Keith Frome

Keith Frome

Co-Founder of College Summit and Head Master at the King Center Charter School

Keith co-founded College Summit in 1993. Since its founding, Keith was responsible for development of College Summit’s writing curriculum and education department. He is currently serving as headmaster of the King Center in Buffalo with the mission of creating a college-going culture for early adolescents in that low-income community. Keith is an award winning author, and recognized expert on the topic of college access in America.

J.B. Schramm

J.B. Schramm

Founder and CEO, College Summit

J.B. founded College Summit in 1993s and built it into an organization that works through high schools to train principals, teachers and the most influential students to put every student on the path to higher education. College Summit currently works with 50,000 students in 180 high schools across 15 states. College Summit was one of only ten organizations selected by President Barack Obama to receive a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize award.

Sean Murray

Sean Murray

President, Redpoint Education

Sean founded Redpoint Education following an 8 year career as VP of Operations for College Summit. During his tenure, Sean created College Summit’s technology department and was responsible for project management of program implementation and evaluation of student achievement. Sean came to College Summit from MCI Telecommunications where he served as a director of technology in support of MCI’s global operations.

Emily Dalton

Emily Dalton Smith

Program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Emily is a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she leads the foundation’s portfolio of digital courseware for middle- and secondary-school students. Previously, Emily was the director of student services and engagement for Arizona State University’s online campus. Before joining ASU Online, Emily was the special assistant and director of communications for the ASU provost, and led the development of ASU’s student social networking application. She began her career in education as a speechwriter and policy analyst at the State University of New York and holds a master’s degree in political science from ASU.

Greg Ratliff

Greg Ratliff

Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Greg joined the foundation in April, 2007 and is responsible for developing strategies to increase the engagement of low income young adults in postsecondary education. Current activities focus on restructuring financial aid to create incentives for college completion and developing better information—to help students make better decisions—and better support systems—to guide, advise and mentor students along their path to college success. Prior to joining the foundation, Greg focused on impact investing and the development of business models that blend financial and social returns.


Expert Judges
In addition to Keith Frome, J.B. Schramm, Sean Murray, Emily Dalton-Smith and Greg Ratliff, we’re proud to have the following expert judges:
Cameron Marlow

Cameron Marlow

Research Scientist at Facebook

Cameron Marlow received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab in 2005. His thesis covered the topics of media contagion on the web, using data collected from his project Blogdex which tracked diffusion of links in the blog community. After spending two years at Yahoo! Research, he joined Facebook and founded the Data Science team which applies a scientific approach to understanding and improving the Facebook user experience, and building data platforms to enable science in industry. His research covers a range of topics in social media and human behavior, including the diffusion of information, incentives for sharing, social capital, and group dynamics.

Krista Kobeski

Krista Kobeski

Policy Communications at Facebook

Krista Kobeski is a member of the Policy Communications Team, based in Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. She is responsible for molding policy through strategic partnerships on the local and national scale. Kobeski has a heavy focus on safety, education and policy events programming. Previously, Kobeski served as Facebook’s European Content Policy Associate in Dublin, Ireland; and as a member of the User Operations Team. She is a 2007 graduate of Lehigh University.

Khalid Smith

Khalid Smith

Founder and CEO at Lessoncast

As founder and chief architect of LessonCast Learning, Khalid helps learning communities engage in a new form of professional development where educators distill, validate and scale effective instructional practices. Over the past 18 months, Khalid has served as executive director of StartupWeekend Education. During that time, the organization has been recognized as a worldwide leader in introducing and equipping educators to lead in the world of technology-enabled education entrepreneurship.

Gillian Munson

Gillian Munson

Managing Director at Allen & Company

Gillian leads the firm’s principal investing activities with a focus on early stage technology-oriented companies. Her investments include leaders such as Palantir, Okta, Moda Operandi, Taskrabbit, and Kollabora. She is also an investor in Edsurge. Prior to Allen & Company, Gillian ran Corporate Development for Symbol Technologies. Before Symbol, Gillian was a highly ranked Senior Equity Analyst at Morgan Stanley covering mobile, storage, and personal computing sectors. Gillian has a B.A. from The Colorado College and she lives in New York with her husband and young daughter.

Mark Goines

Mark Goines

Partner at Morgenthaler Ventures

Based in Menlo Park, Mark is a Partner at Morgenthaler Ventures. Mark has been a successful Executive and Angel investor. His investments include Pageonce, Practice Fusion and Fundly and he has worked with many startups including PayCycle, Nolo, Baby Center and PassMark Security. He also managed Intuit’s consumer division including TurboTax, Quicken and Quicken loans businesses. Mark also serves as a trustee and as President of the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees and advises the Khan Academy.

Jake Barton

Jake Barton

Principal and Founder of Local Projects

Jake Barton is principal and Founder of Local Projects, which is creating the media design for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and the Frank Gehry designed Eisenhower Presidential Memorial. Local Projects is a three-time National Design Award finalist, and was named to the top ten most innovative design firms by Fast Company Magazine in 2012 for its redefinition of emotional storytelling.