2000, Bob has served as a member of the investment committee for Hudson Pacific Group, a multi-family office focused on value oriented, growth investing. From May 2010 to December 2011, he served as CEO of the Jack Welch Management Institute. From January 2002 to March 2010, he was a managing director at Knowledge Investment Partners Education Company LLC, an investment management firm focused on the education sector. Between August 2013 and December 2018, Bob served a five-year term as a Fulbright Scholar Specialist, a program funded by the U.S. State Department with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. He also writes a regular column for Forbes China on investing, education and leadership. // Bob holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, an M.Phil in Management from the University of Cambridge and an MALS in American Studies from Columbia University. // We believe that Bob Daugherty is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive investment and private equity experience.

Robert Daugherty

Co-Executive Chairman & Director

Robert Daugherty

Joseph Parsons

Co-Executive Chairman & Director

Joseph Parsons

Since January 2015, Joe has served as a managing member of 1913 Ventures LLC, a private investment firm. Between March 2010 and January 2014, he served as a member of the management committee and as an advisor to Bridgewater Associates, where he was a leader in the transition from a founder led organization to an institutional quality enterprise, with specific focus on the recruitment of key talent and the transformation of existing business functions. // Previously, between 1997 and 2010, Joe served in multiple roles at GE, including as CEO of four business units at GE Capital (GE Global Investment Management; GE Real Estate/Americas; GE Private Equity; and GE e-Business). Earlier in his career, he held leadership roles at Merrill Lynch, KPMG and Sovereign National Management, advising and structuring transformative acquisitions, leading integration activities and building high performance teams. Joe’s board experience includes serving as a director of both public and private companies including KnowledgeShares.Org, Regency Centers Corp. (NYSE: REG), Wine.com and MetaProp NYC (since January 2019). He also worked frequently with the GE Capital board of directors while at GE. Additionally, he sits on the University of Connecticut’s Foundation board of directors. // Joe holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut School of Business and an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. // We believe that Joe Parsons’ experience makes us well suited to identify, source, negotiate, and execute an initial business combination.

Joseph Parsons

Co-Executive Chairman & Director

Joseph Parsons

Joy Chen

Director

Joy Chen

Since February 2017, Joy has served as the U.S. chief investment officer and executive advisor at TAL, supporting TAL’s U.S. investments, business development and strategic partnership development. She was the founder and advisor for FirstLeap Future Leaders Institute, which she founded in April 2008 and was acquired by TAL Education Group (TAL) in August 2015. In September 2015, she started Joy Education, which produced videos of interviews with U.S. teenagers, educators, young entrepreneurs, successful businessmen and businesswomen, community leaders and others to assist the next generation of future entrepreneurs and leaders. She has served as a limited partner at two early-stage ventures in the China education industry: Blue Elephant Capital (since 2016), as well as EdBeta fund (since 2019). Earlier in her career, she worked for Ernst & Young and Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft and Verizon. Joy holds her M.A. from the Indiana University School of Education, and she attended an executive education program at Stanford University in 2015. She is also an author, having published three books, and is a columnist for three magazines. Her writing focuses on parenting and education.

Joy Chen

Director

Joy Chen

Lev Gonick

Director

Lev Gonick

Since 2017, Lev has served as chief information officer of Arizona State University. Between 2013 and 2017, he served as CEO of OneCommunity, a non-profit organization that accelerates the use of information technology in Northeast Ohio. From 2016 to 2017 he also served as CEO of DigitalC, a civic technology collaboration that advances technology innovation and data for community benefit. Between 2001 and 2013, Lev served in multiple roles for California State University, Long Beach, including as vice president for information technology, chief information officer and professor of integrated science and technology. He also serves on the board of directors of ClassEDU (since 2020), State of Arizona Information Technology Advisory Committee (since 2019), Luminance/Magnum (since 2016), Coalition for Local Internet Choice (since 2015) and US Ignite (since 2013). Lev holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from York University, Toronto, an M.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Ohio State University.

Lev Gonick

Director

Lev Gonick

James Runcie

Director

James Runcie

Since 2017, James has served as the CEO and co-founder of the Education Finance Institute (EFI), a non-profit organization committed to supporting social mobility through the strengthening of post-secondary institutions that serve low-income, first generation and under-resourced students and families. Between 2009 and 2017, he served as the chief operating officer of Federal Student Aid (FSA), having been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Earlier in his career, between 1991 and 2009, he worked in investment banking at major domestic and international financial institutions including UBS, Bank of America and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. James has served on several non-profit boards relating to education or youth development. He is a current board member of the Student Freedom Initiative and local community serving organizations. He is also an investment committee member of the College Board. James holds an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Mathematics from the College of Holy Cross.

James Runcie

Director

James Runcie

Rachael Jarosh

Director

Rachael Jarosh

Since 2016, Rachael has served as president and CEO of Enactus, a non-profit experiential learning platform dedicated to developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. Previously, between 2013 and 2016, she founded and operated Isles Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm focused on working with philanthropic organizations. Earlier in her career, she held roles as president of the foundation at Pentair plc, where she also led global marketing and communications, a senior counselor in the corporate practice at Carmichael Lynch Spong, as well as an investor relations officer at Supervalu, Inc. (now UNFI), and she also worked in investment research and banking. Rachael began her career as an attorney in 1991. Since 2020, She has served on the board of directors of Lifetime Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: LCUT).

Rachael Jarosh

Director

Rachael Jarosh

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