Tyler leads Clever to greatness through rousing speeches, innate product genius, and bold strategic decisions. Or, more likely, he is surrounded by brilliant coworkers who make his job easy. In recognition of Clever's impact on education, Tyler was named to Forbes' 2014 '30 Under 30' alongside Dan and Rafael. Prior to co-founding Clever, he was Vice President of Sales at PaperG. To the surprise of many, Harvard University once granted Tyler an MA degree in Statistics and a BA in Applied Mathematics.
As a science teacher turned tech director in Denver, Dan saw first-hand how data obstacles were quickly becoming the biggest barriers to innovation in education. When leading Clever's product team, Dan draws on the experiences and relationships he formed at STRIVE Prep and as a Teach for America Corps Member. Dan graduated from Harvard and spends his free time rock climbing and drinking craft beer (in that order) in San Francisco.
Part man, part wizard, Rafael leads the technical team and is in charge of all product engineering. Prior to co-founding Clever, Rafael worked at Jump Trading, where he specialized in machine learning and working with large volumes of data. Rafael holds a BA degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Harvard. He is a native of Naperville, Illinois, and lives in San Francisco, California.
With experience in ed tech, policy, and in the classroom, Matt leads business development for Clever. Previously Matt helped found a K-12 learning analytics company and worked on the prototype for School of One in New York. He attended Stanford Law School before leaving to start his first startup. Matt taught middle school English in Harlem for three years with Teach for America. Matt holds a BA in History from Yale and currently lives outside of San Francisco.
As a gentleman, scholar, and software engineer, Alex spends his time at Clever deep in code. Previously he worked at Google, where he built algorithms to keep their products personalized and social. Alex holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University. He is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and currently lives in Menlo Park, California.
In addition to having the fiercest name on the team, Cosmo Wolfe specializes in making tools for schools and applications to manage their data at Clever. In the beginning Cosmo won over the hearts and minds of the dev team with his crisp homemade waffles, and this continued as he quickly began churning out crisp homemade code. Cosmo hails from Duluth, Minnesota, but he has been enjoying the new San Francisco climate. In his free time he sails and sometimes bakes.
With a background in business and education, Jamila works on operations at Clever. Prior to joining the team, Jamila led national expansion efforts at the Level Playing Field Institute, a STEM education nonprofit organization. Jamila holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Stanford University. She calls Arkansas and Vancouver home, and in her spare time, you'll find her dancing, eating her way through SF, and fulfilling her quest to try every fruit in the world.
With experience in design research, technology policy, and software engineering, Mohit works on product engineering at Clever. Previously he worked at Location Labs, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Microsoft Research focusing on web infrastructure, data privacy, mobile geolocation research and map-based storytelling. Mohit holds a Masters from the UC Berkeley School of Information. He grew up near Delhi in India and currently lives in San Francisco.
Jonah likes to make things, learn things, and make things that help people learn things (i.e. educational technology). He works as a developer at Clever, and also constructs crossword puzzles for the New York Times in his spare time. Originally from Los Angeles, Jonah studied Computer Science at Brown University and has finally migrated back to the best coast, residing currently in San Francisco.
Jeff is a Software Engineer and resident Windows evangelist at Clever. Prior to Clever, Jeff worked on projects for Boeing to more accurately calibrate moving lasers. When Jeff isn't slinging code at Clever, he can be found training robots to beat humans at console video games. Jeff holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and lives in San Francisco.
Full-time coder, part-time nerd (who are we kidding? Full-time nerd), Erica hails from sunny Southern California. After receiving a BA degree in Mathematics from UC Berkeley, Erica worked as a math and science tutor while honing her mad coding skills. She lives in San Francisco and is thrilled to be back in the Bay Area.
If you work for a school district or CMO, Aaron Sokol wants to talk. Aaron is now heading up district partnerships for Clever, helping K12 technology leaders design and implement great student identity solutions. Before getting Clever, Aaron taught SAT math, built schools, departments, and budgets in Oakland, and put together custom IT and finance solutions for education programs across California. Aaron holds a BA in Globalization from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
Committed to removing operational barriers that impede teaching and learning, Cristin joined the Clever Operations Team to help schools and districts do precisely that. Prior to joining Clever, Cristin helped start a turnaround school in Memphis, consulted for school districts on systems redesign and process improvement projects, and managed operations support for a network of 76 NYC public schools. Cristin holds an MA in Education Policy from Stanford University and a BA in German Studies from Wesleyan University.
Nathan is a Software Engineer at Clever who believes that coding and data analysis are powerful tools to effect scalable social change. Prior to Clever, he built healthcare information systems for rural hospitals in India and HIV testing labs in Haiti. From headphones to sousaphones, Nathan is happiest when there's music involved. He hails from Oak Ridge, Tennessee and holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University.
Colin once tried to teach coworkers how to code, and in the process gained a new appreciation for great teachers. Originally from Northampton, Massachusetts, he is wicked excited to join Clever and is fortunate that what he is fascinated by can be used for such a good end. He graduated with a BA in Astrophysics and Computer Science at Swarthmore College, and currently lives by Dolores Park in San Francisco.
Still adjusting to the ocean being on the wrong side, Carrie is another East coast transplant in San Francisco. She previously worked in digital media and advertising, and joins Clever ready to help bridge the e-learning gap. Carrie holds a BS from Boston University and enjoys used bookstores and obscure Joss Whedon references.
A native New Yorker, Will brings a background in ed tech and a “get things done” mentality to Clever. He previously worked on connecting a global community of learners and educators, and he remains enthusiastic about making better technology available to more students. Will holds a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and currently resides in San Francisco.
As a high school physics teacher in Brooklyn, Nick's favorite lesson plan involved building circuits with hot dogs. More recently he worked at Airbnb, where he joined as an early engineer. At Clever, Nick helps define the product roadmap. He holds an AB in Astronomy from Harvard and an MSc in Computer Science from Oxford. Nick grew up in London and would like to make new friends who paraglide.
Dan works on recruiting for Clever, scouring the Earth for brilliant engineers, creative product managers, and fearless astronauts (eventually). Previously, Dan worked, ate, and played dodgeball at Google. A native of Mission Viejo, CA, Dan holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University and enjoys baseball, stand-up comedy, barbecue, and petting other people’s dogs.
After previous stops in media, business and education, Brandon works on the Accounts team at Clever. Prior to joining Clever, Brandon was a management consultant with Bain & Company. Brandon graduated from Brown University with a BA in Sociology and Spanish Literature and also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he now enjoys checking out the concert scene around the Bay Area!
Eleanor joins Clever from the NYC Department of Education where she managed a middle school literacy initiative and supported the operations of large scale pilot roll-outs. As part of the Accounts team at Clever, she works to optimize the relationship between Clever and its partners. A DC native, she holds a BA from the University of Virginia which cultivated a lifetime love of learning, and Thomas Jefferson. She lives in San Francisco, and is really enjoying the weather.
Cortney helps the Clever team stay organized and happy. Previously, Cortney ran marketing and community relations for Earth-Baby and Jellyfish art. She received her BA in Environmental Studies from University of Colorado Boulder. When she is not in the office you can find her outside: camping, kayaking, running, biking, or swimming. She happily calls San Francisco home and is a passionate environmentalist.
Kyle brings experience with databases and distributed systems to the Clever engineering team. A believer in the power of education, he's excited to further enable technology in the classroom. Along with coding and reading, Kyle loves basketball and is always ready for a good pick-up game. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Despite holding UC Berkeley's most prestigious Mathematics award, "Sparks" (the 3rd Dan at Clever), considers himself a former mathematician. He advanced to Ph.D. candidacy before discovering that mathematical research wasn't the right career choice for him; now he’s happily immersed in code! In his spare time, he takes up a hobby and pursues it obsessively; examples include modern literature, painting, comic books, video games, and jazz. He's played guitar for over 20 years and authors the open source chess engine Exacto.
Katy loves working with Clever's business partners large and small. After stints at McKinsey and New York City's Innovation Zone, she decamped to the west coast where she completed her MBA and Master of Education at Stanford. Although a native New Yorker, she now happily resides in San Francisco. To other Michigan fans out there, she says, "Go blue!"
As a software engineer at Clever, Kevin is excited to be building tools to make the lives of students, teachers, and administrators easier. Kevin also claims credit for bringing bughouse chess to Clever, albeit in an attempt to relive the glory days of the peak of his chess career during the 5th grade. An East Coast native, he holds a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania in Digital Media Design, a computer graphics degree and a major reason for his love for animated movies.
Believing that everyone deserves a good education, Jian is excited to be building a brighter future for all at Clever. Growing up on the urban streets of New York City, Jian now enjoys hiking, camping, and snowboarding California's great outdoors. He has BSs in Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ryan works closely with school districts around the country to realize the full potential of their digital learning resources. Prior to Clever, Ryan consulted for school districts in Indiana and New York on district redesign, school turnaround, and talent management. Ryan hails from Freeport, Maine and appreciates that despite being far from home, the ocean is still freezing cold. He holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University.
Fed up with Chicago's frigid winters, Amelie took the first opportunity to flee to San Francisco in search of warmer shores. As a former University IT helpdesk technician and Box User Services specialist, she's excited to continue providing top-tier support as a member of the School Experience team. Amelie has a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and enjoys gaming and advocating for lesser-known technologies.
As part of the School Experience team, Maya works closely with Clever’s school and district users to make sure students have easy access to great classroom technology. Before joining Clever, she managed community engagement and ice cream runs at Performing Arts Workshop, a San Francisco-based arts education nonprofit. Maya graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Italian and International Literary and Visual Studies, and is excited to be back in her native land of fog and burritos.
Stephanie is excited to be building the future of education technology to help make classrooms more efficient. Prior to Clever, she was an early engineer at Lumosity where she helped people unlock their full potential through cognitive brain training. Stephanie graduated Princeton University with a B.S.E. in computer science and a certificate in Theater and Dance. She currently lives in San Francisco and can also be found flying trapeze, spinning on aerial hoop, or dancing all types of dance.
Mike is a Computer Systems Analyst at Clever, utilizing his expertise to optimize Clever's stack. Previous experiences include: a production Meteor framework app, polyglot contract development, and even hacking Astra RFID readers. From squat racks to yoga, Mike enjoys all sorts of physical activities. A recent transplant from Canada, Mike has a BSC in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Security from the University of Calgary.
Frankie keeps data flowing for Clever, managing partnerships with leading Student Information Systems across the country. Prior to Clever, he co-founded Revelry, an iOS app for outdoor gear, and was a Princeton in Africa fellow in Uganda. He received an MPA from Penn, an MBA from Pepperdine and a BA in Economics from Boston College. In his spare time, Frankie’s improving his chess game, honing his coding skills, and participating in MOOCs… As you can probably tell, he’s pretty into this learning thing.
Alexander is excited about the potential technology has to transform education, and as a full stack engineer, he works to make those improvements a reality. Previously, he founded Tunessence, a company that makes learning music easier with software. He received a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Alexander grew up in Miami, Florida, and lives in San Francisco, California.
As a School Experience Advocate at Clever, Megan enjoys helping facilitate easy access to education technology for schools. Originally from Southern California, she earned her BA in History from UC Santa Barbara, then continued migrating north to San Francisco (by way of year-long stints in both Spain and Argentina). Megan brings Spanish-speaking talents to the team, along with an ability to pack a year's worth of clothing into a single backpack.
Born and raised in the Great Tundra of Chicago, Aashay has worn many hats throughout his engineering career and is excited to bring his experience to the Developer Relations team at Clever. He is passionate about storytelling in all forms, from those on the silver screen to those involving polyhedral dice. Aashay received his BS in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois and currently lives in San Francisco.
Mexican born and a Houston native, Pam had to compromise Tex-Mex cuisine for SF burritos. Pam is a software engineer at Clever and works to ship love to students and teachers. Previously, she launched Xbox One as a PM at Microsoft and conducted research on the value of virtual reality in education at Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford, where she led a class on the intersection of design and education reform. In her spare time, you'll find her drawing food, painting cameras, and taking photos of almost every meal she eats.
As Clever's first sourcer (or sourcerer, depending on who you ask), Olivia works on the recruiting team finding the best of the best engineers to join the Clever team. Prior to joining Clever, she worked for 6 years as a middle school English and creative writing teacher and then spent some time searching the planet for spacesuit designers and submarine specialists (no, seriously). When she's not using her sourcery to find elite technical talent, she can be found hanging out with her super cool daughter, playing basketball, or scouring thrift stores for treasures.
Abhinav is excited about enabling the use of technology to bring quality education to everyone. Before joining Clever, he worked on the personal search infrastructure team at Google. Outside of work, he is fond trying out new restaurants, rock music, watching e-sports, and traveling. He grew up in India and holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Delhi.
Prior to Clever, David spent 3 years working with school districts throughout the midwest. David's background includes a wide range of software implementations ranging from classroom instructional software to back end operational software and everything in between. He brings passion for education that has been cultivated by years of working directly with hundreds of school districts. David is a proud graduate of Ohio University and spends his free time walking his bulldog throughout the Mission District in San Francisco.
Jenn originally comes from the small resort town of Mammoth Lakes, where she grew up snowboarding and perfecting her love for school and education. Here at Clever, she is the "Gal Friday" to our CEO, keeping him impactful and beneficial to the entire organization. Jenn is an avid reader, full-time animal lover, and grammar purist, complete with a B.A. in History and English from UCLA and a M.S. in Criminology from SDSU. A proponent of being a permanent student and continuing her education, Jenn continues to take Animal Law classes and volunteers with organizations that benefit animal welfare around the country. She currently lives in San Francisco with her two fur-babies (cats), Kaiser and Isis. Meow.
Having taught high school math in Phoenix for two years, Tim experienced firsthand the power and the challenge of using technology in the classroom. He's thrilled to be at Clever where he works with districts to maximize the impact of their learning software. Before migrating west, Tim grew up in New Jersey and studied math at Duke University. Outside (and inside!) of Clever, Tim enjoys playing chess, learning to cook, and spending time with Amanda, who everyone can attest is his much better half.
One of few PC users in the office, Christina is excited to be a part of the Clever team and help ensure that all debits and credits are accounted for. When not immersed in spreadsheets, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling. Christina has a BA in Business Economics from UCLA and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Stephanie loves connecting people with their dream job, which makes owning Clever's non-tech recruiting a dream job for her. Catching the start-up bug after joining as one of Zynga's first recruiters, she was instantly drawn to Clever's culture of learning and fun. Stephanie holds a BS in Psychology from Berkeley, and enjoys cooking, eating, and talking about food.
Nikhil is a student who loves learning new and interesting things. At Clever, he is learning how to help schools, teachers, students, and app developers integrate technology into the education system. He is also learning how to be a better engineer and to play bughouse chess. Prior to Clever, Nikhil spent a few years learning about entrepreneurship by starting and working at a few startups. Nikhil has a B.S. and M.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where he learned Computer Engineering and Technology & Management.
Yifan is a software engineer at Clever and is passionate about data, automation, and education. She grew up in China and briefly the UK. Yifan holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University. Outside of work she can be found reading, playing pingpong, running, taking photos, and traveling.
Potluck’s experience tutoring first graders in SF helped him realize that education really is the industry he wants to spend the rest of his life in. He’s so so delighted to be at Clever building the tech layer that will enable the education revolution of the future. Under his former name "Pulak," he studied computer science and business at Penn and worked on Special Projects at Y Combinator. Now, as Potluck, he is Clever’s resident Soylent dealer. In his free time, Potluck enjoys listening to podcasts while riding his bike to improv comedy classes, as well as traveling (ask him about Cambodia!).
A former summer camp counselor, a lifelong band geek, and an avid amateur chef, Nic grew up in Sacramento and dreamt of living by the ocean. She made her first push westward to earn a Bachelor’s degree at UC Davis and is currently closer to the coast than ever before! As Clever’s Recruiting Coordinator, Nic delights in organizing interview schedules for coworkers and making candidates feel comfortable and appreciated. Forever a farm-girl at heart, Nic has a smile that won’t quit and, despite everything her mother taught her, loves to make friends with strangers.
Prior to joining Clever’s School Experience team, Mikayla helped start a charter school in Minneapolis, balanced the books at a youth development non-profit, and swam with a blue whale at a marine science summer camp. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Mikayla survived a few Midwest winters and is happy to feel at home again out West. She loves bicycling, yoga, exploring the world’s wonders, and eating breakfast burritos. Mikayla holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Christina is a native Californian with a passion for improving education. Spending years as a tutor, teacher's assistant, curriculum developer, and student advocate, Christina knows firsthand the struggles, boundaries, and areas of possibility and potential in the educational world. When she is not helping Clever's users, you can find her exploring the city, hiking into the woods and along the coastlines, wandering galleries and museums, cooking, and getting her hands on as many creative, hands-on projects as possible. Christina holds a BS degree in Psychology from Tulane University with a concentration in Child Psych and Education and a minor in Studio Art.
Michael is a UC Berkeley graduate who is excited to make building and using education software easier with the Clever team. Prior to joining Clever, Michael practiced the art of product management at Google as part of the Google Apps team. After work you'll find Michael eating Korean food, exploring San Francisco by bike, and waiting in line for tickets to the latest musical.
Ben leads engineering at Clever. He's passionate about building great teams and applying technology to achieve positive social impact. Prior to Clever, Ben led seller engineering at Square and Identity engineering at Mozilla. When he's not working, Ben is playing soccer with his two sons or exploring new restaurants with his wife. Ben holds a BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Science from MIT.
Cat comes to Clever by way of Groupon, where she was among the first marketers through a period of exponential growth, owning customer acquisition and later product marketing for small businesses across the world. Before Groupon, she created digital marketing strategies for clients at DraftFCB, an advertising agency. She comes from a family full of educators, which makes it pretty easy to come to work fired up about Clever’s mission each day. Cat’s a midwesterner at heart: an Indiana native, one-time Chicago resident, and a die-hard Michigan fan. She loves documentaries, pie, and San Francisco “winters.”
The first program Brett wrote was for his high school CAM teacher, so it's no surprise he's now at Clever, where he works to craft software that helps students learn and teachers teach. An incurable hobbyist, he cooks, plays piano and guitar, and still programs from time to time on side projects.
A Detroit native and die-hard Michigan State Spartan (sorry Katy), Cate comes to Clever after holding sales management roles at Google, Square, and Nestle. Armed with unique leadership skills and an upbeat attitude, Cate leads the creation, development and management of Clever's district outreach team. Her mission is to deploy Clever into every school in America and beyond.