Now at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Tucker helped to lead Education Sector since its inception in 2005. In his policy work for Education Sector, he focused on technology and innovation—specifically virtual schooling, assessments, and data systems.
Tucker is a social entrepreneur who has founded and led both nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. His expertise ranges from finance to strategic development and technology, he has extensive knowledge of the nonprofit sector, and he has led the growth of several organizations; in 2000, he co-founded SmarterOrg, Inc, an e-learning company, and sold it in 2002 to the Isoph Corporation, a provider of specialized e-learning software, services, and content development. Through 2005 he served as Isoph's chief knowledge officer, co-managing the company's operations and advising organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Land Trust Alliance, and the National Wildlife Federation on organizational learning strategies and business models. Prior to graduate school, Tucker managed the training, conference, and publishing operations at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, the nation's largest provider of management and technical training to nonprofit organizations.
In 1997, Tucker founded the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and later served on YNPN's national board of directors. As a board member in the mid-1990s, he also helped to launch Hands on San Francisco (now Hands on Bay Area). His involvement in education dates to early in his career, when he managed a middle/high school student volunteer and service learning program, working with 22 schools and over 75 community organizations, and also served a year in VISTA, the domestic Peace Corps, as a community organizer for an adult literacy program in Tampa, FL. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Policy Innovators in Education Network, DC School Reform Now, and Achievement Preparatory Public Charter School. He is a graduate of Duke University and has both an MBA and a Master's of Education from Stanford University.
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