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A small team trying to do something big

We're a small team trying our best to improve the way the world learns. Too many people around the globe don’t have access to good education materials, or they are forced to learn through a system that doesn't properly cater to their individual needs. We think the technology exists today to fundamentally change this, and we're trying to build the tools and resources every student deserves.

We believe a few great people can make a big difference. We strive to hire the very best — people who are passionate, thoughtful and creative. We believe it is our obligation to relentlessly focus on what the learner values, and we make every decision with the learner in mind.



Meet the team

Sal

Founder & Executive Director

Being founder and faculty means Sal's busy setting the vision for Khan Academy and expanding our library of educational videos.

Before quitting his job as manager of a hedge fund to run Khan Academy full time, Sal also found time to get three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.

Shantanu

President & COO

As President and COO, Shantanu focuses on overall organizational strategy, partnerships, and operations.

Before teaming up with Sal (his college classmate and high school math competitor), Shantanu was an Associate Principal in McKinsey & Company's Silicon Valley office, and received four degrees from MIT.

Bilal

Computer Science, After-School Programs

Prior to joining Khan Academy, Bilal worked for an international network of private schools, an early stage venture firm and an actuarial consulting company.

He has an MBA and MA in education from Stanford University and a BS in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ben

Lead Developer

Ben started by volunteering for Khan Academy after watching one of Sal's talks and feeling left with no choice but to help.

Ben was previously VP of Engineering at Fog Creek Software, where he spent five and a half years learning how to push bits around with small, fast teams.

Jason

Lead Designer

As Lead Designer for Khan Academy, Jason's responsible for how things on the site look and how users interact with those things.

Prior to joining Khan Academy, Jason headed up the design team at Fog Creek Software (and worked with Ben).

Marcia

Software Engineer

Marcia designs and builds any and every piece of Khan Academy software with a constant focus on the experience of our learners.

Marcia was a Program Manager for Microsoft before joining the team. She received her BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford, with a specialization in human computer interaction.

Jessica

International

Jessica focuses on sharing Khan Academy with the world, spearheading strategy and programs for international efforts.

Life before Khan Academy included stints at McKinsey & Company and Yahoo! She is an alumna of Stanford and UC San Diego.

John

Dean of Computer Science

John works to build tools and design curriculum to teach Computer Science and computer programming.

John is the creator of the jQuery JavaScript library, amongst a number of other Open Source projects, and the author of two books on JavaScript development.

Desmond

Software Engineer

Desmond was always fascinated by the concept of teaching at scale, so once he discovered Khan Academy he couldn't resist getting involved.

Desmond used to work on ranking and metrics at Bing. He has degrees in Computer Science and Mechatronics Engineering from Swinburne University, Australia.

Charlotte

Donor Relations

Charlotte focuses on Khan Academy’s external relationships.

Prior to joining Khan Academy, Charlotte was the Business Manager and Director of Admissions of The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) in Washington, DC. Charlotte was the first hire at SEGL and helped open the school. She received her BA from Haverford College.

Elizabeth

Content Scaling

Elizabeth works with math teachers, tutors, and professors to ensure Khan Academy's exercises comprehensively and rigorously cover the Common Core Standards so that students and teachers can easily find content appropriate to their level.

Before Khan Academy, Elizabeth worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and earned a B.A. at Penn.

Matt

Product

Matt works with devs, designers, schools, and students to improve and extend our product.

Before Khan Academy, Matt cut his teeth at McKinsey and several start-ups in the Bay Area. He studied Management Science & Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford.

Maureen

Education Partnerships

Maureen works with teachers and students to redefine what it means to be a successful learner.

Before joining Khan Academy, Maureen was a Teach For America teacher at a charter school on the border of Texas and Mexico. She is an alumna of Brown and Stanford's School of Education.

Marcos

Designer

Marcos works on the design of interactive education experiences, the website and anything else.

Before Khan Academy, Marcos worked on social computing at CMU's HCI Institute & with Lisa Strausfeld at Pentagram. He has an SB from MIT and an MFA from RISD.

James

Software Engineer

James keeps improving site performance and creating new features for Khan Academy.

Previously James was a lead engineer at education.com, ran a non-profit delivering an email system to the developing world, and was a math teacher in the Peace Corps in Tanzania. He received two degrees from CMU in Physics and Computer Science.

Tom

Software Engineer

Before joining Khan Academy, Tom studied Mathematics and Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley, then developed cutting-edge technology for video games and virtual worlds.

Minli

Head of Strategy and Programs

Minli focuses on Khan Academy's strategic initiatives.

Before Khan Academy, Minli worked in social policy at the Singapore Government, taught high-school math, and was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

Steven

(Co)Dean for Art and History

Steven and Beth help to create Humanities-based content and learning strategies at Khan Academy.

Before joining the team, they created the open art history site, Smarthistory.org. Steven was Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) and Chair of Art and Design History at Pratt Institute. He has also worked and taught at The Museum of Modern Art. He has a Ph.D. in art history.

Beth

(Co)Dean for Art and History

Beth has a PhD in art history, and with Steven Zucker, founded the Webby-award winning site, Smarthistory.org.

Before joining Khan Academy, Beth worked as Director of Digital Learning at the Museum of Modern Art, as Director of Distance Learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and as an Assistant Professor of Art History. Together with Steven, Beth will be creating content in art, art history and history, and looking at the ways that learning analytics and game mechanics can work in Humanities education.

Ben

Software Engineer

Before joining Khan Academy, Ben worked at Google for several years where he contributed to a number of projects including Google Calendar and Android. He received a Bachelor of Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Ben

Lead Exercise Developer

Ben leads exercise development at Khan Academy to make sure that the entire exercise curriculum is complete and up to date.

Before he joined Khan Academy, Ben worked on network hardware. He flies both flying sharks (pictured) and airplanes in his spare time.

Chris

Software Engineer

Chris wields his experience with highly reliable, multilingual websites to support lifelong learning through Khan Academy.

Before joining, Chris spent a few years building the Yahoo! homepage. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jace

Lead Data Scientist

Jace formerly used math and code to teach computers how to trade. Now he uses math and code to teach people math and code and everything. Jace likes math, and code, and people!

Brit

Faculty

Brit has been making educational videos since he was 10 when he got hooked on Carl Sagan, Bill Nye & James Burke and his mom agreed to buy him two VCRs for editing purposes.

He's excited about combining video and interactive software to create novel learning experiences online. He holds degrees in Integrated Engineering and Computer Science from UWO and McGill (oh, Canada!)

Craig

Dean of Infrastructure

Craig is focused on the infrastructure that supports Khan Academy, from its databases to its developer tools.

Before joining, Craig worked for Google, where he was the first employee hired by Larry and Sergey.

Michael

Head of Finance

Michael takes care of all things financial at Khan Academy. He, along with the Director of Wellness, also makes sure the Team is well supported.

Prior to working with Khan Academy, Michael started Ops for Good, an organization that provides back office support to smaller nonprofits, and served as CFO at NewSchools Venture Fund.

Kitt

Designer

Kitt uses a simple design process:

1) Travel to the future.
2) See what he did.
3) Come back and do it now.

He's done time at Pixar, Disney Animation, and as a Hollywood peon.

Stephanie

Software Engineer

Stephanie loves to learn about all kinds of things. At Khan Academy, she wants to help make learning more fun for millions of people.

Esther

Executive Assistant & Chief Happiness Officer (CHO)

Esther is the Executive Assistant and Chief Happiness Officer (CHO) at Khan Academy. As the Executive Assistant, Esther helps Sal and Shantanu do what they do best. As the Chief Happiness Officer (CHO), Esther seeks to spread joy to the entire Khan Academy team.

Esther received her B.A. in American Studies from Occidental College. Prior to joining Khan Academy, Esther was a classroom teacher and private tutor in Philadelphia, and an administrative coordinator at a community non-profit in Boston.

Joel

De-Facto Software Kingpin

Joel graduated from Ohio State where he studied math and computer science. He was a member of the infamous Khan Academy intern class of summer '11 before returning full-time.

Joel runs one of the world's largest criminal software cartels from our lavish office, which is surrounded by armed guards.

Rishi

Program Lead –
Medical Partnerships

Rishi wants to use Khan Academy to connect people to quality information about health and medicine. He is currently a pediatric infectious disease physician, and previously spent two years as an EIS officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Ben

Dean of Problem Solving

Ben works on everything from interactive exercises to backend work on improving site performance.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking, singing, and eating.

Matt

Software Engineer

Matt loves to build things with code. In the past, he worked for Microsoft on the Outlook.com Backend team.

He enjoys reading, photography, and various outdoors activities.

Jay

Chemistry Fellow

Jay makes many of the Chemistry videos on Khan Academy, and he curates the Chemistry content on the site. He has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a graduate degree in Medicine. Jay is also fascinated by art and creates portrait paintings on copper and steel. Drawing pictures of organic molecules allows him to combine his artistic and scientific interests.

James

Partnerships

James helps people and organizations work with Khan Academy.

James comes from McKinsey & Co by way of Purpose.com, a startup specializing in online community building. He spends his free time playing basketball, listening to podcasts and wishing he could repurpose the parts of his brain that are dedicated to B-grade movie quotes.

Kayla

Recruiter

Kayla focuses on HR and works to recruit exceptional talent. Prior to joining Khan Academy, Kayla received her BS in Business Marketing from Brigham Young University.

Paulette

Education Partnerships

As Education Partnerships lead at Khan Academy, Paulette loves working with people who help students learn – in schools, colleges, foundations, after school programs, …

Before joining Khan Academy, Paulette held senior executive positions and enjoyed building great products at a variety of high tech companies including Cisco, Juniper and Dell.

Alex

Software Engineer

Alex believes in interactive, immersive education. Every day he brings science fiction just a bit closer to reality.

Prior to Khan Academy, Alex worked on peer-to-peer car sharing with Getaround. He graduated from UCSD with degrees in Computer Science and Cognitive Science.

Zach

Code Wizard

Zach believes that learning is exploration, and that everyone is born with a desire to explore.

Prior to joining Khan Academy, Zach was an engineer at Lore, where he worked on building a better online classroom: a place for learners to learn together. He spends his free time West Coast swing dancing, reading, and rock climbing.

Laura

Mobile Software Engineer

Laura brings Khan Academy to mobile devices, so students can grab quick lessons wherever they go.

Before joining Khan Academy, she built iOS apps and websites with a mobile agency in Seattle. She gets excited about well-designed class interfaces and git, and spends her free time studying human languages.

Dylan

Software Engineer

Dylan recently graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Computer Science and is now super excited to write code that helps make Sal's vision a reality.

Before joining Khan Academy as a full-timer he was a Summer 2012 intern (it was fun) and a developer at the UCLA Center for Embedded Networked Sensing.

Justin

Born and raised in Minnesota, Justin studied physics at Gustavus Adolphus College and materials science at the University of Minnesota.

He used to look at tiny things with electron microscopes, but working with Khan Academy sounded even cooler!

Pamela

Computer Science Content Engineer

Pamela was born to a duo of Computer Scientists who told her that she could learn programming without their help, thanks to the internet! Now that she's at Khan Academy, she works to improve the CS curriculum to make that true.

On the side, Pamela teaches web development workshops for GirlDevelopIt and writes programs to figure out her next hair color. Before Khan, she worked at Coursera and Google.

Eliana

Data Scientist

Eliana wants to make a teaching system so adaptive it can love you. She's a sci-fi reading nomad who writes poetry in Python and climbs ALL THE MOUNTAINS.

Before Khan Academy, Eliana was a PhD student in Machine Learning at UT Austin. She dropped out of that to make real things and solve tangible problems after a totally rad internship at Khan Academy.

Tabitha

Designer

Tabitha loves designing things so that they're accessible and fun to use. In her free time she enjoys learning about people, traveling, doodling, and dancing terribly. She studied at RISD and Brown University and has previously interned at Apple and Amnesty International Thailand.

Leah

Software Engineer

Leah works on creating a great Khan Academy experience for teachers and coaches. She was a Khan Academy intern in summer 2012 and graduated from MIT with a Bachelor's in Computer Science in 2013.

Jack

Interactive Content Developer

Jack is passionate about improving education through more interactive experiences, and helps develop the interactive parts of exercises at Khan Academy. He graduated from the University of Illinois, where he was a CS course assistant for six semesters.

Kyle

Nursing Fellow

Kyle strongly believes having fun is an essential component in the learning process. At Khan Academy he focuses on bringing health care content to the masses in an easy to understand yet comprehensive way. He is currently a registered nurse for a pediatric intensive care unit in Canada, and is working on his Masters of Education in Distance Education.

Erin

Project Coordinator

Erin is ecstatic to be joining the content team as a project coordinator for content scaling.

Before Khan Academy, Erin was in the Navy as a Nuclear Engineering Officer and earned a B.S. at Northwestern University.

Tony

Data Scientist

Tony works on understanding how people learn and he’s really excited about turning new insights into better experiences for students.

Monica

Product Strategy & Marketing

Monica helps shape what we build and how we share that with the world.

Monica studied CS at Stanford and has spent 10 years working on mobile software, services and hardware at Microsoft, MobiTV and Apple where she launched several iPods and iPhones. Monica is yet another proud Canadian at Khan Academy and mother of two little Khan Academy user testers.

Tom P

Product Marketing

All Tom dreams about is getting more people on Khan Academy.

Tom is the youngest of seven in a patchwork family that has given him 16 sweet nieces and nephews and umpteen million laughs. Tom comes to us via the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, LeapFrog Investments, McKinsey and a U.C. Berkeley MBA. His dream is to one day open a chain of innovative schools back in sunny Australia.

Alan

Software Engineer

Alan focuses on making the site run quickly and efficiently, and also works on tools to empower the rest of the dev team. He has always been excited about math, programming, and teaching, so he's happy to get the opportunity to use programming to help teach math (and other subjects) to the world. He has a degree in computer science and math from Carnegie Mellon, where he was a teaching assistant for four semesters.

Isaac

Teacher Community Advocate

As the primary point of contact for Khan Academy’s online coach community, Isaac helps teachers and homeschoolers implement Khan Academy in their classrooms.

Before joining the KA team, he worked in communications, professional development, and teacher support at Reasoning Mind, a nonprofit focused on math education. He is an alumnus of Yale University.

Mike

Mobile Software Engineer

Mike is very happily writing mobile code at Khan Academy, except when he's debugging it.

Before joining Khan Academy, Mike worked at Google, and then at a few startups. He also has a book that he needs to finish writing, and was embarrassingly late in adding himself to this page.

Karina

Office Manager

Karina keeps our office running and our team fueled so they can continue to do amazing things! Prior to Khan Academy she was operations manager for a startup in San Francisco where she honed her skills in office operations, event management, and building company culture. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Sociology.

Brian

Software Engineer

Brian continuously thinks about code, even while running and sleeping. He started contributing to Khan Academy and realized how he wanted to spend his life.

Previously, Brian worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Mozilla. He also worked for several other software companies and spent nearly a decade co-founding his own. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, a past Microsoft MVP, and an open source enthusiast.

Mia

Content Partnerships

Mia works with a wide variety of organizations to create and launch new and exciting content on Khan Academy. Before joining the team, she completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and graduated with a degree in history from University of California, Berkeley.

Nathan

Community

Nathan helps our community work with Khan Academy. He hopes that in his lifetime every learner in the world will have access to affordable learning experiences that put them in a flow state - maximizing a challenge without becoming overwhelmed.

He started his career as a community organizer, discovered the internet and has been hacking away there ever since. Most recently, he worked as a Community Designer & Product Manager at IDEO.

Sydney

Commercial Partnerships

Sydney develops and supports commercial partnerships at Khan Academy.

Sydney has done time at McKinsey & Co, Goldman Sachs, Teach For America, the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Hufflepuff House, and the Night's Watch. She spends her free time reading science fiction / fantasy novels, going on leisurely hikes, and thinking about Denny's.

Becca

Designer

Becca is thrilled to be joining the Khan Academy team as a product designer.

Previously, Becca worked as a communication designer in Austin, TX and graduated with a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lauren

Data Scientist

Lauren just finished up her Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard and is super excited to be working on data science at Khan Academy. She loves physics, machine learning, camping on or near tall mountains, and cookies.

Anna

Leadership Fellow

Anna is a fellow on our Strategy & Programs team, where she's working on expanding access to quality SAT prep and improving future outcomes for high school students across the world. Prior to joining Khan Academy, Anna worked at McKinsey & Company, the State Department, and the Aga Khan Development Network, and drove education work in Bahrain, Tajikistan, and the good ol' US of A. Outside of the office, you can find Anna volunteering at the dog shelter, cooking Vietnamese, or brushing up on her Arabic (shukran!).

Colin

Data Scientist

Colin is a biologist turned data analyst who loves using data to tackle challenging problems, loves singing, and loves eating beets.

Jamie

Software Engineer

Jamie is a uWaterloo Software Engineering grad working on making the site fast and fellow developers happy.

Jamie has pushed code to Khan Academy as an intern and full-time from coffeeshops and hostels scattered around Europe and North America, but has settled down in Canada for now.

Kate

Communications

Kate's role is to tell amazing stories about what we're up to at Khan Academy. In a previous life she worked at Google. And in a previous previous life she completed her PhD in English literature before realizing she liked talking to people. Kate is passionate about how technology can change people's lives and in her spare time she enjoys reading, making things, correcting rogue apostrophes and tending to an underperforming vegetable garden.

David

Software Person

David is a human being currently living on Earth.

While studying Software Engineering at uWaterloo, David interned twice at Khan Academy, twice at machine learning startup Sift Science, and twice at Google.

David regrets that he was not also named Ben.

Michelle

Software Engineer

Michelle is an artist turned chemist turned developer who loves teaching, building things, and hanging out with turtles.

On the side, Michelle teaches web development to 8-14 year old girls in Toronto, and enjoys making construction paper minions at summer camp.

Andy

Lead Mobile Developer

Andy's working to bring Khan Academy and learning to life under every student's fingertips.

Previously, Andy helped build iOS at Apple and studied computer science at Caltech.

Toby

Director of Wellness

Toby works closely with everyone at Khan Academy to make sure they get daily doses of companionship and stress-relief. He makes this happen by standing close to people and quietly requesting body hugs and face smushing.

In his previous life, Toby roughed animal shelters and even a gunshot before earning a doctoral degree in human-animal connection and finding his home with Maureen. He enjoys being surrounded by very soft things.

Khan Academy has also received the time, energy, and expertise of many volunteers and part-time contributors.