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Our Team

Driving innovation in primary and secondary schooling in the U.S. – 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 started educational technology companies. We’ve built houses in low-income communities. We do as much as we can with as small of a team as possible. Join us.

Matt Candler

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.

Katie Beck

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.

Tony Zanders

Tony Zanders
Head of Communications and Outreach

Tony’s building a national dialogue around 4.0’s work. A product of New Orleans Public Schools, he has developed brands for edtech companies in Silicon Valley and Boston. A recent winner of the Gates Foundation’s College Knowledge Challenge, he’s really competitive, and always on the lookout for pickup basketball.

Cambria Martinelli Skvarka

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.

David Fu

David Fu
General Manager, NYC

Fu leads 4.0’s expansion into NYC, joining after a stint in investment banking for Barclays Capital, and co-organizing education hackathons in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He gives back by serving the Beginning with Children Foundation, and never turns down an offer to show off over 20 years of piano practice.

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Hassan Hassan
Portfolio Manager

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.

Liz Cole

Liz Cole
Video Producer

Liz brings 4.0 stories to life. After teaching at PS7 in Brooklyn with the New York City Teaching Fellows program, she joined TFA as a video producer. Passionate about people, art, film and education, she loves New Orleans culture and is always hunting for it’s analog.

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 FoundationFoundation for the Mid South

The Walton Family Foundation

Goldring Family Foundation

Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation