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_150After more than 2.5 years of working nationally to advance high-quality blended learning at scale with The Learning Accelerator, John is now Principal Consultant at Moss & Steel, an education-focused consulting firm based in Portland, OR. John has spent nearly 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. In addition, John was most recently 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.


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.


Steven Gluckstern

StevenGluckstern_150Dr. Steven M. Gluckstern currently serves as CEO & Chairman of Ivivi Health Sciences LLC, a San Francisco-based medical technology company. He also serves as CEO & Chairman of its core-operating affiliate, Rio Grande Neurosciences Inc.

Prior to entering business, Mr. Gluckstern had a career as both a classroom teacher and private and public school administrator. After receiving his Doctor of Education degree at age 23 (studying under renowned educational reformer/innovator Dr. Dwight W. Allen) in 1974, he founded the CHOICE program at Scarsdale Jr. High School, an alternative educational effort. Some 40 years later, CHOICE continues to play an important component of Middle School education in Scarsdale.

Subsequently he served as Elementary School Principal at English language based Community School (500 students from 28 different countries) in Tehran, Iran. After a period as an educational consultant based in Athens, Greece and Reston, Virginia, he concluded his career in education as the Superintendent of Schools in Telluride, Colorado in 1981.

Mr. Gluckstern was the founding Chairman of the Board of The Democracy Alliance and he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Jefferson Institute. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Gluckstern has served on a wide range of Boards including: The Board of Trustees of Amherst College, the National Hockey League Board of Governors, the Dobbs Ferry Board of Education (elected), the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Alliance for Excellent Education, m2m International, One Heart Worldwide and The Telluride Academy (co-founder), among others.

Mr. Gluckstern holds the following academic degrees: 
B.A. ’72 and LH.D. ‘97 Amherst College (Psychology and Natural Sciences); 
Ed.D.’74 and LH.D. ’04 University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Organizational Change and School Reform); 
M.B.A.’82 Stanford University Graduate School of Business (where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar)


Cedar Mathis

CedarBefore joining the K-12 OER Collaborative 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.