Meet the team

Education Leadership Meets Business Acumen

Foundry College brings together a team of experienced academics, instructional designers, faculty, and edtech and business leaders to deliver a new kind of college.

Meet the Team

Dr. Akiba J. Covitz
Foundry College CEO and President

Dr. Akiba J. Covitz has led business development processes at numerous Ed Tech companies, including serving as founding Vice President for University Relations at edX. Akiba started his career as a tenure-track professor, and his academic career culminated with his appointment as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and a member of the faculty at Harvard Law School. At Harvard, under the leadership of now United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Akiba oversaw the extraordinary expansion and diversification of the HLS faculty, after a long period of stagnant growth. Akiba then served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Relationships at Academic Partnerships, an online program management provider and he recently headed up business development at Minerva Project. Akiba has also served as a senior advisor to such organizations as Entangled Solutions (now part of Guild Education) and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn
Foundry College Founder, President Emeritus, and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn is the President Emeritus and Chief Academic Officer of Foundry College. He led a team of instructional designers in building the Foundry curriculum, and designing the teaching techniques, based on his decades of work in learning science. Most recently, Dr. Kosslyn served as the Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute. He was previously the director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Prior to that, he was chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, and the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James at Harvard University. He received a B.A. from UCLA and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in psychology.

Faculty & Instructional Designers

Our instructional designers collaborate with Dr. Kosslyn to develop the Foundry College curriculum, including specifying key capabilities to be taught and developing detailed lesson plans for each session. Our trained faculty use these lesson plans to instruct each class, incorporating active learning techniques to ensure that students learn the material, put it into immediate practice, and retain it for the future.

Dr. Kacey Warren

Professor and Instructional Designer

Dr. Melanie Obitz-Bukartek

Professor

Ms. Debra Hunter

Instructor

Mr. Reed Shell

Instructor

Ms. Sandy Dolan

Instructor

Ms. Jamie Grettum

Instructor

Student Support

Our student support staff serve important roles at Foundry College, overseeing and supporting our students to ensure academic success.

Nick Rothacher

Senior Coach

Allegra Lanzara

Personal Coach

Business Leadership Team

The business leadership team manages admissions, operations, partnerships, technology, marketing, communications, student experience, and other administrative responsibilities at Foundry College.

Melanie Vuynovich

Chief Student Experience Officer

Scott Williams

Chief Technology Officer

Karen Adams

Head of Marketing

Dr. Beth Callaghan

Dean, Foundry College

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is committed to the vision and mission of Foundry College. The Board consists of nine members, six of which are confirmed at this time.

Rob Hutter

Founder and Managing Partner, Learn Capital

Dr. Stephen Kosslyn

Founder, President Emeritus, and Chief Academic Officer, Foundry College

Greg Mauro

Founder and Managing Partner, Learn Capital

Norman Atkins

Managing Partner, Together Education; Co-Founder and Board Chair, Relay Graduate School of Education

Dr. Akiba J. Covitz

CEO and President, Foundry College

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