Many members of the Braven team were the first in their families to go to college, are the sons and daughters of immigrants, and/or come from underrepresented backgrounds in the professional workforce. Amongst our team there are also people from the most privileged backgrounds. We are all united by a common belief that our nation is better in the short- and long-term when the door of economic opportunity is open to all.

Braven is a startup and that requires our team members to do a little bit of everything! Each of us has the title of Founding Team Member, and below you’ll find our areas of focus in case you want to get in touch with any questions.

Braven Team

AimeeEubanksDavis

Aimée Eubanks Davis

Founder & CEO

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AndreaSchwartz

Andrea Schwartz

Team Lead, Bay Area

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BrianSadler

Brian Sadler

Technology

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EdgardoPerez

Edgardo Perez

Coach Experience, Bay Area

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EhudTal

Ehud Tal

Online Learning Experience Design

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JeanaKim

Jeana Park

Product Design & Experience

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SheilaLopez

Sheila Lopez

Team Lead, NYC Area

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Board of Directors

Richard Barth
CEO, KIPP Foundation

Richard Barth was made CEO of the KIPP Foundation in December of 2005. Over the past ten years, he has overseen the significant growth of the network from 45 to 183 schools, dramatically expanded KIPP’s leadership development programs, advocated for high performing charter schools on Capitol Hill, and secured more than $260 million in new, long-term philanthropic commitments, including more than $100 million from the federal government.

Barth came to KIPP from Edison Schools, where he served as President of District Partnerships and managed school partnerships serving more than 40,000 students. Prior to joining Edison, Richard was one of the founding staff members of Teach For America. He earned a BA in American History from Harvard University, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools Fellow. He currently sits on the board of directors of The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, General Assembly, ROADS Network Charter Schools, and the KIPP Foundation. Barth was named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Harvard University’s Chief Marshal for 2014 Commencement ceremonies.


Dr. Phillip Clay
Former Chancellor and Current Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Phillip L. Clay, PhD served as the Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ​ (MIT)​ from 2001 until 2011. ​He also held other leadership positions at MIT and was Department Head at ​the Department of Urban Studies & Planning where he has been a faculty member since 1976.

Professor Clay is widely known for his work in U.S. housing policy and urban development. His current interests include organizational capacity in community-based nonprofits as well as the role of anchor institutions. Growing out of his work on MIT international strategies, he is also interested in the increasing role higher education can play in national development strategies in less developed and emerging nations.

Professor Clay is Chair of the Board of The Community Builders, Inc., one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable housing. He is a member on several foundation and nonprofit boards, including The Kresge Foundation. Professor Clay also has experience in public higher education as a member of the board of the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the board of the Aga Khan University.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a doctorate from MIT. Professor Clay lives in Boston.


Susan Dunn
Semi-Retired Teacher, Community Volunteer

Since 2004 Susan has been working for educational equity in Newark, New Jersey. She currently volunteers two days a week with Kindergarten to 8th grade students in the KIPP schools. With the elementary students she provides classroom support in ELA and math while with the middle school students she is a lunchtime tutor/mentor. Susan is the co-chair of the Teach For America – New Jersey Board. For the past three years Susan and her “little sister” Imani have been matched together, and Susan also serves on the local board of Big Brothers / Big Sisters. Susan’s other commitments include the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Montclair Public Library Foundation, and her church community. Susan taught second grade at Kent Place School and third grade at The Montclair Kimberley Academy. Previously she worked as a Media Planner at the Ogilvy & Mather offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York on accounts from Mattel Toys to Kimberly Clark and American Express.

Susan received a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bank Street College in New York City. She and her husband, Tom, live in Montclair, NJ. Their daughter Ellen is a Teach For America alum in her 5th year of teaching math, and their son Michael is teaching English and technology in an Akanksha school in Pune, India. Susan loves to read, cook, and travel, and no trip is complete without sending postcards to her students.


Aimée Eubanks Davis
Founder and CEO, Braven

Aimée was inspired to found Braven based on deep passion and belief that our next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. Aimée spent the majority of her career at Teach For America. She held various senior leadership roles, including leading the organization’s groundbreaking work around its human capital and diversity efforts. Earlier in her career, Aimée taught sixth grade, led the Breakthrough/Summerbridge New Orleans site, and worked for the national organization. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a Braddock Scholar, a Draper Richards Foundation Entrepreneur, and a Camelback Ventures Fellow. A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, Aimée resides in Chicago with her husband, three children, and playful Boxer dog.


Greg Gunn
Entrepreneur in Residence, City Light Capital

Greg is an Entrepreneur in Residence at City Light Capital. He focuses on early stage investments in educational software and services companies. He serves as an Expert-In-Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab and coaches entrepreneurial students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Gunn co-founded Wireless Generation, Inc. in 2000 and served as its President and Chief Scientist.

Prior to founding Wireless Generation, Mr. Gunn served as a Product Manager for InterDimensions, Product Manager for Clique.com, and an Associate at the Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C., where he focused on investments in new media, healthcare, and systems integration businesses. He currently is a Trustee of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and of the Center for Excellence in Education. Greg was named one of Fast Company magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2012. He received an M.B.A. and Master’s in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Gunn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Chicago. He also attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.


Jen Holleran
Executive Director, Startup:Education

Jen Holleran is the Executive Director of Startup:Education. She has led Startup:Education since its inception in 2010.

Jen spent the first decade of her career as a high school teacher and principal. Prior to Startup:Education, she focused on school leadership – she worked with Oakland Unified School District to create small schools and prepared principals to lead those schools. She was the founding executive director of Bay Area’s New Leaders for New Schools, which attracts, trains and supports principals to dramatically improve district and charter schools in Oakland and the Bay Area. She co-authored A New Approach to Principal Preparation, which draws on innovative promising practices from principal preparation programs around the country in order to help school systems develop more effective leaders. She also worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. before joining Oakland Unified. Immediately prior to joining Startup:Education, Jen served as an independent consultant for several large foundations that supported principal leadership development.

Jen is a Pahara / Aspen Institute fellow in the Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She serves on the board of Phillips Exeter Academy, the Foundation for Newark’s Future, Newark Charter School Fund, the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE) and The Braven Accelerator.

Jen holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA and MEd from Harvard. Outside of work, Jen and her child psychiatrist husband are busy raising young twin sons in Boston, MA.


Stephanie Khurana
Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan

Stephanie Khurana is a Managing Director in the Boston office responsible for identifying and supporting Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneurs. Stephanie was on the founding team of Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), a visionary startup in the tech space that was one of the first entities to foresee the transformation from mainframe-centric solutions to client-server architecture and packaged solutions. She previously was Co-Founder, CEO, and Director of Surebridge, Inc., a web-based software provider that was ultimately sold to Time Warner, Inc. She has served as Acting Executive Director at the Tobin Project, a nonprofit organization that sits at the forefront of major research initiatives to address some of society’s most pressing problems and helps transform public policy debates. She currently serves on its Board of Directors.

Ms. Khurana received her B.S. in Applied Economics with a concentration in International Relations from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.