Richard Culatta, Acting Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education, Charles Herget, Assistant Vice President, Education Leadership, AT&T, Nicole Smith, Research Professor and Senior Economist, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, and Tammy Wincup, Chief Operating Officer, EverFi, reimagine education opportunity for college and employment. The panel speaks with Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic.
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has experience in K-12, higher education, and workplace learning environments. As the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education his work focuses on leveraging technology to create personalized learning experiences for all students and promoting increased connectivity to improve access to education and make college more affordable. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to U.S. Senator Patty Murray.
Nicole Smith is a Research Professor and Senior Economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce where she leads the Center's econometric and methodological work. Dr. Smith has developed a framework for restructuring long-term occupational and educational projections. This framework forms the underlying methodology for Help Wanted, a report that projects education demand for occupations in the U.S. economy through 2020. She is part of a team of economists working on a project to map, forecast and monitor human capital development and career pathways.
Dr. Smith was born in Trinidad and Tobago and graduated with honors in Economics and Mathematics from the University of the West Indies (U.W.I.), St. Augustine campus. She was the recipient of the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Prize for outstanding research at the Master's level at the U.W.I. and is co-recipient of the 2007 Arrow Prize for Junior Economists for educational mobility research. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from American University in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Smith was a faculty member in Economics at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. Dr. Smith taught Classical and Modern Econometrics, introductory and advanced level courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics, Mathematics for Economists, and Latin American Economic Development.
Her previous macroeconomic research focused on the political economy of exchange rates and exchange rate volatility in the Commonwealth Caribbean, the motivation for her M.S. thesis and a joint-publication at the Inter-American Development Bank. Her current research investigates the role of education and socioeconomic factors in intergenerational mobility. She is a co-author of "The Inheritance of Educational Inequality: International Comparisons and Fifty-Year Trends," published in 2007 by the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy.
Tammy Wincup is Chief Operating Officer for EverFi. Throughout her career Tammy has done anything possible not to spend too much time in any one location. Tammy began her career working in South Africa and Egypt leading education development projects for Price Waterhouse Consulting. She then moved to the foreign land of San Francisco where she ran client services for an education and knowledge management technology start-up and for Diamond Technology Partners in Chicago. After September 11th, 2001, Tammy was appointed to the U.S. Department of State where she helped manage a $300 million fund of economic and education foreign assistance to the Middle East. In 2006, she came home to focus on education reform in her own backyard as the Managing Director of WDS Education where she worked with leading education and charter management organizations, and for-profit education companies focused on education investments. Tammy earned her Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.