Lynne has served as CEO, president, and executive director since its founding in 2007. In nine years Lynne has made Great Minds an influential advocate for the liberal arts and sciences and a noted provider of CCSS-based curriculum tools. Research at Great Minds has launched widespread public discussions over the narrowing of the curriculum.
Lynne was deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from 2001–2005, overseeing all agency operations. NEH is an independent agency of the federal government that funds scholarly and public projects in the humanities. Lynne was the architect of “Picturing America,” the most successful public humanities project in NEH history. The project put more than 75,000 sets of fine art images and teaching guides into libraries, K-12 classrooms, and Head Start centers. In 2005 Lynne led the first post-conflict United States government delegation to Afghanistan to deal with issues of cultural reconstruction. In 2004, she represented the United States at UNESCO meetings in Australia and Japan, where she helped to negotiate guidelines for cross-border higher education.
From 1993–2001 Lynne was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where she wrote Exhibitionism: Art in an Era of Intolerance (Ivan R. Dee, 2000), a book examining the evolution of art institutions and art education. Lynne served as a research assistant to NEH Chairman Lynne Cheney from 1990-1993. Lynne has written on contemporary cultural and educational issues for numerous national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Inside Higher Education, and NRO.com’s The Corner. She has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, CNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR and speaks to scholarly and public audiences. She serves on the advisory board for the Pioneer Institute’s Center for School Reform. Her degree in art history is from Northwestern University.
Andrew graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in modern European history and lives in San Francisco with his wife, son, and daughter.
Andrea comes to us from FLG Partners, a financial consulting and advisory practice of experienced CFOs based out of San Francisco. She has more than 15 years of senior management experience as a CFO. In her roles working for a media company and a Fintech company in the health and wellness space, Andrea has had finance, accounting, IT, operations, and customer service teams report to her. She has a strong focus in strategy and finance as well as significant transactional experience.
Andrea resides in the Bay Area with her family. She earned an AB in economics from Cornell University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.
Before joining Great Minds, Karen served as Executive VP and Chief Development Officer at ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education. She led the efforts to affect the company’s growth strategies. Karen was recruited to help build a national sales and marketing function and team from the ground up. In addition to leading the business development team, her role also encompasses the functions of government relations and community outreach. Karen was part of the founding team to hire and train a geographically diverse team of seven Vice Presidents of Business Development targeting ChanceLight’s two areas of business – Spectrum and Ombudsman Educational Services. She taught consultative selling of services, developed sales collateral, established systems, and protocol for developing and maximizing client relationships, and established set operations. She incorporates a two-pronged approach, 1) establish the communication venues that drive new business development, and 2) trains VPs to educate clients (educators) as to their role in program success and their own bottom line growth.
Karen currently serves on Board of Trustees of the Colorado Education Initiative, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to accelerating educational improvement and innovation across Colorado. She has been an elementary and middle school teacher and a principal. She received her Bachelor of Science and her Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Southern California and her Masters of Arts from California State University, Fullerton.
Julie leads a dynamic sales team that is fulfilling the growing demand from districts nationwide for Eureka Math and Wit & Wisdom. With more than 15 years of experience serving K-12 educators, Julie will ensure schools have the materials, professional development resources and support they need to be successful. Prior to joining Great Minds, Julie was Head of Sales for Motion Math. She also led the sales team at Archipelago Learning (now Edmentum) for more than 10 years and was instrumental in rolling out Study Island, Archipelago’s core product line, to more than 22,000 schools across the U.S. and Canada. Julie’s deep knowledge and understanding of schools and districts provides important expertise as the organization continues to grow. She received an English degree from the University of Michigan.
David leads initiatives aimed at achieving operational excellence across the enterprise. He guides the work of Vendor, Fulfillment and Inventory Management, Sales Operations, and Production Services teams to ensure our school, district and educator partners’ implementation experience with Great Minds’ curricula is successful. He has more than 20 years of experience leading operations, sales, and marketing teams. Most recently, he was Vice President, Professional Services at Basys, Inc. He spent many years in the education sector which included senior management roles at Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education, Educate Online, Prometric and Meteor Learning. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Rachel oversees all aspects of Great Minds’ Humanities curriculum and professional development. She leads a team of teacher–writers who craft coherent, knowledge-rich content. Rachel joined Great Minds in 2015 after serving as Vice President, Literacy Content and Instruction, for Scholastic Education. She brings over a decade of experience as a teacher. Rachel began her career teaching 3rd and 8th grade in New York City, and then taught high school World and American literature in Pittsburgh, PA. She received a B.A. in English Literature from Vassar College, as well as an M.Ed in Secondary Education from Hunter College, City University of New York.
Kevin's focus is to design, lead, and execute initiatives to help Great Minds achieve its mission with employees that are engaged and committed. Before joining the Great Minds team in 2015, Kevin was President of Forte Business Solutions, and he has deep Human Resource experience with both large corporate and small non-profit organizations. Kevin holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University, and he earned his M.S. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford.