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.

Veronica Wong

Chief of Staff

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

Dr. Jyoti Argade, PhD

Vice President of Programs

Globetrotter. Redwood Worshipper. Mother of two. Classical Indian dancer since age three. Believer in the transformative power of education.

Ben Greene

Program Coach

Former career coach at Hack Reactor who uses his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology to geek out on music and psychoanalytic theory.

Cody Hartley

Outreach Manager

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

Jeremy Sanford

Community Coordinator

Diverse background in architecture, cultural theory, and public policy. Explores the world around him through music.

Kelli Wilbert

Community Coordinator

International experiential education and cultural exchange professional. Anglophile and lover of aesthetics, books, politics, tea, & travel!

Lauren Massell

Program Coach

Inquirer and dream validator with a Masters in Social Work and over 10 years of experience helping young leaders across the United States.

Skylar Bantley

Operations Coordinator

Brave space creator. Bright-eyed brainstormer. Idealist who is energized by creating learning experiences for people to develop from within.

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.