Jose Ferreira is the founder and CEO of Knewton, the world’s leading adaptive learning company. Jose earned his MBA from Harvard. He was formerly an executive at Kaplan, a strategist for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and most recently, a partner at New Atlantic Ventures (formerly Draper Atlantic), investing in new media and SaaS companies. He currently serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education & Skills, as well as the advisory boards for Laureate International Universities, Cambridge University Press, and the ASU/GSV Education Innovation Summit.
David Liu is the president and COO at Knewton. He oversees the company’s operations including technology, product management, business development, marketing, finance, and human resources. Prior to Knewton, David was senior vice president of Global Messaging at AOL where he managed AIM and ICQ, and before that founded and grew the aol.com portal. He was previously a management consultant for A.T. Kearney in Hong Kong and New York. David currently serves a board director at Knewton and is an angel investor to tech startups. He holds a U.S. patent for web-based content personalization. David received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Jennifer Grunebaum joined the team in 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. She is a visionary business leader with a diverse set of abilities – a combination of financial, strategic and operational acumen – that she is using to help drive profitable growth for the Knewton Business. For the past 10 plus years Jennifer has been working with multi-nationals in the Media and Education sector. Most recently she held a dual role as both CFO, Americas International and Professional as well as Interim Managing Director – Latin America at McGraw Hill Education. Prior to that, Jennifer held various strategy and finance leadership roles at Penguin Random House, Time Warner and ExxonMobil. She began her career in investment banking in New York.
Jennifer holds an B.S.B.A. in finance from Georgetown University and a MBA from Duke.
David Kuntz currently leads future-oriented research efforts at Knewton, focusing on better understanding and modeling student learning in personalized contexts, at macro-scale. For five years prior, as VP of research and adaptive learning at Knewton, he led the development of all of Knewton’s core adaptive models and psychometric infrastructure. Before coming to Knewton, he held senior positions at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Among other inventions, he created the first efficient automated test assembly algorithm and system for the LSAT, the first web-based test delivery and item-banking system, and the first large-scale web-based portfolio scoring and management system. He has been awarded five assessment-related patents. David holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Brown, an M.A. in Philosophy from Rutgers, and an MBA/MSE from Wharton and the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ryan Prichard is responsible for driving Knewton’s technology vision. He has over 12 years of development and management experience in creating highly performant software systems in the financial and engineering industries. He previously managed the development of PayPal’s core Payments and Credit systems supporting money movement across their entire customer base. Prior to that, he worked at BillMeLater where he created their Servicing Platform supporting millions of financial customers daily. Ryan holds a B.S. in Information Decision Systems with a minor in Computer Science and an M.S. in Software Engineering, both from Carnegie Mellon University.
Kristen McFadden Gandhi is responsible for delivering on the promise of adaptive learning to our partners. Kristen brings her 15 years of experience in the IT industry to the team, with over 10 years leading large enterprise deployments. Previously, she led the transition department at IPsoft, with responsibility for onboarding hundreds of Global 1000 customers onto the IPsoft platform. Prior to that, Kristen held various systems administration and development positions in higher education and private industry. She began her career as an analyst for UBS in New York and London.
Kristen holds an B.A. in mathematics and a M.S. in technology management from Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.
Dave joined Knewton in 2011 and is responsible for delivering and developing the people on whom Knewton relies to deliver on its mission.
A graduate of The State University of New York at Buffalo, Dave has spent more than two decades building, scaling, and optimizing many of the most innovative and successful firms in the worlds of banking, securities trading, management consulting, enterprise software, and infrastructure technology. He lives at the beach with his wife and two daughters.
Gannon is an entrepreneurial product leader with over twenty years experience building high impact software solutions across a wide spectrum of consumer and enterprise industries, including platform service solutions to deliver white label omni-channel internet video for enterprise media companies such as Disney, ESPN, and MTV; and event marketing and ticketing automation to leading venues and festivals. Most recently, Gannon was an executive product leader at Google, working on Maps, Local Search and Location Services. Among other achievements, Gannon was instrumental in driving the company’s mobile first and machine learning personalization strategies. Gannon spends his free time designing, manufacturing and piloting first-person-view racing drones and making purpose built, internet connected hardware devices (mostly for the amusement of his two young sons).
Jason Jordan leads the Direct to Institution business unit at Knewton. Prior to joining Knewton, Jason spent 27 years at Pearson Education in various sales, editorial, and technology roles, including leading the strategy and product creation for best-selling courseware solutions like MyMathLab, MyFoundationsLab, and Pearson Writer.
His passion is creating products and services to help students succeed in college, especially students who arrive underprepared. Jason believes that access to education should extend to anyone who desires to learn and that facilitating equal access to education regardless of a student’s past performance or socioeconomic status is crucial to maintaining the health of our society.
Jason holds a B.A. in English from Westminster College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Jules Roazen is the vice president of adaptive learning at Knewton. He leads Knewton’s adaptive learning technologies team, which builds the data science and technology to power Knewton recommendations, analytics, and content insights. Jules has nearly 15 years’ experience on Wall Street designing and building globally distributed trading and risk management systems. He previously worked as an adventure guide for at-risk youth, leading white-water rafting and climbing trips in the Canadian wilderness. Jules started his professional career as a full-time firefighter in the city of Toronto. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.