We’ve assembled a team of passionate changemakers ready to lead the charge forward.
After a 25-year career in venture capital, Ted Dintersmith is now committed to creating national change through initiatives at the intersection of innovation, education and film. He is the originator of the documentary Most Likely to Succeed, and an executive producer of The Hunting Ground (both films premiered at Sundance, 2015). Ted served as part of the delegation representing the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on global education and entrepreneurship; is a partner emeritus with Charles River Ventures; and has served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. He earned a Ph.D. in engineering from Stanford and an undergraduate degree in physics and English from the College of William and Mary.
Director, Writer, Producer
Greg Whiteley’s first film, New York Doll, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. His second film Resolved, won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008 and was nominated for two Emmys®. Whiteley’s third outing, Mitt, was selected as the Opening Night Film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Adam Leibowitz served as the producer for Most Likely to Succeed and is a member of the One Potato Productions team. He has worked at One Potato Productions since 2009, and was also a producer on 2014’s Mitt. Adam attended Emerson College in Boston.
Adam Ridley served as editor in the making of Most Likely to Succeed. Adam originally entered the documentary world by making short films on obscure musicians. He is currently working on a wide variety of projects that will cover subjects including Billy Joel, Mitt Romney, God, teenage murderers, the Foo Fighters and a man who plays piano in the desert.
Co-Founder and CEO of The Future Project
Andrew Maxwell Mangino is the co-founder and CEO of The Future Project, a national initiative revolutionizing schools to become places of possibility where young people discover their passions and change the world. Under Andrew’s leadership, The Future Project has grown in just four years to become America’s fastest-growing educational movement, with more than 30,000 students reached coast to coast and over $25M in seed funding. Andrew—a Forbes “30 Under 30” Social Entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, and Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow–worked as a speechwriter to Attorney General Holder and Vice President Biden, and was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University. He graduated in 2009 from Yale University, where he spent a great deal of his time at the Yale Daily News covering New Haven education and serving as its 130th Editor in Chief.
Community Outreach Manager
Nora manages the Most Likely to Succeed community screening initiative, a grassroots distribution campaign to bring the film to communities across the country in order to galvanize the transformation of their schools. Before joining the team, Nora discovered her passion for education as an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she earned a degree in French Literature prior to teaching.
Community Outreach Associate
Leah supports the community screening initiative for Most Likely to Succeed. Prior to joining the team, Leah worked for the International Bureau of Education in Geneva, Switzerland. She recently graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in American Studies with a concentration in Politics, Policy, and Society.
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Before joining The Future Project in January 2012, Sarah Tankoos served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala from 2009-2011 where she managed an integrated youth development program and led a community construction project to build eco-classrooms out of recycled materials. That kind of creativity and resourcefulness comes in handy as she works with The Future Project's Operations team to design and launch a national Future Corps Leaders program, develop the organization's Human Resources department, and lead event production, community engagement, and partnership-building within New Haven, CT. Most recently, she manages a 50-state tour of nationally renowned education documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, where she supports strategic planning, communications, and partnership-building across the country. Sarah's passion for people, culture and nature has also taken her on travels across the USA and internationally to Fiji, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Belize, and Guatemala.
Susan Oliver provides public relations support to Most Likely to Succeed and Executive Producer Ted Dintersmith. Susan has provided strategic communications to a variety of public education reform initiatives over her 22-year career. She specializes in securing top-tier media placements for clients in outlets; also every national newspaper, multiple national news and women's magazines, and many of the top 50 newspapers in America.
Expert Education Advisor
Tony served as the Education Advisor for Most Likely to Succeed and was co-author of the book of the same title with Ted Dintersmith. Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. His 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap, continues to be an international best-seller with a Second Edition recently released. Tony earned an M.A.T. and an Ed.D. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Short Documentary Director
Ian has collaborated with the team of Most Likely to Succeed to create short films that examine how schools are re-imagining their education system across the United States. Ian is an independent filmmaker dedicated to empowering people through understanding and controlling their own lives. He has traveled extensively within American subcultures and specializes in immersive journalism, cinema verite, and in-depth interviewing. He has created content for TakePart, Ableton, One Potato Productions, and Huffington Post among others.
Strategic Education Advisor
Liz Kornheiser is a Partner and Director of Consulting Services at Greenwich Leadership Partners and a Strategic Education Advisor for Most Likely to Succeed. Over the last two and half years, she has supported the MLTS leadership team think strategically about the production of the film and public rollout. At Greenwich Leadership Partners, Liz manages the portfolio of projects and works closely with schools and not for profits to understand their operating environments, improve performance, think strategically and manage change. She is a certified executive coach through Columbia University and, while working for ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, won an Emmy Award in 2009. She’s thrilled to be a part of the MLTS team and is passionate about transforming teaching and learning in all schools.
Strategic Education Advisor
Stephanie Rogen is the Principal and Founder of Greenwich Leadership Partners and a Strategic Education Advisor for Most Likely to Succeed. She partnered with Ted Dintersmith and Tony Wagner from the film’s inception, bringing more than twenty-five years’ experience in the corporate, educational and not for profit sectors on topics ranging from strategic design to leadership development and change in organizations. An experienced executive coach and facilitator, Stephanie guides school leaders, faculty and boards as they vision the future and navigate the essential work of school change. Passionate about shaping the future of education, she has participated in many of the film’s panel discussions (including at Sundance and Tribeca) and believes MLTS sparks the critical conversations about what matters most for students and teachers.