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Together, we are changing the future of education.

Our passion for education informs what we do every day, whether it's designing professional learning academies to support educator expertise and effectiveness, building innovative new technology tools for learners and teachers in the classroom, connecting with communities of administrators, teachers, parents and students to learn how we can meet their needs, or bringing new partner districts and schools into our growing network.

Ben Kornell
President and CEO

Ben bring his deep background in education to his role of President and CEO at Altitude Learning. An education veteran, Ben began his career as a TFA corps member where he taught middle school for many years. Driven by the inequities he experienced in public education, Ben went to Stanford Business School to cultivate the skills needed to impact the system more broadly. He returned to education as COO of Envision Charter Schools, and later as Executive Director of Envision Learning Partners, where his team spread Envision Schools’ Performance Assessment system to over 35,000 students across the country.

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Ben Kornell
Ben Kornell
President and CEO
Devin Vodicka
Chief Impact Officer

Over the past 20 years, Devin’s vision for how to drive high-quality student outcomes enabled him to quickly ascend the roles of educator, school principal, district administrator, and superintendent. During his tenure serving Vista Unified’s more than 25,000 students, Devin earned some of the education industry’s most prestigious awards. In 2015, he was named “California Superintendent of the Year” by both the ACSA and Pepperdine University. In 2014, he received Classroom of the Future Foundation's "Innovative Superintendent of the Year" award. After joining Vista in 2012, he was invited to the White House nine times; both in recognition for district-wide achievements and to partner on national efforts with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology and the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. As Altitude Learning’s Chief Impact Officer and Chief Academic Officer, Devin guides the design and strategy of the company’s personalized learning platform as it expands into a growing community of private, charter, and public schools.

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Devin Vodicka
Devin Vodicka
Chief Impact Officer
Eve Wachtell
COO

Eve brings her 6 year tenure as Altitude Learning’s General Counsel combined with her career in law and early experience as an English teacher to her role as COO leading the company’s finance, HR, legal and administrative teams. She previously was Acting Director of the Diane Abbey Law Center, a law and policy center providing professional support to City and State government agencies, non-profit groups, private law firms, and law students. Before that, Eve was an Associate at global law firm Hogan Lovells. She is the Treasurer of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Eve holds a JD from NYU School of Law and a BA from Swarthmore College. She is admitted to practice law in New York and California.

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Eve Wachtell
Eve Wachtell
COO
Karen Talbert
VP of Partnerships and Marketing

Karen joined Altitude Learning in November 2018. As Vice President of Partnerships, Karen is responsible for enabling the sales organization to share Altitude Learning solutions with school districts and private schools across the country. Karen brings over 20 years of sales, business development, and high revenue growth experience, ranging from leading the Strategic Accounts team for Dreambox Learning to building a sales strategy for LearnZillion to scaling business at Learning.com. She holds a BS from North Carolina State University and graduate work at Duke.

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Karen Talbert
Karen Talbert
VP of Partnerships and Marketing
Katie Martin
VP of Professional Learning

As VP of Professional Learning, Katie is developing professional learning programs to support schools and districts in their shift to learner-centered education. Katie began her career as a middle school English language arts teacher. She has also served as an instructional coach and led a mentoring program for new teachers in her district. Before joining Altitude Learning, she served as director of district leadership at the Buck Institute for Education, which prepares students for the future through project-based learning. Katie is the author of “Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash Genius”. She earned her Master of Education in middle school education and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

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Katie Martin
Katie Martin
VP of Professional Learning
Nick Lewis
VP of Partner Success

Nick Lewis is VP of Partner Success and is responsible for ensuring Altitude Learning partners drive meaningful change in their classrooms and schools. Nick has 15+ years experience in education + technology, as a classroom teacher, Google strategist, and leader of customer success teams. Nick helped design and launch the Louisiana Guidebooks 2.0 ELA curriculum now used by nearly 90% of classrooms in Louisiana, and built the LearnZillion Customer Success team as it grew to support more than 2 million educators. Nick believes the best technologies bring out the best in people ‒ eliminating noise and helping them build stronger connections and solve important challenges ‒ and he serves as the voice of our partners with Altitude Learning product, engineering & design teams. Nick received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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Nick Lewis
Nick Lewis
VP of Partner Success
Kate Coldwell
VP of People Operations

With her 20+ years of senior HR experience, Kate serves as an expert resource and advisor for Altitude Learning’s business operations, managers, and employees. Prior to joining Altitude Learning, Kate was the Senior Director, Talent for Common Sense Media. She held the position of VP, Human Resources for IDG brands such as PCWorld, Macworld and Infoworld, and was Director of HR and Office Administration at Chronicle Books. Kate holds a BA in History from the University of Virginia.

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Kate Coldwell
Kate Coldwell
VP of People Operations
Jim Liu
Head of Product

Jim brings his 4 years on the Altitude Learning product team combined with experience in education product management and organization design to his role as Head of Product. Jim was most recently a product manager at Amplify Learning, where he led teams to develop physics digital curriculum and an adaptive early literacy app. Previously, he was a founder at a nonprofit delivering college counseling to low-income high school students around the country and a product planner at Microsoft. Jim graduated with a BA from Yale University.

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Jim Liu
Jim Liu
Head of Product
Ryo Chijiwa
Head of Engineering

Ryo has over 15 years of experience in software engineering, engineering leadership, and entrepreneurship, including over 4 years at Altitude Learning. Prior to joining Altitude Learning, Ryo was CTO of Manifest (previously SocialWire) where he built and grew the engineering team from scratch, led the team through two pivots, and delivered a personalized product recommendation and advertising platform which grew revenues to $1 million per month. An aspiring life-long learner, Ryo has also previously led disaster relief projects, started (and delivered) a successful KickStarter project, and designed and built an off-grid cabin in the woods with his own two hands. Ryo holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.

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Ryo Chijiwa
Ryo Chijiwa
Head of Engineering
Nick Niehaus
Head of Finance

Through his finance and accounting career, Nick has held roles in solar, manufacturing, and technology. Nick combines his four years at Altitude Learning with his prior experience most recently as a fund accountant at SunRun Solar where he helped scale the accounting team. During his time at SunRun, Nick was tasked with the completion of annual audits, which allowed the company to file their S-1. Nick holds a BA in finance and accounting from The Defiance College.

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Nick Niehaus
Nick Niehaus
Head of Finance
Bryna Leider
Head of Partnerships, Jewish Education

Bryna brings 20 years of experience in education to supporting Jewish day school partners. Prior to Altitude Learning, Bryna was Director of Day School Innovation at The Jewish Education Project and the founding director of Luria Academy of Brooklyn. Bryna has also worked as a curriculum consultant, early childhood education director, and teacher for students in Pre-K through 12th. She holds a M.S.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University, and trained at the Montessori Center for Teacher Education.

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Bryna Leider
Bryna Leider
Head of Partnerships, Jewish Education
Alison Lee
Chief of Staff

Alison has committed over 12 years of her career to affecting systemic change in US K-12 schools. In addition to her work at Altitude Learning, she has also spent several years working on Teach For America’s national team and as a board member of Creative Arts Charter School, a local San Francisco charter school. Alison has previously held operational roles across various functions, including sales, marketing, human resources, recruiting, and finance. She holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University.

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Alison Lee
Alison Lee
Chief of Staff

Our Investors

Altitude Learning is backed by Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, Emerson Collective, First Round Capital, Harrison Metal, John Doerr,
Learn Capital, Omidyar Network, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's donor-advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation,
and other leading investors.

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