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Audience in Lecture






Founder + CEO


edsUP, PBC


Todd Kern is Founder and CEO of edsUP, PBC - a new social venture committed to transforming the market for personalized K12 educator upskilling. (And also Founder of 2Revolutions - a national education design lab that builds capacity to transform toward more equitable, learner-centered schools and systems). Todd is a systems-oriented generalist with 3 decades of leadership experience in strategic, analytical, operational and advocacy roles across various segments and levels of the U.S. education industry. He believes in leveraging a diverse set of perspectives to attempt new ways of addressing the complex social challenges that continually hold us back. Todd previously held senior leadership roles with New Leaders for New Schools – first as Executive Director of the New York City program, then as Chief Knowledge Officer. Before that, he was a Vice President at KnowledgeQuest Ventures, a mission-driven boutique investment bank and strategy-consulting firm dedicated to serving the emerging education industry. Todd’s past experience also includes representing the legislative priorities of state education commissioners before Congress, and lobbying for increased federal investments in education. Todd has taught Education Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University and co-directed the Education Policy Fellowship Program. Todd recently completed a 5-year term as an elected member of the school board in his home community of New Rochelle, NY. Todd completed his graduate work in Public Policy at the University of Chicago, earned undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Psychology from Miami University, and graduated from a public high school in Ohio. Todd splits time between New Rochelle, New York, and a fixer-upper adventure in the foothills outside Boulder, CO.

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