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Tom Vander Ark: The Ultimate Sector Switcher

Tom Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and founder of Getting Smart, a learning advocacy firm. Tom is also a partner in Learn Capital, an education venture capital firm investing in edtech startups. Previously he served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation and was the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience. Tom is chair of Charter Board Partners, Treasurer for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), and serves on several other nonprofit boards. Tom received the Distinguished Achievement Medal and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. He received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver. He continues his education online.

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