Jose Ferreira is the founder of Knewton and serves on the board. 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.
Ryan Prichard is the President and Acting CEO of Knewton. For the past 5 years, Ryan served as Knewton’s CTO and was responsible for driving Knewton’s technology vision. He has over 16 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.
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.
Mike Chapin joined Knewton in 2013 and brings his near-10 years of legal experience to overseeing Knewton’s legal and regulatory affairs worldwide. Prior to joining Knewton, Mike was a corporate attorney in the Boston office of Cooley LLP advising technology companies on a broad range of corporate, commercial, intellectual property and regulatory legal issues. Prior to that, he was a process development engineer at several technology companies in Silicon Valley. Mike holds a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Jason Jordan leads the revenue strategy 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.