Our Team

We know success. Our founding organizational staff and board of directors are some of the most experienced and successful leaders of the U.S. education reform movement. They provide us with experienced leadership, access to best practices and resources for our partners, and a commitment to providing access for all children to an excellent education.

SUNITA ARORA

Co-Founder & Interim Executive Director

Sunita is the Co-Founder and Interim Executive Director of 1 World. Prior to founding 1 World, Sunita was the Director of Special Projects for the KIPP Foundation. Sunita was also the Chief of Staff at KIPP Houston and Managing Director of People Strategy & Organizational Learning at Excel Academy Charter Schools. Sunita has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rhodes College and a Master’s in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Contact info: sarora@1worldschools.org

COLIN SMITH

Chief Academic Officer, Mexico

Colin is the Chief Academic Officer for the growing network of 1 World Schools in Mexico. In his current role he supports the scaling up of great schools across Mexico by directing all leadership training and support. Prior to this role, he worked for 10 years with KIPP, founding a total of four KIPP schools in Houston and New Orleans. In his first year teaching, Colin was part of the team that founded NOW College Prep in Houston, a K-8 school chartered for Katrina evacuees. After completing the Fisher Fellowship, Colin was the founding school leader at KIPP Leadership Primary for 5 years. Colin has led schools as a principal and assistant principal, and has taught in grades pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Contact info: csmith@1worldschools.org

JOSHUA ZOIA

Leadership Coach & Strategic Support

Josh is 1 World’s Leadership Coach and Strategic Support. A significant portion of his time is spent directly supporting our Israeli partner, YEDA, and their two schools. Prior to joining 1 World Josh was the Superintendent of KIPP NYC. Josh was also a Teach For America corps member in NYC, a founding teacher at the original KIPP school in NYC, the founding principal of KIPP Academy Lynn and the Executive Director of KIPP Massachusetts. Josh has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Education from National Louis University. Contact info: jzoia@1worldschools.org

AARON BRENNER

Co-Founder

Aaron is a Co-Founder of 1 World. In 2004 Aaron founded KIPP Shine Prep, KIPP’s first early childhood and elementary school. Prior to founding 1 World, Aaron was the Head of Primary Schools for KIPP Houston. Aaron is a former Teach For America Corps Member from the Rio Grande Valley, as well as an Echoing Green, Fisher and Aspen Fellow. Aaron has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rhodes College and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University Graduate School of Education. Contact info: abrenner@1worldschools.org


Our Board

MIKE FEINBERG

Board Chair

Mike co-founded the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) with Dave Levin In 1994. Mike supports KIPP regions and global development for the KIPP Foundation, along with continuing a board leadership role within KIPP Houston. In 2013, Mike supported Aaron and Sunita in launching The 1 World Network of Schools and is the Founding Board Chair of 1 World.

NORMAN ATKINS

Norman Atkins is the Co-Founder and President of Relay Graduate School of Education. Norman is also the Founder, Board Chair, and former CEO of Uncommon Schools, one of the nation’s highest-performing nonprofit charter management organizations with 38 schools serving 10,000 students.

DAVID LEEBRON

David Leebron is the President of Rice University. Under Leebron’s guidance, the institution has undergone a period of growth and transformation. Prior to taking the helm at Rice, Leebron was Dean of Columbia Law School.

NICK CANNING

Nick Canning is the Chief Operating Officer of Teach For All. Nick was previously a Deputy Director in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. He led the unit’s education team, providing strategic policy advice to the PM and No.10, and working with government departments to develop major strategies and White Papers. He has also worked at the UK Treasury as a Senior Education Adviser, was the economist for the Britain in Europe campaign, and worked for Graham Bishop – a European economics consultancy. Nick holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

AARON BRENNER

Co-Founder

Aaron is the Co-Founder and Ex Officio Board Member of 1 World. In 2004 Aaron founded KIPP Shine Prep, KIPP’s first early childhood and elementary school. Prior to founding 1 World, Aaron was the Head of Primary Schools for KIPP Houston. Aaron is a former Teach For America Corps Member from the Rio Grande Valley, as well as an Echoing Green, Fisher and Aspen Fellow. Aaron has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rhodes College and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University Graduate School of Education.


Advisory Board

  • Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools
  • Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America & CEO/Co-Founder of Teach For All
  • Father Tim Scully, Co-Founder of Alliance for Catholic Education & Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame University
  • Benjamin Warren, President/CEO of ITC Trading Company, Ltd, Board of Trustees, Holocaust Museum Houston