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Meet our Board of Directors

Jim Cole has over 20 years of experience in leading-edge software development for companies including Adobe and Intuit. As founder of the Covero Consulting Group, a successful computer consulting firm, Jim brings substantial business management expertise as well as technological savvy to the Big Learning organization. He holds a masters in Economics from San Jose State University and a B.S. in computer science, Phi Beta Kappa, from Indiana University. He holds 7 U.S. patents for computer design.

Camille V. Harris is currently the Branch Director of Silver Spring Branch Boys & Girls Club.  Previously, Camille managed the SHINE Program, a teen pregnancy prevention program at Clubs in Northeast and Southeast DC.  Under her management, the SHINE Program won Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Honor Award in the area of Health and Life Skills and Outstanding Prevention Program Award from Healthy Teen Network.  Camille has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hampton University and a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University.  Before working with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Camille had extensive experience working and volunteering with youth serving and health related organizations.  She worked with local HIV/AIDS prevention organizations as an Outreach Worker providing education and referral services to teens and young adults.  She served as a Government Relations Intern at the Global Health Council where she researched and presented information on international health issues.  After an HIV/AIDS Internship at Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network, she was hired as an Internship Co-Coordinator of a Health-Focused Internship the following year.  While in graduate school, Camille served as a teacher and tutor for the Upward Bound Program.  In addition, she served as a volunteer at the Silver Spring Branch Boys & Girls Club prior to her employment with the organization.

Jennifer Knudsen is a senior mathematics educator at the Center for Technology and Learning at SRI, International, an active volunteer at her daughter's San Francisco elementary school, and, of course, a parent.

At SRI, Knudsen designs programs and materials for students and teachers, helping a broad range of students learn high-level mathematics even at the middle-school level. She directs a research project funded by the National Science Foundation, developing and testing new professional development techniques for teachers. Previously, at the Institute for Research on Learning, she designed innovative, technology-rich programs for students, parents and teachers, which were one source of inspiration for the Big Learning framework.

Knudsen was a high school mathematics teacher in New York City public schools and, as a volunteer, developed an artist-in-residence program bringing weekly art experiences to the youngest children at her daughters' elementary school. Her education includes a BA from the Evergreen State College and graduate studies at Stanford University and Columbia Teachers' College. 



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