Board & Advisors

Board of Directors

Kris Clerkin

Vice Chair

Kris is Managing Director at Volta Learning Group. Volta Learning Group is a consulting and advisory firm that catalyzes new learning models in postsecondary education. Kris was the founding Executive Director of College for America (CfA) at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).

Erik Heyer


Erik Heyer is a respected education leader, business manager and social entrepreneur. Over the past two decades, he has played key roles building, managing, and advising numerous high-quality education organizations including private schools, charter schools, school districts, special education programs, online and education technology companies, colleges, universities, and education focused investment firms. Erik is founder and chair of The Siena School, a national leader in the field of dyslexia education.

Lou Pugliese


Lou Pugliese is the Chief Executive Officer at UMUC Ventures. He brings to UMUC Ventures over twenty years in e-Learning innovation. He is an innovator, thought leader, and successful venture-growth entrepreneur with a life-long passion for seeking and engaging new ways to disrupt, displace, and advance business models.

Rufus Glasper, PhD


Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement.

Marco Davis


Marco A. Davis leads the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Latino leaders. CHCI provides public service and policy experiences to outstanding Latino/a/x students and manages a network of nearly 4,000 highly accomplished alumni, and also convenes a variety of stakeholders that include Members of Congress and other public officials, corporate executives, and nonprofit advocates and leaders to discuss issues facing the nation and the Hispanic community. Davis joined CHCI in May 2019.


Kevin Clark, PhD

Professor at George Mason University and current Director for the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity, Kevin brings a host of online and digital learning experience to Education Design Lab.

Ryan Craig

University Ventures Co-Founder Ryan Craig’s commentary on “where the puck is going” in higher education regularly appears in Forbes, EdSurge, Inside Higher Education, TechCrunch and VentureBeat, among others.

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and also Director of the Mercatus Center.

Susan Metros

Susan offers over twenty years of experience as an educational technology executive and leader

and over thirty years of experience in higher education as a professor and scholar. She currently serves as an information technology and academic innovation consultant, career mentor and an International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach.

Erica Estrada

A Levinthal Fellow and lecturer in 2008 and 2009 at Stanford University’s esteemed school of design, Erica has worked on a variety of teams including one which redesigned the shifting experience for Volkswagen — developing a foot-operated gear-shifting system for concept vehicles.

Philip Auerswald, PhD

Philip Auerswald is an associate professor at the School of Public Policy and (for 2013-2014) the Presidential Fellow at George Mason University.

Oltac Unsal

As a Senior Advisor to the World Bank, Oltac has designed a World Bank angel co-investment fund and a technical assistance facility that creates or enhances angel networks, increases the “investability” of developing world tech entrepreneurs through an incubator and mentoring ecosystem.