ISA Advisory Board

Supporting College Readiness for All

Esteemed educational leaders have agreed to serve on ISA’s Advisory Board, giving strategic insights and direction to the management team. See the impressive list of leaders who support ISA’s work:

Stephanie Wood-Garnett, Ed.D.
President

Stephanie Wood-Garnett became president of ISA on July 25th, 2017, following the retirement of Gerry House. Formerly, Wood-Garnett was the Vice President...

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Stephanie Wood-Garnett became president of ISA on July 25th, 2017, following the retirement of Gerry House. Formerly, Wood-Garnett was the Vice President of Policy to Practice (P2P) at the Alliance for Excellent Education. Her portfolio included deeper learning, college and career ready academic standards, assessment, science of learning, and diversity and equity initiatives. Dr. Wood-Garnett is an accomplished educator with extensive experience in leading complex P–20 education reform initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. Her previous roles include serving as the assistant commissioner of teacher and leader effectiveness for the New York State Education Department where she led Race to the Top initiatives aimed at transforming teacher and leader preparation programs and strengthening P–20 collaboration; serving as a district central office leader in Washington state, and directing the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

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John L. Anderson

Former Vice Chairman and President of New American Schools, a non-profit, bipartisan, public-private partnership dedicated to creating and disseminating...

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Former Vice Chairman and President of New American Schools, a non-profit, bipartisan, public-private partnership dedicated to creating and disseminating bold new designs for public schools. Prior to joining New American Schools, John was director of governmental programs for education for IBM. He is a current partner in Schoolhouse Partners, a strategic advisory firm. John has served on the ISA Board for many years.

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Mark Atkinson

Mark is a serial entrepreneur, having been the founder of both Mursion and Teachscape, two professional development companies that use software tools and...

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Mark is a serial entrepreneur, having been the founder of both Mursion and Teachscape, two professional development companies that use software tools and online content to support the development of teachers. Mark is also an Emmy-award winning ABC News producer. Prior to founding Mursion and Teachscape, Mark served as Senior Producer and Manager of New Markets for CBS News Productions. As Senior Producer, he directed the production of The 20th Century with Mike Wallace, a nightly, one-hour, non-fiction television series for The History Channel produced by CBS. Before joining CBS, Mark served as producer of Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News.

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Michael A. Glassman

Former Senior Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions (Investment Banking Division) Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc. – Michael has over...

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Former Senior Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions (Investment Banking Division) Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc. – Michael has over 17 years of experience providing advisory services to corporate management teams, boards of directors and entrepreneurs. He has worked with public and private companies and private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a broad range of industrial and consumer products sectors on assignments that include sales and divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, going private and other leveraged transactions, strategic alternative evaluations, fairness opinions and financings. Michael has also held senior investment banking positions with firms that include JP Morgan Chase, The Shattan Group and The Beacon Group. Prior to his investment banking career, he was trained as a chemical engineer and worked with Rohm and Haas Company as a research engineer.

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Nancy Grasmick

Former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools – Nancy began her career as a teacher of deaf children at the William S. Baer School in Baltimore City...

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Former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools – Nancy began her career as a teacher of deaf children at the William S. Baer School in Baltimore City and subsequently served as a classroom and resource teacher, principal, supervisor, assistant superintendent, and associate superintendent in the Baltimore County Public Schools system. In 1989, Governor William Donald Schaefer appointed her Special Secretary for Children, Youth, and Families; and, in 1991, the State Board of Education appointed her State Superintendent of Schools. Nancy is the longest serving state superintendent of education in the nation. After retiring as the state superintendent, Nancy was selected as the Towson University Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Education. In this role, she will be in charge of a campus-wide effort to prepare teachers and train educational leaders.

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Vinetta Jones

Professor (and former Dean), Howard University School of Education, Washington, DC. – Vinetta is widely regarded as a leading authority on the education...

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Professor (and former Dean), Howard University School of Education, Washington, DC. – Vinetta is widely regarded as a leading authority on the education reform movement and has written and lectured widely on issues related to the education of diverse populations, especially in the areas of mathematics and science. Vinetta served for eight years as Executive Director of EQUITY 2000 at the College Board, where she led one of the largest and most successful education reform programs in the country. Prior to that, she was the Dean at the School of Education and Urban Studies, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. In 2000, she was inducted into the “Education Hall of Fame” by the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) at its annual conference. Vinetta has served on the ISA Board for many years including 3-years as Board Chair.

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Michael S. Leeds

Co-chair of ISA Board of Directors – Michael is currently the President of FlightStar, Inc., an aircraft charter and management services organization...

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Co-chair of ISA Board of Directors – Michael is currently the President of FlightStar, Inc., an aircraft charter and management services organization based on Long Island, New York. Until its sale, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of CMP Media, Inc., one of the largest high-tech media companies in the world. During his eleven years as the leader of the company, CMP grew from $100 million in annual revenues to nearly $500 million, while profits multiplied ten-fold. CMP was selected as one of Fortune’s Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and Working Woman Magazine’s “100 Best Companies.” Mike has taught flying and worked for the US Parachute Association, Ziff Davis Publications and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. He is a Trustee of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital System and the Chairman of the Business Advisory Council of the University of Colorado School of Business. Michael’s parents, Lilo and Gerard Leeds, are the co-founders of ISA and Michael has served on the ISA Board for many years.

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Beth Leventhal

Beth is an elementary school teacher and philanthropist. She is involved in many community organizations and has served on the ISA Board for many years....

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Beth is an elementary school teacher and philanthropist. She is involved in many community organizations and has served on the ISA Board for many years. She currently serves on the Board of The Children’s Aid Society and has served as Co-President of the League of Women Voters of New Castle. She has also been a member of the Executive PTA committee for Chappaqua Schools, and is currently on the board of Friends of Karen, an organization that assists the families of children with life-threatening illnesses (Board President for 5-years). Beth also served on the Board of Trustees of Elmira College.

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Andy Plattner

Founder and head of Plattner Communications & Public Affairs – Andy served as a Senior Consultant to the National Center on Education and the Economy,...

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Founder and head of Plattner Communications & Public Affairs – Andy served as a Senior Consultant to the National Center on Education and the Economy, where he helped bring the public voice into the development of rigorous academic standards and high quality tests. For more than two decades, Andy has helped clients ‘listen’ to key audiences; craft clear, effective messages; and develop realistic strategies to sustain public support for better schools. Andy co-founded KSA-Plus Communications, a national communications company. He has worked on education issues since 1990. He also spent 18 years as a journalist covering politics, the last several of those years with U.S. News & World Report.

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Judith Rizzo

Dr. Rizzo began her career as a junior high school teacher in the Boston Public Schools. During her sixteen year career in Boston, Dr. Rizzo held a number...

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Dr. Rizzo began her career as a junior high school teacher in the Boston Public Schools. During her sixteen year career in Boston, Dr. Rizzo held a number of positions including consulting teacher, bilingual coordinator, and director of staff development. She also led the court-ordered desegregation programmatic effort including the coordination of cultural organizations, university support, and parent/community involvement. As a principal, Dr. Rizzo developed a model international school and served as principal of record for a trilingual elementary school on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. In 2002, she became the first executive director and CEO of The Hunt Institute. Dr. Rizzo is responsible for growing The Hunt Institute into a national resource for political, business, and education leaders, supporting their development and implementation of effective education policies and programs. Prior to coming to The Hunt Institute, Dr. Rizzo served as deputy chancellor for instruction for the New York City Public Schools.

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Adam Tucker

Adam Tucker is a Deputy Director on the K-12 Team and helps lead the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s place-based delivery strategy which seeks to...

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Adam Tucker is a Deputy Director on the K-12 Team and helps lead the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s place-based delivery strategy which seeks to test, codify and scale school improvement models that significantly increase the number of black, Latino, and low-income students who earn a high school diploma, enroll in a post-secondary institution and are on track in their first year to obtain a credential with labor market value. Prior to joining the Foundation, Adam led the communications & advocacy division of Edison Schools. Before Edison, he served as a vice president of LearnNow, another education management organization. In his current role at the Foundation, Adam also draws upon his experience with the Coalition of Essential Schools where he led its school partnerships, public engagement and advocacy program, and Children Now, a nationally recognized children’s advocacy group. He started his education career as a high school history teacher and program administrator in New England. Adam is a graduate of Brown University.

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