TLA Alumni

At The Learning Accelerator, we use the word “catalyze” to describe our work. We act as an agent to spark change - identifying opportunities and challenges, sharing resources and approaches, and promoting and creating space for collaboration. We’ve launched initiatives and organizations, and helped connect different partners to accelerate the pace of change.

Another way TLA is catalyzing change is through our talent networks, which includes our staff and board of directors, as well as former team members. These former TLA partners and board members continue to work broadly for our mutual mission: to transform education through blended and personalized learning. Learn more about our alumni below:

Chris Borunda

ChrisChris is working "To support the personal and intellectual success of every student, every day" at Long Beach Unified School District.  As a member a small team dedicated to ensuring equity and access for all students, his work is largely focused on creating the district's next strategic plan.

Prior to joining the LBUSD, Chris spent three years at The Learning Accelerator providing analysis and recommendations on an emerging education software market, at-home connectivity for students, and common core state standards.

Chris considers his transition into education in 2009, from the private sector, as one of his greatest blessings.  "In working for a small family of charter schools in South Los Angeles, I found my passion.  For four years I was fortunate to work alongside some of the most determined people I've ever met.  They taught me the immense power of high expectations for students and adults."  

In his spare time Chris uses funny voices to say silly things to make his kids laugh because there is no better sound.  

John Branam

John Branam is the Executive Director of the 1Million Project, Sprint’s effort to help close the opportunity gap by providing one million devices and free connectivity to high school students across American who do not internet access at home. Sprint believes potential is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Prior to joining the 1Million Project, John spent 2.5 years with the Learning Accelerator. John has spent fifteen years in the field of education, including having taught middle school; led the programmatic efforts of a rigorous out-of- school academic enrichment program; guided principal and teacher professional development; and served as a district-wide manager for a large urban school district. In addition, John served as the deputy director for Grantmakers for Education, a national nonprofit whose mission is to promote excellence in education philanthropy.

John earned his B.A. in political science from Washington and Lee University and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. John is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (South Africa) and a doting father of two young children.

Lisa Duty

Lisa-Duty-Photo_150_2Lisa Duty is a recognized national expert in personalized and blended learning who has counseled dozens of State Education Agencies, Gubernatorial Offices, nonprofits, foundations, professional service providers and school districts regarding education innovation.

Lisa spent three years as Partner - and founding team member - at The Learning Accelerator, where she supported state leaders in reimagining their roles, missions, and the ways education systems can be rebuilt for innovation and high performance. Since then, Lisa founded and now leads Innovation Partners America, a national education consultancy that enables organizations to create new outcomes through collaboration and the incubation of new ideas. Lisa brings eighteen years of experience in education strategy, policy, advocacy and school design to her work.

​Lisa previously served as Senior Director of Innovation at KnowledgeWorks, worked as a consultant for high school transformation and school improvement at the Ohio Department of Education, and was an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology. 

Lisa holds a Ph.D. in Global Education from OSU and is actively involved in international efforts to advance the use of technology to provide all children access to learning. 

Cedar Mathis

CedarBefore joining the Open Up Resources team, Cedar supported the OER initiative within The Learning Accelerator where she also focused on the organization's fundraising efforts. She has 15 years of creative project and client management experience, four of which were focused on developing brand awareness and corporate identity programs for Landor Associates. She also served as Project Director at Michael Osborne Design for 10 years, where she managed startup and large-scale graphic design programs for consumer packaged goods, and as Project Director for Joey's Corner, a design studio that developed strategic solutions for healthcare, children-centered and social wellness organizations. At the K-12 OER Collaborative, Cedar manages branding, design, and coordinates pilot programs.

Luis Rodriguez 

Luis-Rodriguez_150Luis Rodriguez is the Executive Director of Enroll Oakland Charters, a non-profit helping families make informed choices about their public school options. Prior to joining Enroll Oakland Charters, Luis was a partner at The Learning Accelerator, a non-profit focused on accelerating the implementation of high-quality blended learning in public schools. Luis also served as the Director of the Office of Digital Learning for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, where he was responsible for improving digital literacy and capacity across the state. Prior to working in public education, Luis spent more than a decade in management and technology consulting serving telecommunications and high tech clients.

Luis earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University, his M.S. in strategy from the University of Texas Dallas Jindal School of Management, and his M.A.Ed in Educational Leadership from The Broad Center. He was awarded the Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in Massachusetts. Luis is currently active in many non-profits serving students and families in the Oakland community.

Alex Terman

AlexAlex Terman is an independent education consultant, focusing on strategy, finance, and operations for K-12 schools, education technology companies, and related organizations. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Alex served as a Partner at the Learning Accelerator, a non-profit organization that supports the implementation of high-quality blended learning.

Alex was the co-founder and CEO of Digital Parent, an online service providing e-learning resources and advice for parents of young children, and served as the Chief Business Officer for the Stupski Foundation, an operating foundation focused on transforming urban school districts. He was also the founding Chief Operating Officer at Leadership Public Schools, a charter management organization serving low-income communities in the Bay Area.

In addition to his involvement in education, Alex has worked at America Online and Bain & Company. He has an MBA from Stanford, a BA in History from UC Berkeley, and completed the Broad Residency, a two-year program that prepares participants for leadership roles in public education.