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Board of Directors

Wanda G. Wiser, President and Secretary of the Board
John Kent Cooke, Sr.
Gregory R. Dillon
Stuart A. Haney, Esq.
Linda J. King
Mark Pollak, Esq.
Howard B. Soloway, Esq.

Harold O. Levy, Executive Director

Giuseppe Basili, Chief Operating Officer

Marianne Stanley, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Ricshawn Adkins Roane, Chief of Staff

Dr. Jennifer Glynn, Director, Research and Evaluation

Dana O'Neill, Director, Scholarship Programs

Natalie Rodriguez Jansorn, Director, Scholarship Programs

Cecilia Marshall, Director, Strategic Initiatives


Jeevan Padiyar

Chief Product Officer

Department: Educational Technology

Jeevan Padiyar is the chief product officer for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, where he oversees technology product lifecycles, digital partner development, and streamlining operations.

Prior to the Cooke Foundation, Jeevan served as the chief product officer for Palm Ventures, a private equity focused family office that invests in education. There he managed their ed-tech portfolio and spent three years building neuroscience based assessments and educational games to help underserved children in PK-8th grade develop stronger reading and math skills. Based on seven national trials, these tools have been used by over 120,000 students, who have shown lasting gains of up to 400 percent.

Jeevan brings 15+ years of experience in venture-backed consumer web and e-commerce product management. Jeevan has served as a New York City venture capitalist where he was closely involved with several early stage companies, most notably, Squarespace and New York City Entrepreneur Week. Jeevan got his entrepreneurial start by founding an arena blimp company after high school, which grew to $30 million in revenues in five years and was acquired by American Blimp Company (now VanWagner Airship Group).

Jeevan studied medicine as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and chemistry/biochemistry at Kansas State University graduating Phi Beta Kappa.

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