Chief Executive Officer
Henry Wilde is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Acelero Learning and Shine Early Learning. Founded in 2001 and explicitly dedicated to closing the achievement gap for young children served in the Head Start program, Acelero Learning provides high quality early childhood education to 5,000 low income children and families. Shine Early Learning formally launched in 2011 to expand the organization’s ability to support Head Start programs, states, and municipalities through training, technical assistance, and operational support.
Since Acelero Learning’s inception, Henry has served as executive director of two Acelero Learning delegate locations, as a member of the Board, and as the COO, prior to becoming CEO. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Children and Families for the State of Wisconsin. In this role, he oversaw reforms in the state’s child care subsidy program and led the state takeover of Milwaukee County’s child care operations, as well as the creation of the Milwaukee Early Care Administration. Henry also coordinated the creation of YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care Quality Rating and Improvement System.
Henry began his career working as a Special Assistant to Marian Wright Edelman at the Children’s Defense Fund and as a management consultant at the Monitor Company. He is a graduate of Harvard University and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is also an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute.