Built by Educators
A HISTORY OF STUDENT SUCCESS
Our founders have led and taught in colleges and universities, built successful ed-tech companies, and championed education innovation in all of their work. They have been leaders in the movement for student access and success. They came together in 2011 to bring their expertise to bear on creating a new model for student success – one founded on data, insights, action and continuous learning. The team they built represents top-tier talent in education and data science.
MEET OUR FOUNDERS
OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Chief Technology Officer
Prior to joining Civitas, Alex was most recently Global VP, Mobile Product Development at HomeAway, where he led the mobile apps product, design and engineering efforts.
Senior VP, Outcomes & Strategy
Laura drives our product vision and user-interface design. With us since launch, she is a two-time CODiE Award recipient for product design and has held executive leadership roles developing innovative ed-tech products.
Senior VP, Partner Services
Nikhil leads our important relationships with our partners. His previously served Google as Head of Client Services, Americas.
VP of Engineering
Chad brings his enthusiasm and experience for creating, growing, mentoring, and leading engineering teams. He has held prior leadership roles at IBM, Lombardi Software, Amazon, and Marsh.
Chief Financial Officer
Scott brings over 20 years of CFO experience in high-growth software businesses and is responsible for leading Civitas Learning’s financial strategy and management, legal administration, and facilities functions.
Dr. Nicole Melander
VP Partner Success & Consulting
With proven success planning, researching, designing, organizing, and overseeing highly complex systems, Nicole previously worked at Achieving the Dream, Deloitte Consulting, and American University.
Chief Partnerships Officer
Tony is responsible for leading a team focused on improving student outcomes by matching the needs of each of our unique partner institutions with our solutions and team expertise.
Founder/Managing Director College Scheduler
Leaning into his web app developer skills and entrepreneurial tenacity, Strazz solved the problems with schedule planning he saw as a student by founding College Scheduler.
Lisa has deep experience developing products, growing brands, and driving marketing and media programs for technology innovators.
VP Strategic Initiatives
An entrepreneur bringing new growth strategies to start-ups, he was previously Global Leader/VP at Bazaarvoice, where he identified $3 billion in new local market opportunity, and led creation of the global business plan.
Passionate about positive change in higher education, Dan has led teams while engaged in teaching, training and managing operations with some true education disruptors for more then ten years. Prior to joining Civitas Learning he worked for WGU Texas and Western Governors University.
Austin Community College implemented Degree Map to transform advising and improve student completion. Read how adoption improved the advisor/student conversation, and gave students ownership of their degree pathways.
“Our Degree Map project shows that when students have more clarity and control of their degree path, they’re significantly more likely to make progress on their learning path and, best of all, cross the finish line and complete a certificate or degree. These are the kinds of outcomes all of our student success innovations are shooting for!”
President and CEO, Austin Community College
Austin Community College
Thank you to the innovative funders who share our vision and commitment to creating a new model for student success where each institution and every student is unique.