For immediate release
Amplify Announces Advisory Board
Composed of a Diverse Panel of Leaders From Education, Business and Public Service
(NEW YORK, May 22, 2013) Today Amplify CEO Joel Klein announced the formation of the Amplify Advisory Board, a diverse panel of former public officials as well as technology, media and education experts who will contribute to the strategic direction of the Amplify business. The board will hold its first meeting in September 2013.
“I’m both honored and excited to have such a distinguished group of people help us think through how Amplify can reimagine education in America,” Klein said. “This is an all-hands-on-deck problem that will require the best teachers, the best technology, the brightest minds and the boldest leaders — like those on this board— working together to solve it.”
“Education needs new, innovative and powerful uses of technology to give students the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century,” said former West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton, co-chair of the Amplify Advisory Board. “I know Amplify will play an important role, and I’m honored to work with such talented people to accomplish this goal.”
“Education is core to our nation’s competitiveness in the 21st century, and it’s central to our remaining a country that provides opportunities for all our citizens,“ said former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, co-chair of the Amplify Advisory Board. “Amplify is at the cutting edge of the technologies required to ensure our students have the tools necessary to succeed. Nothing could be a higher priority.”
The board is composed of the following members:
Governor Gaston Caperton, Co-Chair (D) served as West Virginia’s 31st governor from 1989 to 1997. While governor, he advocated for the placement of computers in all schools. Caperton was most recently the president of the College Board, which administers the nationally recognized SAT and AP tests. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Governor Jon Huntsman, Co-Chair (R) is an American politician, businessman and diplomat. Huntsman served as the 16th governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009 as well as U.S. ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993, and to China from 2009 to 2011. He has served in the administrations of four U.S. presidents, and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Geraldine Laybourne founded Oxygen Media and served as its Chairman and CEO until it was sold in 2007 to NBC Universal. She was the first president of Nickelodeon and the president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Currently she is a non-executive chairman of Alloy, a media company focused on the millennial generation, as well as the Chairman of KANDU, a startup consumer technology company for kids.
Cory Ondrejka is vice president of engineering and leads mobile at Facebook, where he is responsible for delivering Facebook to over 750 million people. Previously, Ondrejka was the founding CTO of Linden Lab and co-creator of Second Life, executive vice president of digital marketing for EMI and a visiting professor at USC Annenberg. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and is a former naval officer.
Karen Symms Gallagher is the dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, one of US News’ top 20 graduate schools. Focused on its mission to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally, Symms Gallagher has established the school as an innovator in effective online/blended learning. USC Rossier now prepares high-quality teacher candidates in 50 states and 40 countries.
Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn through data-driven instruction, one-to-one learning and next-generation digital curriculum. Our products and services are designed for tomorrow’s promise and today’s realities.
At Amplify, we’re creating exciting new approaches to teaching and learning that are: as immersive as the best films; as compelling as the best video games; as social as the best networking applications; as personal as the best tutors; and as analytically sophisticated as the best search engines.
We’ve helped more than 200,000 educators and 3 million students in all 50 states begin their digital transition through mobile assessment solutions, adaptive curricula and tools that harness the power of data for classroom teachers. And we’re just getting started.
Headquartered in New York City with more than 1,000 employees across the country, Amplify is led by a team of digital education experts and has provided industry-leading instructional tools, data analytics and assessment solutions to the K–12 market for more than a decade as Wireless Generation.