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Mission

Imagine will empower every child, everywhere to build the literacy and numeracy skills they need to achieve their full potential.

How we will do it

Imagine will demonstrate that children, with personalized technology in their hands, can become literate and numerate with little to no adult instruction. More than 250 million children and youth worldwide do not have access to school. And hundreds of millions more go to school but never learn to read or write.

We are partnering with organizations across the globe to pilot autonomous learning programs. We will build an evidence base and identify what works – and why. We will use data to continuously improve the content, approach, and implementation. Then we will provide tools, expertise, capital, and a network to enhance our ability to scale elsewhere.

Enabling out-of-school children to learn through technology will dramatically increase access to education, free up resources, and create a high quality, cost-effective model that can scale globally. Similar to skipping the step of laying landlines and going directly to cellular, let’s consider leap frogging the cost and time to build schools and go directly to autonomous learning. We will always count on adults, including teachers, to provide support, training and mentoring.

We envision a world where all children have access to opportunity. Proving the effectiveness of autonomous learning, beginning in places with no alternatives, can pave the way for limitless possibilities for all children.

Who we are

Susan J Colby

CEO and Co-founder

Susan J Colby is the CEO and Co-founder of Imagine. Prior to founding Imagine, Susan was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where she led the education practice. Susan has also served as the CEO at Stupski Foundation and a founding partner of The Bridgespan Group. Earlier in her career, she developed and led sustainable agriculture businesses throughout the world. Susan serves on the boards of CODE2040 and Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship and a Lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Education. Susan earned a BA from American University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Joe Wolf

Chairman and Co-founder

Joe Wolf is Chairman of the Board and Co-founder of Imagine. He is the founder and a board member of The Learning Accelerator and OpenUp Resources. Joe has held board positions for Summer Search, the Clayton Christensen Institute, New Classrooms, and the New Schools Venture Fund. He was formerly a Partner at RS Investments where he co-managed a team that grew $100 million in assets to over $12 billion. Prior to RS, he worked at Goldman Sachs & Company. Joe holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Horn

Board Member

Michael Horn is a board member of Imagine and serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of Entangled Ventures and principal consultant of Entangled Solutions. The Co-founder and a Distinguished Fellow of the Clayton Christensen Institute, Michael works to transform education globally to allow all students to fulfill their potential. He is the author and coauthor of multiple books, including, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. Michael serves on the boards of Fidelis Education, Education Elements, Silicon Schools Fund, and the Minerva Institute. Michael earned a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Karen Levesque

Senior Director for Measurement and Evaluation

Karen Levesque is Senior Director for Measurement and Evaluation at Imagine. Prior to joining Imagine, Karen was Director of the Center for P-12 Education at RTI International, where she led research and technical assistance spanning early childhood through high school and transition to college. Karen also served as Program Director for K-12 School Improvement at MPR Associates. Early in her career, Karen served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. Karen serves on the board of the African Library Project, where she leads their measurement and impact effort. Karen earned her A.B. at Smith College, M.P.P. at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and her Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley.

Saro Mohammed

Advisor

Saro Mohammed is an advisor to Imagine. She has over a decade of experience in education research and external evaluations of programs implemented in public, private, and non-profit settings. She was previously the inaugural assistant director of two research units in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Saro serves as a reviewer for and advisor to federally-funded research centers. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in brain and cognitive sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Emma Sakson

Associate

Emma Sakson is an associate at Imagine. From 2015-2016, Emma served as a Princeton in Africa fellow in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she supported the communications, advocacy, and client services work of Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). Prior to joining Imagine, Emma worked at the ONE Campaign, a global, non-partisan advocacy organization with over 7 million members. She earned a BA in international affairs from The George Washington University.