ScriptEd

Our Team: Board

Josh Silverman
Josh Silverman
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Josh's two decades of leadership experience include growing consumer technology companies and scaling global marketplaces. He currently serves as Etsy's Chief Executive Officer, leading the company as it builds a platform that empowers creative entrepreneurs around the world. He is also a member of Etsy's board of directors. He previously served as President of Consumer Products and Services at American Express, CEO of Skype, and CEO of shopping.com, and he held various executive roles at eBay. Earlier in his career, Josh co-founded Evite, Inc. where he also served as the company's CEO. He is currently on the board of directors of Shake Shack. Josh has a deep commitment to community and civic engagement. He serves as Chairman of ScriptEd, Inc. He's also a member of the Stanford Business School Management board and was previously on the board of the Lincoln Center Theater. Mr. Silverman holds a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Public Policy from Brown University, and an MBA from Stanford, where he was class Co-President and an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Elizabeth Pisacreta
Elizabeth Pisacreta
Co-Founder and Secretary of the Board of Directors
Liz has dedicated her career to serving our nation’s public school students and improving our public schools. She is the co-founder of ScriptEd and has previously served as its Chief Education Officer, responsible for overseeing program implementation, volunteer training, and curriculum development. She currently serves as the Deputy Chief Strategic Officer in the Division of Talent, Labor and Innovation at the New York City Department of Education (DOE). In this role, she oversees the strategy, policy, communications, and labor negotiations related to Advance, New York City’s teacher evaluation and development system. Liz is also currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics and Education at Columbia University where she is finishing her dissertation on the impacts of federal accountability policy on various state and district initiatives. Prior to joining the DOE, Liz taught master’s-level assessment design and capstone courses as an adjunct at Hunter College and served as the Summer School Director at North Star Academy High School in Newark, NJ. Liz began her professional career teaching high school math in Philadelphia’s public schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in Economics and Education from Columbia University.
Dahni-El Giles
Dahni-El Giles
Treasurer
Dahni-El is passionate about sustainability, technology, and creating opportunity for young people. In 2000, he co-founded DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to support public school students and classrooms in need. Dahni-El served as the first Operations Director in New York and later as the Acting Executive Director in Los Angeles. To date, donations through the platform exceed $475 million. Dahni-El also served as Senior Commercial Counsel at Kraft Foods providing general business and legal counseling for the procurement, corporate affairs, customs, logistics, R&D, and sustainability functions. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Dahni-El is a graduate of Harvard University, Georgetown University Law Center, a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, an Oliver Scholar alumnus, and a Bleeker Fellow. He also serves as a Trustee of St. Paul's School.
Caryn Effron
Caryn Effron
Director
Caryn Effron is a senior managing director with Ackman Ziff Real Estate and has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate finance. In 2008 she founded GoGirl Finance, an online community geared towards empowering women in all stages of life to become financially confident and knowledgeable through the development of financial literacy skills. Caryn is also an experienced angel investor, an advisor to 37Angels and has particular interest in edtech and women’s entrepreneurship. In addition, Caryn is on the board of Say Yes to Education - a non-profit education foundation committed to increasing high school and college graduation rates for inner-city youth throughout the country; a member of the board of Games For Change - a non-profit which facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts; and a member of the board of ScriptEd - a non-profit which empowers students to be creators of technology by offering computer programming classes in under resourced high schools, and summer internship opportunities where they apply their coding skills. Caryn received her BA from The University of Michigan and MBA from New York University.
Sarah Min
Sarah Min
Director
Sarah Min has built a wide-ranging career in media and technology. Most recently, she was the EVP Corporate Development and Marketing at ScrollMotion, an enterprise software company. Sarah helped to produce among the first consumer apps in iTunes, including People.com, Esquire, and the NFL Superbowl, and went on to work with Fortune 500 clients such as GE and Genentech. During her tenure from 2008 - 2013, Sarah helped the company grow from eight people to 160 employees, and raise several rounds of capital. Currently, she is a digital media consultant, most recently for HBO. Prior to ScrollMotion, Sarah had an extensive career in the magazine business as the managing editor of several high-profile publications, including Domino, a Conde Nast magazine launch, Talk and Vibe magazines. In addition, she was a director of corporate development at media conglomerate Bertelsmann. Sarah was also President of the literary journal and publishing company McSweeney’s. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at 826NYC and the Wooden Nickel Foundation. Sarah holds a BS in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Maurya Couvares
Maurya Couvares
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Maurya Couvares is the Co-founder and Executive Director of ScriptEd, a nonprofit that equips students in under-resourced schools with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that together create access to careers in technology. Previously, Maurya coordinated Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's global pro bono practice group. Before arriving at Cleary Gottlieb, Maurya taught United States history to middle school students in West Philadelphia as a Teach for America Corps Member. Maurya is an IgniteGood Millennial Impact Challenge Award winner, an Ashoka Emerging Innovator, was a featured speaker at TEDxNYED, and was honored by the Huffington Post for being one of seven millennials “too busy changing the world to take selfies.” She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Boston College, spent a year as a visiting student at Oxford University (Mansfield College), and completed coursework in Urban Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Maurya competes in triathlons and has qualified for and competed in several National Championship races.
Scott Meyer
Scott Meyer
Director
Scott created Ghostery, Inc. while an Entrepreneur in Residence at Warburg Pincus LLC, the global private equity firm that is supporting the company. From 2005-2008, Scott was President and CEO of About.com, a part of The New York Times Company. He spent eight years with The New York Times Company in a number of senior management roles. In addition to his role at About.com, he was the General Manager of the company’s flagship website, The New York Times on the Web. He also served as vice president, strategic planning for The Boston Globe. Before joining The New York Times Company, Scott was with Multex.com (a venture-backed company which was acquired by Reuters in 2003 after a successful IPO in 1999), where he was Vice President and General Manager of its business-to-consumer division. Before beginning his media career, Scott worked in management consulting at The Boston Consulting Group and in investment banking at Merrill Lynch & Co. Scott holds an A.B. in Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University, where he was a winner of the Rouse Prize for Economics. Scott also interned in the US Senate and in the Office of Management and Budget as a recipient of a White Internship from the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Stephanie Hull
Stephanie Hull
Director
Dr. Stephanie J. Hull earned her bachelor’s degree in French Literature at Wellesley College and her master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard University in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Her dissertation focused on the cinematic adaptation of Enlightenment literature and culture. She began her academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College, becoming Assistant Dean of the College after serving in that capacity for an interim year in her fourth year and discovering an affinity for administration. As a dean in the First-Year Office, Dr. Hull also taught as an adjunct assistant professor in the Women’s Studies Department and directed the Integrated Academic Support program, which provided tutoring to first-generation students and underrepresented minority students in English, math and physics. After six years at Dartmouth, Dr. Hull went on to serve for five years as the Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College at Mount Holyoke College, where she also taught as an adjunct in the French Department. For the next eight years, she was Head of the Brearley School, a girls’ K–12 college preparatory school in New York City, where she led a highly successful capital campaign and long-range planning process and oversaw the introduction of a number of new initiatives, including a partnership with a nearby public charter girls’ middle school and a summer travel/study program with trips to India, China and Vermont. A Massachusetts native, Dr. Hull resides in Princeton and also has a home in Easton, Connecticut. She is currently studying Mandarin and oil painting; her hobbies include dressage, mystery novels, and collecting and restoring vintage Vespa scooters.
Lauren States
Lauren States
Director
Ms. States is member of the Board of Directors for Webster Financial Corporation and Clean Harbors. She serves as a Trustee for the International House, New York and as a Director for ScriptEd. She is also a member of the Dean's Executive Council and an Executive-in-Residence for the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. Previously, she held numerous senior executive positions with IBM including: Vice President, Strategy and Transformation, IBM Software Group, responsible for the sales force strategy and go-to-market for IBM's multi-billion dollar software business. Chief Technology Officer, IBM Corporate Strategy, leading the technical strategy for IBM's growth initiatives with a focus on cloud computing, software and systems technologies. Vice President, Global Technical Sales, IBM Software Group, overseeing the design and execution of IBM’s global technical sales force. As a senior executive on IBM’s Integration and Values Leadership Team, Ms. States led in the company-wide transformation — responsible for the reshaping of IBM’s skills development for IBM's enterprise-wide 38,000+ sales force. Ms. States is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. She holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University Business School Executive Education and completed a Fellowship with Harvard University's Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2015. Ms. States was inducted into the Women in Technology International, Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame in 2014. She received the Federal 100 Award in 2012 and was recognized at the Black Engineer of the Year Conference with the Pioneer Award in 2013. In 2015, Ms. States was featured on the ExxonMobil Be an Engineer campaign website and was named one of the 40 Women Leading Tech around the World by Silicon Republic in 2016.