David Ciulla - Executive Director
David co-founded Sports Basement, a successful San Francisco-based retail company; was a consultant advising U.S. and international business clients; and was an analyst with Chemical Bank in New York.
As a classroom teacher for five years, David taught middle school ELA, math, and science and coached basketball and baseball.
David has also led development projects in the Navajo Nation and the Amazon region of Brazil. He received a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Kathy Bloomfield - Director of Teacher Engagement and Communications
Kathy held senior leadership roles in direct marketing and marketing services for Digitas, Warner Music, Time Inc., Book of the Month Club, and Time Life Books. She was also a founding partner in a marketing consulting business with clients including Sony Music, AOL, Doubleday and Educate Inc. Kathy also taught 2nd grade and received a B.A. in English from Gettysburg College.
ReadWorks Academic Advisors
Dr. Joanna Williams - Member of the National Reading Panel and RAND Reading Study Group
Dr. Williams is a professor emerita of psychology and education at Columbia University and is internationally renowned for her research on linguistic, cognitive, and perceptual bases of reading development. She was a member of the National Reading Panel and RAND Reading Study Group.
Dr. Elfrieda "Freddy" Hiebert - One of the World's Leading Experts in Literacy, Vocabulary, and Text Complexity
Dr. Hiebert is President and CEO of TextProject.org. She has worked in the field of early reading acquisition for 45 years, first as a teacher’s aide and teacher of primary-level students in California and, subsequently, as a teacher educator and researcher. Dr. Hiebert is the 2008 recipient of the William S. Gray Citation of Merit, a member of the Reading Hall of Fame, and the 2013 recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Research to Practice (Interpretive) award.
Dr. Margie Gillis - President and Founder of Literacy How, and Research Affiliate at Haskins Laboratories
Dr. Gillis’s work has focused on how best to teach teachers to implement research-based practices in the classroom. Dr. Gillis has the rare expert knowledge of both the highest quality research in literacy instruction and the practical realities of teachers and students in the classroom.
Dr. Judith Hochman - One of the Foremost Experts on Expository Writing and Writing Instruction
Dr. Judith Hochman is the creator of the Hochman Method and founder of The Writing Revolution. Dr. Hochman served as the Head of Windward School in White Plains, New York, a nationally renowned independent school focused on teaching students with learning disabilities. She is the founder and senior faculty member of the Windward Teacher Training Institute.
ReadWorks Technology and Content Advisors
Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based in New York City that specializes in Internet startup companies. USV’s early investments include Twitter and Etsy. Mr. Wenger combines over ten years of entrepreneurial experience with a significant background in internet technology. As an entrepreneur he has founded or co-founded five companies, including an early stage venture capital firm and a technology subsidiary for Telebanc (now E*Tradebank).
At the age of age 18, Mr. Wenger won the German national computer science competition. He graduated from Harvard College, summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science, and he holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT.
Alan has a deep interest in the future of education and learning, especially early literacy. He has worked at Google managing special projects such as strategic deal development and negotiation, internal cross-functional troubleshooting and managing tricky partners. Prior to Google he played early roles in sales and business development at start-ups (at the time) Netscape, Infoseek, Shutterfly and Network Computing Devices, all of which went public, and Kontiki, which was acquired by VeriSign.
In prior lives he was a science researcher and software engineer working on high speed parallel computing, radio astronomy and high energy physics at NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab and the California Institute of Technology; a software analyst for advanced aeronautics at Lockheed and Cray Research; and a systems engineer at Sun Microsystems.
Sharon Simpson is the principal of SJS Projects based in New York City. Sharon has a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of London and was a founding staff member of the National Center for Science Education, Technology, and Literacy at the American Museum of Natural History in New York before moving to the Institute for Inquiry at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Since she established SJS Projects in 2001, Sharon has worked nationally for leading museums and cultural institutions developing museum exhibitions and educational outreach products on a wide range of topics that includes biology, mathematics, physics, astrophysics and astronomy, archaeology, history, and art history. Clients include the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, National Geographic Society, Discovery, Evidence Design, Arts and Exhibitions International, Partners Healthcare, Premier Exhibitions, Evergreen Exhibitions, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and Blue Mountain Film.
Dr. Kimberly Gilmore
Dr. Kimberly Gilmore is Senior Historian and Vice President of Corporate Outreach at HISTORY/A+E Networks. Dr. Gilmore received her doctorate in American History from New York University in 2005. At A+E Networks, she works on education and public outreach initiatives for classrooms, museums, and cultural institutions. She serves as an editor of Idea Book for Educators and other educational publications of A+E Networks, and has written lesson plans in American and Global history emphasizing critical thinking skills and primary source analysis. She serves on the board of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and the Advisory Council of the California History Blueprint. She is also active in cable industry organizations including the Association of Cable Communicators.
Mr. Rea has been a technical advisor from the inception of ReadWorks and now contributes to strategic planning as well. Mr. Rea studied educational technology at Harvard University, where he earned a master's degree in education, and at the MIT Media Lab. He has broad experience combining technology and education initiatives, including technical direction of the NSF-funded Physics 2000 Project.
ReadWorks was the first nonprofit accepted into the IK12 education technology accelerator.
Board of Directors
Daria L. Wallach, Chair
Lord, Abbett & Co.
Colin M. Farmer
Catherine Viscardi Johnston
Midway Communications LLC
Wilson S. Neely
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
The Claremont Group LLC
Great on the Job
Bradley G. Kulman
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Willard Overlock, Jr.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Le Pain Quotidien
Drummond C. Bell, III
DCB III Associates LLC
Egremont Associates LLC
Christopher Linen & Company
Dudley N. Williams, Jr.
GE Asset Management
David Ciulla (Ex-officio)
Executive Director, ReadWorks
Steven G. Brody
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Dr. Joanna Williams
Teachers College, Columbia University