BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kunal Modi, Chair
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
Kunal Modi is an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, advising organizations across sectors on strategic issues. Recently, Kunal worked through a secondment for the Obama Foundation as an advisor on program development.
Previously, Kunal worked at the national office of Teach For America and served as an AmeriCorps national service member with LIFT, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income Americans break the cycle of poverty. Kunal has been a vocal advocate for gender equity in the workplace. He wrote a chapter in Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book, Lean In for Graduates, called “Man Up and Lean In,” that offers observations on gender dynamics at work and what to do about them as a man.
Kunal holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MPP from Harvard Kennedy School, and B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University.
Director, People Strategy & Planning, Thomson Reuters
Jackie Cureton is the Director of People Strategy & Planning, reporting to the Chief People Officer at Thomson Reuters. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya she started out her career at Barclays Bank of Kenya. She migrated to the US in 1994 and joined Thomson Reuters in June of 1998. She has continued to progress within the company holding various roles across different departments and working as Manager of Operations Effectiveness prior to her current role. In her current role, she supports the Chief People Officer and the People Function Leadership team in the achievement of the annual strategy and priorities. She has a strong background in Strategic Planning, Organizational Effectiveness, Change Management, Program Management and Collaboration across teams.
In addition to this Jackie is current co-chair for the Black Employee Network for the company. Under her combined leadership the resource group has streamlined its strategy, and launched initiatives to help build a diverse pipeline and establish TR as a choice for top diverse talent. She led the effort to bring diversity and inclusion programming and led awareness raising events over the years.
Her passion for Diversity and Inclusion expands far beyond this – she co-founded PEACC (Parents Encouraging Awareness and Community Conversations) at School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY. This group’s mission was to promote programs and activities that enriched the diversity initiatives at the school. She served as co-lead until 2014 when her daughter graduated from the school. She also served as a member of the Staff Parish Committee board for Valhalla United Methodist Church in NY. She has served on the board of Twana Twitu a non-for profit serving Aids orphans in Kenya.
Jackie lives in White Plains, NY with her daughter, Tyra, who is currently a sophomore at Wellesley College. She is deeply passionate about Africa realizing its strength and seeks opportunities to promote this agenda. She speaks English and Kiswahili fluently.
Jackie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Economics from Empire State College NY, and is currently pursuing her Executive MBA at Cornell University, class of 2017.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Eye to Eye
David Flink is a social movement leader on the front lines of the emergent learning rights movement. He imagines a world where one day all learners will be recognized and all people will be free to succeed. Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age, David struggled through much of his pre-college education, feeling hopeless and left out of education as a whole. Although his parents and teachers frequently told him he would be able to go to college, he would have found that message more believable if it had come from a person with a learning difference (LD) who had finished college. With that in mind, David founded Eye to Eye in 1998 while a student at Brown University. The only national mentoring movement run for and by people with LD / ADHD, Eye to Eye empowers young people with LD by giving them a mentor in school who shares that experience. It also sends them as Diplomats across the country to share their LD / ADHD stories and strategies for success and supports them as alumni as they make the transition from college to the workplace and beyond.
In addition to being Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye, David sits on four national nonprofit boards: Hunt Alternatives, Generation Citizen, Dyslexic Advantage, and CAST. David was awarded a Prime Movers Fellowship sponsored by the Hunt Alternatives Fund and was elected to the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship. He was honored to receive the GQ Gentleman’s Fund Leader Award. In addition, he is an IF Hummingbird Foundation Visionary and an Advisor for The A2A Alliance and Story Shares. David holds a master’s degree in disability studies in education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees with honors in education and psychology from Brown University.
Senior Health Advisor, Vikasa Holdings
Most recently, she led the Saban Community Clinic, a federally qualified health center with an annual $25 million budget that provides comprehensive primary and preventive health and social services to over 18,000 underserved and low-income patients in Los Angeles. While living in India for three years, she worked as a consultant to various organizations, including the Reliance Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and IndiaSpend, on initiatives to develop program strategies to improve health outcomes and utilize data analytics and research to scale programmatic impact. Dr. Hudman was also during that time appointed Visiting Professor and Member of the Board of Studies at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. Earlier in her career, she served in the Cabinet of Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty as Director of the Department of Health Care Finance. She worked in that role with managed care companies and providers across the city while responsible for administration of the District’s $2 billion Medicaid Program. Dr. Hudman began her health policy career serving in State level roles in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She has also served as Associate Director of the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and has conducted research at George Washington University’s Center for Health Policy Research.
Dr. Hudman is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Hygiene and Public Health. She currently is a lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles. She lives near the ocean in Los Angeles with her husband and 2 awesome kids.
Director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
Kei applies her expertise in positive youth development and community psychology to youth civic and political development, and how young people of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences interact with the community and cultural contexts as they learn to participate in civic life. Kei is especially interested in providing people, organizations and communities with research that would help increase civic and political engagement opportunities for diverse and marginalized youth. Kei earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Family and Children from Loyola University Chicago.
CEO, Peer Health Exchange
Louise graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History while co-founding Community Health Educators, the student volunteer program out of which PHE grew. She is still actively involved in Yale’s public service center, Dwight Hall, and sits on the Board of Directors of America Achieves. Louise is an Ashoka and Aspen Education fellow.
Vice President of Policy, ExcelinEd
Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, Ph.D, Ed.D
Senior Advisor for Strategy and Planning at Dominican University of California
Prior to her current role, she was Assistant to President at Brown University, reporting directly to President Ruth Simmons and serving on her Cabinet. Previously she worked as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, and co-authored a number of business school case studies on companies such as eBay, First Union, Oracle Corporation, and Progressive Insurance. She also worked as the Assistant Director for Education at Brown’s Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Finally, she served as President of the Brown Alumni Association from 2005 to 2007 and on Brown’s Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2009.
Hanna graduated from Brown University and later earned an A.M. and Ph.D. from Brown. She also received an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Sylvia Rousseau
Professor of Clinical Education, USC Rossier School of Education
Rousseau held the title of Superintendent of Local District 7 in LAUSD from 2001 to 2005. During her tenure as Superintendent, Rousseau led four years of consistent improvement in students’ academic performance; Prior to that appointment, Rousseau held the posts of Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Instruction and School Services, Co-Director of University-School Partnerships at UCLA, and Adjunct Professor for the Principals Institute & Teacher Education Program at UCLA. She was also appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on school reform.
From 1993 to 2000 she was the principal of Santa Monica High School, which under her leadership achieved one of the largest API gains in California. She reduced the school’s drop out rate and increased graduation and college entrance among African American and Latino students. She was lauded by teachers, students and parents for building a strong sense of community on the campus, promoting intercultural understanding and nonviolent conflict resolution, and raising academic expectations and achievement.
Director of Social Enterprise, Harvard Business School
Prior to joining HBS, Matt served as a senior leader on the Government Innovation team at Bloomberg Philanthropies, where he led initiatives to promote public sector innovation and spread ideas among cities. He co-led the inaugural Mayors Challenge, a $9 million prize competition to inspire American cities to develop bold solutions to common challenges that expanded to Europe in 2013. He also developed and oversaw initiatives on cross-sector collaboration, evidence-based government, and innovation teams in governments around the world.
Previously, Matt served as a senior advisor to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. He joined the Mayor’s Office as an HBS Leadership Fellow and focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, service and civic engagement, and safety and security. He also worked in the Special Advisor Program at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and led projects at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) and Bennett Midland for clients across the private, public, and social sectors.
Matt holds an A.B. with honors in Psychology from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He led large service / social enterprise organizations at both schools. He serves on the board of directors of Generation Citizen and is a Truman Security Fellow and a Fuse Corps Advisor. He lives in Boston with his wife and two children.
Executive Director, West Region for The Mission Continues
Upon graduation from A&M in 2003, Regan served as an active duty infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he achieved the rank of captain. During his seven years on active duty, Regan led infantry platoons on combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq with Second Battalion, Third Marine Regiment, and subsequently taught Marine Officers at The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, Virginia.
Following his service in the Marine Corps, Regan attended Harvard University, where he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School. While at Harvard, Regan was a Pat Tillman Foundation Military Scholar, and both a Dubin Leadership Fellow and a George Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. Regan’s graduate school research focused on the redevelopment of vacant and underutilized properties in the central business district of San Antonio, which he helped put into practice as a commercial real estate developer in Texas before joining The Mission Continues.
Regan is a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, and the Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star in lieu of second award.
Regan now resides in Los Angeles, California where he serves as Executive Director, West Region for The Mission Continues.
Community Volunteer in Education and the Arts
Chief Financial Officer, The Emerson Collective
Daniel “Dan” Tangherlini serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Emerson Collective, a private philanthropic and investment firm dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so that people can live to their fullest potential. He also serves as an advisor to a number of technology firms, as well as providing consulting and facilitation support to businesses and nonprofits.
Until September of 2017 he was the President and Founder of SeamlessDocs Federal, an emerging technology company with a focus on making government forms and data collection processes simpler. Before SeamlessDocs, Dan served as the Chief Operating Officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners. Prior to joining Artemis, Mr. Tangherlini served as Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), having been nominated to serve in the position by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate. Mr. Tangherlini also served as the Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2009 to 2013, where he was the principal policy advisor on the development and execution of the Treasury’s budget and performance plans. During that time he concurrently served as the Assistant Secretary for Management. Prior to his role at Treasury, he managed budget development and performance management of District agencies when he served as the District of Columbia City Administrator and Deputy Mayor from 2006 to 2009. While City Administrator, he also served in the capacity of the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the DC Water and Sewer Authority (now DC Water). In 2006, he served as the Interim General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). From 2000 to 2006, he served as Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and from 1998 to 2000 as Chief Financial Officer of the Metropolitan Police Department. From 1997 to 1998 he served in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation and from 1991 to 1997 he served in various capacities at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
Mr. Tangherlini received a B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on a number of non-profit boards and lives with his wife and two daughters on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. He fixes broken things for fun.
Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education, Florida State University
Jane C. Lo is Assistant Professor of Social Science Education in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University. She is also a fellow with the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship.
Jane’s research focuses on civic education broadly. Specifically, she is interested in the political engagement of youth, social studies curriculum development, and the development of youth civic identity. Most recently, she has been examining racial disparities in civic experiences among young people. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in social studies methods, and her most recent work can be found in Theory and Research in Social Education, Democracy & Education, and Multiple Perspectives. Prior to becoming a teacher educator and educational researcher, she taught high school government, economics, and Chinese in Austin, Texas.
Jane completed her teacher training, and received her BA in Government, from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD in Education from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Core Management, Bridgewater Associates
Joe McGeehin leads strategic initiatives at Bridgewater Associates, a global investment management firm.
Prior to Bridgewater, Joe was appointed by the Obama Administration as a White House Fellow, serving from 2016 to 2017 in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the White House Office of American Innovation. Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley as Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO after joining the firm’s mergers and acquisitions department following graduate school.
Joe received an AB in History with honors from Harvard College and a JD/MBA with distinction from New York University. He is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts bars, a CFA charterholder, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves as an independent director of Husco, a manufacturer of high-performance components for automotive and off-highway applications.
Fellow, American Constitution Society
Before joining the team at ACS, Jake worked broadly across both the education and LGBTQ advocacy sectors, spending time at organizations such as Teach for America and the Human Rights Campaign. He also founded and runs a consulting business that works with non-profit organizations to help advance the cause of LGBTQ equality across social institutions. Prior to serving on GC’s National Board, Jake volunteered as a Democracy Coach at Northwest Classen Academy and Southeast High School in Oklahoma CIty and worked as the Office Administrator for the Generation Citizen Oklahoma program.
Jake received BAs in Women’s and Gender Studies, Letters (with a focus in Constitutional Studies), and International Studies, all summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma in May 2019. In 2018, he was recognized as the university’s Outstanding Senior Man, an award given to the single most outstanding graduating senior man in a class of over 5,000.
Student, Berkeley High School
Lexie Tesch is a senior at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California, where she represents the student body as ASB President. Lexie has been a part of the Generation Citizen family since the 8th grade, when she went through GC’s Action Civics program as a student. The following year, she was selected as a member of the Generation Citizen Student Leadership Board, serving two terms. Lexie is also involved in the YMCA Youth & Government program where she participates in mock legislature and court to learn more about the different ways she can be involved in our democracy for a career. Her previous experience in leadership also includes being 8th and 10th grade class president, and she served on the City of Berkeley’s Youth Commission for three years.
Until 8th grade, Lexie didn’t believe she had a voice in our nation. It never occurred to her that she had the power to help people by standing up for what is right. In her GC class, she and her peers tackled the issue of youth homelessness in Berkeley. Lexie and her classmates met with several city leaders over the course of the semester, and spoke at a city council meeting to help pass a resolution that would fund a year round youth homeless shelter in Berkeley. The proposal successfully passed in June of 2016. This experience motivated Lexie to get more educated about politics, and to encourage her peers to participate in any way that they can, since voting is not the only way to be a part of this democracy.
Berkeley has been Lexie’s home since she was born. Next year, Lexie plans to continue supporting her community as a college student. She plans to study political science, and ultimately attend law school. In the future, her dream is to become a member of the U.S. Congress
Student, University of Central Oklahoma
Priscila has had an interest in politics from a young age. During her Senior year in high school, Priscila had the opportunity to work on her first political campaign, Michael Brooks for Oklahoma State Senate. This victory lead to other state campaigns, one Federal campaign for Kendra Horn U.S. Representative for Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district, and most recently Oklahoma City School Board and Oklahoma City Council Ward 1,2,6, and 7. As a high school senior, Priscila served on the Student Board of Directors for the Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve, where she fell in love with Economics.
Priscila has lived in Oklahoma City for 17 years. Graduated top 10 from Southeast High school Class of 2017. Having been accepted into a multitude of Universities, including Harvard, Priscila chose to attend a University in her home State. She currently owns her own hair salon and a financial insurance brokerage. Priscila’s ultimate life goal is to become the first female U.S Secretary of the Treasury.
Chief Executive Officer, Generation Citizen
Scott’s passion for the importance of youth political engagement stems from his experience growing up abroad. After his father joined the State Department, Scott lived throughout Latin America and Africa, learning about diverse cultures and peoples. In 2002, Scott served as an observer in the first truly democratic elections in Kenya’s history, where he began to recognize the transformative potential of democracy. He also witnessed a coup in Ecuador in 2005, and met with opposition members during run-off elections in Zimbabwe in 2008.
During college he served as the Student Director of STAND, a national student anti-genocide coalition. STAND worked with over 800 high school and college chapters to advocate US action to prevent and end genocide, and create a permanent student anti-genocide constituency. Scott also helped lead successful campaigns to divest Brown University, the City of Providence, and the State of Rhode Island from companies conducting business in Sudan.
Scott was named an Echoing Green Fellow in 2010, and a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow in 2012. He continues to write on subjects ranging youth political engagement to African politic to sports, and has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, New York Daily News, Huffington Post, San Diego Union Tribune, Sports Illustrated, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Providence Journal.
In his spare time, Scott enjoys running, traveling, and religiously following his hometown teams: the San Diego Padres and Chargers.
Ed served as President and CEO of the New York State Urban Development Corporation from 1975 to 1977. He became a partner in McKinsey & Company in 1977, and in 1980 he was recruited to start the organization that became General Atlantic Partners. He was Managing Partner from 1980 to 1992 and Chairman from 1992 to 1995. Prior, he was an associate at Davis Polk in New York for two years and became General Counsel at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette at the age of 26. Ed received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1964 and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1967