Our Team

Driving innovation in American education – a place that’s resisted change for decades – takes a diverse set of people who take the work seriously without taking themselves too seriously. We’ve built charter schools. We’ve run EdTech companies. We’ve built houses and organized communities. We do as much as we can with as small of a team as possible. Join us.

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Matt Candler
Founder and CEO

Matt is 4.0’s fearless leader. After studying school improvement at Kellogg, he went on to open over 30 schools at KIPP, and helped lead NYC’s Center for Charter School Excellence and New Schools for New Orleans. Once his kids are asleep, he’s probably tinkering away at Nightshift Bikes.

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Katie Beck
Chief Operating Officer

Katie runs 4.0’s day-to-day. A Forbes’ “30 under 30” award winner, she joined Teach For America after teaching 5th grade English in New Orleans, most recently working as regional director of strategy and innovation. Some would call her “Bayou Coastal” as she helps to grow 4.0’s NYC presence.

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Raphael Gang
Director of Outreach and Communications

Raphael’s building a national dialogue around 4.0’s work. A former teacher, he moved to Louisiana to help lead the Department of Education’s efforts to create new options for families. You can find him reading longform articles about obscure topics, then randomly inserting them into conversations.

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Cambria Martinelli Skvarka
Director of Community and Idea Development

Cam directs 4.0’s game-changing programming. Previously, she’s built community at schools and non-profits including the University of Virginia and Americorps. Ever productive, most of her offline moments are with her husband building an Uptown New Orleans fixer upper.

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David Fu
Manager of Community Development

Fu leads 4.0’s work to develop education entrepreneurship communities across the country. He previously led 4.0’s expansion into NYC, and before 4.0 worked in investment banking for Barclays. He gives back by advising Streetlight Schools and never turns down an offer to show off over 20 years of piano practice.

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Hassan Hassan
Manager of Idea Development

Hassan is building our community’s capacity to design the future of school. As a former electrical engineer and management consultant, he loves making sense of things and making things happen. Hassan is a proud Launch and Ed Pioneers alum. He’s addicted to running, Nutella, and NPR.

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Austin Crouse
Launch Coordinator

Austin is our “Sherpa guide.” After studying Economics and Mass Media Arts at the University of Georgia, he joined Venture for America and returned to his home state of Louisiana. He believes in the value of social entrepreneurship, obsesses over film and music, and possesses an unshakable love for the South, college football, and grits.

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Alli Dunn
NYC Community Manager

Alli joined 4.0 Schools after five years at the NYC Department of Education where she managed communications for the Office of Student Enrollment. Alli supports 4.0’s NYC community of entrepreneurs, 4.0 Schools’ Innovation Network and manages 4.0’s home office. You can find Alli at the 826 NYC Super Hero Supply Store tutoring students and trying on capes.

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Lloyd Nimetz
Director of Venture Growth

Lloyd runs the Launch program and is 4.0’s chief entrepreneur coach. He is a serial entrepreneur and startup investor who founded a number of for-profits and non-profits in the US, Argentina and India, including two exits. He feels a close affiliation to Stanford, Williams College, the NY Rangers and everything canine.

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John Baldo
Community Systems Manager

John is growing the Startup Weekend Education community at 4.0 Schools! He’s a software engineer by trade and briefly worked as a middle school math teacher. John is in love with the city of Oakland where he lives, bikes and stays involved in Oakland schools.

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Board of Directors

James Eustis

Owner — Capdeville Restaurant

Beth Anderson

Director — The Hill Center

Kenneth L. Campbell

President — The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)

Frederick M. Hess

Resident Scholar and Director of Policy Studies — The American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Alex Hernandez

President — Charter School Growth Fund

Supporters

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Broad Foundation

Foundation for the Mid South

The Walton Family Foundation

Goldring Family Foundation

Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation