Technology and Content Advisors
Ruben comes to ReadWorks with over 25 years of experience in technology. Most recently the founder/CEO of Design 4 Literature, Ruben has held senior positions at Netflix, SGI, and Apple, among other companies. The holder of multiple patents and degrees from Harvard and the New College of Florida, Ruben is based in the SF Bay Area.
Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based in New York City that specializes in internet start-up companies. USV is a principal investor in the social networking website Twitter. Mr. Wenger combines over ten years of entrepreneurial experience with a significant background in internet technology. As an entrepreneur he has founded or co-founded five companies, including an early-stage investment firm and a technology subsidiary for Telebanc (now E*Tradebank). At the age of age 18, Mr. Wenger won the German national computer science competition. He graduated from Harvard College, summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science, and he holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT.
Alan has a deep interest in the future of education and learning, especially early literacy. He has worked at Google managing special projects such as strategic deal development and negotiation, internal cross-functional troubleshooting and managing tricky partners. He helped guide Google.org during its formation and made its initial set of grants. Prior to Google he played early roles in sales and business development at start-ups (at the time) Netscape, Infoseek, Shutterfly and Network Computing Devices, all of which went public, and Kontiki, which was acquired by VeriSign. In prior lives he was a science researcher and software engineer working on high speed parallel computing, radio astronomy and high energy physics at NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab and the California Institute of Technology; a software analyst for advanced aeronautics at Lockheed and Cray Research; and a systems engineer at Sun Microsystems. He is a founder of ImagineK12, an accelerator (or incubator) program exclusively for education technology companies focused on serving the kindergarten through high school education community. Alan is no longer involved in the day-to-day at Imagine K12, but continues to work with the literacy-focused startups and give seminars in the program. Alan has a B.A. in Physics from Occidental College.
Dr. Michael P. Carter
Dr. Michael P. Carter consults on the strategy, design and development of learning solutions based on emerging technology. He currently advises game projects in the US and Europe on rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury victims and international project management, and startups particularly focused on literacy and early learning. He taught European history at Dartmouth College; directed education research in Apple’s advanced technology group; produced Oxford, Stanford and Yale’s online offerings to their alumni; and edited and published research on digital media and learning with the MIT Press. He was a strategic advisor to the Internet Society, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Open Education Resources program, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative, and helped launch The International Journal of Learning and Media (ijlm.net). He has designed and produced games for kids and grownups about history, science, mathematics, storytelling, and ecology.
Mr. Rea has been a technical advisor from the inception of ReadWorks, and now contributes to strategic planning as well. Mr. Rea studied educational technology at Harvard University, where he holds a Masters Degree in Education, and at the MIT Media Lab. He has broad experience combining technology and education initiatives, including technical direction of the NSF-funded Physics 2000 Project and two years teaching computer science at Phillips Exeter Academy. More recently he served as the Director of Technology Assessment at private equity firm General Atlantic, providing strategic and tactical guidance on technology issues, and lately he has been working with a variety of internet startups.
Bret Perkins is Vice President of External and Government Affairs for Comcast Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s strategic partnerships with national policy advocacy organizations as well as implementing the company’s regulatory and legislative initiatives with local governments, managing relationships with state and local intergovernmental associations, and grassroots communications. Prior to joining Comcast, he served as Vice President of System Services and Assistant to the President at Mercy Health System in Pennsylvania. In 2008, Bret received the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award for Young Leadership, one of the cable industry’s highest honors for its next generation of leaders. Bret is a member of the Temple University Board of Trustees. He has served as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and currently serves on the Boards of The Committee of Seventy, the Philadelphia political watchdog nonprofit organization, the Family Online Safety Institute, Older Adult Technology Services (OATS), and the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board.
Dr. Kimberly Gilmore
Dr. Gilmore is Senior Historian and Vice President of Corporate Outreach at HISTORY/A+E Networks. Dr. Gilmore received her doctorate in American History from New York University in 2005. At A+E Networks, she works on education and public outreach initiatives for classrooms, museums, and cultural institutions. She serves as an editor of Idea Book for Educators and other educational publications of A+E Networks, and has written lesson plans in American and Global history emphasizing critical thinking skills and primary source analysis. She serves on the board of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and the Advisory Council of the California History Blueprint. She is also active in cable industry organizations including the Association of Cable Communicators.