Bart Epstein is the founding CEO of the Jefferson Education Accelerator (JEA), a unique organization launched by the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Strada Education Network to improve the American education system by increasing the likelihood that the more than ten billion dollars spent annually on education technology is driven by evidence of what works.
In 2017, Bart chaired the first ever EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium, which was the culmination of a year of joint research conducted by approximately 150 of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs, district leaders, philanthropists, investors, and teachers. Bart is a research associate professor in the Education Leadership, Foundations, and Policy Studies Department at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.
Prior to launching JEA, Bart spent a decade helping to build Tutor.com into the world’s largest online tutoring company, serving as its chief strategy officer, general counsel, and general manager. He evaluated scores of potential acquisitions, helped raise millions of dollars of venture capital, and built new business lines. Shortly before he departed from its senior management team, Tutor.com purchased The Princeton Review, the iconic education company where (coincidentally) Bart served many years ago as a master teacher and then as director of field operations.
In addition to his current work leading Jefferson Education, Bart brings more than two decades of additional experience advising startup and growth-stage education and technology organizations. He has mentored, coached, and advised hundreds of founders, CEOs, and executive teams through his previous work with the Business Alliance Grubstakes Breakfast; as a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University MBA program; as a mentor and judge for the Startup Weekend EDU program; as a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins; as managing director of the Jefferson Education Fund; and as a mentor for the GSVlabs, StartEd, Village Capital, and Dreamit EdTech incubator/accelerator programs. Bart serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit board, including on the board of ASCD, which is the nation’s largest teacher and administrator professional development association.
Bart shares his insights on education as an EdSurge contributing editor and in essays at the74million.org. He serves on the Digital Promise Research Advisory Board, is a reviewer for the Online Learning Consortium Digital Learning Innovation Award, and is a judge for the 2017 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition.
Bart received his BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he created his own major: Poverty and Discrimination. He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he edited the Virginia Law Review. Bart then served as a law clerk to the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (The Honorable J. Clifford Wallace). Bart is a an instrument-rated commercial pilot who serves as a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight.