Tom Vander Ark


  • Assessment
  • Engagement
  • Leadership and governance
  • Personalized learning
  • Student-centered education

Tom Vander Ark is author of “Getting Smart,” “Smart Cities,” and “Smart Parents.” He is CEO of Getting Smart, a learning design firm, and a partner at Learn Capital, an education venture fund. Vander Ark advocates for innovations that customize and motivate learning and extend access. Previously, he served as the first executive director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also served as a public school superintendent in Washington state and has extensive private sector experience. He is board chair of Charter Board Partners, director for 4.0 Schools, Bloomboard, Digital Learning Institute, eduInnovation and Imagination Foundation, and serves on several other nonprofit boards.