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Design Team

Director, Action Collab Services

Andrea leads the development of methodology-based services at ISKME that enable educators to accelerate their capacity for collaboration, innovation, and design.  Her background is in creating research-based foresight, highly creative engagement experiences, visual  maps, and forecast artifacts to help organizations in diverse settings discover strategic pathways to transformation and resilience in this complex  world.

Teacher and Performer

Chris Miller is an improviser, musician, and facilitator. In 2000 he co-founded Life Plays to bring the skills embedded in improv to forward thinking companies such as Google, Genentech, Microsoft, Whole Foods Markets. He’s delivered improv-based workshops on leadership, innovation, team development, and public speaking. Since 2009 Chris has worked with ISKME to help design Action Collabs for Big Ideas Fest. He also teaches in the Executive MBA program at the University of San Francisco.


Director of Education at Roadtrip Nation

Annie Mais is the Director of Education at Roadtrip Nation. She has 7 years of teaching experience, with additional curriculum development experience at Shell Educational Publishing, and networking experience at Discovery Communications. Annie received her B.A. in History from UC Davis and also holds a degree in Social and Multicultural/International Foundations of Education from California State University, Long Beach.


O’Connell teaches Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Her scholarly interests include ancient and modern comparisons of literature, performance, and philosophy, and she is committed to making education relevant to today’s students.

Executive Director, Arizona State University


Education Leader

Khalid Smith helps hackers and education experts build teams, start companies and acquire the resources to make meaningful advances in the way people teach and learn. 

Eduational Consultant

Maggie Barber is an educational consultant, focusing on building the capacity of schools and districts through leadership development, research, and program evaluation. She is engaged particularly in working with high-need communities to develop systemic and sustainable strategies for change.

GOOD Fellow

Manasa Yeturu, is the inaugural GOOD Fellow and is spending one year, working with three organizations focusing on the question she most cares about  “What are the best practices in entrepreneurship education and how (if at all) are they being targeted at girls?” She kicked off her Fellowship at BUILD (in San Francisco), journeyed onwards to work with VOICE 4 Girls in India, and is currently working with DIY Girls in Los Angeles. Prior to this year, she worked with the social innovation consultancy - GOOD/Corps - partnering with private and public sector leaders to design effective social impact initiatives and began her career at Teach For India. Oh and she loves to dance - so if you’re in her facilitation group be prepared to break into a Bollywood move or two over the conference!

Education Program Manager

Megan Simmons supports the development of education programs, workshops, training activities, and events for the OER Commons project, which includes Common Core OER Training Initiatives, the Teachers as Makers Academy, and the OER Fellowship Program. She also designs and facilitates Action Collabs and Big Ideas Fest Activities.

World Wide Education Program Manager

Melissa Jones is a former teacher who currently serves as a World Wide Education Program Manager for Adobe, where her work helps teachers and students create 21st century, creativity-fueled classrooms.

Founder of inVision Consulting

Natalie has designed and facilitated anti-oppression and social justice workshops for over a decade. She challenges participants to think critically about their own backgrounds and biases, while dissecting the concepts of oppression, prejudice, and stereotypes in a comprehensible way. Around challenging topics that can leave participants feeling raw and wounded, Natalie consistently creates an environment of trust, humor, and fun!

Arts and Education Consultant

Sabrina draws on her experiences as a theater artist, consultant, trainer, nonprofit manager, and mother to design and facilitate group processes for nonprofit and government agencies. She is also an executive coach for nonprofit leaders and a curriculum consultant for arts institutions working with teachers and teaching artists.

Glendale Community College

Thomas Voden is currently the director of a Title III HSI-STEM grant from the U.S. Department of Education that is built upon a working philosophy of active and experiential learning. He leads a faculty team developing the GCC Robotics Academy, and he is active in efforts to provide students with undergraduate research opportunities in various fields.