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Personalized, interactive learning for kids 2-6

Developed by early childhood educators

1000+ educational games, videos, and books

Designed to prepare kids for learning and life

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What Kids Will Learn

Social & Emotional

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  • Self-Awareness
  • Empathy
  • Relationships

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  • Numbers & Measurement
  • Patterns & Matching
  • Shapes

Literacy

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Literacy

  • Vocabulary & Comprehension
  • Reading
  • Writing

Wellness

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Wellness

  • Movement
  • Healthy Habits

Knowledge

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Knowledge

  • Science & Engineering
  • Arts & History
  • Places & Culture

Social & Emotional

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Social & Emotional

  • Self-Awareness
  • Empathy
  • Relationships
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Math

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Math

  • Numbers & Measurement
  • Patterns & Matching
  • Shapes

Literacy

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Literacy

  • Vocabulary & Comprehension
  • Reading
  • Writing

Wellness

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Wellness

  • Movement
  • Healthy Habits

Knowledge

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Knowledge

  • Science & Engineering
  • Arts & History
  • Places & Culture

Social & Emotional

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Social & Emotional

  • Self-Awareness
  • Empathy
  • Relationships
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Math

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Math

  • Numbers & Measurement
  • Patterns & Matching
  • Shapes

Literacy

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Literacy

  • Vocabulary & Comprehension
  • Reading
  • Writing

Knowledge

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Knowledge

  • Science & Engineering
  • Arts & History
  • Places & Culture

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How Kids Learn with Noggin

Noggin launches kids on interactive learning adventures – helping them build school and life skills with the characters they love.

Meet the Learning Team

We’ve got a dream team of experts and advisors. They’re parents, teachers, pediatricians, and researchers with best-in-class backgrounds in early childhood development, curriculum design, and educational technology (and in raising kids themselves).

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

SVP, Learning & Impact

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

SVP, Learning & Impact

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

SVP, Learning & Impact

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

SVP, Learning & Impact

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

SVP, Learning & Impact

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

SVP, Learning & Impact

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

SVP, Learning & Impact

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

SVP, Learning & Impact

Meet the Learning Team

We’ve got a dream team of experts and advisors. They’re parents, teachers, pediatricians, and researchers with best-in-class backgrounds in early childhood development, curriculum design, and educational technology (and in raising kids themselves).

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

SVP, Learning & Impact

Kiersten Zimmerman, M.S.Ed

Sr. Director, Learning & Impact

Brittany Sommer Katzin, Ed.M.

Director of Learning & Impact

Kevin Miklasz, Ph.D.

Sr. Director, Learning Analytics & Insights

Sabrina Silverstein, MA, NBCT

Sr. Learning & Impact Advisor

Beth Richman, Ed.M.

Sr. Curriculum Advisor

Israel Flores, Ph.D.

Sr. Manager, Innovations in Learning

Courtney Wong Chin, M.A.

Director, Learning Insights & Design

The Buzz on Noggin

Our 5 yr old asks for it daily! He loves the games on my phone/iPad and watches the shows on the TV as much as I’ll let him.

Emily, Google Play

My children and I love the content and the subjects/categories created as a mix from different shows.

Carlo, Web

My kids are learning so much! Our kids (almost 4 and 5 years old) love Noggin! Not only can they see their favorite Nick Jr character shows, but they are learning so much, especially during this quarantine time. Thank you for such a great service!

Angela, App Store

Our 5 yr old asks for it daily! He loves the games on my phone/iPad and watches the shows on the TV as much as I’ll let him.

Emily, Google Play

My children and I love the content and the subjects/categories created as a mix from different shows.

Carlo, Web

My kids are learning so much! Our kids (almost 4 and 5 years old) love Noggin! Not only can they see their favorite Nick Jr character shows, but they are learning so much, especially during this quarantine time. Thank you for such a great service!

Angela, App Store

Our 5 yr old asks for it daily! He loves the games on my phone/iPad and watches the shows on the TV as much as I’ll let him.

Emily, Google Play

My children and I love the content and the subjects/categories created as a mix from different shows.

Carlo, Web

My kids are learning so much! Our kids (almost 4 and 5 years old) love Noggin! Not only can they see their favorite Nick Jr character shows, but they are learning so much, especially during this quarantine time. Thank you for such a great service!

Angela, App Store

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

SVP, Learning & Impact

Early learning and social policy expert Michael Levine is responsible for deepening Noggin’s value to children and families through dynamic content, partnerships, and interactive experiences. He previously served as chief knowledge officer at Sesame Workshop and as founding executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, a pioneering thought leader in the digital media and learning field. He also oversaw innovative grantmaking, strategic communications and program design and scaling strategies for Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New York City Department of Education, the Mayor’s Office, and Asia Society.

Kiersten Zimmerman, M.S.Ed

Senior Director, Learning & Impact

Kiersten Zimmerman oversees Noggin’s learning programs and the development of new and innovative approaches to learning. She led formative research for Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” before joining BrainPOP to lead the development of their first early childhood initiative. For over a decade, Kiersten has also advised leading early childhood organizations in product and strategic development, including: Teaching Strategies, Kaplan Early Learning, Kindermusik International, HighScope, Acelero Learning, AlphaBEST Education, and The Ounce of Prevention Fund.

Brittany Sommer Katzin, Ed.M

Director of Learning & Impact

Brittany Sommer Katzin leads Noggin’s family engagement efforts and initiatives for social and emotional learning, social justice education, and health and wellness. Previously, she was senior director of Family Empowerment & Community Partnerships at the NYC Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Education, where she led the development of culturally relevant family resources and programs and guided community engagement and partnership strategies. She also spent five years at Sesame Workshop, where she produced multimedia outreach projects addressing childhood resilience, the needs of military families, children of incarcerated parents, and healthy habits.

Kevin Miklasz

Senior Director, Learning Analytics & Insights

Kevin Miklasz leads our efforts to measure our content’s effectiveness and student learning as it’s happening. He has worked in and around game design and education for more than 10 years, bringing his background in biomechanics, marine ecology, and fluid dynamics research to designing science curriculum, teaching after-school science programs, designing science games, running a science and cooking blog, doing data analyses to improve edtech products, designing digital assessments, and more. He is also author of the book Intrinsic Rewards in Games and Learning.

Sabrina Silverstein

Senior Learning & Impact Advisor

Sabrina Silverstein provides Noggin a deep understanding of how young children develop and learn, collaborating with others to build content that is developmentally appropriate and fun. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the early childhood field, including 16 years teaching pre-K in the Chicago Public Schools. She has built and led bilingual programs, research projects, assessment systems, and curriculum for Bank Street College, the New York City Department of Education, and more.

Beth Richman, Ed.M.

Senior Curriculum Advisor

Mother of Two

Beth Richman helps design and implement educational goals across Noggin’s various content types. She has spent more than two decades as an educational content specialist and qualitative researcher, developing products that inspire and educate children for clients including Nick Jr., Disney Junior, PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, Fred Rogers Productions, DreamWorks Animation Television, Spin Master, Pocket.watch, Little Airplane Productions, WildBrain, Space Racers, The New York International Children’s Film Festival and littleBits, as well as for a number of production companies, creators, and researchers around the world.

Israel Flores, Ph.D.

Senior Manager, Innovations in Learning

Israel Flores leads eBook research and development and helps assess science-based learning innovations for Noggin. A developmental psychologist with expertise in children’s learning from media and technology, he is a leader in assessing science-based learning innovations related to children’s literacy and their potential for direct translation to learning impact. At the Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth, he developed and taught courses for gifted elementary and middle-school students to promote engagement and interest in psychology and experimental design.

Courtney Wong Chin, M.A.

Director, Learning Insights & Design

Mother of one

Courtney Wong leads research across Noggin interactive and linear content to ensure that our materials are created with the highest potential for measurable learning. She has spent over 10 years conducting educational media and technology user-experience research with children, parents and educators. Previously, she served as director of content research and evaluation at Sesame Workshop, where she led research for numerous shows, website games, apps, eBooks, and podcasts.

Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith is the managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, an effort to increase rates of third-grade reading proficiency for children from low-income families that includes a network of more than 360 communities — with 4,000 organizations and more than 520 state and local funders comprising "big tent" sponsoring coalitions. Smith taught as a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for two decades, during which time he also served as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer for the School District of Philadelphia, and as a senior advisor to Philadelphia’s mayor on children and family policy.

Ralph Smith calls himself a “recovering law professor,” but he acknowledges that his background as a corporate and securities lawyer helped him to appreciate the role of markets and the private sector and the value of cross-sector collaboration. Bringing together “unusual allies” and “unlikely champions” was a hallmark of Smith’s work at Casey, from his leadership in supporting fathers in their critical role in children’s lives to mobilizing communities to be change agents in improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families to promoting reforms that help ex-offenders become productive citizens. “A significant part of my work involves finding that sliver of agreement between and among constituencies and growing that into common ground,” says Smith, who cultivates alliances around “common sense” principles that diverse partners can embrace. In Making Connections, for example, the initiative’s unifying theme was that children do well when their families do well and families do better when they live in supportive communities.

Natasha Reynald

Natasha Reynald is responsible for product development and user experience design across all Noggin platforms and devices. This includes Noggin’s core mobile applications, connected TV devices and websites. Prior to joining Noggin, Natasha was Director of Product at AMC Networks where she led multi-platform product development for all streaming networks: AMC, BBC America, IFC, WE tv and Sundance TV. Natasha also has over ten years of successful experience launching several award winning educational product lines at Disney and LeapFrog.

Courtney Wong Chin, M.A.

Director of Learning Insights & Design

Soon-to-be mother of one

Courtney Wong leads research across Noggin interactive and linear content to ensure that our materials are created with the highest potential for measurable learning. She has spent over 10 years conducting educational media and technology user-experience research with children, parents and educators. Previously, she served as director of content research and evaluation at Sesame Workshop, where she led research for numerous shows, website games, apps, eBooks, and podcasts.

Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D.

Stephanie M. Carlson is an American developmental psychologist whose research has contributed to scientific understanding of the development of children's executive function skills, including psychometrics and the key roles of imagination and distancing. Carlson is Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota, and Co-founder of Reflection Sciences, Inc.

Professor Carlson is a graduate of Bucknell University (summa cum laude), and obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Oregon in 1997, where she studied with Marjorie Taylor, Lou Moses, Dare Baldwin, Mary Rothbart, and Michael Posner. From 1998 to 2007, she was Assistant and then Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. In 2007, she moved to the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, where she co-directs (with Philip David Zelazo) the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. She was promoted to Professor in 2013, and recognized as a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 2017.

In 2014, Carlson and Zelazo co-founded a University-based start-up company, Reflection Sciences, Inc., to disseminate information about executive function skills and provide tools for assessing those skills and promoting their healthy development.

Christopher Cerf

Christopher Cerf is a writer, composer-lyricist, television, and music producer, humorist, and co-founder and president of the educational media and technology company, Sirius Thinking, Ltd., where he co-created and co-produced the multiple Emmy award-winning PBS children’s literacy education series, Between the Lions.

Cerf has won three Emmys and two Grammys for his musical contributions to Sesame Street (for which he has written over 200 songs since the show’s debut), and also created numerous musical numbers for the original Electric Company and for Square One Television. Cerf also played a key role in the founding of the Workshop's Products Group, and served for nearly a decade as the division’s original editor-in-chief.

Before joining the Workshop staff in 1970, Cerf served as a senior editor at Random House, where he worked with such diverse authors as George Plimpton, Andy Warhol, Abbie Hoffman, and Dr. Seuss; was a founding contributing editor of National Lampoon; and has written or co-written several bestselling humor books (most notably with his frequent National Lampoon co-conspirator, Henry Beard). His newest book, A Skunk in My Bunk, a playful easy reader in the tradition of Dr. Seuss’s Hop on Pop that teaches the basics of word construction, was published this past May by Beginner Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Cerf has been a long-time collaborator of Marlo Thomas on her Free To Be and St. Jude’s books, music albums, and television projects (winning an additional Emmy and Grammy in the process). Since the 1980s, he has also played a pioneering role in the advance of digital technology as a tool for educating young children, collaborating on numerous acclaimed video and interactive projects with the Jim Henson Company, the Success for All Foundation, Columbia Teachers College, Speakaboos, Tiggly, Teachley, and others.

In 2010, Cerf was awarded the Harold W. McGraw Prize for his contributions to American education.

Sean Farrell

SVP, Content & Strategy

Father of two

Father of two Sean Farrell leads Noggin's original content development and strategy. Before joining Noggin, he co-founded the goal-based learning platform, Huddle, served as VP of Product and Marketing Strategy for the K-12 education company Amplify, and worked in strategy at Scholastic Book Clubs. He started his career in the edit room and on set across a range of feature films and television shows. (His love for creating content started at an early age when he pitched his parents on a family newspaper, collected an annual subscription fee, and then released a single issue before retiring.)

C. Cybele Raver

C. Cybele Raver is Vanderbilt’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. An esteemed developmental psychologist whose leadership has spanned research, clinical, academic and administrative settings, Raver oversees all faculty, staff, programs and initiatives for Vanderbilt’s 10 schools and colleges. She also leads the university’s research, admissions, student affairs and residential life. Raver holds a Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and an appointment as professor of psychology and human development at Peabody College. Throughout her career, Raver has received prestigious awards from the American Psychological Association and the William T. Grant Foundation, among other organizations, and has been granted support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Her research focuses primarily on early learning and development within the contexts of poverty and public policy. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Raver was deputy provost at New York University, where she worked to advance interdisciplinary research and provided leadership for faculty and graduate students. She was also the provost liaison for several institutes, including NYU’s Center for Data Science, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, as well as the Social Science Division and Graduate School within the College of Arts & Science. At NYU, Raver also held the positions of senior vice provost for academic analytics and graduate academic affairs, and vice provost for faculty and research affairs. In addition, she was the director of the Institute for Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) and the inaugural director of the Institute of Human Development and Social Change. Raver is also a dedicated teacher. She was a faculty member at NYU for 13 years, most recently as a professor of applied psychology. Previously, she held faculty positions at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and Cornell University’s Department of Human Development. Beyond her roles in higher education, Raver advises various local and federal government agencies, working with them to promote healthy development and learning among children ranging from birth to the third grade. A native of New York City, Raver earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied psychology and filmmaking. She later earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University.

Dr. Raver’s own program of research focuses on early learning and development in the contexts of poverty and policy. Dr. Raver’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation as well as by private foundations such as the Spencer, McCormick-Tribune, and MacArthur Foundations. Her research has garnered several prestigious awards from organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the William T. Grant Foundation.

In addition to her work at NYU, Dr. Raver regularly advises local and federal government agencies and foundations on promoting healthy development and learning among children from birth to 3rd grade. Dr. Raver also serves on the Board of Directors of the Spencer Foundation as well as on several other boards of community agencies and initiatives. Before joining the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Dr. Raver held faculty positions at University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Studies and at Cornell University's Department of Human Development. Dr. Raver earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University.

Makeda Mays Green

VP, Digital Consumer Insights

Mother of three

In this role, she focuses on evaluating the most effective ways to reach target audiences through innovative research methodologies.

In this role, she focuses on evaluating the most effective ways to reach target audiences through innovative research methodologies. Previously, she served as the Director of Education & Research, Digital Media at Sesame Workshop (the creators of Sesame Street), where she supported the Workshop’s mission by examining the potential of current and emerging digital media platforms to deliver quality educational material to children and families.

Green has delivered several keynote addresses and guest lectured at Harvard University, New York University and Temple University.

She is the author of Makeda: Moving Up in Media and has appeared on The Learning Channel, CNN.com, MSNBC.com and Good Morning America Now.

She is a proud advisory board member of Raising Good Gamers (an initiative developed to create positive change in the culture and climate of online video gaming for youth) and Determined to Educate (a non-profit designed to support underserved youth through mentoring programs).

Tammy Clegg, Ph.D.

Tamara Clegg is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies and the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership and at the University of Maryland. She co-directs the Youth eXperience (YX) Lab at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland. Tamara’s work focuses on designing technology (e.g., social media, mobile apps, e-textiles, community displays) to support life-relevant learning where learners, particularly those from underrepresented groups in science, engage in science in the context of achieving personally relevant goals. She seeks to understand ways such learning environments and technologies support scientific disposition development. Tamara’s work is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Studies, and Google.

Matt Glickman

Matt Glickman is the founder and president of Promise Venture Studio, a non-profit organization whose mission is to spur social entrepreneurship in early childhood development. He also advises or serves on the board of several technology startups and nonprofit educational organizations.

Matt has spent the bulk of his career starting and growing companies. He was co-founder and CEO of enterprise software company Merced Systems, and prior to that was co-founder and CEO of BabyCenter, a consumer Internet company that built the leading website for new and expectant parents. In earlier years, Matt has held leadership roles at Intuit, Teach for America and started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company.

He graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned his M.B.A. He holds an M.A. from the Stanford School of Education and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College.

Kaya Henderson

Kaya Henderson leads the Global Learning Lab for Community Impact at Teach For All. There, she seeks to grow the impact of locally rooted, globally informed leaders, all over the world, who are catalyzing community and system-level change to provide children with the education, support, and opportunity to shape a better future. She is perhaps best known for serving as Chancellor of DC Public Schools from 2010-2016. Her tenure was marked by consecutive years of enrollment growth, an increase in graduation rates, improvements in student satisfaction and teacher retention, increases in AP participation and pass rates, and the greatest growth of any urban district on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) over multiple years.

Most recently, Kaya has served as a Fellow with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a Superintendent-in-Residence with the Broad Leadership Academy, a coach with Cambiar Education, and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Georgetown University.

Kaya’s career began as a middle school Spanish teacher in the South Bronx, through Teach For America. She went on to work as a recruiter, national admissions director, and DC Executive Director for Teach for America. Henderson then served as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at The New Teacher Project (TNTP) until she began her tenure at DCPS as Deputy Chancellor in 2007.

A native of Mt. Vernon, NY, Kaya received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and her Master of Arts in Leadership from Georgetown University, as well as honorary degrees from Georgetown and Trinity University. Her board memberships include The Aspen Institute, The College Board, Robin Hood NYC, and Teach For America. She chairs the board of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC), an organization that she co-founded.

Patti Miller

Patti Miller is the chief executive officer of Too Small to Fail for the Clinton Foundation. Too Small to Fail is a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of America’s youngest children, ages zero to five, and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century. Prior to joining the Foundation, Patti was the vice president of public policy for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit producer of "Sesame Street". Patti previously served as vice president of the Children and the Media Program at Children Now. In that role, she led a broad coalition in advocacy and policy efforts to improve the media environment for children. Patti holds an master's in social sciences in education from Stanford University and a bachelor's in mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ryan Padrez, Ph.D.

Ryan Padrez, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician and Assistant Clinical Professor at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Ryan is also the Medical Director of The Primary School, a new integrated health and education model that serves low income children and families in East Palo Alto, CA. The school’s approach is working to integrate primary education and primary care, effectively braiding together education, health, and family support services starting in infancy. In doing so, TPS hopes to expand the traditional definition of school. While at The Primary School he continues to care for patients and teach pediatric residents and medical students at Gardner Packard Children's Health Center. He remains dedicated to promoting models and policies that ensure high quality care is accessible to all children.

Jenny Radesky, M.D.

Dr. Radesky is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School. She received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School, trained at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and her clinical work focuses on developmental and behavioral conditions in low-income and underserved populations. Her NIH-funded research focuses on the use of mobile/interactive technology by parents and young children and how this relates to child self-regulation and parent-child interaction. She was the lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statements Media and Young Minds in 2016 and Digital Advertising to Children in 2020.

Diana Rhoten

Diana is an independent consultant who was previously the Managing Director of IDEO’s New York office. She works with organizations to reimagine who they are, what they do, and how they do it. Drawn to big challenges and opportunities, she actively helps IDEO and its clients effect change at scale through the design of new offers, ventures, and partnerships.

Diana has worked in and across business, government, and philanthropy, exploring the potential for organizations to innovate with both social and economic impact. Toward this end, she has helped R&D labs discover the power of interdisciplinary collaboration to generate breakthrough solutions in sustainability. She has helped catalyze new education markets by creating partnerships to accelerate startups building digital learning solutions as well as networks to support schools and non-profits seeking to adopt them. She has also designed and launched new entities within large-scale organizations as diverse as corporations like News Corp and government agencies such as the National Science Foundation.

Today, Diana is thinking hard about questions like: What are the shifting roles of business, government, and philanthropy in society? How can brands create new offers and experiences that inspire broader societal change? How might we human-scale actions into design purpose-driven movements that drive large-scale change? How do we as designers lead this kind of change through tangible prototypes of what the future could be?

Diana is a board member and advisor to several upstarts. Outside the office, she can be found chasing her Great Dane in the park, the fresh powder on the slopes, and her perennial dream to return to South America and Southern Africa.

Lori Takeuchi, Ph.D.

Lori Takeuchi, PhD is a program director at the National Science Foundation in its Division of Research on Learning. Prior to joining NSF, she spent 12 years at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, where she played various roles, including research fellow, head of research, and acting executive director. A learning scientist by training, her own research focuses on how children use media and technology across the various settings of their lives, and the implications these tools hold for their learning and development. Before earning her PhD from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, Lori spent over a decade designing curriculum-based science simulation and visualization software. She began her career managing Instructional Television at Thirteen/WNET.

Kristen Kane

EVP

We’ve got a dream team of experts and advisors. They’re parents, teachers, pediatricians, and researchers with best-in-class backgrounds in early childhood development, curriculum design, and educational technology (and in raising kids themselves).