Tom Vander Ark currently serves as C.E.O. of Getting Smart, a learning design firm that amplifies thought-leadership campaigns, education initiatives, powerful learning experiences, and forward-leaning strategies with schools, school districts, and impact-oriented partners.
Tom graduated from the Colorado School of Mines, where he was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Medal. He received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver and continues his education online. In addition to his role at Getting Smart, Tom is a partner in Learn Capital, an education venture-capital firm investing in ed-tech startups. He is also a director for 4.0 Schools, Bloomboard, Charter Board Partners, Digital Learning Institute, eduInnovation, and Imagination Foundation. Previously, he served as the first executive director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as a public-school superintendent in Washington State. Tom has spoken at a variety of prestigious national and international conferences, including SXSWEdu, iNACOL’s Blended & Online Learning Symposium, and A.S.U./G.S.V., and has published numerous white papers and books in the field of education.