Future School Lab is a social impact venture working to accelerate innovation in education to better prepare all students for the future. Scroll down to meet our team.
Vanessa is an expert on sparking and scaling innovation in education so that all kids can be prepared for the future. She speaks globally about innovation in education, consults with funders and nonprofits, and serves as an Expert-in-Residence at Harvard Innovation Lab.
Previously, Vanessa served as North America Community Impact Director at Nike, leading a statewide education initiative in Oregon, managing key partnerships, and engaging Nike leaders to innovate in education. Her work on the Nike School Innovation Fund was recently documented in a Harvard case used to teach shared value and scaling impact in a joint program between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School.
Prior to Nike, Vanessa co-founded the consultancy Partners in Scale (now Impact Giving Advisors), served as VP for Worldwide Human Resources at EF Education, and was Managing Director at Friends of the Children where she now serves on the National Board of Directors. She also serves on the board of Construct Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation’s Leadership Council, and Danish startup Raido. Early in her career, Vanessa worked in Venezuela for Empresas Mendoza on a global financial restructuring and then liquidated the group’s trade finance bank in NYC.
Vanessa received a BS from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard.
Rob is an entrepreneur, educator and business advisor who combines teaching and school board experience with expertise in business planning, executive leadership, strategic thinking, and marketing strategy.
Rob has held executive roles at Apple Computer, Ampex Corp, Stanford Telecommunications, Silicon Light Machines, Cypress Semiconductor, Crux Fermentation Project and others. He consulted with VC-backed start-ups before starting a second career teaching high school science and engineering.
He understands the challenges of early-stage bootstrapping, scaling for growth, protecting Intellectual Property, and leading a diverse team of creative collaborators. His experience serving both in the classroom and on his local school board give him insight into the processes of school transformation, student engagement, and motivating complex concepts to an audience of learners.
Rob holds a BA from Harvard University and an MAT from George Fox University.
Amy has 20 years of international non-profit, for-profit and public experience, working with top tier organizations such as the U.S. Department of State, Nike School Innovation Fund, Habitat for Humanity and the Gates Foundation.
Amy, as Co-Founder and Principal Research Officer of Partners in Scale, delivers comprehensive research and analysis to inform decision making. Whether it’s a complete industry-wide landscaping document, an internal or external stakeholder analysis, or specific market research: she engages in multi-year initiatives as well as quick, one-day projects. Her research experience is varied – covering sectors such as: education and literacy, agriculture, the economy, the entertainment industry, the environment, health care, hunger, technology and volunteer-tourism (to name a few).
Prior to her consulting practice, Amy was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Her specialty was business and economics. In this role, she was primarily tasked with analyzing business prospects for US companies and providing economic forecasts for the countries where she was stationed.
Amy has worked in Bahrain, Iraq, Libya, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. She speaks German, some French, Japanese and limited Arabic. She has a Master’s Degree in International Relations, with an emphasis on Intercultural Communication and Negotiation from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
S. Renee Mitchell is also well-known for her years as a columnist for The Oregonian, where she was nominated twice for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and named the No. 1 newspaper columnist in five western states by the Society of Professional Journalists regional chapter.
Today, she is best described as a Creative Revolutionist™, which includes being a keynote speaker, novelist, educator, playwright, spoken word poet, lyricist, curriculum designer, and multi-media heARTivist. Her authentic effervescence will remind you of a unique combination of Oprah and poet Maya Angelo.
Renee is also the visionary behind I Am M.O.R.E. (Making Ourselves Resilient Everyday), a heART-focused youth development program. She is developing I Am M.O.R.E.'s theory of change, called Empowered Resilience™ , as a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon (2021). Renee intends to create a national example of how to empower and build hope and resiliency in youth of color with profound love, culturally relevant social-emotional skill building, and culturally centered youth participatory evaluation and youth voice-centered programming.
Jason is an entrepreneurial and mission driven leader experienced in building innovative educational organizations. He leverages the expertise gained in building multiple educational and non-profit organizations to support the growth and development of his clients.
Throughout the course of his career, Jason has held multiple roles, including teacher, athletic coach, school leader, mentor, non-profit executive, school designer, curriculum developer, and consultant.
Jason was the founding headmaster of The Brooklyn Latin School (TBLS), a selective New York City public high school which grew from 43 to 625 students under his leadership. In 2013, just seven years after opening, US News and World Report ranked TBLS as the top public high school not only in New York City, but in New York state. Two years later, Newsweek lauded TBLS as the fourth best high school in the United States for low income students.
After leaving TBLS, Jason served as the Managing Director of Partnerships at The National Academy for Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE). In his role, Jason constructed the partnerships team, where he set the strategy for new business development and served as the lead relationship manager with districts, charter management organizations, faith-based private schools, and local and national philanthropists throughout the country.
More recently, Jason has served as an embedded partner with two innovative, entrepreneurial, and rapidly growing organizations supporting them in school design, organizational growth, curriculum development, recruitment, and team building.
Throughout the last 15 years, Jason has also served as a board member with three different non-profit organizations: Great Minds, New Leaders, and The Princeton-Blairstown Center. In his role as board member, Jason has served as an instrumental partner in guiding all three organizations through the midst of significant scaling into sustained paths of growth.
Jason earned an A.B in History from Princeton University and a M.Ed. from Temple University.
Hattie Tehan is a skilled facilitator, classroom teacher, and experienced outdoor educator. She has lived and worked throughout the American West and South America exploring many facets of experiential education and educational leadership.
Throughout her professional career Hattie has worn many hats; Gap semester faculty, PK-12 Spanish faculty, leadership teacher, outdoor field instructor, and program manager are some of the titles she has held. Hattie loves big-picture planning and facilitation, as well as bringing those plans to life.When not working in educational settings Hattie can be found on the Middle and Main forks of the Salmon River, guiding for Canyons River Company.
Hattie graduated as a baccalaureate from Prescott College, majoring in Social Justice Education and Spanish. She also holds her teaching license in both Idaho and Oregon.
Kayla is a multimedia journalist and photographer who has been featured in the Oregonian and worked for the likes of Portland Monthly, Travel Oregon and more. Her favorite things about Oregon is the coast and the amazing food trucks.
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