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Board of Directors

Julie Mikuta, Chair

Senior Director of Education,
Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Julie is the Senior Director of Education at the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.  Prior to joining the Schusterman Foundation, Julie was a Partner in NewSchools Venture Fund’s West Coast office, where she focused on teacher preparation and the firm’s human capital investment strategy and management assistance.  She began her career in education teaching high school science in New Orleans through Teach For America.  Prior to joining NewSchools, she was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at EdBuild, led trainings for leadership teams of large urban districts at the Center for Reform of School Systems, and served as an elected member of the DC Board of Education from 2001 until 2004.

John Legend

Entertainer and Education Activist

John Legend is a recording artist, concert performer and philanthropist.  He has won nine Grammy awards and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Throughout his career he has worked to make a difference in the lives of others, and in 2007 he launched the Show Me Campaign (, an initiative that uses education to break the cycle of poverty.  John sits on the Boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board.

Vince Roig

Founding Chairman,
Board of Helios Education Foundation

Vince Roig serves as Founding Chairman of the Board of Helios Education Foundation. Prior to forming the Foundation, Vince was the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Southwest Student Services Corporation and its affiliates for over 20 years. He serves or has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Teach for America National, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, Arizona Stand for Children Advisory Committee, Take Stock in Children, Valley of the Sun United Way and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Mike Perigo

Partner, Bridgespan

Mike Perigo is a partner in Bridgespan’s San Francisco office. Since joining Bridgespan in January 2007, Mike has focused on serving a wide range of Bridgespan’s education clients, where his work has spanned early childhood education, secondary education, and postsecondary education. He has worked with nonprofit organizations, school districts, charter school networks, public-private partnerships, public commissions, and foundations – all with a focus on improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged students. Mike has also co-authored articles exploring the organizational determinants of superior performance, including “Aspire Public Schools: Building the Organizational Capacity for Healthy Growth.” Prior to joining Bridgespan, Mike was a partner at Marakon Associates, an international strategy consulting firm. At Marakon, Mike worked across a range of industries, including technology, food and beverages, chemicals and plastics, and financial services, on topics relating to strategy, organization, and management process. In addition to his client work, he led both Marakon's San Francisco office and North American talent organization. Mike earned a PhD in economics and finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught economics as an instructor for four years while earning his degree. He received his undergraduate degree in economics and psychology from The University of Michigan and, before returning to graduate school, he worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC.

Gideon Stein

CEO, LightSail

Gideon Stein is founder and CEO of LightSail, Inc., an education technology company focused on literacy solutions for K-12. Gideon has raised over $50 million for education reform-related not for profit organizations and serves on the board of a foundation with an endowment in excess of $100 million that funds education reform around the globe. He is Vice Chairman of the Education News Network, Green Dot New York Charter High School, and New Classrooms, the nation’s leading organization focused on delivering individualized instruction. He co-founded and was formerly President of Future Is Now Schools, and was founder, Chairman, and CEO of the enterprise messaging company Omnipod, Inc. (now a division of Symantec).

Rob Rosenblatt

Retired CEO, RushCard

Rob Rosenblatt has spent over 20 years in the payments and Loyalty/CRM fields. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Rob most recently served as the CEO of RushCard, an Accel portfolio company offering one of the leading branded prepaid Visa cards to those underserved by traditional banks. Rob has successfully navigated across the corporate and venture worlds. On the venture side, Rob has led companies backed by Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe (U.S. Loyalty Corp./AirMiles), The Virgin Group (Virgin Money USA) and First Data (LoyaltyCo). In prior big-company roles, Rob served as Chase Cards’ head of loyalty and innovation, where he launched Chase’s flagship Ultimate Rewards Program as well as one of the first digital wallets; for Citi Cards he led the growth of Citi’s online card acquisition and servicing platforms; for American Express, he created American Express’ line of cobranded credit cards with Delta Air Lines, Hilton and Costco while helping to transform Membership Rewards into the leading card-based rewards program. Rob resides in New York with his wife Barbara, their 2 teenagers and 3 golden retrievers.