Board of Directors
Executive Chair / Co-Founder, Acelero Learning & Shine Early Learning
CEO, Phoenix Spine Surgery Center
Aaron Lieberman co-founded Acelero Learning in 2001 and helped develop its programmatic approach, working side by side with Head Start leadership teams from Acelero Learning’s first management contract partners. He also served as Acelero Learning's first Head Start director, eventually overseeing services for over 4,000 children and families in 36 centers and across three states. From 2002 to 2015, Aaron served as CEO of Acelero Learning, growing the company from a start up to over $60 m in annual revenues with 1200 employees. He also served as the CEO of Shine Early Learning, which disseminates Acelero Learning's tools and approaches to other early childhood education providers. Shine Early Learning helped their Head Start partners apply for, win, and operate more than $500 million in annual Head Start contracts. Mr. Lieberman is also the founder of Jumpstart, an organization which pairs college students with preschoolers to develop literacy, language, and social skills. Today, Jumpstart engages 4,000 college students in service to nearly 15,000 children in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and more than 75 communities across the country. He also founded and served as Chair of Schoolsuccess.net, a venture-backed, for-profit spin-off of Jumpstart that created the first online versions of the High/Scope COR and Creative Curriculum’s Developmental Continuum. Mr. Lieberman holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University; his first job after college was serving as a Head Start teacher.
Founder, Volition LLC
Volition LLC helps mission-‐driven organizations to: make strategic choices with the necessary commitment that results in action; position themselves for advantage and success; design and build the capabilities needed for success; and implement their strategies, including operating model transformation and change management support.
David brings more than 30 years of experience across the private, nonprofit and public sectors to his work. His private sector consulting experience, spanning 17 years, includes partner-‐level positions at Booz & Co. and Monitor Group where he served international clients primarily in life sciences (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, consumer health and medical devices), nutrition, weight management and consumer products. David specialized in developing growth strategies, designing the required growth capabilities, and helping clients implement those capabilities. Prior to consulting, he was an R&D executive with Herman Miller, Inc. where he co-‐authored the design criteria for the Aeron™ Chair.
In the nonprofit sector, David has done extensive consulting work with leading organizations such as New Profit Inc., Teach for America and Management Leaders for Tomorrow, and serves on the board of Acelero Learning, Enlearn and LEAP Innovations. He worked with New Profit on their initial growth strategies, development of proprietary intellectual capital, development strategy, operating model and mentoring social entrepreneurs. David advised Wendy Kopp, then CEO and Founder of Teach for America, for over five years during which time the organization more than doubled the number of students served. Engagements included repositioning of the Teach for America brand, improving core member satisfaction, advising on growth strategies, overhauling the board of directors and building the organizational capacity required to deliver an aggressive five-‐year growth strategy.
David graduated with distinction from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, received his M.S. from Cornell and Doctor of Architecture from The University of Michigan where he also was an Assistant Professor of Architecture.
Co-Founder & Chairman, Empower Schools
Chris Gabrieli has been at the forefront of several movements to reimagine the role and structure of schools. In addition to his role at Empower Schools, he is the Co-Founder of the National Center on Time and Learning (NCTL)/Mass 2020, a national think tank that conducts research, supports public policy, and provides direct support to schools across the nation. Previously, he was the founder of a successful healthcare software company and was for many years a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, a leading global venture capital firm, where he was named to Forbes Magazine’s Midas List of the 100 top venture capitalists in America. Mr. Gabrieli is also a Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has published papers in leading journals and is the author of the book Time to Learn.
Co-Founder, Acelero Learning
Scott Miller is a Co-Founder of Acelero Learning and has been part of its growth from a tiny office in Manhattan to over 1,100 employees. He has previously served in a variety of roles including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Strategy Officer. During his time at Acelero Learning, the organization achieved leading gains in child outcomes as well as attracting growth capital from leading double-bottom-line investors such as the Packard Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, New Schools Venture Fund, Boston Community Capital, and New Jersey Community Capital. Prior to co-founding Acelero Learning, Mr. Miller was an Associate Partner at New Schools Venture Fund. He is also the founder of Greenhaven Road Capital, a boutique investment management firm that manages an investment partnership modeled after Warren Buffett’s pre-Berkshire Hathaway investment partnership. Mr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA and master's in education from Stanford University.
Hilda H. Polanco
Founder & CEO, Fiscal Management Associates (FMA)
Hilda Polanco has led FMA to become the go-to capacity builder for foundation and nonprofit leaders seeking to address nonprofit financial management issues. She spearheaded the creation and launch of the FMA Institute in 2007 after recognizing the need to develop nonprofit leaders with strong financial management skills. Ms. Polanco is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Department of Health Policy and Management and is on faculty with the Donor’s Forum of Chicago. She serves on the selection committee of the New York Nonprofit Excellence Awards; on the National Advisory Board of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy; as a member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers; and as Treasurer of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Committee at the New York Better Business Bureau Foundation. Ms. Polanco is also a frequent speaker at the New York State Society of CPA’s annual Nonprofit Conference, where she also is a member of the conference planning committee, and at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Not-for-Profit Financial Executives Forum. She has been honored with the Social Entrepreneur Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners - New York City; by WHEDCO for outstanding leadership in the field of nonprofit finance; and with the Latina Excellence Award in Community Service from HISPANIC Magazine. Ms. Polanco holds a certification in Control Self-Assessment from the Institute of Internal Auditors and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), as awarded by the AICPA. She graduated from NYU with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
In January 2011, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Reggie as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services
Reggie has undertaken a bold initiative in Colorado to redesign and refocus the state agency, which employs more than 5,000 employees and operates on a $2 billion budget.
Reggie is a social worker, administrator, educator and national leader. He has extensive experience working on child welfare, education, employment and health issues at the county, state and national levels. Before moving to Colorado, Reggie served as the Inaugural Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.
Reggie currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the American Public Human Services Association, and in 2015 he was presented the APHSA State and Local Outstanding Member Award.
In January 2014, Reggie was recognized for his leadership and dedication with the Casey Family Programs “Excellence for Children Award” and in 2012, he was selected for the Ascend Fellowship, sponsored by the prestigious Aspen Institute, to focus on approaches to move children and parents beyond poverty.
Reggie and his wife, Becky have three children, and have served as foster parents.
Head Start Governance Advisory Committee
Aubrey Jones, Senior Legal Staffing Consultant, Beacon Hill Staffing Group
Almeta Keys, Executive Director, Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc.
Tameka Henry, Former Head Start Parent
Vivian Wright-Bolton, Executive Director, Win Win Entertainment
Amos Sonny Cherry, Former Head Start Parent
Dr. Pamela Brillante, Assistant Professor of Special Education of New Jersey, William Paterson University
Brian Pauling, President and CEO, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Dr. Earnestine Willis, Professor in Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin