Meet our Team
Rita Ferrandino has built a reputation as one of the most effective strategists and coalition-builders in the education community. She is a nationally recognized STEM education expert and authority on education policy and politics. Ferrandino offers more than 30 years of experience building companies and delivering strong revenue in education markets.
Dr. Barbara Kurshan is the Executive Director of Academic Innovations at Penn GSE. Dr. Kurshan has had a career as both an academic and award-winning entrepreneur. Kurshan has honed her vision of “what can be” using technology while supporting the growth of new education companies and developing innovative software products. She began her teaching career at Virginia Tech, where she obtained her doctorate. As a professor, she researched the impact of technology on learning and helped her students explore the applications of technology across the curricula.
Over the last 35 years, Granetta Blevins has distinguished herself in public service and private enterprise. Granetta has served as CFO for private and nonprofit organizations and held numerous management positions in public companies. Granetta’s experience in the education space has been both as an independent strategist and, in many cases, as a member of the senior management team for extended engagements. During 2013, Granetta was the Acting President of Georgetown College. Current extended projects include those with the Education Design Studio, Inc. and GlassLab, Inc. Since 2000, Granetta has been part of the executive management team of four successful education related start-up companies, spanning from online educational resources to an accelerator/seed fund.