The Digital Promise Global Board of Directors contribute expertise at the intersection of education, technology, and globalization.
Professor and President Emeritus, Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer, Tulane University
Digital Promise Global’s Board Chair Dr. Eamon Michael Kelly has the distinction of being the first social scientist to be elected Chairman of the Board of the National Science Foundation and served 17 years as President of Tulane University. Prior to coming to Tulane, Dr. Kelly served as the Chairman of the Association of American Universities, and the original Chairman of the Satellite Working Group, which established the first nation wide private satellite system in the U.S. for the benefit of the Public Broadcasting Service. In 1968, Kelly was appointed to U.S. government service by the President serving as Director of Policy Formulation with the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Dr. Kelly joined the Ford Foundation in 1969 and served as Officer-in-Charge for the Office of Social Development, the Foundations largest domestic and civil rights division. In 1977, Kelly served as a special consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives where he participated in drafting legislation that provided a $1.7 billion guarantee to prevent the insolvency of New York City. In 1981, Dr. Kelly became the 13th president of Tulane University. He retired from the presidency and returned to the faculty in 1998 and currently teaches courses at Tulane on international urban and rural development.
President and CEO of Digital Promise
Karen Cator is President and CEO of Digital Promise and a leading voice for transforming American education through technology, innovation and research. From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader support. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. She began her education career in Alaska as a teacher, ultimately leading technology planning and implementation. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a master’s in school administration from the University of Oregon and received the 2014 College of Education Distinguished Alumni award. The American Association of Publishers has awarded Cator with the 2014 Visionary Award. She received her bachelor’s in early childhood education from Springfield College and received the 2015 Distinguished Alumna award. She is an Aspen Pahara Fellow, the past chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on boards including the Software & Information Industry Association- Education.
Vice President for Education at Asia Society
In addition to his role as the Vice President of Education at Asia Society, Dr. Anthony Jackson also leads Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning (PGL), a national membership network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to integrating knowledge about Asia and the world as a mainstay of American education. Over the past six years, he has led the development of Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network, an effort within the PGL to create a network of small, effective, internationally-themed secondary schools across the country. Before joining Asia Society, he was a Director of the Walt Disney Company’s Disney Learning Partnership, where he designed and oversaw the Creative Learning Communities network of reforming elementary schools. Dr. Jackson, trained in both developmental psychology and education, is one of the nation’s leading experts on secondary school reform and adolescent development. After a stint on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Science Fellow he became a senior staff member on the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, chaired by George Miller (D-CA). Dr. Jackson later directed the Carnegie Corporation Task Force on the Education of Young Adolescents that produced the seminal Turning Points report, which became a key blueprint for the reform of thousands of middle schools nationwide.
Former Founding Director of the Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education
Linda G. Roberts, Ed.D. serves as Senior Advisor to Carnegie Learning Inc., Classroom Connect, Apple Computer and several leading technology companies. Previously, Dr. Roberts served as Founding Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology from its inception in September 1993 to January 2001. From 1984 to 1993, Dr. Roberts led the research on educational technology and Senior Associate at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Since leaving government in January 2001, Dr. Roberts has served as Advisor, Consultant, and board director in various organizations, state and local governments, corporations, and foundations. She has served as Director in organizations such as AcademicMerit, LLC, MOUSE Inc., ProQuest Company, Wireless Generation, Inc. Voyager Learning Company, and Carnegie Learning Inc. She serves as a Trustee of the Board of the Sesame Workshop, Education Development Corporation and the Education Development Center, Inc. Dr. Roberts was a elementary school teacher and reading specialist, University Professor and Academic Dean. Dr. Roberts is the recipient of many awards, including the Smithsonian Computer World Award for Leadership in Education, the ISTE NECC 2000 Pioneer Award, the Federal 100 Award, the U.S. Distance Learning Association’s Eagle Award and the COSN Community Leader Award. Electronic Learning Magazine named Dr. Roberts ‘Technology Educator of the Decade. Dr. Roberts earned her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, her Master of Education from Harvard University and her Doctorate of Education from the University of Tennessee.
Senior Education and Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, World Bank
Mike Trucano serves as the World Bank’s focal point on the topic within the education sector and leads the World Bank’s related analytical work on under its flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results initiative as it relates to information and communication technologies (SABER-ICT). In addition, Mike provides advice and support to World Bank country-level education projects seeking to utilize ICTs in various ways in multiple countries around the world. Mike is also the principal contributor to the World Bank’s widely readEduTech blog. Mike previously served as the ICT and Education Specialist at infoDev, the multi-donor ‘ICT knowledge shop’ housed within the World Bank’s Global ICT Department (GICT), where he coordinated activities related to information and communication technologies and the Millennium Development Goals, especially as they related to education. He also led infoDev’s work exploring the use of various low-cost ICT devices to meet developmental objectives in the social sectors, an initiative he continues to help lead from within the World Bank education sector, and managed the program’s mobile banking work. Mike brings experience working in a variety of capacities with on-the-ground ICT/education and ICT4D initiatives in several regions of the world, including feasibility studies, evaluation and assessment, teacher training and professional development, appropriate technologies and targeted policy advice, especially related to uses of ICTs in education and community telecentres.