Our Team

We measure success by the opportunities we help create.

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Founder & CEO

Adam Wray

Serial entrepreneur, focused on breaking down the biases and inefficiencies across the hiring cycle that leave too much of our future talent behind.

Director of Data Science

Vivian Li, Ph.D.

Microsoft, Facebook, creating algorithms and dashboards that make data actionable.

INformation security officer

Phill Moran

Technology executive with more than 25 years of comprehensive experience in global program, product and technical services management

Chief Technology Officer

Kaj Pedersen

Forward-thinking executive most recently leading global operations for Xinova and over 20 years experience in venture creation: FinTech, MedTech, EdTech, Search and Investment Management.

Head of sales & business development

John Kaiser

Veteran of startups in the enterprise software, cloud services, and big data space. His experience in business development and creative partnerships serves as a catalyst for innovation, driving value for all stakeholders.

Director of higher ed Partnerships

Calvin McConnell

Higher Education strategist partnering with institutions to strengthen industry relationships and transform student career outcomes.

senior data scientist

Xiao Cai, Ph.D.

Microsoft, Fedex, developing solutions with machine learning and deep learning for natural language processing, as well as productionizing these solutions at scale.

Lead developer

Fedya Skitsko

Engineer, who loves to play with the latest technologies.

Developer

Emily J. Austin

Google. Helping students find roles that fit them. Anyone can be a student at any age. Backend developer transitioning to full-stack.

developer

Dan Lee

Music and Informatics, University of Washington. Designing and delivering software with empathy for job seekers and their futures.

data scientist

Jue Gong Ph.D.

University of Washington. Researcher in data-driven decision making. Building tools to match college students and jobs.

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lead designer

Alexandr Gheneralov

Building the bridge between first-time job seekers and the industry of their choice. Helping young talents to pursue their dreams. Advocating for communication, story-telling and visual language. Big data, fundraising and social networking with Roundglass and Edifecs

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Mia Xie

University of Washington—Information Management, operations research and data analysis in healthcare.

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Kathy Zhang

University of Washington—Biomedical Health Informatics

Higher education manager

Ujash Patel

Higher Education professional, experience in student affairs, enrollment management and data analytics. Coordinating with campus leaders to expand AstrumU.

business development manager

Blaise Cannon

Strategist, designer, market engineer developing the future of employment in partnership with business, non-profit and government agencies.


AstrumU Advisors

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investor/advisor

John Connors

Managing partner at Ignition since 2005, after distinguished career as a software-industry executive

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advisor

Brad Lovering

Splunk Distinguished Engineer, SignalSense Co-Founder & Chief Engineering Officer, Microsoft, Technical Fellow

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advisor

Brian McClendon

Creator of Google Earth, ex-VP of Engineering at Google and Uber

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advisor

Lyle Ungar, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania Professor: Bioengineering, Comp & Info. Sci., Genomics and Comp. Biology, Operations, Information and Decisions, Psychology

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advisor

Bill Howe

Associate Professor: Information School and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering, data management, curation, analytics, and visualization in the sciences.

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advisor

Kevin Goldsmith

Avvo, Spotify, Adobe, Microsoft

engineering director / advisor

Oleg Rocklin

Engineer and entrepreneur. Specializes in mission critical applications: AI for Industrial IoT, high-frequency trading, realtime data processing.

 

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