our national governing board


Alan Safran & Antonio Gutierrez
Chair & Vice Chair

In 2004, Match Education of Boston began a full-time, in-school-day tutoring program for all 220 of its high school students. Alan Safran was the Executive Director of Match leading this work; Antonio Gutierrez was a Match HS junior who would receive the benefits of this tutoring for his junior and senior years.

Assisted by Alan (2010-Houston) and then led by Alan, Barbara Algarin and Antonio Gutierrez (2012-2014, Lawrence MA; Chicago IL; Stamford CT), this innovative idea of providing students with in-school-day, professional tutors, in a freestanding class for credit has been implemented in district public schools across the country with compelling results.

In October 2014, Alan and Antonio co-founded Saga Education, a non-profit, charitable organization to refine, develop and scale “high-dosage tutoring.”



Meredith Liu

Meredith is the President and CEO of The Primary School, a new health and education model in E Palo Alto, CA founded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg. She earned her BA in Economics from Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, and completed her MBA, with distinction, at Harvard Business School (HBS). Previously, she served as the managing director of the School Turnaround Group (STG) at Mass Insight – a research, policy, and consulting organization dedicated to fundamentally transforming the state and local education systems that serve our country’s lowest performing schools. She was also a management consultant at Bain and Company and a dean and board member at Codman Academy, a high performing charter high school in Boston.


Tony Luckett

Tony works in Strategic Partnerships for Facebook. As a long-time “Education Guy,” Tony has dedicated his life to making others successful – first as a school leader in the Marshall Islands, a HS math teacher at Match Education in Boston and recently as Head of Business for Leap.ai and Head of Education for Piazza. He has experience in human centered design (d.School and as a Business Designer at IDEO.org). He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and two bachelors degrees from Dartmouth College (mechanical engineering and sculpture).


Karl Reid

Dr. Karl W. Reid was named executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) on June 2, 2014. For the past 18 years, he has been a leading advocate for increasing college access and opportunity for low-income and minority youth. Dr. Reid came to NSBE from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Before his service at UNCF, he worked in positions of progressive responsibility to increase diversity at his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which he left as associate dean of undergraduate education and director of the Office of Minority Education. While working at MIT, Dr. Reid earned his Doctor of Education degree at Harvard University.



Jared Taillefer

Jared is the co-founder and CEO of Great Oaks Charter School in Newark, New Jersey.  He graduated from Boston University in 2005 with a degree in Applied Mathematics. He was a member of the 2005-2006 MATCH Corps, the flagship site for high-dosage tutoring. After serving as at tutor, he taught high school and middle school math and served as the Dean of Students at Match Middle School.


senior advisors to the board


Roseanna Ander (Chicago)
Senior Advisor to the Board for Evidence and Impact

Roseanna Ander serves as the founding Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab (since 2008) and the Education Lab (since 2011), which are part of UChicago Urban Labs. In January 2010, she was appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee, and she formerly served on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. Ms. Ander also served on the public safety transition teams for both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Prior to joining UChicago, she oversaw the Joyce Foundation’s gun violence program and led the foundation’s grantmaking in early childhood education. Before working at Joyce, she was a Soros Justice Fellow


Josh Edelman (Washington DC)
Senior Advisor to the Board

Josh is the Deputy Director, USP K-12 Team for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). He has a long standing career as a teacher and leader in education. Before Gates, Josh was the Deputy Chief of School Innovation (OSI) for the DC Public Schools. Prior to working at DC Public Schools, Josh was the Executive Officer of the Office of New Schools (ONS) at Chicago Public Schools. He has a bachelor’s degree in American history from Harvard University, a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, and a second master’s in educational administration with an administrative credential, also from Stanford University.


Diane Hessan (Boston)
Senior Advisor to the Board

Diane Hessan is a successful entrepreneur, researcher and author. She’s the founder and Chairman of C Space, formerly Communispace, which for the last decade has been one of the hottest companies in Boston’s innovation economy. A serial entrepreneur, Diane has consolidated her investment and advisory work into a company called Salient Ventures, which will help accelerate the next generation of growth companies in tech. She’s led two companies in the education space, as CEO of Startup Institute, and as EVP of The Forum Corporation, a large training and development company ultimately sold to Pearson. Diane received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.A. in Economics from Tufts University.