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Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix
Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997. In 1991, Reed founded Pure Software, which made tools for software developers. After a 1995 IPO, and several acquisitions, Pure was acquired by Rational Software in 1997. Reed is an active educational philanthropist and served on the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004.
He is currently on the board of several educational organizations including CCSA, DreamBox Learning, KIPP, Pahara, and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Reed is also a board member of Facebook, and was on the board of Microsoft from 2007 to 2012. Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983, and an MSCS in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University in 1988. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland. Reed is married with two children.
Dr. Steve Perry, Founder, Head of Capital Preparatory Schools
Dr. Steve Perry is one of most sought after educators in America. Widely respected by grassroots community members and internationally renowned leaders, his charismatic and compelling voice is an inspiration.
He is the educator Oprah Winfrey, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, Bishop TD Jakes and Steve Harvey call on to offer insight to parents and children. A diverse array of politicians and groups, from the Urban League to ALEC, even President Donald Trump, have reached out to Dr. Perry to better understand what matters to parents.
Dr. Perry opened his third school, helped Steve Harvey write his new book “Jump,” has spoken in over 79 communities and completed his sixth book “Transparanting” within the past 12 months. His impact is profound and varied and showing no signs of slowing down.
The word most often used to describe Dr. Perry is passionate. His authenticity is a welcomed addition to any discussion rooted in improving children’s lives and the community. His skills are hard-fought and have been bestowed from his rough childhood all the way up through his graduation from an Ivy League school. There’s a richness in his concepts that foster an intriguing point of view on the modern American family.
Dr. Steve Perry’s unique and powerful voice is respected and has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, Al Jazeera, TV One, BET and NBC as well as on the Oprah Winfrey network in multiple shows. His courage and piercing insights provides a fascinating perspective that is not often found in public discourse. Too often race, class, gender, and political affiliations mute other’s voices. Dr. Perry fearlessly speaks from the heart, which births unpredictability.
Dr. Steve Perry is the voice of a generation, a people’s champion who has been fighting for disadvantaged children and families for 30 years. Passionate and surprisingly funny, Dr. Steve Perry is a man worth listening to.
Luis A. Miranda, Jr., Managing Partner, MirRam Group
Luis Miranda is the Managing Partner of The MirRam Group, a government affairs, lobbying, and political consulting firm in New York City. He has previously served in three New York City mayoral administrations. Miranda is also the Founding President of the Hispanic Federation and past chairman of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.
In 2000, he founded the Amber Charter School in East Harlem, one of the few charter schools in New York at the time to welcome unionized faculty. He is vice-chair of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Board Chair of West End Day School, and board member of The Public Theater, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Amber Charter School Foundation.
Miranda chairs the advisory boards to Broadway League’s Viva Broadway, and the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Department at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Miranda also leads the Hamilton Education Program, bringing thousands of students to the stage musical Hamilton every year, as part of their high school curriculum.
He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Puerto Rico and pursued graduate work in psychology at New York University. He and his wife Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda have been married for 39 years and have two adult children, Luz Miranda-Crespo and Lin-Manuel Miranda.