Nathaniel A. Davis
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nate Davis, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at K12 Inc., is a seasoned corporate transformational leader across industries with a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and building beneficial relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities.
Mr. Davis, joined the K12 Board of Directors in 2009, was named Chairman of the Board in June 2012, and added the role of Chief Executive Officer in February 2018. He joined the company from the position of Managing Director of RANND Advisory Group, a consulting group advising venture capital, media, and technology-based firms. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of XM Satellite Radio and was a member of the company's Board of Directors, where he drove growth and innovation as well as improved financial performance and led the company through its merger with Sirius Satellite Radio.
From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Davis was President and Chief Operating Officer, and board member of XO Communications Inc. Mr. Davis has also held senior executive positions at Nextel Communications (EVP, Network and Technical Services), MCI Telecommunications (Chief Financial Officer and various other management positions) and MCI Metro (Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer).
Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors of Unisys Corporation and the Board of Trustees for RLJ Lodging Trust. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Boys and Girls Club and the Progressive Life Center, an agency that places foster children in homes in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington DC. He also served on the Northern Virginia Roundtable and the Northern Virginia Community Foundation.
With a personal passion for serving children and helping them achieve higher levels of success, Mr. Davis founded the JANDT Foundation to aid minority children in attending private and parochial schools in the Washington, DC area.
Mr. Davis received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Engineering Computer Science at the Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Kevin P. Chavous
President of Academics, Policy, and Schools
Kevin P. Chavous, President of Academics, Policy, and Schools, joined K12 in November 2017. Mr. Chavous is a noted education reform leader and innovator with a well-chronicled track record of empowering families with education choice and driving change and opportunity for children of all backgrounds and circumstances.
Mr. Chavous has worked to advance quality education programs around the nation, most notably as the Education Committee Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia, where he helped to shepherd the charter school movement into the nation’s capital. In addition, he was the founding Board President of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Chavous is the founder of Democrats for Education Reform and a founding board member of the American Federation for Children. He has been instrumental in advancing charter school and education choice programs around the country, and in 2016, he was inducted into the District of Columbia Hall of Fame. In addition, he received the distinguished Outstanding Alumni Award from his alma mater, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory High School in Indianapolis.
Additionally, Mr. Chavous is an accomplished author, having published four books, including Serving Our Children: Charter Schools and the Reform of American Public Education; Voices of Determination: Children that Defy the Odds; and Building a Learning Culture in America, as well as his first novel, The Plan, a political thriller. A prolific writer and inspirational speaker, Mr. Chavous' opinion editorials have appeared in many major newspapers, and he has given education reform speeches in nearly every state.
Mr. Chavous graduated from Wabash College, where he was an NCAA District All-American in basketball. He was inducted into the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Mr. Chavous graduated from the Howard University School of Law, where he was president of his graduating class.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
James Rhyu, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined K12 in June 2013. Mr. Rhyu has more than 20 years of financial management experience in various global industries.
Prior to joining K12, Mr. Rhyu served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Match.com, a subsidiary of publicly traded IAC/InterActiveCorp. In those roles, he was responsible for overseeing a broad range of functions, including human resources, legal, information technology and operations, certain international operations and product development.
Prior to his roles at Match.com, Mr. Rhyu was a Senior Vice President of Finance at Dow Jones & Company, where he ran the global financial function. Previously, Mr. Rhyu served for three years as the Corporate Controller of Sirius XM Radio Inc. and its predecessor company, XM Satellite Radio, as well as serving in the same role for Graftech International. Mr. Rhyu also spent six years with Ernst & Young LLP in the United States and South America.
Mr. Rhyu holds a BS from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the London Business School.
Howard D. Polsky
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Howard D. Polsky, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, joined K12 in 2004. Mr. Polsky has a unique combination of legal and public policy experience.
Prior to joining K12, Mr. Polsky served as Vice President and General Counsel of Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications, where he managed a wide range of legal matters including antitrust, telecommunications, employment, commercial contracts and transactions, litigation management, mergers and acquisitions, foreign joint ventures, intellectual property, and corporate governance and compliance.
From 1992-2000, Mr. Polsky was at COMSAT and held both legal and government relations positions. He spent four years on the senior management team as Vice President of Federal Policy and Regulation. In that capacity, he developed critical corporate policy initiatives and advocated extensively before the FCC, Executive Branch, Congress, and within intergovernmental organizations. Regulatory risk assessment and communications with institutional investors on policy matters was also his responsibility.
For the prior nine years, Mr. Polsky was a partner at Wiley, Rein & Fielding where he represented a variety of U.S. and international communications clients in administrative and judicial proceedings. He began his legal career at the FCC and Kirkland & Ellis.
Mr. Polsky received his JD. from Indiana University and was an editor of the Indiana Law Review, holds a BA from Lehigh University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Polsky is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia (corporate counsel), and the District of Columbia. Mr. Polsky has served on the Advisory Board to the Lehigh University College of Arts and Science since 2012.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Rob Banwarth, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, has more than 20 years of experience leading large development and infrastructure organizations both domestically and internationally. Rob is responsible for K12's Information Technology strategy, deploying solutions that align with the overall company goals and objectives, and managing K12's infrastructure platforms to be highly scalable and available.
Prior to joining K12, Mr. Banwarth served as Chief Information Officer for Smartlink LLC, a nationwide recruiting and site development company focused on delivering solutions for new and existing carrier communications infrastructures. In this role, he successfully designed, delivered and supported the technology strategy that drove profitability. This included the delivery and execution of Smartlink LLC's Information Technology enterprise class applications, infrastructure and support services that drive customer acquisition, revenue, CRM, SFA, HRIS, analytics, billing, and financial reporting functions.
Before joining Smartlink LLC, Mr. Banwarth served as Vice President of Commercial Operations at GXS, where he was responsible for delivery and support for datacenters, network, infrastructure and support applications globally. Prior to that, he was Vice President of IT Operations for SiriusXM Satellite Radio and its predecessor company, XM Satellite Radio. Mr. Banwarth has held leadership positions with Sprint Nextel, XO Communications and MCI Communications.
Bryan W. Flood
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
Bryan W. Flood, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, joined K12 in 2002. Mr. Flood previously served as a public affairs strategist, consultant, and spokesman for corporations, interest groups, and senatorial, gubernatorial, and presidential campaigns.
As Vice President at the MPGH Agency, a Virginia-based public affairs consulting firm, he advised clients ranging from high tech start-ups to Fortune 500 firms, including several leading education companies. Mr. Flood helped clients like MCI, The Learning Company, and Achievement Technologies win complex public policy and opinion battles by designing and managing advocacy campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. While serving at MPGH in 1999, Mr. Flood helped direct a sweeping review of the military recruitment process for the United States Department of Defense.
Mr. Flood was chief spokesman for Michigan Governor John Engler's successful reelection campaign in 1994, and was national spokesman for United States Senator Lamar Alexander's presidential campaign in 1995-96.
Mr. Flood holds a BA in Public Policy from New College of Florida.
Senior Vice President, Academic Policy
Mary Gifford is the senior vice president of Academic Policy and External Relations at K12 Inc. Ms. Gifford leads the Office of Academic Policy which conducts research on K12 programs and partner schools, provides support for the efficacy of K12 educational programs, develops new school models, and educates legislators and regulators about virtual learning. Ms. Gifford previously served as the senior vice president of the central region and supported more than a dozen schools in eight states. During her tenure with K12, Ms. Gifford has integrated iQ and Insight programs and has been involved in opening many new schools. She has led innovations such as proliferation of unique hybrid models like the YMCA and military drop-in sites and the development of an at-risk model.
Ms. Gifford served on the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools for 11 years as an appointee of both the governor and the state superintendent of public instruction. The State Board for Charter School authorizes more than 500 charter schools. Prior to K12, Ms. Gifford was with the accounting firm of Sarvas, King and Coleman as the leader of the firm's charter school practice and served as the leadership development director at Mackinac Center for Public Policy. She also worked as the education policy director at the Goldwater institute. She serves on the board of directors for the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and as the board president of EdKey, a nonprofit charter management organization that oversees 17 schools throughout Arizona.
Ms. Gifford earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from Arizona State University, a master's degree in education leadership from Northern Arizona University, and has completed coursework in public administration at Arizona State University.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Valerie Maddy, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at K12 Inc., brings more than 20 years of global leadership and innovation in the full range of human resources disciplines. At K12, Ms. Maddy is leading the development and implementation of new systems, processes, policies and programs aimed at maximizing every employee's contribution to student academic success. As part of that effort, she is working with business teams to drive alignment, clarity and competitive advantage across the company and plan, acquire, develop and retain the talent required to achieve organizational goals.
Prior to joining K12, Ms. Maddy was Vice President, Global Human Resources Operations for Ciena Corporation, a global leader in next-generation network infrastructure, where she introduced reliable automation to HR systems, significantly increasing efficiency levels, and led the HR due diligence efforts and integration activities of eight acquisitions. Before rising to this position, Ms. Maddy served in a number of leadership roles at Ciena in the areas of Global Total Rewards and Global Risk Management.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Maddy held leadership roles in Human Resources and Finance at Crown Vantage, a specialty paper manufacturer and distributor. Prior to that, she served in Human Resources and Auditing roles at SAFECO and American General, both providers of financial and insurance services.
Ms. Maddy is a graduate of Humboldt State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She holds a certificate in Global Benefits Management, a designation from Fellow Life Management Institute, and is also a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist and Certified Internal Auditor.
Senior Vice President, Products
Doug McCollum joined K12 as Senior Vice President, Products in May 2017. As the head of the K12’s Curriculum and Products organization, his focus is on delivering strong student outcomes by producing and implementing standards-aligned solutions that will significantly accelerate students' growth—especially in math and reading--and drive success on high-stakes assessments. Other key areas of focus include providing strong teacher, parent, and administrator support; increasing student engagement; supporting flexible usage models; and facilitating collaboration.
Prior to joining K12, Doug worked at Pearson, where he held many different roles, serving as Senior Vice President for 6–12 and Pre-K–12 Product Development, as General Manager of the Literacy business, and most recently as the General Manager of Intervention, ELL, Supplemental, and Pre-K businesses. He has extensive experience in all grade spans and curriculum areas including reading/ELA, math, social studies, science, special education, world languages, CTE, and AP. Throughout his career, much of Doug's focus has been on digital solutions. He has designed and developed dozens of digital courses--releasing his first suite of digital solutions in 1995, producing many award-winning programs, and building adaptive solutions proven to deliver strong student gains.
Doug holds a BA degree in English writing from St. Lawrence University.
Sean P. Ryan
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Institutional Business
Sean P. Ryan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Institutional Business, joined K12 in May 2017. Mr. Ryan is responsible for leading the sales, marketing, service and operations teams that empower school districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs.
Prior to joining K12, Mr. Ryan served as Senior Vice President of Sales, Service and Platform for McGraw-Hill Education’s School Education Group, serving the K–12 marketplace. Before joining McGraw-Hill Education, Mr. Ryan served as Senior Vice President of Sales for the Campus Management Corporation, responsible for leading the Project Management Office in their new platform development initiative. Mr. Ryan also worked for the Scantron Corporation as General Manager of the Education Group.
Mr. Ryan began his career in the U.S. Air Force as a military intelligence officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Soviet Studies and Russian from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Science in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Senior Vice President of School Development
Peter Stewart, Senior Vice President of School Development, works with parents, teachers, community groups, school districts, school boards, departments of education, and policy makers across the United States and internationally to start new high-tech schools that use the K12 academic program.
In the past seven years Mr. Stewart has helped develop large-scale, public e-learning programs in sixteen states that currently serve over 100,000 courses annually.
Prior to joining K12 in 2000, Mr. Stewart was a Head of School, a teacher, a school principal, and a curriculum director with ten years' experience working in urban, rural, and international schools.
Mr. Stewart holds a BA in English from Williams College, and an MA from Columbia University Teachers College.