Jason Palmer, deputy director, Postsecondary Success leads the foundation’s efforts in online and blended learning solutions, digital courseware, student coaching and advising, competency-based learning, seamless credit transfer, and employer pathways.
Prior to the foundation in 2013, Jason founded and grew three investor-backed technology and services companies before holding a series of executive positions at Microsoft, SchoolNet, Kaplan, and StraighterLine. At Microsoft Education, Jason was responsible for developing and launching the world’s first learning management system for tablet-based education. At SchoolNet, Jason was responsible for helping the fast growing startup establish partnerships with Scantron, The Princeton Review, Kaplan and ETS. At Kaplan, Jason led three education businesses as general manager or president, in addition to leading the company’s venture capital effort and serving as a board member to startups like Moodlerooms and iProf India. Jason was also one of the first employees at StraighterLine, serving as its first chief product officer, as well as an entrepreneur-in-residence at New Markets Venture Partners, a leading education-focused VC.
Jason holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and also serves on the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation Board.