Our team

We’re empowering a new generation of resilient world citizens!

Charlie Taibi

CEO

Education enthusiast. Iced-coffee addict. Loves practicing Mandarin every chance he gets, going on long runs, and singing in the shower.

Bridget McDonough

CXO

Former teacher, design thinker and traveler. Loves the outdoors, helping empower young people, and eating ice cream.

Veronica Wong

Director of Operations

Travel enthusiast. California native. Lived in Beijing for 4+ years. Loves walking tours, art exhibits, live music, and blue skies. Foodie.

Julia McKellar

Digital Marketing Manager

Part storyteller, part listener. Julia combines her love of writing, design, and the web to connect people.

Cody Hartley

Enrollment Manager

Educational pathfinder. Two decades in university admissions, study abroad, experiential learning, and educational travel.

Briana Bellamy

Program Manager

Educator and coach. Endlessly curious. Loves travel, sleeping under the stars, poetry, and dance parties.

Emily Posselius

Program Coach

Ditched corporate life as a business analyst to launch a life coach business. Committed to guiding others towards purpose & inspired action.

Ben Greene

Program Coach

A former career coach at Hack Reactor, Ben uses his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology to geek out on music & psychoanalytic theory.

Lauren Massell

Program Coach

With a Masters in Social Work and over 10 years of experience helping young leaders across the US, Lauren is an inquirer & dream validator.

Paul Sanbar

Program Coach

A long time career and creativity coach, facilitator, and instructor, Paul is an iced espresso sipper, poet, and goals + values weaver.

Our Advisors

DALE STEPHENS

‘Hacking Your Education’ author, Forbes 30 Under 30. Loves learning, chocolate, and travel.

MICHAEL STATON

Michael is a partner at Learn Capital, keeping his eye on ed tech and advisor to New Schools Venture Fund.

LISA NALBONE

Lisa is an educator, life-long learner, community organizer and an influencer.

GRAHAM FORMAN

Graham is the Managing Director and founder of Edvocate Capital. He is a advisor in the ed tech space.

DANIEL PIANKO

Daniel Pianko is a founding Managing Director of University Ventures

JAKE SCHWARTZ

Jake Schwartz is Co-Founder and CEO of General Assembly

TED DINTERSMITH

Ted has over 19 years of experience in early-stage venture investing, focusing on software & information services.