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July 17, 2019 | Technical.ly Phily
Frontline Education, the PACT Enterprise Award-winning school administration software, announced their newest CEO on Tuesday: Mark Gruzin.
Previously, Gruzin held roles at Blackboard, another education technology company, and IBM software. He has also served as the chairman of the board for National Fragile X Foundation and works as a Special Olympicscoach. In a statement released Monday, Gruzin said that as a special needs parent and advocate, he feels deeply aligned with the software company’s mission.
“This role provides the opportunity to have a lasting impact on our clients in the education community through the solutions and services we provide,” Gruzin said. “I am excited to build upon the vital work that Frontline Education is doing to support and strengthen educational organizations across the country.”
Gruzin is the third recent hire for Frontline, in addition to Chief Product Officer Kevin Haugh and Chief Client Success Officer Garland Hall. Frontline’s board chairman, Charles Goodman, said the new recruits are part of the company’s commitment to supporting their K-12 clients.
“Having strong and focused leadership is an integral part of the growth plan and we have enormous trust and belief in all that Mark Gruzin can accomplish on behalf of the K-12 community as the leader of this organization,” Goodman said.
In other school news, education nonprofit City Year Philadelphia has a new vice chair of its board, Kerri Strike-Stahller. By day, Strike-Stahller works as the area director for T-Mobile, but has served on the board since 2011. She said that a commitment to diversity is a big first step in her new role to better represent the 19 public schools City Year partners with.
“An initiative I’m looking forward to strengthening is more diversity of our board so it further aligns with the students we support in Philadelphia,” Strike-Stahller said.
Thursday, Aug. 8, marks the fourth annual SustainPHL awards for green work in Philadelphia, and some familiar Philly tech faces made the cut. From coworking spaces to food apps, here are a few of the local biz and tech nominees helping out Mama Earth:
1776 said goodbye to Senior Director of Programming Tamra Thompson just before it announced its plans for an incubator location in North Bethesda, to open this winter.
Luckily for the coworking space network, as CEO Jenn Maher pointed out in an email, it’s only a “see you later” as Thompson joins 1776 member Tern Water — check out last week’s coverage on the startup’s crowdfunded smart faucet — as its director of sales and marketing.
Some other notable career climbers: