Russ Altenburg supports a portfolio of grants in the areas of personalized learning, new school models, and state policy. Prior to joining the foundation, he was an Education Pioneers Fellow at NewSchools Venture Fund. He was also part of the founding team of SummaED, a blended learning program in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Before pursuing his MBA, Altenburg worked on various international development and education projects as a co-founder of the nonprofit Global Playground and Chief Operating Officer of the nonprofit Students Helping Honduras. He previously worked at JPMorgan advising corporate clients on currency risk management. Altenburg holds a BSc in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was awarded the John Wooden Leadership Fellowship.
Cori Carlson provides administrative support to the education team. She joined the foundation after working for 13 years as a senior executive assistant and director’s assistant for Hogan Moorhouse Pictures. Carlson has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Acadia University.
Sue Chi manages the foundation’s charter and district work. She worked for four years at SeaChange Capital Partners as a vice president of sourcing, selecting and managing investments in education reform. She was also a summer associate at the Acumen Fund, a graduate intern at the United States Department of Treasury, and a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. She has a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, a master’s degree in international economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Luis de la Fuente
Luis de la Fuente develops and manages a portfolio of grants to school districts, charter management organizations, and innovative non-profits working to improve urban public education. He leads the foundation’s “Personalized Learning” work to re-envision and transform today’s classroom into a more personalized, technology-enabled instructional delivery model. De la Fuente joined the foundation from McKinsey & Company, where he consulted for corporations in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and non-profit sectors. Prior to McKinsey, de la Fuente worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Stanford University. He has a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of California, San Francisco.
Chief Communications Officer
Karen Denne oversees all marketing and communications efforts across The Broad Foundations portfolio of initiatives. Denne comes to the foundation after more than a decade in corporate communications and media relations in both the public and private sectors. She was vice president of public relations for Enron Corp., where she worked for seven years, most recently heading the company’s media relations, internal communications and acting as corporate spokeswoman. Denne previously worked as communications director for the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She began her career as a reporter, writing for City News Service, the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News. She has served as an adjunct professor of public relations at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. Denne received her bachelor’s degree in print journalism, English and international relations from the University of Southern California, where she also earned an M.P.A.
Rebecca Wolf DiBiase
Managing Director of Programs
Rebecca Wolf DiBiase manages the foundation’s investments in school districts and charter schools. Wolf DiBiase has significant experience improving the productivity and accountability of schools. She has worked as a consultant for schools, nonprofits and other public organizations on goal-setting, leadership and program evaluation. Previously, Wolf DiBiase was director of accountability for the Charter School Office of the Massachusetts Department of Education. She also worked for the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, where she focused on policy reforms in K-12 education and urban entrepreneurship. Earlier in her career, Wolf DiBiase taught middle school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Spanish from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Emily Gerry works on the foundation's digital learning portfolio. She joins the foundation from the microfinance organization FINCA International, where she served as risk manager. She has also been a fellow at the Conservation and Community Investment Forum, an associate at The Risk Advisory Group in London, and advisor to the U.S. executive director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Emily has a bachelor’s degree in policy analysis and management from Cornell University, a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Kaitlin Glau supports the foundation’s program investment team. She most recently worked as a publicity assistant for Apparition, LLC, an independent film distributor in Los Angeles. Glau has also worked as assistant news editor for The Women’s Conference, presented annually by California First Lady Maria Shriver, and as an editorial intern at Rolling Stone magazine. She has a bachelor’s degree in politics and international relations and in French studies from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.
Teresa Taningco Kaldor
Senior Analyst, Research and Evaluation
Teresa Kaldor provides key research and data analysis to support the education team’s grant-making work, end-of-year report and The Broad Prize. Teresa spent five years at Pepperdine University as director of educational research. She has also worked as a senior research associate at USC’s Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, as a doctoral fellow and assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, and as program manager at USAID Manila Philippines. Teresa has a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from the University of Philippines, a master’s degree in industrial economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific, and a Ph.D. from the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Policy Analysis.
Senior Director of Grants and Administration
Heidi Kato manages the foundation’s core support team and oversees the grants management process. She comes to the foundation from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, where she was the office manager and assistant to the dean. Prior to that, Kato served as a project consultant for the Getty Conservation Institute and spent nearly 10 years in marketing, special events, and administrative roles at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. She has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Dan Katzir worked with Eli Broad to develop the vision for The Broad Foundation’s education work and has been a part of the foundation since the education division formally launched in 1999. Early in his career, Katzir worked as a consultant to the international management consulting firm Bain & Company, where he developed and implemented business strategies for Fortune 500 companies. He later became chief operating officer for Teach For America, where he managed what was then an organization with a $7.5 million budget, 15 offices, 70 full-time staff and 1,200 teachers. Katzir went on to serve as the first executive director of the UCLA School Management Program, a joint venture of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Anderson School of Management. Katzir also served as the founding regional director of Sylvan Learning Systems in Los Angeles, managing 33 reading tutorial centers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Katzir has a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Managing Director of Policy
Gregory McGinity oversees the foundation’s policy investments to improve the K-12 education operating and policy environment. His career includes extensive work at the federal and state level on education policy. Prior to joining the foundation, McGinity was the senior education policy consultant to the California State Board of Education, where he worked on the creation of California’s academic content standards and assessment system. In 2005, on leave from the foundation, McGinity served as chief of staff to the California secretary of education. McGinity previously worked for U. S. Senator Thad Cochran as a legislative assistant and for U. S. Representative Lindsey O. Graham as legislative director. McGinity advised both members on education and training issues. Prior to that, McGinity served as a legislative liaison at the U.S. Department of Education during President George H.W. Bush’s administration. McGinity received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was a Sigoloff Fellow.
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Senior Director of Research and Evaluation
Sharon Meron oversees the foundation’s extensive grants evaluation process. She has extensive experience in managing geographically diverse businesses and using complex data to make business decisions. Meron previously served as chief operating officer for Advanced Monitored Caregiving, a New York-based healthcare provider, and as senior vice president of finance and planning for Marco Polo Networks. Prior to that, Meron worked in corporate development and acquisitions for RSL Communications, where she headed the company’s expansion into Latin America and worked on its successful initial public offering. Meron began her career as a consultant at Putnam, Hayes and Bartlett in London, specializing in the telecom and energy sectors. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Amherst College and earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Isabel Oregón Acosta
Isabel Oregón Acosta is part of the foundation’s policy team. Oregón Acosta comes to the foundation from EdSource, where she worked as a research associate, conducting research, policy and data analysis on a variety of issues, including school finance. She has also worked as a graduate research assistant for the Texas speaker of the House of Representatives in Austin, as a research team leader for Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, and as a policy intern for The Education Trust-West, where she researched and co-authored briefs on education topics such as teacher quality and a standard curriculum for all California high school students. Oregón Acosta also worked as a legislative intern for the House Committee on Higher Education in Austin and as a researcher at the Charles A. Dana Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.
Swati Pandey provides communications support to the education team. She worked with Eli Broad for two years, collaborating on The Art of Being Unreasonable and writing his internal biography. She previously was managing editor for Zocalo Public Square and worked for three years as a researcher, writer and assistant articles editor at the Los Angeles Times. She has a bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University.
Director, The Broad Prize
Nancy Que oversees the data collection and evaluation process for The Broad Prize. Que previously worked with Green Dot Public Schools, where she prepared grant applications for new charter high schools in Los Angeles and managed the distribution and collection of annual reviews for 3,000 staff, parents and students. Que also worked for the Oakland Small Schools Foundation and developed a strategic plan for Think College Now Elementary School. She worked as a manager for Countrywide Financial Corporation’s Full Spectrum Lending Division, as a financial analyst for Countrywide Home Loans and as a consultant for FTI Consulting. Que has a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Pomona College and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Rachel Smookler manages communications, marketing and branding initiatives across The Broad Foundations. Smookler comes to the foundation from the Broad Family Office, where she worked for seven years in various capacities. She most recently served as associate manager, overseeing special projects including Arts + Culture LA, an initiative to market the cultural assets of Los Angeles, as well as other projects ranging from aircraft management to non-foundation-related philanthropy. Prior to that, Smookler served as director of administration for the Hollywood Entertainment Museum, a nonprofit organization that served as a visitor destination and a vocational training campus for the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s at-risk youth population. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication studies and sociology from UCLA and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.