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.
Vice Chair, Acelero Learning
Tripp Jones has spent his career driving reform and innovation on social issues in both the private and public sectors. As the former Managing Director at New Profit, Tripp Jones co-led the organization and was responsible for guiding New Profit’s plans for future growth and impact. Before joining New Profit, Mr. Jones was the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at The MENTOR Network, a national human service and health care network providing community-based services for adults and children with disabilities and special needs. As a member of the company’s executive team for eight years, he and his colleagues worked with their private equity sponsors to scale and diversify MENTOR’s services from $250 million in revenue operating in 15 states to $1.1 billion in revenue in 38 states. Prior to that, Mr. Jones co-founded and served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), an independent, nonpartisan think tank committed to developing a public agenda that promotes the growth and vitality of the middle class. Mr. Jones serves on various boards, including Citizen Schools, MassINC, National Center on Time & Learning, NewLeaders, and Northeastern University’s School of Social Science, Urban Affairs, and Public Policy. He is a graduate of Hamilton College.
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.
Georgia Levenson Keohane
Senior Fellow & Director of the Program on Profits & Purpose, New America
Georgia Levenson Keohane is the Director of New America's Program on Profits & Purpose, a new initiative that explores ways in which social entrepreneurship, innovation, and finance can address some of our most pressing social and economic challenges. Ms. Keohane’s work examines the promise and limitations of market-based solutions to problems of poverty, inequality, and opportunity, and identifies how public-private partnerships can enhance investment in human and physical capital. Ms. Keohane is an adjunct professor in the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, where she serves on the University’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing. She is a former McKinsey consultant and foundation executive and was a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute from 2011 to 2014, where she worked on a range of issues including poverty and inequality, employment and job growth, social entrepreneurship, and the role of firms in society. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, the Washington Monthly, Slate, The Nation, and The American Prospect. She is also the author of Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation Across the Nonprofit, Private and Public Sectors. Ms. Keohane holds a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MSc from the London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.
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.
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