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Donna Gerardi Riordan, President—California
Donna Gerardi Riordan is the founder of DGR Associates, a consultancy focused on improving science and mathematics education and moving beyond random acts of intervention. Most recently, she was the director of programs for the California Council on Science and Technology where she worked to analyze and develop policy recommendations to improve K–12 science and mathematics education. Her work focused on reinforcing 21st century skills—especially related to mathematics and science—to enhance the workforce of the future.

Edward Hamburg, Ph.D., Treasurer—Chicago
Edward Hamburg, Ph.D., was second-in-command of SPSS Inc. from 1992 to 2004, serving as its executive vice president of Corporate Operations, chief financial officer, and corporate secretary. He continues with the company in an executive advisory position; is a director and audit committee chair of Interactive Intelligence, Interlink Electronics, Perceptive Software, and Thrupoint; and works as a venture partner with the private equity group of Morgan Stanley.

Michael Feuer, Ph.D., Secretary—Washington, D.C.
Michael Feuer, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education in the National Research Council of the National Academies, where he was formerly the first director of the Center for Education and the founding director of the Board on Testing and Assessment.

Ninive Calegari—California
Ninive Calegari is the cofounder and former executive director of 826 Valencia and serves as chief executive officer of 826 National, a literacy nonprofit that galvanizes communities to help students ages 8 to 18 improve their writing skills. She is a veteran public school teacher with 10 years of classroom experience. In 2005, she coauthored a call-to-action book titled Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers. Calegari is the recipient of Edutopia’s 2007 Daring Dozen award, presented to 12 people who are reshaping the future of education.

Andrew Liakopoulos—Chicago
Andrew Liakopoulos is a principal specializing in human capital with Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has more than 15 years of human capital experience, including talent management, organizational strategy, change management, human resource transformation, and learning development. He has lectured on various human capital–related topics for universities, has presented at seminars, and has contributed to industry trade publications.

Shaye Mandle—Memphis, Tennessee
Shaye Mandle is executive director of the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. He has extensive experience in advising and collaborating with local, state and federal government entities; research institutions and not-for-profit organizations; and Fortune 500, mid-size and early-stage commercial businesses. He also has practiced law, coordinated legislative analyses, and directed a legislative district office in Illinois.



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