YLC: Tech’s Role in Our Ever Evolving Education Ecosystem

April 12, 2017
222 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA


Technology is being integrated into innovative instructional methods, which are proving successful in a growing number of schools in California.
Hear ed tech pioneers discuss the real-life success stories and future potential for tech-assisted learning in the Golden State.

Join Lance Izumi, PRI’s Koret Senior Fellow in Education Studies and Senior Director of the Center for Education, in conversation with panelists from the ed tech start up space and learn about the new models and cutting-edge software that adapt classroom-learning to the individual – empowering both students and teachers.


Lance Izumi is Koret Senior Fellow in Education Studies and Senior Director of the Center for Education at the Pacific Research Institute. He has written and produced books, studies and films on a wide variety of education topics from student performance to education technology to school choice and many other subjects. Most recently, he co-authored the book Moonshots in Education, which details the potential of blended learning, which combines traditional classroom instruction with computer-assisted learning.Mr. Izumi received his J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law. He received his master of arts in political science from the University of California at Davis and his bachelor of arts in economics and history from the University of California at Los Angeles.



Muhammed Chaudhry serves as President and CEO for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Under his stewardship, SVEF has become the leading education not-for-profit resource preparing students for college and careers in Silicon Valley. The foundation is dedicated to elevating scholastic achievement in the critical area of STEM. With Muhammed’s leadership the foundation has forged strong partnerships with the industry and education community to develop innovative programs to support public education.


Former Teach for America corps member Ben Levy founded PlayPosit (formerly known as eduCanon) to help teachers, well, teach better. The startup, which was crafted through a bottom-up approach to education, creates interactive video lessons that are designed to address each instructor’s unique needs and classroom pain points. Teachers then have access to real-time student data, enabling them to make more informed, individualized decisions.


Esther Tricoche is an Associate Partner on NewSchools’ Tools & Services team. Prior to joining NewSchools Venture Fund, Esther was a founding team member, Program Manager and Acting Vice President at the Laura & John Arnold Foundation, where she led the Foundation’s education team and directed over $130 million in grants to sustainable, scalable, and transformative initiatives in K-12 Public Education. Esther brings deep passion to the NewSchools Venture Fund to transform the United States’ public education system.


Joe Vasquez is a Co-Director at Runway Incubator, a leading startup coworking space and corporate innovation advisory platform in San Francisco. He also oversees the Michelson Runway Accelerator, an accelerator that invests in and supports startups innovating in higher education and the workforce. Previously, Joe led data strategy at Enuma (formerly LocoMotive Labs), an education technology company that builds engaging math games for elementary students with special needs serving over 3 million worldwide. Before joining the Enuma team, Joe worked in investment banking for Goldman Sachs and spent two years teaching bilingual mathematics with Teach For America.


The Young Leaders Circle of the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) brings together young professionals 40 and under who are interested in economics, public policy, and the role of free markets and private enterprise. Through engagement in PRI’s high caliber programs and events, Young Leaders Circle (YLC) members can network, learn more about today’s pressing public policy issues, and become more effective advocates for liberty.

With an annual membership of $250 or more, members of the Young Leaders Circle enjoy complimentary admission to exclusive Young Leaders Circle member-only events. Regular monthly events will typically be held the second Wednesday of the month at Maritime Wine Tasting Studio (222 Columbus Ave.) in North Beach, San Francisco. These events will include networking with wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a speaker/panel discussion, and Q&A time with the audience.

This event is for members of the Young Leaders Circle.

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