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Our Executive Team
Frank Ferguson, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Frank Ferguson is one of five co-founders of Curriculum Associates. Frank graduated from Iowa State University in 1950 with a degree in journalism and minors in education and psychology. He received an MBA from MIT in 1959. Frank served as President of the BOSE Corporation from 1969–1976, as President of Curriculum Associates from 1976–2008 and since then, as its Chairman. Frank is a member of the Boston chapter of Social Venture Partners, a non-profit that mentors and financially supports organizations with social missions. Since 2010, Frank has been a board advisor to the Lionheart Foundation. He has been profoundly influenced by the work of Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, and especially by the implications for instruction and learning arising from the connection of oral language to cognition set forth in Lev Vygotsky's seminal work, Thought and Language. Frank was recently honored with an AAP Hall of Fame Award for lifetime achievement and contributions to the education industry.
Rob Waldron, Chief Executive Officer
Rob Waldron joined Curriculum Associates in 2008, bringing leadership experience from both for-profit and nonprofit education worlds. Thanks to his unique 20-year employment contract, he runs the company with a long-term focus, upholding the founding mission to improve classrooms everywhere. Under his leadership, revenues have quintupled, making Curriculum Associates the nation's fastest-growing K–12 education publishing company. Curriculum Associates now employs more than 600 staff and has earned “Top Place to Work” status from both the Boston Business Journal and The Boston Globe.
Prior to joining, Rob served as CEO of Jumpstart, a national nonprofit preparing preschoolers from low-income backgrounds for success, and as CEO of Score Learning, a unit of Kaplan Education. Rob also served as an operating executive at private equity firm Berkshire Partners.
Winner of the 2016 EdTech Digest CEO Leadership Award and a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, Rob's mission-driven passion has earned him recognition as a Fast Company Top 25 Social Entrepreneur and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He served as a Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School and is on the board of Van Pool, a transportation provider for students with special needs. Rob received his B.A. from Northwestern and M.B.A. from Harvard.
Renee Foster, President and Publisher
Renee joined Curriculum Associates in 2009 from the American Museum of Natural History. As the Senior Director of Business Development, Renee significantly increased the museum's funding by $40 million over five years through the renovation of business operations and the development of many successful scientific research and educational programs worldwide. Renee also served as Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company and was the youngest Plant Manager for Shell Oil. Since her arrival at CA, Renee has led key product development initiatives related to online assessment and instruction, Common Core, and foundational skills and continues to lead the company's product strategy direction. She received a degree in engineering from Rice and an MBA from Stanford.
Dave Caron, Chief Financial Officer
Dave joined Curriculum Associates in 2012 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. At Houghton, he was responsible for corporate strategy development and for the sourcing, negotiating, and closing of acquisitions, licensing and related transactions. Prior to joining Houghton, Dave was the CFO at Cambium Learning from 2004 to 2009, where he led all financial functions and increased sales from $30 million in 2004 to $100 million in 2008.
Andy Smith, Chief Technology Officer
Andy joined Curriculum Associates in March of 2011 and oversees the software development and operations teams. Andy has over 20 years of experience leading high performing teams across a variety of technology areas including software development, network engineering, and information technology. Before joining CA, Andy was Vice President of engineering and product management at Authoria, a leading provider of talent management software. Prior to joining Authoria, he managed technology and development organizations at Geac, leading up to the acquisition by Infor Global for $1.1 billion. Prior to Geac, Andy led multiple technology and operations functions at Lycos, Honeywell, and Stratus Computer as well as consulted in the fields of data warehousing and business intelligence systems.
Adam Berkin, Vice President, Product Development
Adam oversees the product development team at CA and is passionate about helping students become better readers, writers, and mathematicians and enabling teachers to be successful. Adam is a teacher at heart, having formerly taught elementary and middle school, and has over 20 years of experience in the education industry. Previously, he served as Editorial Director, Supplemental Literature and Language Arts at Pearson Education and was responsible for developing several award-winning programs. Adam received a BA from Oberlin, an MA in English from the University of Chicago, and an M.Ed in elementary education from Lesley University.
Woody Paik, Senior Vice President, Sales
Woody Paik leads Curriculum Associates' partnership and sales teams. He works closely with numerous districts and schools across the country that are implementing Common Core curriculum, blended learning models, adaptive diagnostics, and online instruction. Prior to joining CA, Woody headed two business units for the Corporate Executive Board that focused on providing online services, research and quantitative analysis to a network of over 2,000 leaders of sales and marketing. Woody also implemented technology solutions for Accenture's consulting practice and taught English literature to secondary students. Woody holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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